I have always liked quilts with houses and would like to make one, but I had never seen a pattern I really wanted to make ( and I am not clever enough to design my own, it is easier for someone else to do it). But I have found one now and it is definitively challenging enough.
Quiltmania is a French magazine, also published in English, and it is probably my favourite patchwork magazine. It is published only every other month, there is enough interesting articles, but not too many, and enough projects for anybody's taste. Four issues back they started publishing blocks for a Mystery Quilt, design for Quilmania by Yoko Saito. I liked the first block, but I decided to wait and see how it develops. Now I have seen four blocks and I am hooked.
There is plenty of needleturn and reverse applique, not something I have done a lot of, so there is a challenge straight away. The colours of fabrics Yoko is using are typically hers, but I will prefer brighter colours in my quilt, although I like the idea of checks and stripes. So, to my stash to see how much I can put together. No, this is not enough, I just have to go shopping! So this morning I drove to Hansons in Sturminster Newton to look for more fabrics.
Just a note for anyone in that area of Dorset, or anyone travelling to the West Country, it is worth it to make a small detour, it is not often you will see such a huge selection of fabrics. And they have a sale on at the moment, 20% reduction of everything.
This is what I came back with, to add to the selection from my stash. I hope to find some time this weekend to start.
I also hope to re-discover my garden this weekend, as at last we are having some decent weather.
The Jet Stream has moved north (yes, we are all experts on Jet Stream over here now) where it should be this time of year. It being too far south until now was blamed for all that rain we were having last few weeks.
I managed to salvage some of the lavender at least and it is now drying inside.
I have also finished the stitchery for no3 Fernhill BOM and started no4.
And I have done little more stitching on the Indigo quilt (middle and right in the picture).
I must also show you a birthday present I got from my children in May, just before our holiday.
KnitPro set of circular knitting needles with interchangeable wooden tips. I prefer to knit on circular needles now, because the weight is not on hands. I really wanted this set and I will put it to a good use over time.
Have a wonderful weekend!