Friday 3 May 2019

The start of Dear Jen - and the Peacock Party

Well, thank you for all the kind comments about my Suffrage in Stitches panel.  I delivered them yesterday, and now I won't see them again until the exhibition opens.

A few weeks ago I warned (confessed?) that I'd signed up for an online block of the month through Amitie Textiles called Dear Jen.  It's Jen Kingwell's version of a Dear Jane quilt, and probably as close as I'm going to come to making a Dear Jane quilt.

Of course a new quilt calls for a new fabric pull.  I'm thinking of using this bundle of Libs Elliott Mix Tape above, with a few bright Liberty fabrics thrown in for good measure.  I don't like making a whole quilt from just one fabric line - I like to mix it up.

The patterns for the first 6 blocks were released this week.  I resisted the temptation to dive right in, because I really want to get my Shuttles quilt top finished first.  It's so close to done, and should be finished this weekend.

A reminder of what the pattern in the book looks like:

I'm loving all the snippets of Kaffe fabrics in my Shuttles quilt.  It's going to be bright and crazy, but hey, we all need a bit of that at times.

If you're in the lower North Island of NZ, remember the Kapiti Quilters Exhibition at Southwards Car Museum this weekend.  The list of merchants is very impressive.
And Tote and Gloat at Palmerston North the following Saturday, 11May.  I'm going to be at Tote and Gloat and I'm taking something for show and tell.  I'm not quite sure what yet, but it will be colourful. I'm really looking forward to my friend RachaelDaisy's presentation as the guest speaker.

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  What's everyone else been up to?

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Gretchen Weaver said...

Your shuttles quilt is looking lovely. Can't wait to see what Dear Jen looks like, I've never heard of this pattern. Happy Stitching!

FlourishingPalms said...

I love that you always use bright colors in your quilts. This Dear Jen one will certainly following that path too. I looked up the pattern, and it's intriguing, for sure. Have you noticed - or has anyone else noticed - how many quilt-along, and BOMs there are these days?! Everywhere I look, including on Instagram, it's the craze. Of course, it's an excellent way to promote designers and their patterns, as well as engage lots of quilters. It will be interesting to watch progress on yours... and all the others. I usually sit them out.

Jayne said...

I love the Shuttle Quilt! The vibrant colors are never a bad thing! Can't wait to see it finished!