Yes that's a cat in an avocado. It's an avocatdo. There's no resisting when you love avocados and cats! This patch is from Pony People - Anne's shop is all about kitty cuteness and she makes adorable kitty planters that always sell out super fast. I have yet to make my mind up about where to put the patch, I'm thinking my denim jacket is probably the best idea.
I managed to snatch up one of Jo's Liberty scrap bundles from The Greene Stitch Co.. There are some of my favourite prints in there, some I've never seen and they all blow my mind. I know Liberty is a bit marmite (you love it or hate it) but you have to applaud them for the huge diversity in their prints and the design skills are incredible. Look at those clouds and that lightening, 'Melting Elements C' inspired by Krink!
I've been trying out different needles and my lovely friend Mary sent me some of her favourites, Milliners Size 11 by Richard Hemming & Son. They are so beautifully fine and perfect for EPP or hand sewing. I'm keeping these for EPP because they really help keep those stitches less noticeable. Thank you Mary! You can get these needles at Mary's shop Sunny Day Supply.
I have also been trying different thread, I've enjoyed the YLI silk thread I got but it's not totally won me over and I generally prefer working with Aurifil 50wt, though I would still like something finer.
I saw a recommendation for Fil Au Chinois Gloving Thread from Sajou* and before I knew it I was filling up an online basket! They were kind enough to include some embroidery thread for me to try and some beautiful thread cards:
I bought three different colours of the Gloving and applique thread - I have a light, medium and dark.
So far I have just used the thread for appliqué and it is really fantastic. So fine but strong. It is a waxed cotton and it glides through the fabric. I will let you know how I get on when I've used it for English Paper Piecing but I definitely recommend it for appliqué!
I also treated myself to a couple of DMC Library: Cross Stitch books. My stitching book collection isn't extensive and these are chock full of inspiring patterns and designs. I got the second and the fourth series.
Each book contains different alphabets and motifs. I'm enjoying just gazing at these pages and I even see some quilt patterns in there!
Check out Sajou and have a look around, they have so many beautiful sewing notions and goods!
I was excited to see Skinny Malinky Quilts screen printed panels pop up on my Instagram. I love bees and managed to get a panel printed on Kona Highlight. It's a very hard colour to photograph but you can see the glorious printed bees:
I've started working on making a basket from the project booklet that came with Issue 29 of Love Patchwork and Quilting, designed by Fiona @ Poppy Makes. I like the panel paired with this Japanese denim. Kind of an 80's vibe. I remember being about nine and having some nail polish that was this yellow!
It was sale day at Patchfinders over the weekend and wow were we busy! It was a lot of fun and I managed to buy some bits for myself. I stocked up on wadding and got a back up of my favourite water erasable pen. I also bought some Gradations by Caryl Bryer Fallert in a really pretty dusky pink.
Finally my friend at work brought in this Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt, it wasn't right for the project she was making and she knew I would use it. Obviously I will because it's gorgeous!! This is one of my favourite prints from the collection, it makes beautiful binding too. Thank you so much Jean!
*If you click the link to Sajou and make a purchase you and I will both receive a €5.00 voucher so we can buy more goodies! Once you've registered you will get a code to share with people too.