Hi, I’m Alice from Doris Batting A few weeks ago I was sent a lovely selection from Jessica Hogarth’s range, ‘Velocity’. 4 of us from London Modern Quilt Guild are playing, this is my first designer challenge, so under (nice) pressure! First of all the fabrics……..

I spent the time staring at them waiting for the muse to come to me. I cut  a 16″ panel for front  of the  bag.This fabric seemed ideal as a background.

This fabric said ‘River Thames’ to me. I cut 16 x 6 1/2″ piece and joined 16 x 10 1/2″ piece of back ground fabric, then trimmed to make the  back 16″ panel.

Then a memory of my birthday this year where I sat having a wonderful lunch at the Blueprint cafe over the London Design Museum- looking out over the Thames ; so this was the inspiration for the  buildings on the far side of the River……..wanted a  degree of 3D effect, so used a darker fabric appliqued on, then hand embroidered the  outlines with orange and royal blue perle cotton.

Here’s my Shard, Gherkin, City Hall etc.Had to have the Shard as its our newest most thrusting skyscraper, opening for its first visitors soon. If you stand on London Bridge station and look up, it makes you feel very woozy……..its soooo high. Here’s my little gherkin ( excuse the expression )

Backed the  whole background fabric square with firm iron on interfacing to finish the front panel.
For the other  panel I wanted to do what I had originally thought of, which was to do a more block-y design but used to show off the fabrics……….searched and found inspiration online…then decided that although I was not particularly drawn to the bicycle fabric, I could fussy cut a cute scooter and  machine applique it for a central feature.  Here is the finished project front and back, it is 15″ square.

I’m looking forward to using it around London, quite one of  the most beautiful cities in the world………..