Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Pinwheels and Butterflies

We all like to visit a new quilt shop occasionally. Last week we went to Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders to visit Borderland Fabrics. Not only does it have a good selection of quilting fabrics, patterns and a warm welcome. It also has a small cafe especially for husbands with coffee, cakes and men's magazines.
I came back inspired to sew more and finished off the Linus quilt I was making from the left overs of the Wish upon a Star quilt. I have got the hang of free motion quilting with the fabimotion now and quilted this one in about 3 hours one evening - and only snapped the thread 3 times. Now I need to make contact with the local coordinator for Project Linus.

There are lots of butterflies in the garden this week but it is not easy to catch them on camera!!

The next project is a baby quilt done with pin wheel blocks. The pattern comes from the Rosalie Quinlan Gift book.

Ever a sucker for a new gadget - here is my new half square triangle maker - to ensure perfect marking and perfect cutting - and hopefully, perfect pin wheels.

Happy Quilting xx

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Meeting Amy Butler

Today has been a very exciting day. I met Amy Butler. Along with 70 other quilting fanatics I spent a delightful afternoon with Amy Butler.

Hosted by Kim at The Fat Quarters, we had a lovely lunch then sat and listened to Amy talk about her travels and the inspiration for her work. A designer of many things - including fabric , stationery, bedding, sewing patterns and a new range of rugs - Amy's bold use of colour, pattern and shape has been a huge hit all over the world.
There was a chance to buy fabric, books and patterns by Amy

and to look at some of her finished designs made up...

Then to meet her on a personal basis as she signed books. I was wearing my Cabo halter top from her design and fabric so I was a bit apprehensive as to what she might think , but she was lovely.

A fab day out !! Who's next Kim?

Happy Quilting xx