Book of the Amber Dragon


Project: Elizabeth Quilt

It’s…been a while!

So I have, as usual, dived headlong into a million projects after being dormant for far too long. I welcome this creativity though, after what seems like a few years of doldrums. I was even inspired to resurrect this journal after a threeish year hiatus! I don’t know if this means I will have a spectacular flameout or this will settle nicely back to the new normal. That would be nice.


So, without further ado, I seem to have gotten sucked into quilting. I have started hand-piecing a Christmas-themed lap quilt that I will talk about soon, and I am also planning on making quilts for the kids. Here’s the first one.

Elizabeth fabric, Tula Pink

I fell in love with the Elizabeth fabric line from designer Tula Pink so ordered a fat quarter bundle. It is absolutely gorgeous, fun patterns and great imagery and colours. For once in my life I am being somewhat restrained and I chose what appears to be a pretty straightforward pattern for the fabric. I am going to be slightly modifying this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. I have started cutting out the squares from the fat quarters, and it is going well so far.

I had a rotary cutter and tiny mat from a long-ago crafting experiment, and I started cutting out squares for the Christmas quilt project. I quickly realised that the gridded clear rulers are an essential, so I bought one of them from the local fabric store. I was planning on going back and buying a larger mat and some other notions later in the month (nothing like dropping a large wad of cash on a new project!) but I was lucky to mention my project to my Mum, and she had a large cutting mat and rotary cutter stashed in her sewing closet.

So, my plan is to get all the squares cut out and then start sewing! I brought my trusty old sewing machine out from exile, and it seems ready to go. The last time I used it was a couple years ago when I made flot bags for archaeobotanical analysis…or maybe it was when I made beanbags for the kids. I can’t remember, which is a sign I haven’t used it in a while! I have had this machine since my 16th birthday. It just is labelled “Imperial” and all it does is go forwards and backwards. The motor is a Janome, so I assume Imperial must have been one of their lines? Worth poking around on the internet, anyhow. There is so much stuff out there now that was impossible to find 20+ years ago.

Cutting out 16th Century Selfie, Tula Pink Elizabeth

I’ve played a bit mocking up what the blocks will look like, and I am super excited to see this come together.

Kate • October 30, 2015

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  1. B November 1, 2015 - 6:18 pm Reply

    Dear Kate,

    Splendid! I get to be the first person to comment on your new blog!

    Having previously followed your archaeo-(anthropo)logical escapades on your old blog, I had a peculiar inkling on All Hallow’s eve to revisit, and lo and behold, you have resurrected your blog again from the ashes! Welcome back! I hope to be entertained again by your numerous graphs/charts poignantly expressing the hilarious mundanities of day-to-day life/work/motivation etc.

    Good luck on your quilting hobby. That retro-chic is certainly in trend at the moment.

    It’s nice to know someone else is as appreciate of a fine cup/mug (depending on your social-standing) of tea. It’s the only civilized hot beverage these days of the pensive kind. Curious to know which ones are your favourite in particular.

    Looking forward to your new entries.

    Best wishes,


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