Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quick Baby Quilt

My friend has just had a baby girl. I finished this cot size baby quilt in a record time (mine), 3 hours from start to finish.!! I chose the pattern named 'kid toys 2 e2e' by Deb Geissler for the quilt. It matched nicely with the front panel (quilt top). In the process, I have learnt to flip the pattern horizontally for alternate rows. I was also practicing using the 'relocate' function of Creative Studio to get things moving along smoothly during the quilting on my wonderful Gammill Statler. All fabrics were from my (full) cupboard. I didn't need to spend time searching further away from home.! It is my intention to try to use up what I have already had (way too much - but this is a relative term, depending on one's perception. :-) ). I have washed the quilt and it's in the post for Baby Prisha. I hope the blanket will keep her warm during the first winter of her life, and would be her play mat for the rest of the year.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

'Colour Play' Quilt by mE

I'm probably going through a phase of being curious.... It took 2 evenings and one afternoon to make this 'Colour Play' quilt. The quilt block was easy to calculate. I did it on the train to work one morning, last week. I used 2 sets of solids 1930s 10" Layer Cake for the 12 colours.  While my DH and my 'Sunshine' were out and about, I took the chance and just dived in (head first, of course!), and didn't give myself much time to think and plan as I usually do (far too long!!). Because of all the squares in the quilt top, to balance that, I chose the backing fabric with circles pattern. Also, circles were chosen (by mE) for the quilting pattern. It's called 'double circles e2e', and designed by Karen Farnsworth. I'm one of her many club members. I quilted the quilt on my wonderful Gammill Statler, as I normally do these days. Funnily, it took longer to choose the colour of fabric for the binding. Eventually, I have decided to go with yellow-ish fabric for the binding, which I hope to get it done in this coming week. Hmmmm.... I kind of like the quilt, and a few of my friends do too. :-)

Part of My Quilt for Sydney Quilt Show

Here is part of my quilt top, 'Short Trips Around the World'. The pattern was from a tutorial by Katy Jones. I have entered it to the Sydney Quilt Show at Darling Harbour this year. Both the quilt design and colour scheme weren't what I would normally choose. But I was curious to see how I would feel when working on this kind of scrappy quilt - 'outside my comfort zone' was one way of looking at it. The experience was fun and I really enjoyed it. The process, in principle, was very similar to project management. It's probably why I enjoyed it so much.! I'm still deciding how I would like to quilt it.... I will find out in early May whether or not it will be accepted to be juried and hung at the Show, so fingers crossed.!