|Taken in the shade; the sashing and borders are not quite this white|
I planned to use Warm 'n Natural, but then perhaps when I was going through my stash to find a suitable backing, some leftover from Dayna's quilt slabs of Quilter's Dream wool reached out their wooly paws and tapped me on the arm, and I thought, hmmm, I wonder. Well, read on and you will see how wonder-FULL it went!
Where were we? Ah yes, wool batting.
|I no longer have my piano, but is that not the "Simple Gifts" tune if my musical mind hasn't left me...|
Perfect colours to go with the front. But music? With a floral and garden-themed quilt? Well Auntie Joyce's husband, my mum's brother, Uncle Frank, is a musician. He conducted Besses o' the Barn band for several years, wrote or maybe still writes music, writes wonderful poetry (check out his blog, Poems for Proles), wrote a couple of episodes for "Coronation Street", paints, worked in textiles, in short, he is one über-talented man. This is a piece left over from a cushion I made for my beloved 'second mum' and piano teacher many years ago. It's the perfect backing, and there was JUST enough; yay that this is a small lap quilt.
|Pocket on the back made from trimmings from the front for a 'hanky' and label from a chunk of labels fabric from another aunt!|
|Some really lovely texture, and so soft a drape|
Pattern: Fairy Steps by Pam & Nicky Lintott
Size: 31.5 X 37.5"; 30.5 X 36.5" after quilting
Fabric: From stash and Clothworks "Provincial"
Batting: Quilter's Dream wool
Quilted: on my Avanté
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Essential in pale pink. May I just add how very much Avril and I LOVE this thread? She was still threaded from Sunny Days, so I simply loaded this quilt, checked the tension as I ran my straight lines across first the batting and then the top to secure the top edge. Perfect. And then not one break in the entire little quilt. It really blends in well on both the coloured fabrics as well as the ivory ones.
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, always love Lorna's linky.
And with My Quilt Infatuation, lots of eye candy there too with Kelly.
Note: Since I now have over 200 readers (egad, like how) I must live up to your devotion by giving some content, n'est-ce pas? As in educational methinks. I have several tutorials here but whilst (channeling my English roots here) applying the binding on Fairy Steps, I took several photos to show you lovely readers what I do to bind a quilt. It's nothing revolutionary in the least, but always good to see techniques and hopefully take away tidbits that might help you. I'll have that for you tomorrow. I was going to add it to this post, but that would be much too lengthy even for me! My next installment of May is for Makers is forthcoming toute de suite (Clearly I'm also channeling la France thanks to Outlander being set there in this second book/second season). On that May is for Makers note, my own pattern for Blue Skies & Sunny Days is DONE!! I am so very grateful to Tish for her wizardry in EQ7: she made me some very professional-looking diagrams for the pattern. It should be available (and on sale of course) within a few days, eep!
Please remember to visit those bloggers on the Crafted Appliqué blog hop at Buzzin' Bumble that is still running until June 4! Here is the schedule. Giveaways every day! Open internationally. I love that both my giveaways are going overseas, the book to Ireland and my dogs/cats pattern to The Netherlands! Small lovely world.
|MacGyver's flipflop-encased toes (yeah they're that brown!) just visible, snort....|
Still with me? Rocco got most of his staples out yesterday, although there are still two spots, at the top and at the bottom of his incision, where they need to stay. We go back next week to get these last ones out. Poor poor darling; the vet tech had removed the ones at the top but didn't like the looks of the incision, so she called in the vet to check it out, and he agreed, and put in two new ones. Rocco cried/whimpered just once, but my heart broke for him. He was exhausted when we got home, more walking than he's done in a few weeks. They all grinned to see his pibble yoga frog pose though!