Thursday, 12 July 2012

All in an afternoon's work

Today was a bank holiday in Northern Ireland, so no work for me!  After a lazy morning catching up on google reader and general hopping around websites, we headed out as a family into the sunshine (yes, actual real sunshine!) to climb Slieve Croob which is not too far from where we live.

I promise there was sunshine in spite of all those clouds!

See the fabulous views from the top.
Those are the Mourne Mountains in the background.

I have never climbed Croob before and, usually preferring flat(ish) beach or woodland walks, felt that after all that exertion I had earned an afternoon in the sewing room.

I gathered six of the lovely Melissa Averinos Swoon fqs which I won from Mandy at Simply Solids in a giveaway last year

and "allowed" myself to be distracted from what I actually went up there to sew (will have to show you that another day). Instead, inspired by this quilt I had a go at the Yellow Brick Road pattern.

After some nifty cutting of 6 fat quarters

I had 20 blocks of three varying designs

and not long after, a little quilt top measuring 36.5" x 45.5"

It's very busy I'll admit, much busier than I would usually go for, but I think I kind of like it in a not-very-me sort of way.  Oddly, when I had the fabrics in their little fq bundle I had the impression that this quilt would turn out to be quite brown, but actually it's quite purple among the yellow and orange and green.

I've been playing with possibilities for borders but, not having any more of the Swoon it would have to be a solid and when I tested them, they look so empty compared with the business of the quilt.  My son suggested just keeping this quilt small and adding an orange binding and I think I might just follow his advice.

The Yellow Brick Road pattern was a great pattern to work with.  The cutting instructions are clever and there's very little wastage.  It probably works best when the fabrics are more contrasting than these ones, but it's got a slightly modern feel to it and it can be whipped up into a top in just a few hours.  I will definitely be trying this one again.


  1. I like your quilt. Small but perfectly formed. Your day out looks wonderful. I did washing, ironing and taxi service BUT the sun was shining. I think I prefer your day though! Di x

  2. Bearing in mind the date etc, that you shared this quilt with us, and your son's suggestion on the sashing - I'd call this quilt 'The 12th'
    Looking good, and it looks like you had a great day for your trip into the Mournes

  3. Yay for a day off, sunshine AND sewing time! It is a mini miracle.

  4. glad you all had a nice day out! and what a gorgeous quilt top! those fabrics are so sumptuous and yummy looking together it is lovely! have you tried a deep matching purple as a border at all? I think your son has given excellent advice! x

  5. great photos of the mountains Sarah. Love the colours in the fabrics in the quilt that you are making.

  6. Great that you got out and about and made that lovely quilt top. I'll have to try that pattern out. Yours looks so great!

  7. I love your quilt top, especially those purples, they really pop out. Sounds like a perfect day to me


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