A Summer Weekend

January 7, 2012 § 7 Comments

I have decided that unless I really, really need some fabric to finish something that I am going to attempt not to buy any more fabric for the whole of 2102. Before the end of 2011 I did order some fabrics to fill some glaring stash gaps and some of these arrived the other day. Here they are. Some yellow solids and some lovely Kaffe shot cottons.

So what has this got to do with my weekend? I was planning an appliqué quilt and I was looking longingly at Sue Garman’s Friends of Baltimore and Kim McLean’s Roseville Album (or maybe the Flower Garden or then again perhaps the Flower Pots….) when I realised that these quilts need 9.5 yards of background! Hoist on my own petard already. I don’t have 9.5 yards of anything suitable for background. And I can’t really claim I need it to finish a quilt because the quilt isn’t started so they will have to wait for 2013, God Willing. So then I decided I’d try to finish my knitting and it was so nice outside that I took the camping chair and sat out the front and knitted in peace. It was lovely. A cup of coffee, a glass of water, my knitting and the phone.

The little drink holder in the arm of the chair proved to be the perfect place to put the ball of wool to stop it rolling away. Here’s the view from my chair.


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§ 7 Responses to A Summer Weekend

  • sylvia says:

    WONDERFUL! It’s your little slice of nature and what good use that cup holder was! lol GREAT.

    Now, just because you can’t make that 9.5 yard backing doesn’t mean you can’t make something maybe similar but ORIGINAL!!! I’d be willing to bet if you put your mind to it, you could come up with your own design with what you have on hand. Think about it…

  • Annette in NC, USA says:

    I was thinking along the same lines as Sylvia – use different backgrounds for your applique maybe.

  • cheryl says:

    What a great spot and I love the yarn colors – a lacy shawl in this yarn will be beautiful. I agree with Sylvia on this – you dont need 9.5 yards of backing, I am thinking what lovely blocks you could put together with fabrics you have – spend some time thinkinking and look through what you have , there is a quilt there… enjoy your summer !

  • Because we go camping a lot and I always take my knitting, I found that those drink holders are very handy for the ball of yarn. Agreeing with everyone else here on the background. Use what you have.

  • Doris says:

    As you know, I’m on a fabric diet–now entering my 2nd year. Use what you have! I know being forced to use stash fabrics is a good thing for originality & creativity.

  • Pip says:

    I have seen versions of Flower Garden and Flower Pots which used different background fabrics in each block, it looks quite effective. Lollipop Trees (another Kim McLean pattern) has different coloured backgrounds in the blocks, the borders would be where you would need more fabric, but you could make the blocks this year and the borders next year, when you could buy the required amount of background fabric.

  • Linda says:

    Great solids! I know what you mean about the backing fabric. They always need soooo much! I’ve seen where some people piece the back. Sometimes with a block or two, sometimes with a solid. I have no doubt that you can make something lovely with what you have. You have a knack for making-do.

    xo Linda

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