Saturday, September 1, 2012

Nothing to see here, folks.

Seriously. Not much happened in the month of August (aside from an awesome vacation, that is). The king sized top that I started last week is moving along, it is about 2/3 pieced, and I just need to dig the rest of the voile out of a storage bin (somewhere, who knows where) to make sure that I have enough for the backing.

I took this picture because my son commented that it looked like I was sewing a surfboard, now I can't get that image out of my head!

But here is the only actual sewing that has happened lately:

Quilting will be simple straight lines next to the seams I think. I really love the gorgeous hand quilting that Leila did - it is stunning and really adds to her quilt, but I don't really need another big hand stitching project - the megahexie quilt project is enough already.

I realize that's not super exciting, but wait! I also have some fabric loveliness to share! Just before we left I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Sarah-Lou of this Fairy Tale Friends charm pack:

I'm not sure what will become of this, but at the very least it would make a great addition to the hexie quilt.

I also won a giveaway from QuiltDad with a sampler pack of these Aurifil threads. I actually just bought some white Aurifil thread which I'm using on the voile quilt - it does seem a lot less linty than my regular thread, so I'm happy to be able to check out the other weights available in this pack.

Of course, I am not one to take a vacation without bringing back a little something... Was it just blind luck that found us on our first afternoon in London, walking through Oxford Circus and right past this?

No. That has to be fate! This Liberty store was voted "The Best Store in London" and when you go in, you can see why. The building itself is stunning, filled with so many beautiful pieces of workmanship (workpersonship? Although undoubtedly most of the woodworkers, builders and craftsmen of that era were men) it almost needs nothing inside it. And yet it is filled with five floors of gorgeousness. I made a beeline for the fabric remnant table, although I did pick up some new yardage too. I have to say, I think I was remarkably restrained!

Back in Toronto, we made a special trip to The Workroom as it is one of the few places in Canada where you can check out these lovely Japanese pattern books in person. Now just need to learn a little Japanese!

The Workroom also had a great wall of Fat Quarters, which yielded this (I was thinking only of the good of the hexie quilt, 'natch):

Okay, now that I have revealed an (embarrassing) amount of fabric purchases, I am going to pledge to use each and every one of these pieces of fabric in the next year! I'm not making any promises about the Japanese, however.

I am linking up with Fresh Sewing Day and the Small Blog Meet at Lily's Quilts. Also, after my lucky giveaway streak, I am thinking I will need to have a little giveaway of my own soon :)

Lily's Quilts

Lily's Quilts

This summer apparently I am also one of these:

Knotted Cotton

Thanks so much for visiting!



  1. OOH! I love that patchwork! And voile for that back will feel so nice.

    As for your fabric purchases, *swoon!* So lovely!

  2. Your Little Folks quilt is lovely! I wish it was mine:-)

  3. I love the variety of colours and designs in this quilt. Way cool!

  4. Hi from the Small Blog Meet! I love love love your all your flowers!

    I heard a rumor that Liberty was coming out with a line of quilting weight fabrics that would be more in line with quilting fabric prices. Did you see any evidence of that?

  5. The quilt is going to be gorgeous! Liberty is amazing, and I think I just bought some of the fabric you have!

  6. Love your shopping bounty -- great colors. I'm dying over that voile quilt. I wanted to get my hands on some a month ago, but it didn't happen. Maybe next month... :)

  7. The quilt is going to look great. I love the colors. Liberty fabric is beautiful.

  8. Love the fabric purchases. I lived in London for 5 years but only went into the Liberty store recently, and that was so lucky, as otherwise I would not have saved a penny in those 5 years. The fabric and craft floors are just amazing! You can also order Liberty on-line and they deliver international! but I know, not the same right? Lovely to visit you back and thanks for your earlier stop at my blog!

  9. Your second picture looks like a shower curtain and and beautiful one at that. With all that fabric, it looks like you're going to be pretty busy.

  10. I've always love patchwork squares but have not done one yet, your Little Folks quilt looks great!!! Using more of those voile would definitely give you the softest quilt ever... Look forward to seeing it finished! ;)
    Love the Liberty prints too, by the way.

  11. Love what you wrote about Liberty's "five floors of gorgeousness"! You are so right! I can't wait to see how your top develops... that yellow-orange colour makes the whole thing glow.

  12. Oooh really like your AMH voile project! And those fabrics were just asking to be purchased-- lucky they picked you!

  13. Glad you like it! I love Libertys, but end up running scared from the prices whenever I go in!


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