One - the Bee Blocks for the first month of Brit Bee. Those of you who read my post entitled "My difficult Love-affair with half-square triangles" will know that it was with some trepidation that I tackled these! They are done and winging their way to Trudi, and actually I'm pretty happy with them. I won't pretend it was an epiphany and Half-Square Triangles are now easy-peasy, but careful prep did cut down unpicking time substantially (although not altogether!). Bee rules, no pictures allowed until all blocks have been received, so he is a little close-up so you can see the gorgeous fabrics that Trudi sent us to use.
Work in progress:
- Sliced Coins quilt.Still no progress.
- Supernova quilt-along. Oh no, this one has also stalled due to more pressing things on my list, but actually my brother's baby is due on 13th June so could be here anytime now, I'd better pull my socks up!
- Baby quilts for the shop - You've seen the progress with the second baby quilt before...here it is.. still deciding whether to sash in white, grey or natural linen...need to get of the fence, Ceri!
- Cushions for the shop - two more underway here. For the first, I opted for something simple with similar colours to another I made for the shop that sold quickly. Here's the top, it will be backed in dark grey soft furnishing fabric with a contrast binding on the envelope.
For the second, I thought I'd try something different as I've been meaning to try Ticker tape quilts since seeing all the bottled rainbow quilts online. This cushion top used natural linen as a base with scraps from my bag. I love the fact that this one was kind of free, since I didn't cut into any new fabric! It took longer than the pieced ones but arranging the scraps of fabric was really fun, I'll see if this one sells because I could definitely turn out more of these. (note: loose threads have since been removed and it looks a lot better!)
- Dress a girl around the world. As a reminder, this is a project to make a simple pillowcase dress that can be sent to areas of poverty so that all little girls can own a lovely outfit. Here are a couple of girls rocking their outfits in Haiti.
I've got the pattern sorted and picked two selections of fabric, and this is where I need some help..
I picked fabrics that I have enough of, and that aren't too precious because, not being a dressmaker, I am not sure I'm going to get it right first time!
Option A is a piece of vintage cotton with an autumn leaf print that my next-door neighbour donated to feed my fabric addiction. To jazz it up a bit, I thought I'd top and tail the dress with two bands of this snazzy fabric that picks out the greens, browns and oranges in the leaf print. But, as you can see, it's not exactly traditional girly dress colours
Option B is a safer choice of a pink flowery print, probably with a fuchsia pink band around the bottom. But there's bound to be lots of dresses like this one!
So which would you go for? Alternative autumn or safe and summery?
Votes very much appreciated so I can stop dithering and get on with it :)