Once upon a time, on a website far, far away (called design*sponge), a listless house-princess saw a bewitching image:
Said image came from Tali's website Growing Up Creative and it gave the aimless princess an idea for her own drab cottage walls.
She sang for her woodland friends to come help her but only a small disgruntled deer appeared. We're all going to Cinderella's wine and toga party, he said with a sneer, you'll have to decorate the shack yourself. So whistling a happy song, she rolled up her raggedy sleeves and set to it.
She'd saved many, many toilet rolls (those dwarves poo a lot), which she pressed, cut and then painted. Dark aqua on the outside, light on the inside - except for a few she painted red.
She found her enchanted glue gun and stuck them all together until she had her own paisley pattern. Or maybe it was a goldfish. Or the number 9.
Anyhoo, it didn't really matter what it was - the princess knew it wasn't right. There were too many holes allowing too much of her drab wall paint to show through.
Another idea dawned and she quickly went to work painting a cheap canvas (which she'd picked up from the 2 gold coin shop) with a paint knife, to create some texture. Once it was dry, she grabbed a pencil and used the toilet roll pattern as a big stencil, then painted in all the smaller shapes. To finish it off she plucked a twig from a mystical weeping willow* and used it to dot white paint around each of the shapes.
The princess wiped her hands on her grimy apron and proudly hung the painting on her wall. A loud hiccup interrupted her admiration. That stupid pitcha dunnt look anyfing like Tali's, the returned deer slurred beneath his halo of wine fumes, before collapsing in a heap on the floor.
The princess smoothed the deer's furry brow before wrapping him in aluminum foil and popping him in her big wood-fired stove.
That night the princess set the table beneath her new picture and enjoyed her favourite meal: venison with red wine jus. Superbe!
Another thing that didn't turn out as planned. I used these pillow cases:
To make some stripy blocks (yes, I know I'm supposed to be basting the colour graduation quilt, but I got distracted):
Which were supposed to end up in a symmetrical, geometric design. Somehow I ended up with this retro thing. I'm not sure I like it yet, but I think with some hand quilting in the white squares, it might turn out okay?
A question from a machine quilter - what thread does one use to hand quilt?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
* Okay, it was really a wooden BBQ skewer.