Or I could mean yet another new project being started for the New Year.
It all began with this.
Most evenings, I stop off in my den on the way to bed, have a last quick check of emails and pick up a book or magazine for a last, relaxing read in bed. The other night, it happened to be this book.
I did a little mini review of it when I bought it which you can have a shifty at here should you fancy.
Well, the picture of that bed with that quilt really stuck in my mind (I mean the patchwork quilt on the bottom as opposed to the eiderdown on top, by the way). When I finished my last (first) patchwork quilt just before Christmas, I remarked to my sister that I wasn't sure I'd make another as it was pretty intense work. But there I was, lusting over that quilt in the Perfect English Cottage book.
It is clearly a vintage quilt and I was drawn to its colourful, eclectic nature.
I had just the idea to make up the large colourful square panels. I'd use the "Crazy Nine Patch" pattern which I had previously used to make a cushion cover.
I'd make a series of these large panels using nine 8" squares of fabric for each one. I'd probably make nine patchworked square panels then use some polka dotty green sashing in between and turn it into one big wacky, colourful, Summery picnic blanket ruggy thingy.
Oh yes, indeedy. And these squares are jolly addictive stuff. I love them because you get a fabby patchworked effect without all the studied measuring and precision that can be so tiring in the more usual quilt patterns. Its a sort of "fly by the seat of your pants quilt" this one.
I needed sustenance along the way. Hot cross buns in the shops already? Well, who am I to argue?
I've used what I hope is an eclectic mix of fabrics in bright and clashing colours. Approximately half of the fabrics in each square are vintage, the rest a mix of modern and repro fabrics. It certainly helps to have a large stash for this project. I'm just the woman for that then!
And then there were four...
In the background, I'm also getting on with my crocheted cushion cover project.
Tonight, I've finished the last three squares which are now blocking as I type.
Well folks, it's very late, I'm very tired and I have a full-on and hopefully exciting day ahead tomorrow. More of that soon...