Planning ahead

With the last days of May upon us I thought I’d make use of a little quiet time this morning to trawl through my stash and pull out a few ideas for the month ahead. I already know that I am going to Quilt Along with Christa and I also want to make a mini quilt for the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge which is being held by Jennifer over at Ellison Lane Quilts.  However, I do not see these projects filling up all of my spare time and so, after a little searching, I have come up with a few ideas.

Yesterday afternoon we popped by Ikea and needless to say I was happy to stop for a browse in their fabric section. Although most of their fabrics are not suited to quilting I do often manage to find something there that I can put to other uses. Yesterday it was this beautiful heavyweight dusky pink cotton that just screamed “I’m a bag” to me.

And so a bag it shall be. Of course to make it into the bag I want it to be I need more colour, more texture and so I came up with what I consider to be a lovely matching selection of Dreaming in French by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.

If I am making one bag, I might try and make a second and get a head start on making some of the gifts I will need for one or two little girls in a few months time. I have a few scraps from the Gypsy line by Pillow and Maxfied for Michael Miller fabrics and these too team up well with my Ikea fabric.

For something a little bit different I have pulled out these fabrics from the British company Fabric Freedom. They ave been sitting my stash for a few years now and are from their Dream Deco range, which I believe was inspired by Carlton Ware. I thinking of doing something with circles on a dark background – reminiscent of plates perhaps.

And finally a little play time. I’ve been playing around with some fabric designs on Spoonflower and my swatch samples  finally arrived this week. I’m hoping I might get a chance to play around with these a bit and start piecing together a summer throw quilt to see if I am happy with my final designs and how they work together.
As it’s Sunday, I’m linking up with Sunday Stash over at Finding Fifth.

6 thoughts on “Planning ahead

  1. Lovely fabric swatches, really fresh summery colours, they’ll look great on a summer throw. Can’t wait to see the bags either, I’ve never made any bags myself yet… :o)
    Visiting from Sunday Stash.

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