It is sometimes difficult to find fabric I love for babies. The new Nest collection by AGF Studio, Art Gallery Fabrics is adorable, wonderfully neutral and low volume. It features a few panels, which are so easy and quick to turn into a quilt.

For this baby quilt I just added some strips of fabric top and bottom, the dots and stripes at the side are part of the print - pretty cool! I quilted simple wavy lines, please excuse the fold creases! This is one of the simplest and quickest quilting patterns and I like the movement it adds. 

The other panel I used has to be my favourite, with sweet sayings and illustrations. This one I cut up to create a baby cube using the McCalls pattern M7372, which was the perfect size to show off the designs. It's not small, here's my 5 year old holding it!

I quilted and embellished the cube, using different stitches and trim. The panels quickly sold out when I did the demo on Sewing Quarter and I'm not surprised. They really are gorgeous!

There have been some bundles of happy mail arriving recently. Here's what I couldn't resist...

I stocked up on some embroidery thread from Sew Crafty, I'm pretty sure I had a project in mind when I picked these out but now I've completely forgotten what that was!! And I got these beautiful screen printed fabric panels from Lucy Engels - her handmade designs are gorgeous and I'm building quite the collection.

Mailchimp (the email service I use) was offering free socks, who turns down free socks? Nice promo for them, cute chimp socks for me!

I bought this clever and useful tool created by Blair Stocker from Wise Craft Handmade. It's a 5" ruler that also allows you to easily see the colour values of fabrics.

"use its REAL MAGIC as an artist’s viewfinder! Artists and photographers have long used Rubylith film to view the different color values in their work. We can use that same trick in quilting too. Hold the red-hued Ruby Ruler™ up to your eyes and look through it at all your scraps. The ruby color cancels out color, allowing you to instead focus on the value (the lightness or darkness) of any print or solid fabric." 

I'm really excited to try this out, I think it will be especially helpful when I'm choosing block layouts.

Finally I needed a little more Liberty fabric so I ordered these pretty prints from Duck Egg Threads. What I love about this shop is you can order reasonably priced fat 16ths or fat 8ths - perfect for patchwork - and check out their scrap bags (if they are available, they sell out fast!). They also stock Art Gallery Fabrics solids line Pure Elements, which feels very similar to tana lawn and they work beautifully together - so I ordered three colours, again I think I had a plan and now it's gone. I really need to write down my ideas.

left: Pure Elements in Honey, Quartz Pink and Smooth Pebble
right: Liberty Melody Small C, Swirling Petals B (this one drew me in, so delicate and wistful) and Capel K

Once I remember what projects I had planned I will get to work!