Goodness how time flies! The Fat Quarterly Retreat is just around the corner and I am scrambling to get ready. Are you?
Most importantly I am trying to get fabric from the shop cut and made into bundles, the threads sorted an on pretty racks and scrap packs made for the Saturday evening market. If you would like for me to hand deliver an order from Fluffy Sheep Quilting to the retreat in London, just hop over to the shop website, pile your cart full of pretties and use the discount code Presale20% at checkout. That will give you 20% off your purchase and free shipping. I will bring your order to registration on Friday afternoon.
Between packing up pre orders, I have been gathering together my class supplies. The list is not short and some of the items are hard to find in Galway, so I had to start gathering pretty early on.
First up is my embroidery class. This is the first time I have needed a Frixion pen, so I had it on my "in town" shopping list. Much to my delight, though, someone had accidentally left one on my desk at work and hasn't returned to pick it up!
I then just had to transfer the pattern onto linen/cotton and gather together the floss I would like to use for the class. I decided to use a white tea towel so that I had a finished, usable outcome from the class. What I'm most worried about is making the back pretty here as it won't be hidden from view. Help me, Jo! Help.
I did use the Frixion pen to transfer the design. I like that it's a fine line and temporary, but it did not transfer easily, so the lines are quite shaky and often overwritten 2 or three times before there was really a mark. This may be because the towel is quite textured, so I won't rule out the Frixion pens just yet...
Next up is my Fabulously Fast Tile Quilt. Here we had to cut strips from 18 of our favourite prints. Hmm... I had a good dig through the shop and my stash to find 18 that somewhat coordinated.
And then started cutting. I am using Kona Snow as a background color so these prints will pop. I am ridiculously excited to see how this quilt top comes together! Am I delusional to think it will be finished during class? We will see how Fabulously Fast this top is, won't we?
Next is hand quilting with Jen Kingwell. We were asked to bring a 20 inch quilt sandwich and coordinating perle cotton. Thankfully I had a left over block from Twinkle Twinkle and already have my perle cotton for quilting the rest of the quilt. I framed the quilt block in two of the prints used in the stars to make it large enough, then used IKEA fabric on the back. I hope this will be come a cushion cover to coordinate with Twinkle Twinkle so the back won't be seen. Again, another "finish" from a class. Brilliant.
I am just delighted that I got into Karen's screen printing class. I have decided on the image I hope to print and thought I would like to put it on a few tote bags instead of just cotton scraps. In the end, I would love to be able to print my own quilt labels, but that may be a bit too adventurous right now (with tiny text and all). I whipped up two reversible totes with Riley Blake fabric on one side and Kona Ash on the other. The Riley Blake is a bit twee as compared to my usual fabric choice, but I love these prints. I thought using them as a lining may be perfect as they don't have to coordinate with other fabrics to fit into a quilt. The Ash is nice and simple, so I'll print on that blank canvas. If it's any good, the screen printed side will be what's seen. If it's a disaster, the screen printed Ash will be the lining and no one will ever know.
Finally there's Green Tea and Sweet Beans with Jen Kingwell. We were to choose a mix of prints and background fabrics, bringing with us F16th cuts. I pulled out my usual saturated rainbow and a few LV prints to mix in.
Again, this pattern is not my usual style of quilting, but I think a class is a SUPER way to be exposed to new skills/techniques and ideas. I'll give it my best try. If appliqué is no for me, I will have a wall hanging or something that will happily live with the other minis in the shop. Nothing lost and a whole lot gained.
I am off to cut more fabric like a maniac. I've never seen so many FQs in the shop. How will they ever fit in my suitcase!?!?