Sunday, July 21, 2013


The Quilts 1700-1945 exhibit at QAG is so amazing.  There is no photography allowed in the show, but there is a great book with pictures of all the quilts, plus lots of extra information.

This is my favourite – the George III coverlet.  The piecing in the circles is so intricate, and the applique panels are also amazing.  It’s going on my to do list.

I also did a toy drop while we were at the gallery.   In keeping with the quilt theme for the day, I made a little quilt to go with this dolly.  Nothing fancy, just a fat quarter that I had on hand and quilted with loopies.  This was left in the sculpture courtyard before things were very busy, and I was lucky enough to see that it was collected by two little girls with their grandmother. 


Love Entwined progress:

I have redone the centre compass, because some of the points weren’t pointy enough and I wanted to adjust the colours slightly.  It meant I also had to redo the 32 surrounding dots but I am much happier with this version.  I’ve started preparing the next stage – many tiny diamonds to be appliqued next

Monday, July 1, 2013

New beginnings

Onto a new project.  And not just any project.  It’s the Love Entwined BOM by Esther Aliu.  I’m looking forward to this one – Esther describes it as an “intense applique” project, and it is definitely that.  I’ve been searching for fabric, and thought I was in luck when I found 6 metres of handkerchief linen in my stash (the receipt  on the bag was from the 90’s!).  It’s beautiful fabric, but I decided it was too sheer for a quilt top.  So I went out and bought some cream quilters muslin to use instead.

Colour wise for the applique, I’m going with scrappy in clear tones (they look murky in that picture, but they are much brighter in person).   I don’t plan on buying anything specific for the applique, and hopefully I can use fabric I already own for most of it.


Part 1 is the centre compass and ring of dots.  I chose foundation piecing for the compass, and appliqued the outer ring over the top.  And those dots are teeny, like 6mm across.  I’ve made my dots over a sequin, which is just crazy but it really works.  I’m not going to remove the sequins because it makes a bit of a mess on the back, and the shape of the sequin makes the dots sit up nicely. 

1 month down (almost), only 17 more to go.