In the preparation for my Farmer’s Wife quiltathon, I very cleverly joined forces with two other Melbourne participants, and put in a HUGE order with The Fat Quarter Shop! Last week, the big box of yummy fabric arrived, and my portion is this:
A mega bundle of Cotton + Steel Basics! I will be pairing these with my already impressive collection of C+S prints, to hopefully create a really fabulous version of the FW quilt!
I just adores the entire column spectrum in the range. From the Navy blues, aquas, greys and neutrals…..
Through to the pinks, corals, mustards and greens. WINNING!
Last week also brought a visitor to our household! One of my very dearest friends of 35 years came for a five day visit, and on Thursday we headed to a local cafe for lunch with my Mum and sister. After lunch, Mum suggested we visit the little LQS a few doors down – and who am I to argue with that?
Sometimes I do forget about the gorgeous little quilting stores I am lucky to have reasonably local to me. I hadn’t been to Lilly Patches for a couple of years, but was reminded what a great little shop it was as soon as we entered! June, the owner, is a wealth of information, who has been quilting for decades and is still really in love with the craft. She stocks an abundant range of fabric, as well as notions.
And amongst her fairly traditional bolts of fabric, there are some modern beauties to be found! I grabbed the C+S aqua to bind my quilt I’ve just finished. And the Doe. Well, I’m figuring that will work just fine with the Doe jelly roll I took in to my stash last month!
So that was Thursday. Then yesterday, I was on my way home with my daughters from a shopping trip and pulled over to the side of the road to google Lily Patches’ opening hours. Because I had a lightbulb moment……
Our Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild is teaming up with the Scottish MQG for a mini quilt swap! And we are being encouraged to use Australian fabric designers. Although I have a few in my stash, I was beginning to think Scotland would be over run with the same colour palettes and designers. And that was where my lightbulb exploded! I recalled all the Aboriginal prints in Lily Patches, and knew I could make some of them work! These beauties were my picks of the bunch – but if you’re looking for something beautiful and different, head on over and see what you can find!
In other Melbourne and Farmer’s Wife sew-along news – if you are a Melbournite or not far from here, I am planning on running a few sewing days for participants! I’m still nutting out the details, but the first one will likely be in November. Please do let me know if you would like to be involved and/or sign up for my newsletter on my homepage, so I can ensure you are alerted when I’ve got it all booked in!
Ok. That’s my Sunday Stash report – where’s yours?