No more paper-towel napkins for this gal!

Saturday’s champagne hamstravaganza was also the debut of a set of cloth napkins I sewed recently.

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I really like how the geometric print of the fabric plays against the fish on the plate. And the colour-match between the two blues is very good in real life; the plate came out a little darkly here.

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I used one yard of cotton quilting fabric and this very straight-forward tutorial to make a set of four.

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I’m very proud of my corners. They’re so sharp! So classy! So grown-up!

Modern Crosses Cushion

I hit the pause button on the pink and orange quilt I’ve been working on. The top is now pieced into four strips, waiting for me to figure out what to do for the backing–a not particularly easy question to answer when the nearest quilting shop is 550 km away.

In the meantime, on to the next thing: this afternoon I started piecing together a cushion cover. Someday I’d like to make a quilt that coordinates with my very traditional living room rug, which sort of goes against my fondness for very bright, very rich, very fun quilting fabrics. So I picked up half a dozen fat quarters recently just to play around with.

Probably should have vacuumed before taking this photo?

Probably should have vacuumed before taking this photo?

I’d like to pick out the blue and cream shades in the rug–more red would just be overwhelming. I love the look of Modern Crosses quilts; I had been ogling pictures of them without thinking about instructions or a specific pattern, so it sort of blew my mind when I read this post and discovered that Modern Crosses are just a variation on the log cabin block. That’s just too easy! Of course I’d love to get the book with the official instructions, but I’m not letting myself buy any new books until after I’ve moved in a few months.

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So for now I’m just making a little 16 by 16 cushion cover and figuring out the crosses for myself–with the occasional silly mistake.

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I find these blacks way too busy with the patterned backgrounds. I have such a funny mental block when it comes to picking solids and neutrals–I’m so into the patterned fabric that I forget to choose a few plain fabrics that would help the patterns really stand out. This is why a test cushion is a good idea for me–when it comes time to shop for materials for the full quilt, it will help guide my usually impulsive fabric purchasing tendencies.