There’s a quilt on the horizon …

28/08/2014 § 2 Comments

Horizon Quilt

Horizon Quilt

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A few weeks ago I found a tailor’s shop selling bolt end rolls of shirting fabric.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  Amazing shirt fabrics – mens and womens – top quality cotton.  YAY!!!!  I went back a few times over the course of a fortnight and emerged from the shadows at the back of the shop, into the sunshine, weighed down with bags of fabric.

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Not the best photo – apologies.  I don’t know when I’ve found such soft cottons.  I used the blue (bottom), the shirt stripe (3rd up) and the check (4th up) in Coast Quilt , teaming them up with flashes of turquoise and orange.

I’ve been meaning to make a quilt using lots of a solid colour and venturing into half square triangles (HST’s) for a while and Horizon seemed an appropriate name for the blues with flashes of red in this quilt.  It’s a double bed quilt, measuring 1.5 m x 1.4 m, quilted diagonally 1/4″ from the diagonal lines and then horizontally, creating rhomboid shapes and finished with a soft red binding – that’s almost 6 metres of tiny hand-stitches all around the binding edge!  It took hours and hours.

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rhomboid quilting lines

So many other fabrics had to join in the fun, for both Coast and Horizon.  I’m constantly amazed how many different fabrics it takes to create a quilt.  I reckon I spend more time choosing the fabrics than piecing the tops (well, it seems that way)!  I raided my oh-so-special stash of Liberty prints for this quilt too.

Now, I have a bit of a dilemma.  Should I take Horizon to market before the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, starting in November?  I’m building up a stock of quilts, cushions etc as I’ll be at the market every day for 2 weeks, from 20 November. Plans are taking shape for the layout of my log cabin and I’m sorting out packaging and labelling.  Excitement, excitement when my quilt labels arrived from Moo …

 

rounded edge mini-cards

rounded edge mini-cards

I have a single tiny round hole punch and have attached ribbons so that every quilt will have a pretty label, with the quilt name, dimensions and price pinned on.  The spare room is full of boxes (for quilts and pincushions) and yet more carrier bags will be arriving any day now.  I’m really enjoying having a focus for my creating.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day – I’m busier than I ever was when I taught full-time!

Enjoy the rest of your week – I’m taking an hour off from quilting to make some Beetroot Soup.  I made some earlier in the week and it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.  I’ll share my recipe later on – I’ll write it down this time, instead of just throwing stuff into a pot!

Take the quilt to market? Save the quilt for the Christmas Market?  That’s the question – what would you do?

Adaliza x

PS  Use this discount code http://www.moo.com/share/gf9njf if you’re thinking of ordering cards/tags etc from Moo – 10% off I think.

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§ 2 Responses to There’s a quilt on the horizon …

  • AUNTIE SHAN says:

    Love the Tags! – I usually just punch a hole into my business cards & attach with a bit of yarn to my Throws and Hats. But they aren’t as colourful as yours! – [And all of my "Babies" have Names, too! Difficult to keep track at times...]

    As to your “dilemma”… It’s always a tough decision regarding “holding back” Inventory for the next Bigger Fair and *hope* that IT sells “There”! — Personally, I’d bring IT to the First Fair, but UP the Price about 10% or so over what you were planning to put IT at, seeing as you did put in a lot of extra work into IT. Then make note of any interest IT receives, especially the “Pricing-Point”… If IT sells, then *BONUS*! If not, then you’ll have the Inventory, plus Client Feedback, and possibly a commission or 3! And at Winchester, knock the Price down to 5% above your Original-Price. That way, if Someone was on the fence about IT earlier, They can get IT for a bit less at Winchester if They show up, and you still have a 5% profit. Also, put the Prices up on the Rest of THEM as well. Then, “discount” THEM later…

    BTW, great Score on that Shirt-Cotton!!

    Anyhoo, GOOD LUCK!! :-D

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  • adaliza says:

    Lovely to hear from you – and very good advice, too. I’m quilting like a whirling dervish! I’m insanely excited about the Christmas Market – there are thousands and thousands of people every year. It’s just going to be so much fun to be part of it, with the ice-rink in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral, all the Christmas trees and little lights … and patchwork quilts!!!

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