New Year's Day started here as it usually does, with that feeling that the last glass of port whilst watching the celebrations on tv was possibly a mistake. I must admit I enjoyed Robbie Williams and the fireworks in London from the comfort of my own settee. I have loved seeing the New Year in in New York and in Edinburgh, but there is a lot to be said for the proximity of the settee and the comfort of your own bathroom.
New Year and new challenges. Sue, who doesn't blog but is on instagram as @susangodfrey600 bought a box of Cotton and Steel fqs from Craftsy at the same time as myself. Both of us have stroked these fabrics, petted them and admired but not taken them out of the box and actually used them.
You see, if we took them out they would never be as neat and stroke-able again. We decided that in the New Year we would collaborate - both make our own different quilts, but simultaneously. We are going to use #helensuecottonandsteelqal to link our posts.
Christmas came, and I was delighted to get a second different box of Cotton and Steel from my stateside son. How did he know I would like this? Just peeking out in the corner is the packet of Moda scraps from the other son and his wife. They all know me well.
Today, New Year's Day, was the day of reckoning, the fabric came out of the box, and boy there is some nice stuff in there.
Anyhow there has been much pondering what to do with these. Unfortunately I can't show you any of the quilts that inspired me, I can't reproduce other's photos without permission, but there have been lots of quilts admired, pondered and then disregarded.
I have decided to leap outside the box and not to follow the traditional route, (N Ireland joke here) though some quilts using a block called forged steel were very tempting. Again I was very tempted by some Cotton and Steel steam punk quilts but they were template based and worked best when hand sewn. Not a chance.
Ultimately I have come back to my first gut feeling, which is usually the way. I am keeping it scrappy and simple. Lots of half square triangles teamed with half square triangles in varying shades of grey. Lots and lots, some sewn upside down or sideways just to keep it interesting. I think I will sew the squares into blocks of 6 then sew these blocks together. That's the plan.
Check back in a while. In the meantime, whilst I wait for my kona greys to teleport from The Village Haberdashery I'll have plenty to keep me going.
Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours.