Just as I'd written my post on Saturday, having given up hope of receiving my fabric for the weekend, my postman made a late and unexpected afternoon delivery with the package. I delved straight in, cut tiny swatches, put the fabric in the machine to prewash it, then raced down the road with the swatches to buy some matching thread so that I could start work on a wedding gift for this coming weekend.
It's a napkin set of 6 double sided napkins with a matching linen pouch to hold them. The friend who's getting married has collected vintagey bird items for as long as I've known her, so this fabric from the Blossom line by Moda seemed like a good choice. Her fiance is also a bird lover, so hopefully they'll like them!
I carefully photographed all the steps with a view to maybe writing a tutorial on how to make the set - though I wonder now if it's too simple a project for a tutorial. I've made a set like this before, but with single-sided napkins with a turned hem. These take a lot more fabric, obviously, but they have a lovely weight to them, which is what I was after for this set. Just need to sort out some pretty wrapping now!
I was a bit remiss and forgot to photograph the contents of the package of fabric as I was so anxious to start work on the gift! It also contained some more fabric from the Summer in the City line by Urban Chiks, which is now the backing on this quilt:
I machine quilted it yesterday, using a wavy built in quilting stitch on my machine. I'm really pleased with the end result. Now I have a decision to make about the binding. I think I'll probably turn a binding from the backing fabric, with mitered corners ... like this:
... though I'm also tempted by a turquoise binding like this:
Hmmm decisions, decisions! I'm having a night away from the machine this evening - too sleepy after a little boy alarm call before 6am the past two mornings on top of a couple of late nights. Fingers crossed for a lie in (7am) tomorrow!