Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The journey so far ...

My first quilt came about when I purchased some material from my LQS.  It was a swag of beautiful red and white spots and stripes.  I googled and read up on lots of blocks etc and decided to make a simple disappearing nine patch, with squares cut from the strips of WOF.  It was bordered in black and quilted in red tread both top and bottom.  The binding complemented the scattered black patches in the quilt and contrasted beautifully with the red with white spot I used for the backing. 

I have also made labels since this picture was taken, and have attached them for that final touch.

Quilt #2 is a quilt I made for my gorgeous mother in law to be, Wendy.  She lives in the country and has magpies which knock on her window to get her attention when they are hungry.  They are hand fed, wild birds.  The fabric in the quilt has birds hidden in the patterns, which I have purposely placed on the quilt top.  I used an alternating window pattern, using a plain ivory homespun as the contrasting fabric.  It is backed with a pieced back of stips which I had left over from the roll of fabric strips I had used to build the windows from.

Quilt #3 is a Baby Quilt for a friend I have known more than 15 years.  They are expecting a baby and when Lachlan and I went to the LQS, he chose this fun charm pack from Moda called 5 Funky Monkeys.  It is fun and bright. I wanted to experiment with squares and it was needed FAST!  I used some of my stash fabric for the borders and backing, which was a bonus.  The green, blue and white polka dots on the backing really complement the front of the quilt.  I didn't quilt every square as I wanted to keep it snugly.  A comment on the weekend by Owen, my cousins 4 year old, "That looks like a snugly quilt", means I surely fit the brief??  The new owners of this quilt don't know its coming, and it will be a surprise, so if you think you know who ... please don't let on!!

Quilt #4 is also a Baby Quilt.  It is for very dear friends whom are expecting a baby.  I wanted to do something fun and I just loved this fabric from Moda by Aneela Hoy, "Little Apples".  My LQS had three charm packs, as a taste, before the stock comes in later in the year.  I used homespun from my stash again, and I am incredibly pleased with the result.  I also didn't quilt the charm squares as I wanted to keep it snugly again!.  Can't wait to gift it.

So that is the journey so far.

I have three quilts which are WIP, so will start blogging those as I make them.

Caz XX


  1. I like the way you experiment with each design several ways before you move on.