My ‘bring’ project for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share was a collection of foundation paper piecing patterns I needed to test for my new table runner pattern. I’m happy to say the patterns worked well and I also managed to complete the conventional rotary cut blocks that feature in the table runner.
Recording the cuts of fabric needed for each part of the foundation blocks was a time-consuming and exacting task. We shouldn’t ever underestimate the amount of work that goes into writing a patchwork pattern; or balk at paying a fair price for a pattern; or be tempted to make ‘free’ copies of a pattern to pass on to friends and local quilt group members. After all most of us wouldn’t dream of pirating a DVD or photocopying a book so why break copyright and steal a patchwork pattern? Better climb down off my soapbox, it’s far too warm to be getting hot under the collar 🙂
I spent most of today writing the pattern and creating diagrams using Microsoft Word. I know there are far better software packages for producing diagrams but having tried them – and failed – I shall have to be content to work within the confines of Word – the limits of which seem to match my IT capabilities pretty well!
This year I have shared a variety of projects and recorded some progress but precious few finishes, so it gives me considerable pleasure to be able to share a completed patchwork project 🙂
A friend asked if I would make a cot quilt for her grandson, Reuben, who was approaching his first birthday. He is nicknamed ‘Roo’ so the character from Winnie the Pooh was the ideal subject for the centre of his cot quilt. The proud Grandmother had located a fabric panel with pictures of Roo the baby kangaroo. The panel came as a pair, one image depicting Roo in the company of Tigger the other showing Roo with Pooh Bear. I found the fabrics to surround the panel whilst touring the stands at the Sandown quilt show in June. I drew up a pattern in EQ7 and more or less stuck to it… making just a few changes ‘on the hoof’.
On holiday in July I persuaded my family to return to Cromford, Derbyshire to visit Arkwright’s historic cotton mill which just happens to be the home of an excellent fabric shop called Quiltessential 😉 I found the perfect backing material for the cot quilt.
Back from holiday I finished piecing the cot quilt and made the Roo & Pooh panel into a cushion cover before quilting both the quilt and the cushion front.
Thankfully I finished the pair just in time for my friends family to celebrate their own little Roo’s first birthday. Their photos show he did try to eat the cushion but I guess that counts as a sign of approval from a one year old? 😀
The weather forecast assures us we have just one more day of stifling temperatures to get through and then we slip back into our standard low 20s°C temperatures – phew! Should be a great opportunity to find some ‘get up and go’, tackling jobs that have just seemed un-do-able in the heat.
Here are two photos from Saturday to remind us of the Summer heatwave, a beautiful sunflower and a dramatic sunset.
Linking with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. Beth is crushing on the results of using her embroidery machine to create beautiful raw edge applique.