Grace's quilt - the stash buster.
No new fabric, (aside from a half metre for binding) was bought.
I based the pattern on 'small frames' from Elizabeth Hartman's book 'The Practical Guide to Patchwork'.
girl's Christmas dresses, and a couple of other solid neutrals I had. Without the consistency of each alternate block being framed in the same fabric, the quilt loses a lot of the 'patterned' look, but I ended up pretty happy about this.
|Boars and mushrooms
|Red riding hood
I know some quilters have a picture in their mind before they start but I really have only a bit of a feel, a bit of an idea, and a hope that it will come together in the end. I chose a group of fabrics that I thought would work together, including a few that seemed a bit out of place - like the red stripes in the blocks below. I don't like things too matchy matchy.
|Working out the placement
I was given my Bernina. Have I mentioned my Bernina? I love my Bernina.
|The BSR in action
The 'Bernina Stitch Regulator' regulates the length of the stitch whilst sewing free motion - keeping them pretty much the same, even when you are twisting and turning the fabric all over the place.
|Free motion quilting close up
The quilting itself was quite a joy and that left only the binding. One thing I have learned is that the binding can completely change a quilt. Using pink binding on this quilt would have shifted the balance of colours and it would have become a pink quilt. If I'd used a bright colour it would have picked up the brighter blocks and made them stand out much more, significantly changing the look of the quilt.
Again Daniela steered me in the right direction, identifying the colours in the quilt I needed to pick up with the binding. Natalie, Cath and others confirmed blue binding over grey.
Many many blogs devote countless posts to the importance of mindfulness in life and parenting. I'm never entirely sure what that actually means, but, when binding quilts, I think maybe I'm experiencing it anyway.
|Grace's quilt finished
So finally, after weeks and months of Grace asking when her quilt would be done, it was.
|On the clothesline