Well it's that time of year - no work, Christmas rush is over and a few days to relax and catch up on quilting... The house that was cleared of quilting clutter to make room for entertaining is now littered with piles of auditioning fabric.
My Simon quilt top is almost finished. I just have to decide on the fabric to use for the outer first and third borders -"should be simple" she thought?
Here is 'Simon' in the Dutch book - the antique original and the authors' reproduction - showing these borders:
|The antique quilt in "Promenade in a Dutch Garden"|
|Outer three borders on the original antique quilt - a lovely diamond print. Photo from the book.|
|Outer borders on Petra and An's reproduction - a beautifully coordinated stripe. Photo from the book.|
|The bottom right is my favourite of this lot but still not right...|
In a couple of weeks I am going to Summer School in the NSW Blue Mountains with Rhonda Pearce to make her version of the Ann Randoll quilt/coverlet - so terribly exciting as it is just my cup of tea. What's not to love in an antique British quilt with applique, clamshells and loads of fabric choices! And I have had such fun learning to make clamshells in my Chintz medallion quilt (still in progress).
Unfortunately I didn't get to see the original quilt when it was on show at the Queensland Art Gallery but at least I have the wonderful book/catalogue they produced ("Quilts 1700-1945"). There are also great pictures in this book below:
|Photo from book above|
|Centre of the quilt - photo from book|
|Photo from book - wonderful fabrics!|
I've not seen anything but a small colour photo of Rhonda's work on this so am keeping my options open a little regarding fabrics and colours. You can read that to mean I'll be taking half my stash along to class!
Thought I might review my quilting year - 2013.
A collage of projects that were started and finished this year:
|All started and completed in 2013|
Then there are the projects part-done this year:
|Baltimore - blocks 14 to 23 made this year, the rest were previous years|
|Burnt quilt - top finished 2013, still needs to be quilted - some time!|
|Lucy Boston - Started 2012, finished 2013|
|Medallion quilt - started 2013, working on it now|
|Simon - started 2013, working on it now|
|Double X - just started|
But I'm a bit shocked to find there are 5 quilts still in progress ...and I am starting a new one! Such is the quilting life. All the best to you all for much inspiration and fun quilting in 2014!