Even though there have been crickets chirping on my blog I have been going full throttle in the craft room. This weekend I am teaching three quilts at a workshop and have been busily writing patterns and making the last quilt. It's not quilted yet so I have some rather glamourous shots of it hanging from my clothesline, and without further ado, here it is.
I made this quilt from the Summer in the Park video by Missouri Star Quilt Company and have written a wee pattern to accompany the video, which I will share with you in a couple of weeks.
The fabric is Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for Moda and it is just gorgeous. So fresh and summery. It's not a fabric I would usually go for but let me tell you a story (not a very interesting one, but stick with me - there's a giveaway at the end :-)).
I originally bought an Amy Butler Gypsy Caravan design roll because I REALLY liked a couple of the fabrics in the range, but when I unravelled the design roll and started to organise the fabrics in readiness to make this quilt I decided that, although they are gorgeous, the range just wasn't cohesive enough for the Summer in the Park quilt.
And, as it turned out I needed 33 jelly roll strips to make this quilt and the Amy Butler design roll only has 30. I was determined to make this quilt while we were on holiday so I made a special trip to The Quilt Basket in Victor Harbor in search of a new jelly roll. When I got there, there were only about five to choose from so in desperation I grabbed the Salt Air jelly roll and I'm so glad I did because it is perfect for this quilt.
As it turns out, I didn't even take the cover off my sewing machine while I was away, I was too busy drinking tea on the verandah. So the mercy dash to Victor was completely unnecessary - but, if I hadn't gone, I would never have bought this fabulous fabric, and that would have been a shame!
So, now for the giveaway. I have one, slightly used, Amy Butler Gypsy Caravan design roll to giveaway to a good home. There are only (27) 2 1/2" strips because I did use a few before I changed my mind. If you would like to enter the giveaway just leave a comment telling me your favourite place for a holiday. I will close the giveaway on Tuesday, 7th of August 2012, at 5pm Central Australian Time and draw a winner at random.
I am linking up with Quilt Story and Freshly Pieced as usual, so head on over and spread the love!