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Friday, February 22, 2019

Emily's Legacy

After 10 years I finally have the pattern for this quilt ready!  It took me 5 years to make the quilt, then another 5 years of procrastination to finish the pattern.  I still had all the drawings  I made when I created the quilt from just a photograph.  It was pretty much hit and miss from the start, but in the end it turn out ok. 
My finished quilt Emily's Legacy

Drawings I kept while making the quilt

Photos I used to make the pattern

Two of of the lovely ribboms won at the Sydney Quilt Show

The pattern is in our Etsy Shop,  There is also a  link on the side panel of this page if you want to have a look. 

What finally inspired me to get a wriggle on was the suggestion that it might have been a project at the upcoming Quilt Symposium in New Zealand.  I had to work really hard to get it done, then in the end they chose something else. Which is just fine, because I already have those patterns done.

Anyone going to Auckland NZ in October?  I am !  There are heaps of local and International tutors to choose from.  5 days of sewing, eating, drinking, and meeting new people.  Check out the venue https://www.quiltsymposium2019.nz/stay-play/our-venue

It is very exciting for me.  It is the first time I have been invited to teach in New Zealand and I am really looking forward to it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

catching up

So, we had Christmas, and New Year, then we had the drought/heat wave, and now we have the floods!  Everything normal here in Australia.

I have been working through a few of my UFO's and hoping to get inspired by something new.  Well, I did get inspired, and started a few new things, but not really sure how they might end.

The Kaffe Museum quilt is now completed - well the top only - and the border is on

It is seriously huge!!  I can not even get a whole photo.  I am now working out in my head how I might quilt it.  I am not so good at machine quilting, and think it might be a bit hard to hand quilt, as the shapes are appliqued using vlisofix, so the next best thing is a bit of "big stitch"quilting, which I think might suit this one.  It is so big I am not sure how I will get it basted.  Might need some help for that job.

On the subject of big quilts I got this one done
I called it Wonky Pathways, and is based on Kathy Doughty's pattern Fractured.  There was no way I could get it basted or quilted in one go, so I made 4 smaller quilts and then joined them like "quilt as you go".  I have never done this before.  I knew the method behind it, but had never actually done it.
 What I did when quilting it, I left threads that could be pulled out a bit, and then joined the top on the machine

 pressed that nice and flat, then got the batting together, and trimmed them even
 I had some of this batting tape lying about (never used it before) and that worked and was so easy
Finally, I got the backing smooth and flat and no- the pattern does not meet up, but I don't care! and slip stitched it all together.  When all 4 pieces were joined up I could then re-do the quilting stitches I had removed.

The fabrics used on this are a mixture of Kaffe Fassett prints, and brighter Repro fabrics, which all work happily together.  It is currently living on my bed.  Perfect for the summer as it is nice and light, with cotton batting.

 Does anyone remember me making this quilt a few years back?  It is based on the Little Sisters quilt held in a museum in the USA.  I have had a number of requests about the pattern, if any, and where might they get it.  Well, I did make it all up myself, and I did keep all my notes and drawings.  Since about March last year I have spasmodically been working on putting it all together in a format that people might understand.  It is not a quilt for the faint hearted, and it is not easy to write, but I am almost finished.  So, now I have put it in writing, I have to get it done!  It will be in my Etsy shop in a couple of weeks.....I hope.....stay tuned.