Thursday, 7 April 2011
Doll Quilt finished and received by my partner
I was making this quilt as part of the Doll Quilt Swap (round 10) on Flickr. This is the best swap around IMHO, the standard of work is SO high and incredibly inspiring.
posted about this quilt, I had finished the main part of the top. I then added that spiky saw tooth border before getting to work on some serious hand quilting!
It is lovely to work on something so small that you can quilt very heavily without going insane! I used red sashiko thread to pick out the 'stamens' (the whirli-gigs are supposed to be an organic, seed-poddy type of thing) and a mixture of natural, red and purple quilting threads everywhere else.
I loved this 'Timber' fabric I bought from Mandy's Simply Solid shop, and couldn't bear to cut it up. It seemed to go well with my 'botanical' theme too. The leaf in the corner is covering up my partners name on the label (I used a mistake quarter block to make the label). As this is a secret swap it is important that your partner has no idea you are making your quilt for her and till she actually receives it.
I can now reveal that my partner was Ethne of Flaming Stitches blog. Ethne creates really original and unusual pieces and I have to admit to being a bit daunted when I found out I was making for her! But then I realised I was going to relish the challenge!
Ethne had lots of photos of leaves and seed pods in her 'favourites' and she was also very specific about the colours she liked - purples, maroons, greens and autumnal colours. Even so I was still a little worried that she might not like the design. But she does, hurray!
group pool, why not check out Ethne's blog too? She is busy organising a QAL based on the illustrations of Charley Harper, and producing some really interesting work herself.
Oh, and the best thing about having her for a partner was that she also lives in Scotland! So I could send the parcel really securely at a fraction of the price it would have cost internationally, yay!
Now all I have to do is wait for MY doll quilt to arrive! How exciting!!