'Globetrotting', 'Swooning' and some 'Spoolin' around'

Hey there, Happy May everyone.  It is so nice that its Spring at last!  The packing boxes have arrived here, in preparation for our move home and someone is staging a PROTEST SIT-IN!

Ho.. hum... time to start decluttering/chucking out/wrapping/boxing up ... gosh I'm exhausted at the thought of it!!! But it's exciting times too.  Trying to finish up a few things in my sewing room before I have to pack that up too.

So first up, an update on Pat Sloan's BOM 'Globetrotting'.   April's block was Puerto Rico and this is somewhere I have never been...its not even on the list.... but after looking at Pat's photos...maybe it sneaked on.  I loved this block though - light and airy, with a sort of carnival feel.

This month Pat crossed the ocean and her block is all about London - hahhh - this is somewhere I do know about. Love London, is all I can say.  I know I may be biased... just a little, but recently I have to say it is a shining city and so much better than when I lived there... huh humm.... quite a few years ago.  Polished to great heights for the Olympics, it is still sparkling and there is so much to see and do there.   Pat's little London block is quite apt too - the squareness of it makes me think of London buses and I had to force myself not to let that 'red' in and try something else.


The whole project is really shaping up now....


 Having finished and 'given away' the flying geese quilt, I wanted to start a project that has been at the top of my list for a while really and this one is not going anywhere when its finished - the Swoon quilt.  There has been such a buzz about this pattern in the internet quilting world for so long and everyone seems to be making it! and why not - it is a totally fantastic pattern from Camille Roskelley at Thimbleblossoms. 

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The giant blocks are a very powerful image and relatively quick and easy to do.  The work is really in the cutting - it takes a bit of time to suss this out, but once you've got to grips with this, it is quick to put together as the shapes are fairly large.  The finished block is 24 inches so the quilt will grow quickly.   As to my fabric choices - well, I have had a stack of Amy Butler Dots and Spots sitting on my cutting table, whispering my name almost every morning as I walk passed them.  I loooooove these prints and combined with some 'solids' - I think its going to be fab.

The solid brown was a bit of a gamble really - but I like the result.   With my running stitch fever still running high - I decided to outline the petal shapes with a variegated #8 perle cotton and I think it somehow takes the plainess away from the brown and finishes the image off nicely.  I also used an aqua spotted background which I shall use on all the blocks as I decided I needed a change from plain white spaces.  So a new project ... I have pretty dramatic colourways in mind for the other blocks as well - so let's see how it turns out!

And finally ... gosh I'm out of breath there is so much going on this week ... I finished my 'Spools' wall hanging - already to hang up in my new 'oh so cool' sewing room in Yorkshire.  This project has been great for using up all those scraps and I think its cheerful and happy.  Again its a Thimbleblossoms pattern although all the trimmings around the border were me fooling around.  My other 'more educated' half, says it has an 'industrial' feel about it ... perhaps its the grey border, but I think that's perfect for an apsiring quilter who hopes to have a small business someday soon.

See you soon.... Ruby x