Fat Quarter Bundles of Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey were available from Fabric Worm and Fat Quarter Shop for just moments before being sold out! I happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Yardage available in April!
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In need of some fabric therapy I headed out to my local fabric store this week: GJ Discount Fabrics. If you are in Melbourne and haven't been there for a while be sure to head on down!
443 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057
You will be happily surprised to see that the patchwork fabrics are now on the ground floor. Yay! Awesome renovation and a huge range of fabrics ... and the staff are so friendly, nothing is ever too much trouble.
If you are a RPQ Facebook Fan you may have already seen these fabrics this week. I stocked up on some great basics. As you can see - lots of dots!
From top to bottom:
- Lecien - Color Basics - aqua dot on tomato red
- Yellow Check and Yellow Dot are both A Day in the Country fabrics.
- Pink and Blue fabrics with white polka dot Essentials by XLN Fabrics*
- Tanya Whelan - Delilah - Dots in white
- Essentials by XLN Fabrics - White polka dot on Black *
* Essentials by XLN Fabrics are very much like Kei Honeycomb both in print and quality, and very reasonably priced.
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And finally a big THANK YOU for all of your very kind comments regarding the baby quilt made last week. I thought I would answer some of the questions raised in the comments section right here:
I use 100% cotton batting (Matilda's Own) for my quilts. I am a long time fan of 100% cotton batting because it is a natural fiber with a low loft (height) which makes it easier to work with, and has great stability. Cotton batting makes for a thin quilt with less bulk and a beautiful drape ~ and that's just how I like my quilts to look.
Dense quilting does affect the texture of the quilt but it doesn't overly detract from the drape of the quilt. My experience is that once the quilt has been washed and used regularly it becomes more and more supple and drapes gracefully.
The baby quilt is made from 2-patch squares for which I have made up my own block size; the squares are not the same size as the pattern detailed in the book: Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration by Malka Dubrawsky. You can readily adapt this design to any block size: make a square of any size by sewing together two equal size rectangles; in this case, sew together two rectangles measuring 2.5 x 4.5 inches.
This is a traditional and versatile block, and layouts can be varied and blocks tessellated to create a completely different effect:
Block - 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches
Have no hesitation getting your own copy of the book - it has many projects that are colorful, clever and functional. My quilting book library wouldn't be complete without it!
Signing off from a lengthy post,