Monday 18 June 2012

Rainbow String Hearts

I love scraps! I love to play with leftovers from a project and often like the things I make from leftovers better than the original item!
I also love colour and really enjoyed playing with these rainbow scraps in order to make string hearts.

 The method I used to make them left me with lots of 'bonus triangles' which turned into some of the cutest flying geese I have ever made. This project is going to be a cushion and the flying geese will make a lovely border on the back of the cushion.
 I have also made string hearts in some of my leftover red and white fabrics but I think I like the rainbow ones better! What do you think?

Sunday 10 June 2012

Modern Quilting Magazine

When I first heard about this magazine I tried to get a copy but to no avail. So when I saw it in WH Smith at the weekend I decided to buy it. Normally I don't buy magazines, preferring to save my money for books (you should see my Amazon wish list!) but this is for research purposes isn't it?
 Also I was drawn to the cover as I am a fan of Tula Pink - hers was one of the first blogs I followed.

 I am actually quite impressed with the magazine - there are loads of great articles - much more in depth than your average quilting mag.
 I never knew that Amy Butler's hubby was a fabric designer too - there is a good article about him and the pattern for this quilt made from his fabric line - Parson Gray.

 This is Tula's quilt pattern which appears in the magazine.
Did you know she has a book out? I almost bought it but had already ordered two this week - but it will be my next purchase.
 This Modern Alphabet quilt appears in the mag - but not the pattern.It is available to buy as a pattern but not sure if we can get it in the UK. Perhaps it is in the book?
Anyway I love this pattern - the machine quilting on it is excellent, I would love to make it one day!

So to summarise, I think Modern Quilting is a great magazine for up to date info and patterns for modern quilters. However there have been rumours on the internet that the magazine's publishing company has gone into receivership - I have no idea if these are true or not. All I will say is that I will not be taking out a subscription - just in case!