As yet unnamed, I have finished all the sketches for my 4th Shabby Roses quilt.
I chose the fabrics, traced the designs onto crisp white quilter's muslin, fused the applique pieces in place, and was about to begin stitching when I had an idea - maybe I could make two versions!? One would be appliqued and a small quilt size, but another could be designed slightly different as a wall hanging with just stitching!
So that is what I did. Yesterday and this morning I've been preparing both designs, and now they are ready for the first stitches to be made. But which one do I do first?? AAAh! Decisions!
I'll give you a little sneak peek of the applique version...
Unlike my first three Shabby Roses quilts...
..and "A Christmas Story",
this quilt will not be made using romantic florals. I'm stepping outside my comfort zone to use these...
They are from Judie Rothermel's "Aunt Grace Circle of Friends' fabric line. I'm a bit of a vintage girl at heart, and I thought it would be a lovely challenge to make my fourth Shabby Roses quilt different in 'essence' than the previous quilts.
However, as I can't deny the romantic shabby chic in me, I am making the other - slightly different smaller version - in pastels.
I may be using some of these gorgeous threads for the smaller version...
Don't they look yummy!!?
Speaking of my romantic heart, I have to show you the tea cup and saucer I bought myself from Blossom's shop yesterday. Having her work at *that* shop is sooooo hard because everytime I drop in to say 'hi' my eyes fall on so many gorgeous things! But I am strong and have only bought two items in the 5 weeks she has been there. This tea cup set was the second...
You understand, don't you? It was part of a 6 cup set and one set broke so they were selling them separately. This was the last set left on the shelf. I guess you could say I rescued it. :-)
Mr E got a new cup too. Even though today is Father's Day, he received his Father's Day gifts a few weeks ago when he got his motorbike - a pair of leather riding gloves from Blossom, and a pair of leather riding boots from Slicer - but Blossom wanted to give him a present he could open today so she bought him this mug ...
It will spend the rest of its life on his desk at school. A daily reminder of his Blossom. :-)
I'm off to start that stitching now, with my ever faithful (and newly clipped for summer) Bob-the-dog at my feet...
(Don't look at all those threads on the carpet! Must ask a nice teenager to vacuum for me...one of the things I can't do with my hand at the moment - poor me
PS: Patterns for all the Shabby Roses quilts can be found HERE in my Etsy Shop.