Its been another glorious hot day. First thing this morning I nipped over the road to the local car boot sales. Being a quilter, I looked round for fabrics that could be used, beads and quilting books. I got a blue turquoise batik skirt that would no way fit me but the fabric is fabulous for using in quilting. I got a really old book about patchwork and quilting from the 1970's with some great tips inside. Someone had once treasured this book as there were some old plans and loose bits of applique paper shapes. The book was tattered but it didn't matter it was a treasure find for me.
I got some small stone chip beads and some square small canvases to paint at ten pence each.
My biggest thrill was when the man let me have a big art book on religious icons. I like dabbling in sewing and painting mixing them up in textiles.
Here you can see the latest progress on the Mini Spring Quilt. You can see Ive done random stitches in the middle, haa haa I'm not showing you the back. I hope to get the back covered before I send this off to the lucky lady so far away. I must admit I really did panic and get upset thinking I'm not going to get this quilt done. I'm not worried now, this is coming along at great paces and thrilled now everything is coming together. Just another six more days.
I'm hoping to start hand quilting round the border, the lettering using a nice orange variegated quilting cotton. In the middle for both embroidery and hand quilting I used ordinary DMC and Anchor threads, they have been great and fun to use.
Last week I was hoping to get the latest Quilting Arts book from America but the shop had sold out and I was so disappointed. The Quilting Arts magazine is very me, very my style, with splashes of colour, beads, random embroidery and fabulous great sharp designs giving me lots of ideas. I have the one with the little birdies on the front cover with a ladder going up the sunflower.
I'm excited about the Spring Quilt swap, it's all fun and seeing what others do and wow there are some wonderful quilters and their quilts out there wooo hooo!!! all great stuff.