I've found it really difficult to settle down and make much whilst we've had the builders in (yes, they started in February, yes, they're still here). One day though, (I think during one of the many long periods when they failed to turn up), I felt the urge just to make something simple and reached for the stash and my favourite colours of pink and aqua/green. Simple squares were all that was called for.
I decided to have another go at free motion quilting. I wouldn't say I have done a great job but it is not bad for a beginner and you know what they say, practise makes perfect, and it really isn't easy, especially on a large quilt. The only problem is that I'm not sure I really like the look FMQ gives, it doesn't look that vintage to me. It also makes the quilt go very wrinkly which in my opinion, can detract from the fabrics themselves. It was quite nice to do, though, it is indeed quite liberating and makes a nice change.
I used some fabrics which I haven't used in ages. Amazing what you find in your stash when you look. I absolutely love this fabric you see in the centre of this photo. It's a pretty old Amy Butler design, in fact it was already old when I first got back into sewing and started looking for it, probably five years ago, and I bought it after much searching, in a lucky eBay auction. I have a skirt made from it and now only very little is left.
It struck me that it is not dissimilar from one of her more recent ranges, the fabric you can see in the middle of the photo below (on sale in John Lewis, by the way). I also really like this fabric but once I put them side by side, I much preferred the older one. I really like Amy Butler, she's very talented and was one of my first sewing inspirations, and having met her, I can say what a truly lovely person she is. I haven't liked her more recent fabric ranges as much, though, not as I've liked those from 5 or so years ago. I think this is because they've had a more modern and graphic vibe in very bold colours. Funnily enough, she has just reprinted her early Gypsy Caravan range. Oh dear, there I go, warbling on about fabrics again.
Inside then, it is a welcome change on the bed from the eidy and thick furry flanelette quilt now the temperatures have improved.
I backed the quilt with one side of an Ikea duvet cover, a pretty rosy fabric, and a cost effective way to find backing fabric which is wide enough and doesn't break the bank. The binding is a pink polka dot from The Cotton Patch and there is a name patch made from a patch of vintage embroidered table cloth.
"Where's my eidy?" says lion.
Oh ok, I'll make do with this old thing.