Hi everyone! I have a few things in progress to show you this week. The postman has brought me a few goodies and I’m all excited thinking what will I do next!
I think it is about time that I showed you the main thing happening this month. I am the Bee Mama for the month of June in the Modern Irish Bee and since today I received my first 2 blocks from busy bee Tomomi, I will show you the design I made. You can read more about it in the original post I wrote for the guild blog here. I was inspired by a scrappy quilt I saw on Flikr with tiny little squares scattered on a white background and the supernova cluster stars from an astronomy book at home. So here’s the result:
It is funny how it looks… I draw the idea on graph paper. Then, instead of drawing 11 more blocks to see how the whole quilt would look like, I just photocopied it and cut them all out. I could play around with different arrangements but in the end I stuck to the original plan, which is a quilt with 6 stars clusters.
The block measures 12.5″ and is divided in 4 squares, and each of them in 3 columns. The red scraps are 1″ finished squares and the white background pieces vary in size.
Here’s my two blocks using red scraps and Kona white.
And here you can see a completed star cluster with Tomomi’s blocks and mine together. It is very exciting to see how it is coming out slowly, especially when I wasn’t using any colours at the time of designing. I can’t wait to receive the rest of the blocks and see them all together! As usual, I will have trouble thinking about the quilting… I think I’d like to have a red backing, maybe tiny polka dots or gingham… I don’t know…
Tomomi was very nice and she included a beautiful handmade little drawstring pouch. Isn’t it amazing? Look at the detail of the log cabin block! Thank you so much Tomomi for your generous gift!
I am still organizing and tidying my sewing room and among all the bits and bobs I found 2 kits to build a chest of drawers and an octagonal box that my sister had bought me while she was visiting Japan. I am not sewing these days because I want to have the space ready, so this is a great way to have my hands occupied and quenching my creative bug.
Then… another little package was accompanying Tomomi’s one! I was the lucky winner of Sarah’s Facebook giveaway for a patchwork cushion cover kit from Seamstar, one of her sponsors. Seamstar is an online shop where you can sign up for a monthly craft club box. You’ll receive all the supplies you need to complete a monthly project together with instructions. It is a brilliant idea, isn’t it? So here’s my latest addition to my to-do list. The kit contains 6 coordinating charm squares, piping cord, binding, linen, calico cotton, an invisible zip, thread and batting plus the instructions to follow. I’ll jump into it as soon as I can!
At that’s all for this week… I’ll keep working on my Japanese themed crafts while drinking some Gen Mai Cha!