At last a finished quilt to share with you!
I feel like all I have been talking about is business recently - new shop, Stitch Gathering, blah-di-blah... I always wanted this blog to be separate from my working life but somehow it keeps leaking though (or more like taking over!).
So it's lovely to show you something pretty I've made, which is the reason I started this blog in the first place.
I actually finished this quilt a few months back but I only managed to meet up with the person it's for just this afternoon and handed it over.
It's for my very good friend Patricia who had a special birthday at New Year (so it's really late!). I asked her what sort of colours were in her bedroom and designed the quilt to (hopefully) fit in.
I've made a lot of Dresden Plates for cushions but never for a quilt so I thought it was about time I gave it a try.
With my cushions I have embroidered or heavily hand quilted the centres. As that was out of the question for a whole quilt (no matter how much I love my pal!) I decided to use the Porthole method (taught me by Lu Summers at Fat Quarterly 2 years ago) to make a sort of 'floating ring' effect.
Unfortunately I decided to trim all the blocks at one of my Craft Clubs (a desperate attempt to multi-task under pressure), and due to not paying proper attention I trimmed some of them too much and then realised I'd not left enough room for binding! So I added that thin strip of fabric (the same as the binding would be). This has worked okay and given a sort of 'stepped' binding effect that I could pretend I'd intended all along, but I don't mind admitting to my mistakes, they make us human!
The colours of the petals are graded in tone to give a subtle spiralling effect (I hope!). And, inspired by so many modern quilts I've seen recently, I chose all those low volume fabrics as backgrounds. I just love how that looks!
And to echo the spiralling effect I FMQed spirals all over for quilting. This was fun and I like the close textured effect. I didn't bother to wash it, I'm starting to like the 'fresh and flat' FMQ look and worry that 'crinkling' spoils that a bit.
As regular readers know, if I am particularly pleased with something I've made I tend to take it all over Shangri La Farm taking photos of it like it's a Supermodel and I'm shooting the Pirelli Calendar!
A shot of the back. I used this paisley Riley Blake fabric that features in the front too.
It was a bit hard to say goodbye to this one...
But I do love my pal very much! Here she is with her quilt, she's just stopped crying here! I think that means she likes it.
It's 86 inches (172cm square). Here it is on my bed.
Bye bye lovely quilt *waves*!!