OK – I have worked up the nerve to enter the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival for 2012 hosted at Amy’s Creative Side.
It is only a quilt I blogged/completed about a few weeks ago – but I feel it was a step in a new direction of quilting for me!
The new owner of the quilt is quite deeply in love with it and I have heard a rumour she “pats” it every time she walked past it! A Lone Star that contains all sorts of fun goodies – mermaids, cats, butterflies and hearts combined with Pink and Orange goodness. I really like to try to include meaningful fabrics when I am making quilts for close friends – which I think is a fabulous excuse for why they take me so long to make! Though this quilt for Ms C was quite easy to collect fabrics for. I already had the Heather Ross mermaids and the Alexander Henry Domesticats. A few others were from my stash and I knew the Dear Stella Mimosa and Meet me at Sunset would fit in nicely!
I used my new Westalee Ruler to cut the diamonds. It was the first time I had used it (or a template at all) and I found piercing it very easy. There was a little bit of struggling with 3 corners meeting but I got there! I have since made two other quilts this way and am happy to say I have almost perfected it!
I struggled with the best way to quilt this one – my normal straights lines were not going to cut it this time. After consulting with my creative director (aka hubby) he suggested that why don’t I start in the centre and do a wavy pattern so it looks like the mermaids are swimming. I immediately said “Don’t be silly I can’t quilt wavy AND in a circle”. But then I started to like the idea – so I used my walking foot and somehow managed to do it! There are a few jagged curves – and geez did my hands hurt the next day! But I found the process quick and not having to measure things out was quite liberating (and time saving)
It has actually inspired me to buy a darning foot and attempt free-motion quilting – It arrived the other day but I have had the worst flu in history and I have not had a chance to test it out yet
Thanks for stopping by – make sure you check out some of the other wonderful quilts at Bloggers’ Quilt Festival.