On my Design Wall….Swooning

This pattern – Swoon – has been in the To Do Pile for six months or more.  After waiting nearly three months for the fabrics to arrive from o/s, they finally found the cutting mat and blocks 1 and 2 are complete.

While I was waiting so patiently (not!) for said fabrics, I hit the scrap bin and whipped up a block called ‘Goose In a Puddle’ from one of Bonnie Hunter’s books.  This block is approx 14″ unfinished, so you can see the Swoon Blocks are monster sized at 24″.

Swoon 1 and Swoon 2 (sounds like something from Dr Seuss)

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Mum’s Quilts

My mother is a perfectionist when it comes to sewing/quilting.   My grandmother was too, but I don’t think the genetics ventured further than that! Mum doesn’t Blog. She can send an SMS, but that’s as far as technology goes; she doesn’t even own a computer.  I have her permission to put these beauties into cyberspace.  They may get an outing in a local show which is only every 2 years, but I can’t even convince her to enter anything intothe major Guild exhibition each year.   I think they should be seen by more than the inside of the spare bedroom!

Mum's pineapple 

   Mum's pineapple2

Mum is a very traditional quilter – and I mean patterns, colours, everything.

The pineapples were done with hand-dyed fabrics Mum did in a class a few years ago.  This is a major step away from anything she’s ever done. It’s only

a small, wall hanging size quilt (note to self to find the dimensions) and was a challenge in her guild which won a prize.    I love it!

 

Granny & GD in Flower Garden

Apparently I gave Mum a bundle of FQs a couple of years ago – can’t even remember what they are. The hexagons have been paper-pieced and the quilt

has been hand quilted.  It’s taken a couple of years, but a recent illness seemed to have spurred her on to finish it!

FlowerGarden2A close-up of Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

Finally…..some sewing

Here’s a baby quilt I just finished for a friend. I’ve been practising my free-motion quilting a lot and was reasonably happy with the practice pieces.

However – I felt as if I went psycho when I put the needle into a Real Quilt and it is not as good as I’d hoped.BabyQuilt1I tried out my walking foot for the first time and didn’t like it at all for quilting in the ditch. Then I shadow quilted 1/4” either side of the seams, which in hindsight I shouldn’t have. Still, being a kid’s quilt, hopefully it will stand up to lots of washing.

BabyQuilt2

The label was from a roll of labels fabric and I hand painted it with watercolour textile crayons in pinks, once I knew it was a baby girl.