Saturday, August 24, 2013

Carole Egan's 'Sarah Morell Quilt'

Carole Egan has made this wonderful 'Sarah Morell' quilt.  It is one of Di Ford's patterns and is in her book 'Primarily Quilts'.  The 'Morell Quilt' is such an epic piece of work and if I remember correctly  has taken Carole five years to complete.  I like to quilt this quilt by treating each block individually with a series of designs that are repeated throughout the quilt to give it some consistency.  For example all of the pieced blocks had straight cross-hatching on them, all of the toile blocks had the feathered wreath on them and the broderie purse blocks had a combination of curls and swirls behind them.

Beautiful Chintz Panel

Dorothy Ramage is an amzing sewer who always makes the most beautiful quilts.  This quilt has a wonderful chintz panel that Dorothy appliqued onto the background fabric.  As a quilter this was a challenging centre as is is an asymmetrycal panel.  I wanted the quilting to frame the panel without dominating the quilt, I chose to sew the corner feathers in a freeform manner (the feathers are different sizes and there are curls within the feathers) as it is in keeping with the style of the quilt while drawing the eye into the chintz panel.