Under the Kona rainbow
Eventually I decided upon a quilt, as that's one of the things that she's often talked about in the past - she's bought so many of her friends and families' birthday presents from my shop and she always used to ask why I didn't sell quilts...which made me think that she might like one of her own. She regularly stays up until the early hours of the morning engrossed in dvd box sets of series like 24 and Lost, so I thought that she might like something to snuggle under on chillier evenings.
I loved making this quilt and when I hung it up to check it when it was just a quilt top I loved the way the colours looked with the sunlight shining through them as it billowed in the wind.
The section with the blues and violets in quickly became my favourites.
Oeko-tex certified - this isn't something that I normally worry too much about as, shamefully, my love of fabric overwhelms thinking too deeply about how it's been processed, but I knew this would really matter to my friend as she's incredibly careful about sourcing things that are organic and and free from harmful chemicals. To this end I also chose a bamboo quilt wadding (Sew Simple) that's made without the use of bleaching or chemicals. I did worry that its natural fleck may show through the palest strips, but decided that I must put my friend's ethical priorities above my own more superficial sewing ones (although there was some internal battle before I reached this conclusion!). In reality it doesn't show through at all and it was so soft and easy to quilt that I'd be very tempted to use it again in future.
I feel compelled to say (just in case there are some friends of mine seething at this post thinking: but she's forgotten my birthday too! Where's my quilt?) that I am truly sorry for any other birthdays that I might have forgotten and that it is no reflection of my love for you...more a reflection of the scatty awfulness of my own head.
And yes, it's annoying that I didn't think to leave this unfolded until I'd photographed it as there's a very prominent crease running down the centre of these photos. That's another forgotten thing.
Anyway, happy birthday, dear Tamsin.
Ps. If you're searching for Kona solids stockists in the UK then I believe that Pollyanna Patchworks and Simply Solids hold almost the entire range, and past experience tells me that The Fabric Loft is incredibly helpful and will order in virtually any Kona solid colour you could wish for.