Oh dear, another dreary day. I was pleased to be back in my workroom for some machine quilting. I decided that since I had been practising the stippling pattern, I would go with that for this project. I also considered following the pattern of the log cabin, but the irregular patchwork put me off a bit.
Supervisor Mouse kept a close eye on proceedings too. Miss Dog was there, but she chose to avoid the camera, creating a confused black blur whenever I pointed it at her. She gets the most dopey embarrassed look in her eye, and then tries to upset Mousie. Note the large beanbag and the rather ugly plaid patterned cat house next to it. Mouse lives a life of utter luxury. Comfort is not always pretty.
When a shop has a really wide range of styles I think they need to be able to stock plenty in each range. Thimbles and Threads (Upper Hutt) and Cushlas (now in Mapua, but I see them at quilt fairs) have huge stocks of a wide range of styles. For example Cushlas had a brilliant range of 30s feedsack fabrics that I loved, but also lots of ranges that I would never want to work with. I guess more traditional patchworkers would find plenty to put together at Art of Sewing, but I would need to go elsewhere to put together enough fabrics for a project, I think. I was impressed with their haberdashery department, and could have hung around looking at the books for a while.
The other quilting shops that I frequent all have their own niche, so I can decide where I'll go for a particular project based on what I know they stock. I guess you could call Art of Sewing quite a traditional sewing store. Stitch, at the top end of Colombo Street, is a much more modern quilting shop, with lots of bright colours and fresh looks. Make at Church Corner specialises in children's fabrics, but has some sweet Tilda fabrics and other things that young at heart grownups would love. They are a modern crafting shop too, and even have cake decorating supplies. Cottonfields, which I love to visit too, has lots of pretty things, and they have a wide range, tending towards the traditional. They also cater for the American style fabric crafter.
I have been thinking about where I want to go from here with my quilting style. For me, it is largely about the fabrics. I have been drawn towards the Kaffe Fassett Collective aesthetic- especially the work of Phillip Jacobs. I worked on this hand quilted panel a while ago, and pulled it out today to turn into a cushion. It is actually much brighter in real life than it looks on my screen. It is Kaffe Fassett's paperweights design. I ran out of steam hand quilting, so just finished stitching around the circles while I watched Breaking Dawn Part Two.
The trouble is that I'm really confused about what I really love. I seem to have clashing preferences. I do know what I definitely don't like. Maybe I need to explore this over the next couple of weeks.
PS- It might be fine enough for a ride tomorrow morning. Yay!