04/01/2012 § 4 Comments
“Vogue – evocative of fashion models during photograph shoots”
and finally …
Vogue Quilt – retro style!
I’ve had SUCH fun creating this quilt. It’s 56″ x 50″, all free-motion wibbly-wobbly quilted through the cotton wadding and black winceyette backing. (I’m sure it burns off a few calories doing this – all that wibbling and wobbling)! The red polka dot binding has been hand-stitched right the way around too – phew! There’s a name label on the reverse, embroidered on one of the panels showing a stunning 1930’s girl and as always, the quilt has been dated and signed – my first quilt of 2012!
Vogue is going into a gallery at the beginning of February – unless it finds a good home beforehand! It’s just waiting for a super-stylish boudoir, or chaise – in the drawing room perhaps?
Now, on to the next project …
Uummmmmmmm – I wonder what that will be?
29/12/2011 § Leave a comment
A new quilt is in the making …
Just before Christmas, when we escaped to Bath, I spent a delicious half hour or so in Country Threads Patchwork. What a fabulous selection of fabrics to browse through -such fun! Choosing, deciding, which colours appealed, what could I make with that, what colours to put together, what patterns were singing a jolly tune.
This retro panel has lovely words – I love you, M is for memories, Dream out Loud – all in a classic 1930’s style. But – and it’s a big BUT – many of the blocks are different sizes – different lengths and heights! It’s taken a bit of courage to decide what best to do and I’ve decided to go with a Brick Pattern – so the rows use blocks of the same height. I’m using quite a few plain blocks, as I want the words to take centre stage, and a colour palette of cream, soft green, turkey red, black and caramel.
This is Draft 1 of the blocking and has way too much of the black winceyette backing showing through. When I make a big quilt I always take a photo so that I can see what’s going well and what isn’t working with the colours. Can you see where it starts to go wrong? The first 4 rows (from the top down) seem fine, but rows 5, 6 and 7 are in trouble! It’s all sorted now though. The quilt is going to be large – a good double size. I think it’ll be called ‘Vogue’.
I won’t be able to work on it again until the weekend but I’ve pinned all the blocks and sewn the first few rows together – it’s SOoooo exciting.
This quilt is going to span the bridge between the old year and the new. Hopes and dreams and memories all sewn together. Just how a quilt should be!
Happy New Year to you all. Take care, keep safe, stay warm and be happy.