Last year some time I bought myself Sue Spargo's Fresh Cut quilt pattern, a mix of wool and fabric applique embellished with beautiful embroidery. Then it sat unused while I deliberated over background colours. Much as I love how the black felt background made the blocks POP, I thought it would attract too much dust and be impractical.
Fast forward to June this year, when I spent a day in Rotorua with my Mum, and we visited Cottage Flair quilt shop. They had a fabulous sample made up with different black fabrics as the background, and ironically this really appealed to me. I bought some of the patterned black fabrics but have had to wait three months till solid black fabric arrived in New Zealand, before I could actually start this project.
A week ago I received a call from my local quilt shop to say they had it in stock, and it was subsequently sent out to me. I have started my first block, which is block 5, and am slowly rediscovering how to make all the fancy stitches required.
I can see this will be somewhat of a long term slow stitching project.