And of course I chose the most expensive fabric in the shop - really, who goes shopping for dress fabric in a quilt shop? Me, of course. Well, it's a Liberty Voile, in case you were wondering, and it's so soft... just beautiful. I'm hoping to finish it on Saturday, to wear to Miss E's Baptism on Sunday. Proud Father advises it's "smart casual", so I guess I won't be wearing my hat & gloves...
In other news, I took the Second Chance quilt in to be quilted - only to discover that they won't accept anything that's creased, and so I spent an hour ironing the 2m (6'5") X 2.5m (8'2") backing fabric:
It's a good thing this is for MGF Kaz, because I doubt I'd do it for anybody else. Even Mr Golightly's shirts are the sort that don't require ironing.
Anyway, I have great faith in the quilter, who I'm sure will do a fabulous job, and I promise pictures will be posted before it goes off to the Hunter.
In other news, I have made more Bilbies - I keep selling them to friends and family, and so the numbers need topping up:
I need to do some more work on the pattern for the bigger guys, because I'm still not happy with the shape. This guy is made from some linen I bought at the Handmade Market two years ago (I think it's by Saffron Craig, so if you know, please drop me a note to confirm!), it's beautiful quality, and while I was rummaging through the boxes of red fabric to find a co-ordinating colour for the gusset, I found this beautiful lustrous Japanese cotton, with multi-coloured balls - and that's why this guy has purple eyes, to go with the interior of his ears.
This big guy nearly ended up in the bin - he's made from a really soft linen which is going to fray the minute you look at it, and I had to completely unpick the rear seam twice to get it right, and I'm still not happy enough with it to sell him. He's going on the 'keep at home' pile.
Which is where I am now, keeping at home. Back to the office next week, and a return to normal. Whatever that is. Ciao!