Yep I realise it’s June. I fell a bit behind with my Aussie Modern Instabee blocks which my bee mates have been very understanding about.
On the plus side, it has worked out that I’m making the same block pattern for both April and June so getting all the cutting done at the one time and making a single text block has been great.
Here’s my Trellis Crossroads test block in my colour scheme of rich jewel tones & a scrappy low volume background. I played around with my fabrics to make a bit of a gradient around the quarters.
And here’s my April block for Claire who requested emerald greens with a pop of orchid on a medium grey background which she supplied. I was a bit low on greens so it was a great excuse to extend the range of greens I had. There are some real beauties in there including Botanics with a hint of metallic gold, Terra Australis, Saffron Craig & Pearl Bracelets to name a few.
Unlike me, the bee mates I’ve had so far have all been super prompt in sending their blocks to me. Clockwise from the top-left we have my March block from Natasha, May block from Crystal, June block from Clare and my April block from Liz.
I’ve got my June block cut out and ready to go (the same Trellis Crossroads pattern as above) and my May test block has been done so I’ll be taking those along to the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild Sew Day this Saturday and I should be all caught up!
I may have been quiet here recently but not for lack of new fabric acquired, so what better way to resurface than with a Sunday Stash (linking up with Quilt Show WinnerMolli Sparkles), and a sneak peek at what’s been keeping me busy (psst… it’s sparkly!)
Today I’m sharing the fabric I picked up at Australia’s First Modern Quilt Show. April was a whirl wind of helping to get everything organised for the show and not a lot in the way of sewing, except for the quilt sleeves on the back of my quilts.
It was hectic but all worth it, we were so happy with how everything went and that so many people came to visit.
We also had a wonderful range of stalls who I was more than happy to support, I just wish I has some more time to go shopping. I did get to go visit My Patch Fabrics in Milton after the show and picked up a few more low volume pieces to.
As soon as the show was over I was straight back onto another project, a costume that had to be ready by the end of May (eek!) for WAMED, the West Australian Middle Eastern Dance Festival. Lucky I enjoy hand sewing because this was pretty much all done by hand. The sequins are a fabric, I’m not quite crazy enough to sew all those on individually but it is a pain to sew through. The beads and crystals take a while but they’re sparkly and pretty to look at so not all bad.
The costume is an original design by Virginia Keft-Kennedy with each of the seven performers designing their own motifs. Being creative on a short deadline isn’t always fun but I’m happy with how all the motifs turned out.