I finally got started on the Across The Sea Quilt along! I have been meaning to get going for weeks but I'm glad I held back as I decided to ditch my original fabric choice of Modas Farmyard as I though it may be too traditional looking for this modern quilt.
Instead I went and used my bargain Swoon by Melissa Averinos that I picked up for a song at FOQ
I only have the green and blue colourways and decided as I was making a baby size quilt with 12 blocks I would use my 6 blues and have a double of each. On Monday I got cutting and laid it out on my background to get a feel of what it would look like
I managed to get the background cut out later in the day too and chain piece some of the arms. Wow isn't chain piecing great! I'm so glad it was suggested.
On Tuesday I mostly stayed in my pj's all day feeling sorry for myself, but today, oh man have I sewn!
I got all the chain piecing done and then made up all the blocks
then feeling motivated I got on and put the blocks together, so far so good. This is my first real attempt at any kind of precision piecing and I'm so glad I 'treated' myself to that 1/4 inch foot!
And THEN and baby J was STILL asleep I managed to piece the scrappy border, add it and the plain border and TADAH - the quilt top was finished! Off I trot outside to take some scrummy pictures.....
But the weather had other ideas lol.....
I kept waiting for a lull in the breeze but it never came so indoors I went to take a decent picture!
Then I popped up to the local quilt shop (about a 5 minute walk from my house, heaven!) and brought the batting and backing fabric. They didn't have anything that jumped out for the backing so I brought Calico and I am going to dye it (I think!)
So, that's a major leap forward on the to-do list. Tonight I have been researching my deadlines/partner preferences for the Japanese Scrap Bag Challenge and the Mug Rug and Goodie Swap. I'm hoping to get these made up next week, I have a big weekend coming up as I am taking Strawberry Patch to the 10 Parishes Festival in Somerset!