A few weeks ago I was super lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous stack of Oakshott fat 1/8s by Lynne at Lily's quilt. She was organising a blog tour to promote this fantastic new range called 'Autumn'.
I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with them.
So I began. Earnestly.
But it's never as easy as that, is it? There's always a story behind everything... and trouble. Most of the time there's trouble too....
(bad phone photo... sorry...)
I cut and sewed, cut and sewed... then I decided to trim all the blocks to the same size...
and then I re-arranged them on the wall.. and then I was so in love with the whole thing I sent a work in progress photo to Michael at Oakshott.
Cue: music from "The Shark"... daaaah dum! daaah dum! dum dum dum dum.... SCREEEAAAAMMM!
Ten minutes later I got an extremely diplomatic email from Lynne (they should send her in the Middle East to sort things out) asking me, very politely if I'd ever seen this quilt FROM THE OAKSHOTT WEBSITE!!! (the capitals and exclamation mark are mine...that's how I read it in my head).
It was designed by none other than Helen Howes. And it's available as a kit.
Who felt like a really REALLY silly girl then?
Who should have done her research?
Who wanted to dig a really big hole and never ever come out?
ME. ME. ME.
Geesh, I might as well have written to Ferrari and said, I know, I have a very brilliant idea, why don't you build a very very fast car and paint it bright red? Or to Mary Berry and suggesting a nice, traditional Victoria sponge. Or emailed Simon Cowell proposing to him a TV programme to discover the next pop artist...
What a donut.
So anyway, I apologise, I grovelled. I withdrewed from the blog tour. (aaaah the shame).
But I carried on with my original idea of the quilt, because the fabric is glorious and perfectly Autumnal and I still loved it and I still want everybody to know that.
So here's my quilt. Sans border but in its full glory hanging from my red brick wall.
So, to recap:
- it pays to do your research.
- it is possible for two people to come out with similar ideas
- Lynne and Michael are very very nice people
AND the blog tour will begin next Tuesday, be sure to check it out!
21st October, Sonia at www.fabricandflowersuk.blogspot. co.uk
22nd October, Rossie at http://r0ssie.blogspot.co.uk/
24th October, Mary at www.fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28th October, Allisson at allison-sews.blogspot.com
29th October, Nicholas at www.quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress. com
30th October, Kati at www.fromthebluechair.com,
31st October, Wynn at www.zakkaArt.typepad.com
And now I'm going to bake some chocolate chip blondies... because it's waaaay to early for G&T.