Saturday, 16 June 2007

I had forgotten how snuggly

... flannel quilts are.

Today we had a new customer drop off a quilt for quilting. It is a really country log cabin style quilt, with lovely big feature blocks in the middle, and it is flannel. She wasn't sure whether to put flannel on the back of the quilt, or ordinary cotton, because we had a cotton backing fabric that she really liked.

It took me a while to remember that our flannel quilt was tucked away in the trunk in the corner of our room, but whe I did I brought it out to show her. Well as soon as she touched the snuggly flannel quilt with flannel on the back she was sold on flannel.

And I was sold on the idea of putting this quilt back on the bed very soon. Winter has definitely made itself known over the last few weeks, and this quilt will make a difference at night.

The quilt was an attempt to use up my stash of flannel after making a couple of flannel quilts. It is a copy of quilt that Sam (Mum to Arnold the blogging Jack Russell) made, and I loved the design as soon as I saw it.

The funny thing is, that as soon as my friends heard I was making a scrappy flannel quilt they gave their own flannel scraps. This really added the variety in this quilt and I really appreciate their kindness. As you can probably guess, by the end of the project I still had lots of flannel scraps left! I've made a couple more scrappy flannel quilts, and I've shared the flannel with my friends, for yet more quilts. It's like a little stash that never ends.

I'm off to check on the lamb shanks that have been slowly cooking for a couple of hours now - it really must be winter.

Monday, 4 June 2007

Sunflowers

Well I have been quiet haven't I!!! Over a month since I last blogged. But I have been busy. I went to a 2 day class with Mary Transom to learn how to make this sunflower quilt and I've been working on it ever since. I've made some more progress since this pic - everything is actually sewn down now, and the borders are on, but I can't find the cable to download pics from the camera.

The only other thing I've been working on is the first row for a row quilt swap I signed up for. I left it to the last minute so had a big panic not knowing what I wanted. I finally chose an oriental theme, made some stars with geisha girls in the middle and deep teal, orange and purple points, and fired it in the mail a couple of days before the deadline.