My first blocks for Tamara

I have to admit I was a little paralysed when trying to decide what fabrics to use for the feature fabrics in our very first block swap.

Just to recap a bit: Tamara and I have decided to make economy blocks and include a feature fabric from the current year in the centre, surrounded by a solid, and then low volume fabrics.  We may change this up and swap the positions of the low volume and solids, but our feature fabric will always be the centre square.

I was hard to settle on that feature fabric.  So hard people!.  Just so damn hard.

It wasn't just that I don't really know Tamara yet, it was also because there are so many great fabrics released each year.  Trying to narrow it down and to just two felt impossible.

I had a bit of a snoop on Tamara's instagram feed, but was still in a world of indecisive pain.  In the end I just decided to play it safe for the first block and went for a good old red, white and blue combo.

For my feature fabric I used  the red Flock Cotton an…

In the beginning....

Well this just might be the most madcap idea for a quilt swap ever.  Like, I mean, e.v.e.r!

Just a few short weeks ago I was celebrating a quilt finish and, as you do, I posted a few pictures on my personal Instagram account.   

The Shouty Quilt, Juy 2017
The quilt is made from fabrics selected from a number of different Anna Maria Horner and Tula Pink fabric collections and lots of HSTs in various sizes.  Its a large quilt at 90 x 99 inches, and while a HST is a HST, this particular layout is my own design.  I've named this big girl The Shouty Quilt, as she's not exactly low volume.

I run an online shop ( more about that another day), but I purchased all of the fabrics for this quilt from fellow Aussie quilt shop owner Kate of Kate Quilts.   Kate asked me if she could repost the picture and it was on her Insta feed that I started having  a a bit of banter with Tamara.

The Shouty Quilt will be given to a dear friend of mine for her 50th birthday late this year. 

When Tamara got win…