Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Summer of quilting

Quite some while ago when I was listing the projects I had on the go I mentioned I was making a quilt for  a wedding present.  So today I have finally got around to the reveal

But first (patience!) the result of last week's giveaway - I used this random number generator, I know there are clever on line gizmos that I could use but as there are 8 people who commented on last week's post I decided to use what I had to hand this afternoon

(he is too little to know his numbers and he is better looking than a website).  The winner is Cathie who was the fifth person to comment.   This lovely skein of Madelinestosh, Tosh Merino Light in the  Thyme colour way is on its way to her.

So! Back to quilting...  I have a lot of books on quilting but when I went through all the designs it was obvious really, a double ring quilt for a wedding present.  I mentioned some while ago that I have known the bride since she was 6 and she became friends with one of my daughters.  I have watched her come through a couple of tricky times and grow into a lovely young woman with a beautiful family, I really wanted to make her something special to mark her marriage to a lovely man and celebrate her happiness.

My daughter helped me choose the fabric (I was very nervous about this as her home is beautiful, immaculately furnished in shades of cream and silver grey and she has very decided ideas on home decoration)

 I WAS slightly nervous introducing so much colour

some investment in tools (templates, a cutting mat and cutting wheel) was necessary

cutting out the individual shapes was almost the biggest job

a dry run - I was just dying to see what the colours looked like together

my favourite glass head pins placed at right angles to the line of stitching

ridiculously excited to see how the sections match perfectly where the rings intersect

measured on the top of my bed to see if big enough to begin the border

After machine quilting I love finishing off the edging hemming by hand





the beautiful bride


Elly said...

Wow - that's one amazing quilt.

Unknown said...

What a wonderful wedding present, so precious!
I'm already planning what to do with my win, thank you so much. I can't wait to give it a squidge :)

Jennifer Hays said...

Oh, my. This quilt is gorgeous. I love the colors and the fabric prints. It's really beautiful and such a special gift. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks incredible!

Adaliza said...

What a wonderful quilt - I'm sure it will be treasured forever by the lucky couple. The colours are stunning.

debbie1608 said...

That quilt is beautiful!

Annie Cholewa said...

I've only just seen this, and I'm in awe ... that is a stunning quilt! Lucky bride and her husband!