Sunday, July 10, 2011

How canI resist...

...the siren call of an empty drawer? This set of drawers is how I limit the number of projects I have on the go at any one time. My golden rule is no new project unless I have a drawer available to house all of the fabrics I want to use in a quilt. The drawer has been empty for some time now, ever since I finished Miss Emma's Husband in fact.

So, inspired by the Vesalius quilt in An Moonen's, A History of Dutch Quilts and wanting to use the beautiful fabrics I had purchased from Den Haan & Wagenmakers in Amsterdam last year, I got to work.

The chintzs are from a 'candy box' that contains about 60 strips of various fabrics. The tone on tone gold is / was a little bright as I wanted to use it in conjunction with a beautiful piece of border fabric I had also bought. So out with the tea bags and here is the end result. A good match don't you think?

After I have drawn up the design for the applique I copy it to a piece of vilene and then start auditioning fabrics and cutting them out until I am happy with the balance of colour and pattern.

Once this is all done I start the applique.

I have made good progress, there will be more to see next time.....

Until then, happy sewing,



  1. I would be in sad trouble if I could only have the number of projects as you have drawers in your cart. I can see that is a good way to keep yourself in check and I admire that you do that.

  2. Looks like there is room for a second cart of drawers next to the first! Glad you have an empty drawer so you can share more inspiration!

  3. The fabrics are gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing the quilt as it progresses.

  4. I'm gonna do it too!!! The drawer thing is a great idea!!!