Always with the blues

It’s a bit of a problem, sometimes.

I can’t resist dark blues. And now that I’ve started these hexies, I see lovely fabrics everywhere.

So… I had a fat quarter of a dark blue and cream tiny floral stripe pattern. I say had; it’s a pile of hexies now. But if this was going to turn into anything useful, I was going to need more. So I paid a visit to Cairns Creative and bought half a metre of a really nice dark blue tiny print, and also a dark blue and white Aboriginal meander pattern which will work with the blue and white lawn print I’m  using for the intermediate hexies in the layout. You’ll see what I’m talking about when I start to lay things out.

And of course while I was there I had a poke through their remnants basket and found this beauty!

Eden, by Sally Kelly

It’s the same fabric as some of the scraps I got when I visited Amitié Textiles in Victoria. The scraps I plan on using to make a patchwork coat. I loved the fabric so much I recognised a small corner of it halfway down the basket, and dived for it. It’s so lovely I can almost, almost not bear to cut into it. I may have to turn it into a large panel on the back of the coat, say, so that I don’t have to cut it too much.

But that’s for the future. First, more hexies, and sadly, the end of the holiday is upon us. Two more nights away, and then it’ll be time to start unpacking, cleaning and doing laundry.

Welllll, when you put it like that, I really deserve some lovely fabric, don’t you think?

…And on with the next thing

This will be an Aussie Heroes Quilts production.

Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 3.44.32 PMThis was the initial fabric selection and an assortment of iron-on patches to fit the brief. I’m particularly loving the dark navy blue fabric with white kangaroo silhouettes which is going to be the backing.

Subsequently I decided not to use many of the scraps I thought about using, since some of them are, well, floral/girly. I want to get it right for my first one! This quilt is going to a Petty Officer Master Technician in the Navy, and I have to get it on its way by 25 August at the latest.

Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 7.51.34 PMI have a plan, and this is what it looks like. The nice thing about all the AHQ quilts is that they’re smallish, and therefore faster to make than my usual double to queen size. There’s a standard size we have to stick to, to ensure it doesn’t weigh too much, that it fits the bunks, and that it can be stowed away in kit easily and quickly. So I can crack on fast, make the quilt fit the recipient, and once it’s away, start the next one. Thousands of quilts and laundry bags have gone out, but so many thousands more are needed, and each one goes to a grateful and appreciative home…

Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 7.51.49 PMHere’s progress to date. The chequered patches went together like a dream, everything lined up without trouble – it must be a good omen! To contrast with the crisp blue and white blocks, I’m going for greyish, muted  solids and co-ordinating large scale simple botanic prints meandering from side to side. The ‘extras’ that reflect the recipient’s interests are going to be added in the solid colour squares, here and there on the quilt top. There’s also a co-ordinating block for the back which will contain the AHQ label.

Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 7.52.02 PMHere are the embellishments. The drawing is going to be the appliqué patch, which will be fairly tricky. I’m still working out how to do it, but it’s going to be good if I can pull it off. OK, little quiz: what is the significance of the coloured strip at the top of this picture?  The clue lies in this quilt’s final destination. Answers in the comments box. No prizes except kudos, though!

Back to the sewing machine.