I seem to be in go slow mode on the blog at the moment. Its not that I haven't been sewing, its just that between my secret pin cushion swap parcel and a few handmade birthday presents, there is not much that I can show you at the moment.
However, there is a little something that I can share. I started this project because I fell in love with this beautiful bluebird block and I wanted to see if my paper piecing skills were up to the challenge.
Block finished, I was really pleased (apart from a few tiny wee details) but had NO IDEA what I was going to do with it. Finally I decided that the options were:
a) turn it into a bag- Nah! Done that before!
b) turn it into a mini quilt- But what would I do with it?
c) Make at least 3 more and turn it into a baby quilt for a very special wee man who has recently been born- A definite option, BUT an awful lot of work and potentially too ambitious for the available timescale.
d) turn it into a cushion- Great idea! It was going to be a present for a friend, but I've decided to keep it for myself instead!
I kept the quilting simple- a few simple parallel lines and tracing the outline of the bird at roughly a 1/4 inch. I don't yet trust my sewing enough to make a feature of this stitching, maybe that will come with time (and a darning and/ or a walking foot).
I have bought some backing fabric for the cushion, but am not sure about it if I'm honest. I thought that I knew exactly what fabric I wanted, but once I put the fabrics together, it just wasn't right (the bird has a cream background, the fabric has a white background). I made a snap decision and bought some of Village in Turquoise by Lecien instead, but now that I've got it home I'm just not sure... what do you think- too cutesie?
Apart from that I've been playing with stars...
a big wonky star that is a bit wonkier than intended:
and a tiny paper pieced star...
I've been gathering supplies for the next stage of the sunshine quilt.
I've been ignoring the aqua and orange sampler quilt. (Time to get back to that beauty I feel!)
I'm joining in with WIP Wednesday today, hop over and see what everyone is working on...