Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Still Swooning

Just a further update on my Swoon patchwork blocks, last time I wrote about them I had finished 5 out of 9, (you can see them by clicking here.)  Here are the final four ready to be sashed together... once I decide on the layout.  I really like this one with the red petals.
But then this one with the red as the star shape is quite striking to look at too.
I was so confident with this next one that I thought I could make these blindfolded, but alas, this is the one that needed the most unpicking.  I tried to get all the ducks up the same way, but it was not to be.  Most of the ducks in the bottom left and bottom right petals are facing all sorts of directions!

I have saved the best til last: pink combined with green is my favourite combination!

I have enjoyed cutting and sewing these immensely.  Such satisfying sewing, with a completed block fairly achievable after a couple of sessions. Next step will be to add some white borders and sew them all together.  I think I will do free-motion quilting on this at Beechwood, in Stirling again.
I have absolutely NO IDEA where I am going to keep this huge quilt when it's finished, but I do know that I will definitely be keeping it.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Finished Quilt for Diane

This is my 'easiest quilt top ever' using two charm packs (previously explained here) and it is now completed and bound, ready for gifting to a dear lady named Diane.  She isn't an internet user so I am happy to share it on here before she receives it.
I did the quilting myself on a long-arm machine at Beechwood quilting, which I wrote about here.  Diane likes bumble bees and so I tried my hand at a few bees and flowers in a variegated thread.
It is by no means perfect, but it is my first attempt, and I really enjoyed the quilting process.  I'm either brave or naive to have chosen a plain fabric for the back, most likely naive, as patterned prints hide mistakes so much better!
And one last final photo before it is rolled up and gifted:
How could a 65 year old lady not love this? - or at least the affection and effort involved anyway.

I'll be linking up this finish with Katy's Finish Along, as it is one of my five Q2 goals that I had hoped to complete by the end of Spring, and now I have finished 3 out of my 5 projects on my list!  Yay!
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