Ok, now here's the thing...this blog hop started just as I was starting my new job and I completely forgot to let you know about everyone's posts prior to them occurring - which is utterly utterly useless of me. Of course, I totally recommend you head back through all the posts (there's a blog list below) and check out all of the amazing projects made from Frances' debut line for Art Gallery Fabrics, because it's amazing how different everything looks, and I love every single one (possibly a little too much, but there you go, I am excited by a fabric line with zebras in it).
When Frances (I should point out that if you haven't come across Frances in internet land yet, you should go and find her, because she is so lovely and sweet and wonderful I am planning on kidnapping her) asked if I'd be a part of the tour I jumped at the chance, and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I had an idea for a really simple design that was classic and traditional but with a lot of negative space to make the fabrics pop right on out. I think it was all of the green in the line that made me think of an irish chain pattern right away, you know - green...the emerald isle...Ireland. And I wanted to pair them with a pure bright white for maximum popping...even though white and me are not often friends. I don't seem to be able to make a quilt that stays white for long, with the cats, the kids and my need to eat chocolate whilst sat under a quilt.
Fabric left unattended ends up like this.....
As I was sewing the blocks I made sure the cats were locked out of the sewing room, that everything was kept pristine and that nothing was coming between my quilt and it's shiny pristine whiteness.
I cut a heap of squares too...for a pillow...
The finished quilt top was sent off to Trudi for quilting, it's a big quilt so I asked her for something pretty simple (because I was also asking her to do it super fast for me, and I didn't want to push my luck). She completely ignored me (rightfully so) and did the most beautiful custom quilting, making the quilt a million times more amazing than I had hoped.
I can't show you the full quilt just yet because it'll be in Love Patchwork and Quilting shortly, but here's a sneaky peek (the winter weather is not helping me take photos right now, paired with the fact that I'm leaving the house at 6.30 am, in the dark, and getting home at 7.30pm...in the dark, I'm struggling to see daylight at the minute, so I'm really sorry these pictures are so awful!) I can't wait to show you the full thing, I love it, and it's all because of Frances' fabrics. The colours in Safari Moon are something special, with a perfect deep blue that is not quite navy, not quite royal blue and the most beautiful emerald green (a colour that I don't think we see enough of). Pairing those with oranges, an amazing hot pink that isn't too sharp on the eye and a lime green that has just enough yellow, but not too much. I love fabric - I think that's pretty obvious, and I get through a lot of fabric in a year, but Safari Moon is definitely up in my top 3 of fabric lines from the past year. Considering both Anna Maria Horner and Denyse Schmidt are my go-to favourites at any point in time, that is really saying something. I tried to think of another line I love as much, and am likely to love long time and I can't think of one.
Plus there's zebras. Personally, I feel the world is a better place because of fabric with zebras on. (Pronounced ZEH-BRAS, not ZEE-BRAS over here in the land of the British)
Which Miss Lily made into a dress, and then sent the dress to me (because she looked like a sack of potatoes in it - hooray for that...sorry Lynne, but actually no, I'm not sorry)
Now you've listened to me go on and on for ages, go and check out all the amazing projects so far on the tour. I promise most people are way less wordy than me.
Monday February 24 Faith Jones Fresh Lemons Quilts http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com
Tuesday February 25 Lindsay Conner Lindsaysews/ Craft buds http://www.lindsaysews.com http://www.craftbuds.com
Wednesday February 26 Sarah Lawson Sew Sweetness http://www.sewsweetness.com
Thursday February 27 Cristy Fincher Cristy Creates http://www.sewmuchlikemom.com
Friday February 28 Amy Smart Diary of a Quilter http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
Monday March Lee Heinrich Freshly Pieced http://www.freshlypieced.com
Tuesday March 4 Teri Harlan Sew Fantastic http://sew-fantastic.blogspot.com
Wednesday March 5 Jane Davidson Quilt Jane http://quiltjane.blogspot.com
Thursday March 6 Lynne Goldsworthy Lilys Quilts http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com
Friday March 7 Sandy Whitelaw Upstairs Hobby Room http://upstairshobbyroom.blogspot.com
Monday March 10 Katy Jones Imagingermonkey http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.com
Tuesday March 11 Victoria Findlay Wolfe Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts http://bumblebeansinc.com
Wednesday March 12 Megan Bohr Canoeridgecreations http://www.canoeridgecreations.com
and not to forget your host....Frances Newcombe, Designer with Art Gallery Fabrics, Belly Buttons Boutique http://bellybuttonsboutique.blogspot.com Frances is giving away a bundle of safari moon on her blog right now - go enter!!!!!!!!!