Danish Loot

We have just come home from a week in Denmark and I need to show you what I brought home with me.

The first three days we walked around Copenhagen, visiting Tivoli (where we had lunch on a pirate ship), the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens.

All things that are fun for a four year-old on a city break. Little Miss Bossy-Boots loved every minute of her fun-packed holiday where the toy shop had a free (!) roundabout and children were welcome everywhere. Master and I revelled in the fantastic architecture and wonderful food. Portions are of absolutely gargantuan proportions and full of fabulous flavours.

However, what I really want to show you is the gift I got from my friend Dorte. We stayed with her, her husband Leigh and their children for five days and it was bliss. Master jokes that she’s my Danish twin as she’s just as fabric and wool obsessed as I am. She’s incredibly talented and a real allrounder. She quilts for her children, friends and family, knits jumpers and cardigans, sews beautiful bags and makes the most wonderful teddy bears.

When we arrived at their house the first words she said were: “There’s a gift for you on the bed!” I opened it excitedly and this is what I found:

The perfect project bag! I love the owl and the fact that the bag’s huge and can take a whole knitting or crochet project. It’s even big enough for my EPP box which is enormous so as to fit in all my ferris wheels. I love it and can see it following me around the house and garden all day every day so that I can quickly knit a few rows or sew a few stitches whenever I have a couple of minutes to myself. She also gave me some wool and scraps.

Here’s the inside of the bag. As you can see I got some help which resulted in a slightly bizarre pic.

Dorte also took me to a cute quilting shop and this is what I came home with:

Some Kaffe Fassett, text prints, lemons and chicken. These pieces are all a bit smaller than a fat quarter so I don’t have any selvages.

Flannels by Robert Kaufmann.

A metre of My Happy Garden organic cotton by Cloud 9 Fabrics.

All this loveliness cost me about £22. Isn’t it unbelievable? Apparently the Danish quilters aren’t into flannels and this is why I got all the flannels you see in the picture for the grand total of £3.50. There’s definitely enough there for a baby quilt.

UFO’s and the BQS 3 swap first, though.



A little while ago there was a picture of some gorgeous fabric on the Fat Quarterly blog: Katharine’s Wheel by Nel Whatmore. The fabric came with a Designer Challenge to make blocks inspired by circles, swirls and fireworks. Before I could engage my brain I had left a comment to enter the draw. Can you imagine my excitement when I was picked?

Five fat quarters arrived and the fabric was even more beautiful in real life than it had been on the pics; the colours were incredibly rich and zingy. I had had a few ideas buzzing around my head while I was waiting for my parcel but the minute I saw the fabric I ditched them all. No way was I going to cut these beauties into small strips and circles.

I quickly googled Catharine Wheel Fireworks as I have to admit that I know nothing about fireworks, never having bought any myself. Swiss national day (1st August) is celebrated during the school holidays and we were always away. The pictures were lovely and I soon drew some blocks with lines coming from a circle in the centre. I wasn’t quite convinced and started drawing curves. Bingo!

After a few variations and some serious trial sewing I found a curve I liked and started cutting up my lovely fabric. I think the big pieces really showcase the bold flowery prints and rich colours.

I made cardboard templates of my two sections and cut out four of each. Then I sewed together one section a to one section b making quarters, two quarters into halves and then the halves together making sure all the points meet in the centre. After I finished the first block where I used the five different designs I decided that the stripy one was stopping the block’s flow and made another one.

I then wondered what to do with the two blocks I had made and on a whim decided to make a bag. A few weeks ago I bought three different green Konas from Florence‘s pop-up shop on Etsy. Sadly I didn’t make a note of the different names but one of them was a perfect match with Katharine’s Wheel.

There’s a stripy pocket for a mobile phone or key and some fabulously stripy handles.

I also cut off one of the selvages and sewed it onto the lining to remind me of the challenge.

I’m really happy with this bright, swirly explosion of colour and hope that I’ve fulfilled the brief of the challenge.

Forgive me…

…Father, for I have sinned.

Yep, I started a new project before finishing any of my UFOs. The beautiful weather we had last week (wow, a whole week of summer!) meant that I was stuck in the garden, lounging under the gazebo while watching Little Miss Bossy-Boots playing in her paddling pool. I know it’s a hard life.

My hands were itching to do something so I started cutting out paper templates for my next English Paper Piecing (EPP) project using Katy’s Spring Carnival Templates. Once I finished cutting out millions of templates I was, of course, tempted to start covering them in fabric and sewing them together. This is how far I got before the weather changed:

Iffy picture again, sorry. This weather is driving me crazy.

I’ve decided to add more colours and have cut out some yellow, purple and green triangles and squares but I just don’t have enough different fabrics. Would anyone like to swap some scraps?