Sarah's quilts are fun and challenging to do, this is a large intense appliqué quilt and will be a year long commitment (at least!) so I needed something that will hold my interest. I have now got my quilting mojo back and am powering ahead with 'Happy Days' the 2016 BOM, to celebrate I decided to use the last of my Christmas money to treat myself to some new fabric.
I really want to try something different with this quilt. I admire the work of printmaker and painter Angela Harding I especially like her nature prints and cool colour palette.
I have bought a 4 yard cut of this focus fabric, I plan to use one full length in the centre of my backing and fussy cut the rest throughout the quilt. I absolutely love it! It is whimsy and fun and totally different from the fabrics I normally work with.
I have also ordered a FQ pack of co-ordinating basics from the Fat Quarter Shop in the US
I also found a local UK shop (Billow Fabrics) who sell 10" square packs in a mix from the Nightfall, Heartland and Hello Bear ranges.
I am thinking of using Robert Kaufman Essex Linen (55% Linen 45% Cotton) for the backgrounds, I have ordered small pieces from Cloud Craft here in the UK.
I am hoping these will play nicely, if not they will make great backgrounds for embroidery ;)
These are 'Steel' 'Grey' and 'White'
These are 'Rose' 'Natural' 'Grey' and 'Light Blue'
I will decide once all of the fabric arrives, I know I will use the linen for embroidery if not for this quilt.
Now I really must get on with 'Happy Days' while I wait for all my fabrics to arrive. Some are coming from the US, so depending on the whims of UK customs they may not arrive in time for the start of the 2017 BOM. That is probably a good thing as I am hoping to have all the blocks pieced and a quilt top assembled before the end of January - wish me luck!
P.S. My only resolution this year is to keep better project notes, e.g. name of fabric and where I bought it - I always think I will remember, but when I need more I never can!