And I'm missing the needle turn applique so much already. I'm sure that sounds crazy to some but any applique-addicts will know what I mean. There is that withdrawal stage when it is done. It was nice to clear away the prep though - boxes of red fabrics and small mountain of almost shredded scraps!
Most of the blocks are straight from the Threadbear pattern by Corliss Searcey, but three blocks and the border I drafted myself using elements from the blocks. To quote Corliss from the pattern notes, she says "feel free to alter or substitute shapes from block to block, making this quilt unique to you" - so I had a bit of fun doing just that.
|Middle of top border
|Middle of bottom border
It is now having time out in the hand quilting queue .
Speaking of which ... hand quilting Ann Randoll is going well. It is a large quilt but I'm managing fine by working around the outer borders first, leaving the centre for last. Here it is stretched out for some progress pics with one edge done. I might not be able to resist adding some fill in the open areas but they are not large so maybe not needed....
There is a great variety of fabrics as well as techniques in this medallion quilt - which can have its pluses and a minuses. A plus is it is not boring to quilt, and a minus is that each little border needs thought and a different approach to the quilting.Outlining the applique shapes on the cream background is easy going and I have used a cream thread to match the background.
I decided to outline the outer edge of each clamshell to make them pop out a little, and using a tan thread as I like the look better than cream on the darker browns/blues.
The Half Square Triangle (or pinwheel) border had me thinking. The HSTs have edges that are about 1 1/4 inch so there is a lot of seam tucked under there that I really do not want to quilt over. I decided to quilt inside the seams to form a square of four HST groups, and using a tan thread again.
Perhaps the complexity of this quilt had me itching to do something simpler, something more random and comparatively unstructured ? And I've also been itching to get back to some EPP after seeing the lovely EPP projects that Susan produces so expertly. So I picked up my Grandmothers Garden again. Now these hexagons are l a r g e - an edge of 1 1/4 inch on a hexagon is pretty big as they go!
Here is a reminder picture of the start of this project against the half inch hexagons from the Ann Randoll quilt.
How it looks now - only two garden beds but already 1 metre across (about 40 inches)!
This picture found on an internet search is what first inspired me to start this project. It is a gorgeous antique quilt shown on Quiltville Quips and Snips in 2012. I just love everything about it, the way it is hand quilted in rows, and the colours are pure Spring don't you think?
The next garden bed round prepped ready to paperclip to papers and stitch together.
I've a feeling this could get large quite quickly and threaten to get out of hand. I think I'd prefer to stop at a 'cottage garden' rather than a 'country estate'?!
I've got my gardening clothes on but it was just too frosty to start out there early. Now the sun is shining and there is no wind - should be just right - so off I go. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!