The blue top is finished and while still warm from being ironed was spread over the bed to see if it looked as lovely as I hoped. More often than not the end result looks nothing like what I'd envisaged and that's kind of how I feel about this quilt.
It is but isn't how I imagined it, yet is still somehow perfect on this bed.
Two quilt tops later I'm ready for a break from machine piecing but there is one more quilt to make, for a friend's home.
There can be days, even weeks when my sewing machine is hardly used, but it has been whirring along at a steady pace this past week. I've enjoyed the simple piecing and how quickly one block becomes two. The cutting and selecting fabric combinations for the blocks took the most time.
The red top is finished. The thought of the blue one kept me going, though I did make one concession, its size. Bigger would have been nice but I was so keen to start the blue I was happy to compromise, after all I can always make the next one larger.
I had to force myself to tidy away the reds before dragging out the blues.
What I needed for the blue quilt were light backgrounds and while looking for them came across more red fabrics. Okay, this is ridiculous is what I thought.
I'd been toying with the idea of piecing the backing and this discovery forced the decision. There was one rule, I had to use the whole piece. I didn't want left overs since this creates a fresh dilemma - what to do with these bits. Each piece was trimmed of any selvages and loose threads and pieced together, a bit like a puzzle.
There were three lovely conversation prints I'd been saving for that 'special' project. Where I'd procrastinated in the past about what to do with them they were the first ones I chose. No longer hidden away in the cupboard, they can now be viewed and enjoyed as whole pieces.
It did take longer than I thought - why should that surprise me - but I'm very excited these fabrics are no longer hidden away.
Now this is going to sound odd but the next quilt I make is going to be blue! I had barely made a row of red & white blocks for the new quilt and my head was full of ideas for making it in blue. I had to stop myself heading to the stash, there and then, and pulling out blue fabrics. The fact there was no space on the cutting table for any more red fabric let alone blues was a reality check.
This didn't stop me buying these fabrics at Avonleigh. As if I needed more!
Why a blue quilt? Because blue is my daughters favourite colour and I cannot imagine using any other colour in her old room. This is Sue-Anne's beautiful blue version of the Magic Circle quilt in her room. You can see why it has to be blue!
I've been designing quilts and other sewn items for decorating and use around the home, since 2003. I especially love making quick things and gifting them to family and friends. My favourite techniques include needle turn and felt appliqué, stitching, hand and machine piecing. I live on the Victorian/NSW border, Australia.