31 August 2012

Let's talk Quilts


Yes, I talk wool for a while and then I want to talk fabric, love flicking between the two, love creating with both.  I have a couple of quilt tops ready for the sandwiching stage, where quilt top, wadding, backing and thousands of stitches becomes a finished quilt.  Thought I'd share a couple with you in the hope that it inspires me to finish them.  Good thought, let's see if it works!!

This first one, 'Hopscotch Harriet' is a stash buster, using a favourite pattern called 'Rebekah Amy Quilt' by Rosalie Quinlan.  Maybe it's still in its unfinished state because I cut out and sewed three versions of this same pattern at the same time ... whatever was I thinking?



Love the colours.  Want to see the other two versions, the other two finished versions?  I think it's just the 300 squares of hand quilting required on each quilt that I'm resisting.  This next one, made for Girl 1, is called 'Milk and Honey'.

 
And for Girl 2, 'Strawberries a Go-Go'.  They look so completely different in the different colourways.  Do you have a favourite?
 
 
Then there is 'Iced Cupcakes' which I started in 2003 ... yikes, that's a confession and a half.  Designed by Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House, it consists of lots of stitchery and applique, neither of which I had done before.  It was a monumental task!!
 
 

And of course, my recent 'I See Red' quilt is in the queue, and may just jump to the front!


My current hand-quilting project really needs some time devoted to it. I've almost missed the best time of year to hand quilt, when it's cold and the near-finished quilt is all snuggly on your lap ... ahh, bliss. Looking over in the corner there, I see a very sad sight. My neglected project sitting sadly on its hoop ... like an old party frock that no longer fits, but still hangs in your cupboard reminding you of slimmer days.  Constantly reminding you!


So armed with all those reminders of unfinished quilts, I really shouldn't be thinking of making any more right now, should I?!!  But.  My two girls are now wanting their own bedrooms and when girls go into new bedrooms they want to decorate it exactly as they want (yes, I'm scared already!!) and they have asked their Mum/Mummy to make them a special quilt for their new rooms, one will be green and one will be pink, I know this already.  So the other day, out came the necessary tubs of fabric.

 
And from those tubs of fabric, young fingers picked favourite pieces of fabric.  And we ended up with a green pile of fabric and a pink pile of fabric.  A little tweaking needs to happen, shh don't tell them!!
 

 
Okay, now just to find a few more hours in each day, and I'll be set!!
 
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.
It will be fabulous here, hubby's home from hospital, and we're celebrating Fathers Day!!
 
Cheers, Trudy


26 comments:

  1. Hi Trudy , Fabulous news that your hubby will be home this weekend surrounded by his loving family !!
    Can I confess I am sooooo in love with your 'Iced cupcakes' quilt ,It's beautiful . I been planning a fadded cottons type quilt for sometime now to go on our bed , I love all the different components that make up this quilt . Thanks for the inspiration. ( I do also Like your other two Quilt tops , But 'Iced cupcakes ' has stole my heart !)
    Have a wonderful weekend with kind regards Tracy x

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  2. Glad to know that hubby is home and what great weekend you will have wth Fathers Day. Look forward to seeing the August finished project soon....

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  3. So glad he's home!

    Your quilts are BEAUTIFUL, but that Iced Cupcakes one is just FABULOUS! I've never made a quilt and guess this would not be the one for me to start on...

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  4. Trust....all those lovely quilts and fabric, WOW, they look beautiful! Enjoy your celebrations! Ada :)

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  5. All the quilts are fabulous and I love the applique-it must have taken hours. Have a great weekend.

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  6. blimey! The quilts are amazing! aren't you a great mum to even consider making more quilts for your girls! The ones you have already made them are both lovely in different ways. The iced cupcakes quilt looks like a family heirloom in the making! the red quilt is gorgeous and fun and I can see that the new colours could make great quilts. sorry that's been no help has it! I guess we've got to go the way our heart wants to go! Heather x Nice to see you and your man!

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  7. Love Love Love the I see Red quilt....looks amazing. How ya gonna quilt that one? I know it will be gorgeous.
    Love Love Love to everyone.

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    1. Hiya Trace, thought I'd follow the line of the hexagon shape to define it a bit more, in a deep earthy red colour.

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  9. Milk and honey - totally my fave!! Love all your quilts though :-) So glad to hear your husband is home - wishing you all a lovely weekend xx

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  10. Oh so glad hubby is back home, you are all complete again...hugs to you both...

    And those quilts are truly amazing, you are just so incredibly clever so make something that i would not even know where to start...and the one thats all appliqued is truly astounding....
    Great work Trudy, very inspiring.
    Pixie xx

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  11. Just catching up here. Gorgeous quilts, and I love the yarn colours in the last post (that's my colour palette too), and I am soooo pleased to read that your husband is home, having started with the news of his surgery. Have a wonderful weekend, and wishing the Mr. a speedy recovery x

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  12. These are all SO lovely - you are one talented lady! I only ever made one quilt and i'm slightly embarrassed by it! Strawberries a go go is my favourite. Glad to hear your husband is home and doing well. Take care. xx

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  13. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments about my quilts and about my man : -) All progressing beautifully!!

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  14. Ooh, my favourite is the strawberry one, beautiful! I too have unfinished quilts, due to lack of time and money *sob*. One day...xxx

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  15. Wow! I love your Rebekah Amy quilts!!! They're all beautiful so don't want to choose a favorite. I don't blame you for avoiding the last 300 squares of hand quilting but they sure are beautiful!!!

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  16. Is there a pattern available for "Iced Cupcakes?"

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    1. Yes, there is a pattern, it's by Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House and is her first Block of the Month. I gave it the name Iced Cupcakes, which unfortunately now confuses the issue!!! Trudy

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  17. Are the center squares appliqued onto a larger square. Is there a pattern for this? I'd like to make a mini-version.

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    1. The pattern for the quilts featured at the top of this post is Rebekah Amy by Rosalie Quinlan, which can be found online. There is no applique, the central squares have four pieces of fabric sewn onto it. Hope this helps!! Trudy

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  18. Trudy...I enjoyed your prose as much as I enjoyed your quilts! Sue :-)

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  19. what size are the middle squares in the Rebekah Amy Quilt...I love this pattern??

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  20. and the width of the strips around the middle square? Thanks.

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  21. Yummy quilts. They look so comfortable and ones that will actually be used...oops, I mean "loved"
    Gmama Jane

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  22. Oh so divine! Strawberries a go go is my very favourite of these beauties! Thankyou xxx

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  23. Oh so divine! Strawberries a go go is my very favourite of these beauties! Thankyou xxx

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