Sunday, July 22, 2012

She is finished


Homage to Sally Ann!   The first patchwork book that I ever bought myself was the book, 'Red and Green' an applique tradition by Jeanna Kimball.  I poured over this book and dreamed of the day when I would be a good enough sewer to make the quilts inside this lovely book.  I was then 'blown-away' when the girls at Primarily Patchwork made up a pattern for this epic quilt.  I set to work quickly and while pregnant with my daughter cut out the entire quilt, Ayla just turned 6 in march this year.  Like any project I would have bursts of energy for this project and time away from it and before I knew it seven years have flown by.  The red and green colour combination has always been a favourite of mine and I have loved every minute of working on this quilt.  I have quilted around all of the applique as well as on the larger pieces in co-ordinated thread.  The flower wreath has freestyle feathers that I have then put an echo around.  My favourite curls pattern is behind the flowers and I feel this lifts the flowers out to be the feature.  Behind the corner flowers is  cross-hatching pattern and the central bunch of flowers has freeform feathers and swirls with very tight cross-hatching behind the flowers.   After seven years I am thrilled with my version of Sally Ann's quilt and she now hangs on the wall of my sewing room,  which brings me to my final thanks are for my Alex who did an awesome job hanging her on the wall.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mary Brown

 Merri Garton has sewn this amazing Mary Brown Quilt.  Merri has chosen a lemon background and quite bright fabrics for this epic applique quilt which demonstrates her skill at 'reading' fabric.  I have outlined all of the applique as I feel this helps to define each of the applique pieces, the centre panel then has a feathered wreath with circles in the stem.  The corner blocks were surrounded by a curved feather and swirl pattern and in  the outer border, I quilted a circular pattern in the background.  I feel that the background circles behind all of the outer blocks helps tie the variety of applique blocks together.

Red and White Applique

Bev Bannard has made this striking Red and White Quilt.  My photo's unfortunately do not do this quilt justice, the contrast of colours is wonderful.  Bev has made this quilt from a pattern in the book "Mary's favourite Blue and White Quilts"  by Mary Koval.  The book is full of beautiful blue and white quilts that Mary has found and admired.  Bev took the inspiration and created hers in the rich red and striking white background, we then decided to quilt it as closely as possible as the original in the book - loads of crosshatching!  The result is a truly striking quilt.  It will be on display at this years 'Quilts in the Barn' Red and White Exhibition this year from 5th - 7th October.