Now, some of you serious quilters may say that Ashley is not an experienced quilter, as she herself acknowledges, but maybe that's why this quilt along appeals to me. Joining in with quilt alongs on quilting sites, was just a bit daunting for me.
Besides, if I get stuck, my copy of The Practical Guide to Patchwork, by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson! has arrived. I've previously made a zippered pouch from one of Elizabeth's patterns. At first glance, the book looks like it will be a great reference and just as easy to follow as the purse pattern. Thanks Fiona, from Celtic Thistle Stitches for recommending the book.
While out shopping the other day, I came across a new (to me) quilting shop. After asking the owner a million questions, I purchased some polyester batting for my first quilt. Now to make up my mind and choose fabric. I'd love to hear your recommendations for fabric and colours you would use for a quilt to be given to a male. To make it easier, I may go with a layer cake as recommended, even though I have more than enough fabric in my stash.
While at the quilting shop, I saw an absolutely gorgeous quilt for a little girl, which I would LOVE to make. The pattern for the quilt is made by an Australian company, Kookaburra Cottage Quilts. On visiting their website, I found lots of other amazing children's quilts. Somehow I don't think I'm quite up to it yet, but one day.
In June, I'm also joining in with Wendy, from The Crafter's Apprentice, for her Something Old, Something New Competition.
As the name suggests, you have to make an item that incorporates both pre-loved fabric and new fabric. I love refashioning, so this competition really appeals to me. You can enter as many times as you like and there's a prize!!!
Before I sign off, I thought I'd leave you with a funny picture...
This little pair of girl's undies was a definite fail... LOL!!!