I’ve worked like a Trojan on my Kaffe quilt this week …
I bought the rest of the green fabric – at first Melanie didn’t think she should part with it, but when I held up my work thus far, she capitulated.
Some emergency piecing was called for – as I was slicing one pair of triangles in half, I had the bottom tucked under and whip! off went the beautiful Kaffe purple point! Feeling stingy and not wanting to cut into any of my left-overs, I found a scrap, sewed it along the cut edge, and then shaped it back into a triangle … you can barely notice it!
I’ve also been busily sewing yo-yos – but guess what, I cut out all the Kaffe yo-yos – and then lost them. I have searched EVERYWHERE (even the garage door!) but they have utterly vanished. So I ended up having to cut into my leftovers which is VERY bothersome – and naturally, the pre-cut ones will make their appearance as I sew the last of the re-cut ones on. Half the yo-yos will be in the Kaffe fabrics, the other half in this delightful yellow (can’t remember what it’s called and have cut off the selvedge) – its red cousin lives in many of this year’s quilts so I’m sure it will feel right at home at Boot house.
Back to the quilt – after piecing until 1.30am the other night/morning, the quilt top is DONE! So yesterday it was off to my favourite fabric discounter – Trads – for some backing and buttons.
The backing is Storybook IV for $7 a metre (remember we pay $22 a metre usually so this fills me with penny-pinching glee!) and the buttons – oh the buttons!
I needed 86 and they had to be plain, a particular size, a neutral colour and with two holes. I found this bottle – and they looked marvellous and were only 10 cents each – but there were only 81. Mmmm…. then I found another bottle of the same button and there were 3 more inside it … mmmm … but wait! There was a button wired onto to the top of each bottle – 86!!!!!! Good golly Miss Molly, this was a sign!
So I took my purchases up to the counter where I was served by Trad’s daughter – all paid for – except it was only half what I thought it would be – as we were walking out, I checked the docket and I hadn’t been charged for any of the fabric, only the batting and buttons. I trotted back in – given I’d had such a find with the buttons, and I want my quilts to have good karma, I couldn’t possibly not pay the full amount.
Then home for pinning ..
… I pin on the back verandah, so pinning supplies must include insect repellant – otherwise I’d be carted off by the bloodthirsty beasts that are so bold, they even attack your moving fingers and face!
And voila – I’m quilting! Big stitches in perle – I’m utterly in love with the quilting from Material Obsessions’ beautiful book – and on with the yo-yos and buttons.
Except I dropped a button on the living room floor and cannot find it …