Friday, August 10, 2012
The eventual owners of these two blocks will be very pleased to know that they are completed. One is going to join 29 other blocks from the United States and Japan to make a pretty 1930's quilt. The other one will be winging its way to America to be adorned with applique during the "Baltimore on the Plains" Retreat. Lucky Block almost wish I was going, but I have the Australian Machine Quilting Festival in adelaide instead.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
This quilt was finished by members from Toowoomba Quilter's Club Inc for a member who could no longer sew due to medical problems.
After giving the corners a generous spray with a spritz of rainwater and then drying them with a steam iron there was still extra fabric to contend with. As I was quilting all the cream fabrics first I heavily pinned the dark border and the star to keep them as square as possible. Then I had fun with hooked feathers in a square feather wreath shape. There was now plenty of stitching to "suck up" the excess fabric and have the corners laying flat. Unfortunately the centre of the star couldn't quite get as flat due to all the seams pressed whichever directions, but on a bed it will look great.
The Customer wanted an overall design but not over the top of the applique which was on two opposite corners of the quilt. So using the leaves and the curls of the applique as inspiration I came up with this design. Using a variegated thread in the colours of the top, with a black thread in the bobbin. The back was also a pieced quilt, and after centering it I was able to avoid any major problems with bulky seams. Customer was very pleased and I think the recipient will be too.