Tuesday, 4 April 2017

What We're Making Day #2 with Anna

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For Day #2 of our World Craft Week celebrations we have our social butterfly Anna telling us about her batik quilt.

Tell us a bit about your project;
It's a queen sized quilt made from several 5" batik charm packs, which I'm making it for my little sister for her 21st birthday (though it's not a surprise). I've always loved the vibrancy of batik fabrics, and I picked out the deep blues, teals and purples which are her favourite colours.

Any hints/tips for someone who might want to make your project?
As a novice to the world of P&Q, the only tips I have would be for other novices, and I would say be prepared to do a lot of unpicking! And if you find yourself shouting at the sewing machine, step back, make a cuppa and return with a calm head.

What or who got you into patchwork & quilting?
My family run a patchwork and quilting shop - it was pretty much inevitable!

What project are you most proud of?
My first ever quilt that I started about 5 years ago and finally finished earlier this year. It's a scrappy quilt with an aboriginal art theme. There are so many unmatched lines and the quilting is hilarious, but I love it!

What project was your biggest disaster and why?
I made a pillowcase using photo fabric paper and after all my hard work I shoved it in the washing machine only to discover after that all the images completely faded. A rookie error - hopefully I won't make the same mistake again!

Who is your favourite fabric designer/brand?
I'm always a big fan of Phillip Jacobs' large botanical prints combined with Kaffe Fassett's genius jewel toned colouring.
What tool/notion could you not live without?
A seam ripper!

What current collection do you have your eye on and what will you make with it?
We have just started stocking Cotton & Steel fabrics this year and I love them all. My particular favourite is the shirt print from Kujira & star, i'll definitely be using that for some dressmaking.

Finally, any wise words or top tips for our fellow patchwork & quilters?
Don't be afraid of bright, clashing colours.

If you enjoyed Anna’s post, please let us know below! For Day #3 of world craft week we will be chatting with Jayne.

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The Cotton Patch is a family run patchwork and quilting business which was started by Jean Sewell in 1990. The shop is situated in Hall Green, Birmingham and expanded in 1999 to include the shop next door. Originally offering Mail Order catalogues, The Cotton Patch established one of the first patchwork and quilting websites in the UK. The Cotton Patch continues to be a premier supplier of patchwork and quilting fabrics, tools and notions and supplies customers throughout the UK and the world.