Not much sewing over the last week, but I've finally taken a snap of the 'camp blanket' that I made for DD1's Brownie camp fire excursions.
It really was 'quick and dirty' techniques at their finest. A large (and lovely) Laurel Burch mermaid panel for the centre (what a lovely present that was from her Aunty Nicky), simple maths to add panels for badges to be sewn to, and then a forgiving border which also wraps around the edge to become the binding too. Each part 'stitch and flipped' onto fleece, with a couple of extra lines of 'quilting' across the mermaid panel to stop it from shifting. No more than two hours from idea to completion, as I was able to 'shop my stash' for the fabrics and the fleece backing - and that was with DD2 'helping' me as she was off school that day!
Now, of course, I'm after a similar - but different - Laurel Burch panel piece for DD2's blanket.....
My other 'quick fix' was to not learn how to draw out marvellous quilting designs in Quilt Pro, but instead to purchase a loopy tree design from Urban Threads and trace it using wash-away pen. Much quicker, but I am a little concerned that the hot weather might 'set' the pen. I really didn't envisage summer temperatures so early in the year. I will get around to original quilting designs at some point, but I knew that I only had limited time to set up some hand quilting, and that the drafting stage wouldn't be a fast one for me!
I'm back-stitch quilting it over lambs wool wadding and butter muslin backing - and it feels lovely and soft. I've actually made more progress than this shows, but forgot to take a photo of it. It's going to be around for a while, though, so I'll post another picture later in the process.