Have you got your hands on some of Cloud9's gorgeous organic cotton? Max New, the distributors in Australia, were kind enough to send me some of the new Beyond the Sea fabric by designer Michelle Engel Bencsko last month, and it sure doesn't disappoint. The fabric is fine and silky soft and the colours vibrant - my favourite is that yellow sandpiper fabric (I don't think I'm alone). After much thinking and sketching (I think I've done about 15 sketches!) about what I want to do with this beautiful fabric, I was about to cut into it last night, but then I thought it might be fun to get your thoughts first.
I've recently discovered curved piecing without pins and have had so much fun with it that I wanted to design a pattern that uses freehand curved piecing. The "Beyond the Sea" fabric was perfect for a wave themed quilt - I thought. So here's my first sketch.
Addit: Thanks so much for all the suggestions so far. I really do appreciate it. One of the suggestions from Sarah Craig in the comments was that the dark fabric might be a bit too dark (its a dark brown, but it ties in well with the other fabrics). I was thinking of maybe just using it for the binding, but then I thought it might be nice to add a little bit of contrast to the blocks, but just not as much as the other fabrics. So my next question is - should I add a little brown, a lot of brown, or just save the brown for the binding? My husband very much appreciates your feedback, so I don't have to keep bugging him about it!
I just wanted to thank Christa, Cindy's daughter-in-law (from Live a Colorful Life) for digitally scrap booking a couple of pages for me of Sierra's forest. Its such a wonderful idea to keep a record of quilts and ideas and she's having a giveaway here!
Also, welcome to everyone who has come over from Joan's Wishes True and Kind and Heather's A La Mode Fabric. It was so much fun joining in their giveaways... thanks for all the lovely comments! Its made my week.
One last thing before I take Sarah to her swimming lesson... I'm so excited that Saffron Craig will be showing my quilts and selling my patterns at the Quilt and Craft Expo at Rosehill this Saturday. This is a trade only event, so if you're a shop owner, head over to Saffron's stand, its going to be gorgeous, and there'll be some free patterns up for grabs too!