I purchased a fat quarter bundle of French General’s Pom pom de Paris. I was right into pale pinks and soft greens. Funnily enough these colours were very popular when I started teaching patchwork 30 years ago. I think nearly everyone in the class had some sort of variation of pink and green for their first sampler quilt.
I found an online pattern for these large blocks as I cut sort of fussy cut the toile images to fit the blocks. This project was on the go for well over a year or so as I would cut out a block and then put it aside. When I felt the need to ‘sew something’ but just didn’t have the time to start a new project I would pull out this quilt and sew a block. Each block was the same design but with a different colourway to keep my interest up. Eventually all nine blocks were completed and once again I called on the skills of my friend, Susan Trendall, to quilt it. I gave it to my daughter-in-law Claire for Christmas 2014.
Expertise Events called on quilters to produce a small 10″ x 10″ quilt to remember the ANZAC heroes of Gallipoli 100 years ago.
I entered the quilt below, which was accepted and then travelled around Australia and New Zealand and exhibited at all the Expertise Events such as AQC, and the Craft and Quilt Fairs.
If you click on this link it will show you all the other mini quilts in the exhibition. Just scroll down a little until you see the link.
I entered into the challenge quilt section which was titled ‘Out of the Blue’. Everyone had the same two fat quarters which you had to incorporate into your quilt. I won a ribbon for ‘Best interpretation of Theme’ with my quilt ‘For Moi!’ Lots of practising of my machine quilting went on in the background. The two fabrics were the harlequin fabric and the flower fabric which I fussy cut away from its muddy green background.
There was a display of ‘modern’ quilts at the Festival this year so I put in two of my quilts that I just had fun making. This first one was a quilt pattern from Camille Roskelley’s book ‘Simply Retro’ and used a layer cake that I had languishing in my stash. The other was some pattern I found on the internet – sorry can’t remember where from and also used up some stash fabric.
Linen is starting to be the fabric of choice for backgrounds instead of plain cotton. So when I found this gorgeous off white linen and a bundle of fat quarters in my stash from Quilt Gate that I had purchased quite a few years ago, they seemed a perfect fit.
The pattern is called ‘Vintage’ from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro.
This book is great. I’ve made several other quilts from this book. Modern, yet with a vintage vibe and very well written. She’s a clever lady.
So back to the quilt. I finished it in time to give to my sister-in-law Jacqueline as a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for allowing us to stay with her in London while we did our OE. She was a very generous and wonderful hostess and took us everywhere!
And of course it was quilted once again by Susan Trendall.
Annie and I both entered the Dorothy Collard Challenge ‘The Space Between’ run by the Auckland Quilt Guild. My effort was the quilt on the right (Annie’s is the one on the left). I fussy cut and embellished flowers and them sewed them onto a canvas which I had painting in stripes with the word SOW in the background. Depending on where you stood to view the quilt the word sometimes disappeared. It was a play on the words SOW/SEW.
This photo shows the quilts exhibited at Festival of Quilts 2014
Annie:- Thought I better post my second set of 5 blocks – This finishes the Crosses section. I am finding it quite an enjoyable activity and am actually ahead of schedule (don’t tell Mary!!). Mind you, I may have to unpick a few of the seams in the next lot of blocks …I must have had my crooked glasses on…why is I actually so hard to sew a straight seam??? Anyway here’s my second set….