Friday, 19 June 2015

A long delayed finish!

I have been waiting impatiently for what seems like ages to share this finish with you, so I am delighted to finally have the opportunity.

Sometime last year, I submitted a project to Fat Quarterly which was accepted and the publication date was set for February. Then the bombshell that was VAT MOSS landed, which meant (in a nutshell) that suppliers of digital files, such as quilting e-zines, to recipients throughout the EU now had to pay the VAT rate relevant in each member state of the recipients. The UK solution to this big headache involves quarterly VAT returns that require a working knowledge of VAT rates throughout the EU, so it was not surprising that the editors of Fat Quarterly decided to suspend operations for a while until the ramifications of the changes and an acceptable way of working with them were ironed out.

Thankfully that hiatus is now over and the latest issue of Fat Quarterly has just hit the stands.

Issue 20 is dedicated to paper piecing and contains, amongst some amazing patterns, my very first paper piecing pattern!

The pattern was inspired by a visit some time ago to the V & A museum in London, where some outrageous shoes by the designer Alexander McQueen caught my eye.

Shoe Boot design cushion cover
Designer Shoe Boot cushion
Sadly my budget does not match my desire so I decided to go for the next best thing and make my own version of a McQueen Shoe Boot. Creating the paper-pieced pattern was most definitely a challenge for my poor brain cells, but they managed to survive, just! Of course, I did make things a little bit more difficult for myself by incorporating a zip into the pattern, but it really wouldn't have been the same without it, believe me :) The skull charm is, for me, the icing on the cake.

So, if your taste in shoes transcends the contents of your wallet like mine, and you are looking for a way to scratch that designer shoe itch, now you know where to go. Whilst you are at Fat Quarterly check out the amazing Acrobat cushion pattern by Juliet, I am definitely adding it to the must try list!

Perhaps I ought to attempt one of the cushions as a future Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew project to add another gift to the pile of handmade goodies :) Don't forget to link up your Christmas and Holiday crafting this month over at Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner to be in with a chance of winning your choice of a mini Charm Pack from the Fat Quarter Shop

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17 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Fiona!!! That was a long wait for you. I love how you've added the zipper and charm to the shoe boot. A fabulous cushion!!!

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  2. Wow Fiona - this is a fantastic pattern. The zip is a brilliant touch and very unique - love it!

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  3. Great idea - I can't afford a leica camera maybe i could quilt one! Glad the mag is back on track and congrats on the publication!

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  4. You've created a gorgeous shoe! I love your choice of fabric, the zipper and the skull.

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  5. This is amazing. This is something I need to sew for my youngest daughter with her cupboard full with high, high heels, Great pattern and great fabric.. Congrats with publishing the pattern.

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  6. This is amazing. This is something I need to sew for my youngest daughter with her cupboard full with high, high heels, Great pattern and great fabric.. Congrats with publishing the pattern.

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  7. This IS an amazing pattern! And the zipper is just the perfect touch. I'll head over to Fat Quarterly. I missed it.

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  8. Congratulations, Fiona!! Love the skull charm on the zip - nice touch!

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  9. congratulations on getting your shoe cushion in the magazine. I am not sure how anyone could walk in those though!. I would be wobbling all over the place and probably end up on my backside.

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  10. That's fab! Well done!!! We did shoes for one of the Star of Africa girls didn't we? I wonder if she ever finished her quilt?

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  11. I agree. The zipper is the perfect touch! Congratulations.

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  12. Hey - that's a fun approach to a collection we otherwise couldn't afford. :) LOVE the skull zipper.

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  13. Congratulations and what a unique design, love the zipper in particular.

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  14. Well done Fiona! This is brilliant and the zip is perfect! It is so clever to add a zip to a paper piecing pattern!

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  15. Congratulations, Fiona! The zipper was absolutely necessary, I agree :)

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  16. Congratulations, such a stunning design! So stylish xx

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