Monday, 11 April 2016

Friendship Quilt & Where to get a Bargain

Yesterday I sandwiched and quilted the top that I sewed together last week from the super blocks that Diane the Cheshire Quilter had sent me in our swap.
I really never expected to end up with such a substantial quilt from just six blocks and I am really pleased with it. 
Thanks again to Diane.
I found the perfect backing at a bargain price (see below) on a little jaunt to town on Saturday. 
Quite a few of you will know of Abakhan, the huge fabric, craft, yarn, store in Liverpool as they have branches around the North West and North Wales and that is where I was heading to get my fabric..... we..ee..e ll let me tell you a little secret.... opposite their Liverpool shop in Stafford Street there is yet another fabric shop selling mainly curtain fabric at the remarkable price of £3 a metre!! Even better .... they sell a small range of quality quilt fabrics for only £3.99 metre... woo hoo! I therefore managed to find the perfect backing for this little quilt for a song. I even spotted fabrics  that I had previously bought in other shops and paid over £15 for.
As an added bonus I also bought 3 large reels of Coats thread for just £2 and a mix of zips for 10p each.
It's worth popping in if you go to Liverpool but check the location L3 8LX as it is not right in the centre but is walkable.

My favourite block is the one where the triangle are little pockets, don't know the name of this block but I must find out so I can try it out.
( Thanky you  to Wanda for letting me know that it is called "Dutchman's Puzzle")

13 comments:

sam21ski said...

WOW Jo your quilt looks fabulous and well done on bagging a bargain too xxx Hope all is well our end and with all your family - take care Sam xxx

Twiglet said...

Another truimph in every way Jo! I love the colour combo and didn't you do well with your bargain fabrics. x Jo

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

The block layout is Dutchman's Puzzle and I think the technique is a folded rectangle sewn between 2 squares. It then flattens out into a large triangle then the 2 squares are separated.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

It's probably just as well that I don't live nearer, cos my purse would be empty if I visited that shop!! Amazing bargains 😃 That quilt has come together so beautifully, love all the blues!!
Hugs,
Jan xx

Dotty Jo x said...

Beautiful! Jo x

Helen said...

Stunning quilting Jo - gorgeous colours and patterns. Bet you'll be going back for more bargains!

tilly said...

your quilt is gorgeous now with that super (cheap) backing......I love all the different blues and some fab squares...
Christine x

Lee said...

Hi Jo,Your wonderful talent always leaves me gobsmacked.This is sooooo Beautiful and I Love the colours.xx

Quayquilter said...

Oh how I love blocks; and what a nice quilt - Mary

Hettie said...

I think this is beautiful Jo. Those blocks look great and I too like that pocket block.
Lovely backing too.
Wish I lived closer for a bargain!
Hugs
xx

Hetty said...

Hello Jo, thank you very much for your good wishes on my birthday!
Ilove coming here and see your beautiful quilt.
Wish i could get more time as a birthday present ;-)

Carola Bartz said...

I love the beautiful colors in this quilt. The blues and purple are perfect next to each other. So pretty!

butterfly said...

Beautiful quilt - and I love how it's been co-created...

Thank you for the nugget about the Paxton/Olmstead link. I have a close friend who lived in Crystal Palace, so I know Paxton from there... and I love these networks of connection. I can see I shall have to try to visit Birkenhead Park at some point!
Alison x