Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Christmas is a Long Time Coming" Quilt

I remembered that I haven't showed you my latest finished quilt. I actually started this one last year as a Christmas present for my darling Mummy, but, having struck some technical hitches, it lurked on the periphery of every activity in my workroom until I finally got my act together. It is a machine quilted top, with the backing fabric tied. I had some issues with the machine quilting being messy on the back due to some tension problems, so I needed to disguise this without creating more problems by sewing through from the back, creating a mess on the quilted top. I think my machine could use a bit of a service after coming through the last couple of shaky, quaky years. By the way, we had a goodie in the night that woke me up with a jolt. I wasn't remotely alarmed. 
 The backing fabric is a cute garden themed toile with bunnies (!!!!). I added sashes in the spotty binding fabric to create enough width in the backing, then tied with a matching red embroidery thread. The floral print was the basis of the quilt and was fussy cut to create matching squares. I then (carefully) randomly arranged matching red and green print squares around a grid of the floral squares. It is quite a traditional quilt and I really love it.
Sorry, not the best photo, but you can see the size. It is a generous lap quilt, which is my favourite size to work in because it can be easily machine quilted by my inexperienced hand, and binding is not a hideous chore. Plus lap quilts are wonderful to snuggle under on the couch, or to take outside for a lie down. 
Hopefully next week I'll have lots of exciting project news for you. I'm still not back to my sparkling self, but have a million ideas circulating.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for my beautiful quilt which brightens up the leather couch brilliantly I LOVE it. xxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Wow..that so GORGEOUS and it looks so complicated...very impressive!!

I love my wee quilt, it goes on my side of the bed every night and is extra cosy.

Love you guys,

Anonymous said...

Hey there...
I want to see a blog entry about the Coast!!! Oh yes, lots of photos please!!

Ps. Henry's box arrived...excellent. He will be super excited to open it.
Love you xx

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