You could be forgiven for thinking all I make are piles. Indeed, there has been more pile making than project making recently. It's a by-product of stash enhancement.
Many people have asked me over the months where I got the materials for Max's bubble quilt plus some of the fabrics I've used as kimono flaps on knitted jackets. It's all hand screen printed by two lovely ladies in Lilyfield in Sydney, who go by the name Prints Charming. They have, until now, been selling small scale through local fabric shops, and a few interstate shops. They recently opened a small shop adjacent to their workshop in Lilyfield which carries some fabric and some pieces made up - quilts and clothes, all of which are gorgeous. The best bit though, is being invited back into the workshop. These ladies are great - they run a small business doing what they love, they screen print everything themselves on the premises so every fabric run is unique and different. They get to experiment, play with colour, and be surrounded by fabric paint and rolls of material. And watching them pull box after box of fabric pieces out to show you and inspire you was a wonderful way to spend a morning. Their sense of colour and graphic is great, and I love the fact they have made such a strong statement for children's fabrics. And I love the fact they loved Max's quilt. The pile of red on the left - patterned up, cut out, sewn up and about to fly across the ocean to a little girl called Brynne.
And then there are the piles of Had To Have fabrics. These piles I can blame on other people. Their links carried me to online shops, and my fingers twitched to buy. And after the third or fourth visit back to a site, well, it's only courteous to actually stop and buy. Eventually, via DaciaRay (and via a few other people along the way), I stopped at Kitty Craft and bought some quarters of various fabrics.
I have well and truly failed miserably at use What You Have Month. Now that's a surprise to some of you I bet. So now, slowly, I am turning these piles into things. My backtack project is hip hoppiting along, and is very white - ahhh, still teasing. Pyjamas have been made, and I know now why I am afraid of clothes. I am especially afraid of collars. And buttonholes now the magic buttonhole maker on my machine doesn't work. It turns out I am a heathen clothes sewer as well. So much so I think I need to learn to use bias binding (another fear). I've got another bunny cut out for Petite 6.5st. And in amongst all that, the various knitted inserts to the new baby quilt are coming along. I'm stalling on that one. Next week, hopefully, we find out the sex of Petite 6.5st, and then I can alter materials, proportions and balance if I need to.
As I've been typing this up, I've been trying to get some decent shots of the cats. Which is harder than you think with a flash, and cats who don't sit or stand still when a camera is pointed at them. Max has to do a show and tell thing each week, and we have failed terribly as parents the last couple of weeks and have not primed our child for wondrous adventures to show and tell. So I've resorted to speaking about the cats and sending print outs of cat photos. I'm really hoping that doesn't read as lame as it sounds, and is. Maybe he can discover a new planet this weekend and make up for it next weekend.