It's the first Friday of the month and that means a finish from me!
Ready??? This is the FIRST pop song I actually remember seeing on TV - it must have been around 1981-2 because it was in our house in England. It wasn't this clip but the music brings back memories. And it fits with my finish.
I bought a fat quarter of safari fabric at the Perth quilt fair last year. I wanted to do something modern with it, and I had a hankering to try using linen. So I came up with this.I also wanted to try using perle cotton, so I hand quilted it. Unfortunately, I didn't realise perle cotton comes in different weights, and the type of craft store near me... well, if you asked for perle cotton, they'd probably look at you strangely and say "the pearls are in aisle 6 and the cotton is in aisle 14..."
I had hideous trouble getting the needle size right and pulling size 5 thread through a quilt... A less dense batting might have helped - I generally use White-n-warm. I also learnt that with this type of thread, there is a RIGHT way and a WRONG way to thread it. If you run your fingers along the thread, you can feel that running one way is a tiny bit rougher - like hair follicles. You don't want to be pulling it through the wrong way! So it's been quilt a row, wait a few weeks for blisters to recover, quilt a row, wait a few weeks.... So it really is TGIFF!
The linen was nice to work with (for a first go) and I love how it has all come together nicely... It looks cool and modern and cosy and friendly all at the same time.