This is my completed entry for the 2015 Umbrella Prints trimmings challenge. As I've previously mentioned Umbrella Prints is an Australian textile design company who creates both screen print and standard quilting fabrics. Each year they hold a trimmings pack challenge. Participants purchase a small packet of their fabric in a colorway of their choice and create a project using those trimmings along with any other fabrics that they'd like to include. The aim is to feature the Umbrella Prints fabrics and show how a little of something special goes a long way. There are two categories - one for quilts and one for other projects. In the past, there have been some beautiful clothes, toys, baskets and more.

This quilt isn't quite finished. I've got a bit of quilting to fix, threads to bury and binding to do; but I thought I'd give you an early look at what I'm going to submit to the Umbrella Prints trimmings challenge later this month. I've mentioned the challenge before. To enter you purchase a small offcut pack from Australian screenprinters and fabric designers, Umbrella Prints.

Sometimes we need easy wins. That's what the Emmeline Apron is for me, an easy win. I bought the pattern shortly after I picked up my first sewing machine just over seven years ago. Using some subpar cotton-poly fabric from a big box store, I carefully followed all the steps and put together something that resembled an apron. It was pink and green and looked like it had be topstitched by a four year old. It wasn't perfect, but I happily accepted its flaws and called it a success.

Not tonight honey, I have a threadache.

I'd like to start a new feature at Badskirt called Good Reads. My bookshelf tab is a wee bit out of date and I'd like to show you the books that I've recently read and loved. These will be books that I've bought and paid for or borrowed from friends rather than the merry-go-round of blog-hop books. Genuine, good stuff. I should note that I'm an Amazon affiliate and I earn the faintest amount of money from purchases made by my links.

A water bottle, fruit juice and a coconut with straws - these are among the odd devotions that I saw left at Bangkok's shrines. At first I thought someone was lazy or forgot to take their drink with them, then I realized these things show up at nearly every Hindi shrine in Bangkok.  A few times, I even saw red soda pop on the altars.

I'd like to say that I took the time to find out why they did this. Instead I just gawked and clicked the camera, baffled as to why their gods need straws.

This is the second post in a short series of stories and disparate photos from our trip to Bangkok. In the first was a brief explanation of my unexpected Thai adventure.

When you look at a tourist guides online for Bangkok; malls, markets and shrines top each list. Following closely after are activities that take place within the malls - visiting an aquarium, seeing movies or playing mini-golf between rounds of shopping.

I'd never really put much thought into visiting Bangkok. Aside from drunken college nights rocking out to that the Murray Head song, I hadn't felt the calling. Along with Indonesia, Thailand is a regular holiday destination for Australians as it's relatively affordable and easy to get to. Craig had twice visited Thailand before. While he enjoyed it, he never expressed any desire to go back.

Then about a week and a half ago, Craig came home from work and asked if I'd wanted to go.

I've got a bell on my sewing machine. I ring it when things go right and today that bell got a proper workout. Many months ago, I designed a quilt as part of my daily effort in the Quilt Design A Day group which I called Wake Up Call.  The core block was a slightly warped circle paired with a pieced cross. Chunks of the circle were missing.

I'm a big believer that there is no single best method for anything in quilting. As creators, it is up to use to choose the best method for the project at hand. I'll warn you now, This is a long one! Grab a cup of coffee and maybe a notebook too. There's a lot of good stuff to learn here.

Why a Flying Geese Post?

One of my modern quilt guild members recently asked our members for help making flying geese blocks for a quilt that she's working on.