Chicks in Space

The other day I was tidying up my sewing room, and I temporarily put some black pin dot fabric on top of my Sweet Prairie bolts whilst moving some fabrics around. Then I noticed how lovely the black looked against the vibrant colours of that collection, and an idea was born.

You may have noticed that I never, ever, EVER sew with black or even dark backgrounds. I've always been a white background girl, and only very occasionally venture out into other pastels such as ivory or powder pink... So this was definitely pushing myself out of my comfort zone!

The pattern is my Backyard Chicks mini quilt.  I keep looking at it, and I like how modern it looks, and how the colours seem to pop against the black, but I don't know if I 'love' it... What I keep thinking is that the poor little chicks seem to be floating in space, rather than having a peaceful graze in the backyard :D What do you think though? I would love to hear your opinions. 

The Backyard Chicks Mini Pattern is my 'Pattern of the Day' in the shop today and is 25% off. This pattern is also available as a full size quilt. I've also put a bundle of 17 fat quarters from my Sweet Prairie collection in the shop - this fabric is several years old now and hard to find so don't miss it. I have very little left of it now, and have already run out of 4 prints.

In the evenings I'm continuing to make progress with my cross-stitch 'Storytime Sampler' - all 12 story frames are now complete and I've started filling in the blank squares in the backgrounds of the earlier frames. I feel like a rebel deviating from the pattern, but I think it looks better this way. I'll show you the whole thing next time hopefully.

Until next time dear friends (and I'm so proud to be blogging regularly again! I've missed hanging out here!) Stay safe and happy sewing,


  1. With the wonderful meteor shower and comet display happening in southern skies at present, why not re-name it Comet Chicks? They almost look like pointy-tailed comets or meteors. BTW I love the black background. Definitely a different look from your usual charming style, but a change is as good as a holiday, right?

  2. I am loving the black on your mini quilt. I like black in quilts. I am starting to use Grunge fabric of different colors for my backgrounds or sashings in my quilts.

  3. Thank you for your post, I love your beautiful work and love to follow you here. Stay Safe too!

  4. I’m with you on the black...VERY seldom use it in my quilts. I would never make an entire quilt using black but this wall hanging is stunning


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