Hot summer days and school holidays bring a change in focus and pace. The blue and white sewing I shared a teaser of last post is now a completed quilt and listed in my Etsy shop. I'm very fond of classic blue and white and a timeless design.
The garden still provides splashes of colour despite some sizzling hot days. I find some quiet watering and weeding in the early morning cool rather therapeutic and rewarding.
Jodi from Tales of Cloth will soon be hosting a quilting Block of the Month club featuring the beautiful flowers/ice-cream design above (English Paper Piecing - EPP). Jodi generously gave away a number of trial paper packs, the perfect motivation to cut into some special fabrics to create these sample Ice-Cream Soda Quilt blocks. I have enjoyed making these even more than anticipated and plan to make some more soon.
Yesterday I added some organic fabrics to my Etsy shop, something I have thought about for a while and hope to add to over time. Another new addition to the shop are the Extra Fine Bobbins which I wound and prepared today (as above). Gutermann Extra Fine polyester thread is my personal favourite for fine hand sewing of EPP and appliqué as I have shared in detail before. A bobbin is a convenient size for portable handwork and is also an easy way to sample this specialty thread which can be difficult to source. The plastic bobbins fit Janome machines for reuse too.