Friday, 9 March 2012

Cypress trees anyone?

Or pots in a bazaar.

Or maracas.

Or wrapped up sweeties.

All suggestions for what the pattern in this quilt looked like.


I just saw it as a good way to go wild with random scraps of fabric; not caring if they matched or not as I felt using the solid cream would calm things down.


I didn't baste this one. All I did was put the backing fabric on the floor, put the batting on next, then the quilt top. I gathered the three layers up and then used my hand-quilting hoop to secure the middle of the quilt, this immediately providing a taut surface.  I then hand-quilted the inner outline of the coloured shapes, moving the hoop around as I did so, to keep the surface continually tight and flat.


That was accomplished over a couple of evenings. Then, once the whole quilt was secure, I machine quilted the rest of it. On the plain beige I echoed the shapes and on the coloured fabrics it was the well honed technique of pedal to the metal and go mad.

Back is some cuddly flannel spliced between a regular quilting weight cotton.


I can thoroughly recommend the ruler used to make this quilt and have absolutely nothing to gain by mentioning it.

 I just think if something is a good idea you should share it.


Onwards and upwards to the next quilt now...
Oh and it's Finish It Up Friday over at Amanda Jean's

32 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I can't believe you didn't baste it at all - anything I tried that way would be a hot mess for sure. My ruler came yesterday - now I'm super psyched to get started using it. I love her fancy nine-patches, too. Where to begin???!!!

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  2. This looks fab! I thought wine goblets when I first saw it but now you've said Maracas, I'm seeing those as they tie in nicely with the carnival vibe of this beauty!

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  3. They look like 70's lamps to me.

    After seeing all of the amazing things you have done with that ruler I am totally sold! Beautiful work!!!!

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  4. It's beautiful! Nice pattern to show off the prints! I just received my ruler & can't wait to try it out!

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  5. Ooo, gorgeous. I actually have this ruler already on order...! Yippee!

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  6. I hope you start a curved ruler trend because this is too spectacular not to be the next hit quilt! Love!

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    1. *hot* although hit is true too.

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  7. That is honestly sooo cute and FUN!! Love how all the fabrics look together, and I can't help but see "maracas". :o)

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  8. You can tell it is a Friday because I was right with Jan - wine glasses stacked one upon the other for me too!

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  9. This quilt turned out so great! I love the fabrics you chose and love the pictures of it outside..it really shows off the colors! And thanks again ;o)

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  10. What a fun quilt, it turned out delightful!

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  11. lovely maracas quilt!!
    or..tennis rackets?

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  12. The first thing I thought when I saw the quilt was lava lamps... but now that someone mentioned it, they definitely look like stacked wine glasses. Regardless its a wonderful quilt... Awesome job!!

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  13. I would call it wonderful x... and well travelled xx

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  14. LOVE this quilt---the colors and everything!

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  15. I love this quilt and I especially love the outdoor setting it was photographed in!

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  16. I love how you can take fabric that, on its own, is nothing special, and then turn it into something that looks so cohesive. Well done once again!

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  17. Me too - I see maracas! Great quilt - love the idea of basting it with hand stitching - basting is my least favourite bit of the process but essential. May have to give it a go!

    Haven't tested the ruler out yet but soon I hope!

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  18. It`s so beautiful - I cannot wait for my ruler to arrive! You have done such an amazing job.

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  19. I love it and I have already ordered the cool ruler. To me it looks like a bunch of stacked wine glasses full of colourful drinks or maracas at some sort of summer festival or something. It is a very happy quilt.

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  20. That's such a cheery mix of fabrics, I really love it! Jenny's patterns are so creative.

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  21. That is awesome! You did a wonderful job. :)

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  22. Looks great, I am so impressed you did that without basting too. (not sure when you changed it but I really like the layout and look of your blog)

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  23. Love how this quilt came out & love your pillow from the QAL using Jenny's ruler. Very nice.

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  24. Love your quilt! And love your idea to use flannel combined with cotton! Genius!

    Your colors are so beautiful-they just explode!

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  25. I love this, love the randomness of the colors. My kind of quilt.

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  26. I think maracas! This quilt is so awesome that I want to invite it to my Cinco De Mayo party as a guest! Excellent colors, etc!
    Ole!

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  27. Fun and fresh ,and just a happy quilt.Thanks for sharing.

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  28. First thing I thought of was wine glasses and I don't drink!

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