First off I want to say thank you to every one for all your lovely birthday wishes, I had a wonderful day with my family on Wednesday and yesterday Jen and I (her birthday is tomorrow) had a lovely day out in Melbourne. We did nothing that we had planned but the day was excellent anyway and was finished to perfection with dinner, joined by the beautiful Merryn (my gorgeous fairy goddaughter) at a local (to Jen) Vietnamese eating establishment. Thank you Jen for a most excellent day. :o)
On to the quilt, do you remember when I showed these fabrics. They were for Mum and Dad's 60th Anniversary quilt. The idea was to make snowball blocks with the dotty white and the aqua floral, then to stitch little words and things in each of the centre's.
Then I said that I was having to rethink because I had had a 'small' major disaster?
Well here it is..............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had traced small items and words onto the fabric (all the squares of course) and was backing each little snowball with iron on pellon! As you do!! Turns out the fabric and pen were not compatible, didn't like each other, took an instant dislike, spat the dummy so to speak!!!!!!
I wish it was just an out of focus picture but I have ten of these. I had lined them all up with the damp pressing cloth on top, blithely pressing away, just checking to see if the pellon was attached. Then when I turned the first one over I couldn't believe my eyes. I've used these pens so many times before with excellent results so it had to be a combination of fabric and pen. I had had this white dotty fabric for years and thought I was so clever finally using it. Huh, that's what you get for being a smart ..........!
The trouble was, I had marked up all the little snowballs with the same pens, so I tried washing them before I ironed on the pellon, the result wasn't as bad but not usable all the same. I was so frustrated, I dumped them. Straight in the rubbish bin. Then took them out and put them in the compost, then had to take them out again because the pellon isn't natural and I suppose the white dotty stuff isn't either!!
Oh well. Soldiering on in the face of adversity and all that.
So, add the above book and the nine patch blocks I had already made from the jelly roll of Kashmir 111........................
............add in this gorgeous fabric that I bought to replace the snowball blocks............
Totally different concept. I just couldn't face anymore snowballs and I had just bought the book. So what I decided on is a sort of medalion quilt. The panel above will be the centre and I am going to set the nine patch blocks alternatley with panels of the green background fabric from the centre panel. Does that make sense?
I think that I am going to have to fudge around with sizes a little to get the patches and squares to fit around the centre panel, so what I've decided to do is have a thin strip of plain fabric below the last panel border. Along this I will stitch dates and names? What do you think? I only need I think 2 inches to make everything line up, so that way I get some words on there??