Saturday, April 04, 2015

Out and about ...

First up, I wanted to share that there is no going back ...

Sounds ominous doesn't it? But it's not so bad ... unless I decide I want to reattach the border print to the Montmellick quilt ... because I've made it into table runners already!

It really does look lovely made into table runners ... and I wasn't thrilled with the fabric on the other project ... if only I could decide what I'd like to do instead! I haven't had many opportunities to think about it though, I've been super busy - each day has been filled to the max with various outings - though only a few have been quilt related - one I'll share with you today ...

On Monday last week, some of my guild buddies and I made a trip to Umbrella Prints. We've been wanting to visit with them since they were visitors at guild last year. They have a fantastic studio space, and they share with Nest Studio which runs art classes for kids.

The Umbrella Prints girls are just darling, and we had a great time with them - I just adore their fabrics which are organic cotton and hemp. I love that being part of guild has expanded my horizons in the quilting world - it wasn't so long ago that I would never have heard of them in my own quilting circles, and though I'm still a vintage girl at heart, I'm already imagining ways I'll be able to use their prints in my own work.

The big heart print you see there is what drew me in when they visited at guild. The shop that was visiting on the same night had a wrap skirt made in this fabric, and I snapped up the pattern immediately. The fabric was not available at the time, but I knew I'd have to make some mine in the future.

Another thing that drew me in, and I just had to take home for the nostalgia value was the wooden mushroom knitting nancy. Do you remember doing tomboy stitch when you were a kid? I made miles of it ... I wonder whatever happened to it all??

Something else I purchased and neglected to take pictures of was a couple of packages of their 'Trimmings' - they're running a competition on their website so go and check it out. You make something with your trimmings, submit a picture of your creation and you'll be in the running to win some lovely prizes. I hope to be able to give it a go - I've had a few ideas, it's just time that I'm running short of :-)

And lastly from that outing, I just thought I'd share some painting tips that were on the blackboard in the art studio - hints that are relevant for quilting too, don't you think??

The last picture for today is one that I had to snap while I was doing chores the other day ...

Holly is hiding under my quilt which is hanging in the dining room ... I'm sure she thinks she's completely invisible!!

And for the absolute final thing ... when you have a chance, do pop on over to Sue Garman's blog, In addition to the fabulous eye candy that she always shares, this month Sue has also shared an excellent tutorial on binding your quilt. She binds the same way I do, but also takes some extra steps to make the binding super professional looking. Definitely worth checking out.

Chatter soon! xox


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Sue did post an excellent tutorial didn't she - I have never thought to press the binding area on a quilt before stitching. She always shows such great quilts also

Tired Teacher said...

Another great post. The shop looks like a fun place to browse and dream. I love the final photo - give Holly a scratch between & behind her ears for me.

Missy Shay said...

What a great picture of Holly!

Anonymous said...

Love the table runner - so glad you decided to use that fabric for something more suited to it.

Love the picture of the kitty.




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