Monday, 9 April 2012

Nic's Quilt

This quilt has been a very long time in production, but was recently finished.  There's nothing like having a deadline, I'm taking it with me to South Africa.  It's got a Quilters Dream mid loft poly wadding (black) and I used a Valdani thread for the quilting.  Most of it is hand-quilted, including the large stipple stitch, but there is also some machine quilting to stabilize the whole thing.  I'll try to take some better pictures once I'm in SA and I have a few more hands to help hold it up!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Another Finish

After about 3 years of on and off hand quilting, I have finished this lovely little cot quilt.  There was never a destination or deadline, it was just a hand sewing project that I would take with me to any exhibition or event where there was an opportunity to sit and stitch quietly.  The front and back fabrics are commercial batiks and the wadding is Quilters Dream Wool.  It's quilted with a King Tut thread, they're as good for hand quilting as machine. The pattern is a Sandie Lush one, I can't remember the name. I'm very pleased with how it's turned out, so much so that I'm busy marking up the next one - Fleur by Sandie Lush.  Much as I love the pattern I've done, there were a lot of short lines and much turning of the quilt while working on it, so the new pattern has a lot more flowing lines.  Only one disappointment with the finished quilt, I seem to have spilt some tea on it at some point, I don't remember doing this, but I'm going to have to try to get it out.  How frustrating! 

Friday, 6 April 2012

Cute Box

My quilt group ran a box-making workshop recently, it was lead by one of the group members and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.  The lady running it was extremely well organised, her husband had cut kits of daler board and we just had to supply fabric and glue.  She had also baked a couple of very yummy cakes, what more can you ask for?  I made a fabric flower for the top of my box from the book Kanzashi in Bloom, it's a very inspiring book and I'll be making more of these I'm sure.