Late last year, I swore I would not digress and would concentrate on finishing my current projects. Then I got an email from Kristy at Make Modern magazine. I wrote back to her about my self-imposed restriction. However, it is such a beautiful magazine and Kristy is so wonderful and understanding in her email replies, I kept on thinking about a quick project I could submit after all.
I consider myself more of a traveller than anything else. One of my favourite things to do while travelling is to experience local food and watch life take place around me. I am also a tea and coffee addict, so cafe stops are a must for me. Earlier I had made a preliminary sketch of this Sidewalk Cafe quilt pattern for the traveller and coffee lover in me. I finished the design and presented it to Make Modern. Now it is part of the March issue of Make Modern magazine along with full instructions for the mug rug and the templates to make the cafe quilt block.
British motor racing green was what I was thinking of when I was choosing fabrics for this block. I don’t even remember exactly when I started reading the Sherlock Holmes books as a child. When I got ready to add the name of my sidewalk cafe, the street address of the world-famous detective’s residence was the first thing that came to my mind. I used acrylic pencil and fabric medium to draw it. Then I used a coffee swirl pattern to quilt the mini. I can’t really decide if I want to use it as a mug rug or as a wall hanging. Change out the fabrics and the names to make multiple blocks, then stitch them side by side to make a row of cafes – that would make a nice table runner too.
I also often draw from the photos I take. I really like to draw when my mind is in need of a little focus, and last weekend called for such an occasion. I got lost in this stone bridge drawing for a little over two hours. The drawing is still at a very early stage and it will probably take me another 4-5 such weekend sessions to finish drawing and inking this piece. Although I love doing my design work on the computer, I enjoy the process of drawing on paper so much more.