Yet another quilt is jumping the queue on my To Do list, but for the nicest possible reason, so it’s something to celebrate.
My brother’s second daughter is coming to Australia. Originally it was going to be a 3-month visit on a visitor’s visa; she’s doing a yoga-teaching course in Manly, and was going to come and stay with us for a week before it started. Now, she’s getting a working visa, and will stay for a year, which means we’ll see a bit more of her!
As well as her interest in yoga, she’s extremely keen to work in the publishing industry, is a huge reader, and has a book review blog which began when she took on the BBC’s Big Read challenge (which she has almost completed). She travels very light, and will be short of home comforts for quite a long time, so I’m going to make her something homey. A quilt, of course – but not just any sort. She’s getting a book case quilt. In case you’re wondering what that is, take a look here – a great example. There are some lovely ones out there, of all different shapes, sizes, layouts and colours.
I’ll be using bright colours, a black background and white sashing for the book case, and it’ll be about 60″ square, a nice snuggling-up size. I’m not linking to her blog, because I want it to be a surprise, but if you want to take a look, the link to her blog is on the left, about halfway down, the one called The Unlikely Bookworm, with the ‘selfie avatar’ in a Geek t-shirt, near the Snail of Happiness.
She’s arriving at the beginning of September, so that’s how long I’ve got to make it. However, it shouldn’t be too taxing, since the whole thing is strip-pieced. I’m debating a few bits of appliqué to add some shelf ornaments/souvenirs/postcards, etc. You know: all that stuff that collects in front of the books on your book cases… The quilting will, as always with me, will be simple, straight lines and mostly invisible. I’m also going to make the whole quilt top from fabric I have on hand, except possibly for the back, which will be kept as simple as possible. I’d like to make it from stash, but may end up buying wideback if I run short of time.
I’m loving the idea that my favourite hobby is about to cross over to embrace hers!