Friday, May 29, 2009

Smoke and Mirrors

I know, I know....I haven't been around for a while but life has been so busy. Surprisingly, I don't seem to be achieving a great deal. Go figure.

While I'm busy trying to finish my quilt - just the binding and hanging sleeve to sew down - I thought I'd share with you a couple of quilts I made last year.

Of course, all this is designed to distract you from my unfinished Bunny Hill BOMs.

Hope it works...

Butterfly Garden - February 2008

The pattern is Flowers in the Garden by Rachel Cresp from Patchwork on the Peninsula. It was featured in Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol.10 No.9. Rachel used naive fabrics in her quilt.

As I was working to a budget I used a variety of fabrics from my scrap collection. The centre blocks are Folded Bow Tie which can be a little tricky at first but once you get in the swing of things they come together nicely.

It was made for a work colleague's new baby.

My Pretty Whig Rose - August 2008

Now, although I have been making quilts for 15 years, this was the first time I had made a quilt for me. I like the pattern - not just because it uses fat quarters - it contains some of the very first fabrics I purchased for quilting projects. I also really like the shaped border.

The finished quilt measures 58 inches square and was designed by Carol Lewis. It featured in Australian Country Threads Vol 5 No 1.

I'm looking forward to making another quilt, just for me, later in the year.

Happy Stitching




10 comments:

  1. I love the butterfly quilt, perfect for baby :) I still haven't finished my own bed quilt yet lol its on the bed though just half stippled!!!!
    Karen

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  2. Ann the quilts are stunning. The baby gift must have just awed the new mom.

    I hope you do finish something just for you. It will be a wonderful heirloom for you to enjoy and pass down to another generation.

    Notice I did not mention the BOM
    ooops.
    have a great day,
    Debra

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  3. They are Lovely Quilts Ann...know what you mean about Distraction...easy done.!
    cheers

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  4. I have made the bow tie blocks before and they are fun to make! As you say, a bit tricky at first.

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  5. Both quilts are gorgeous! Maybe some day I will do more applique and make something like the Whig Rose quilt. I love it!

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  6. Beautiful quilts, everything you do is just lovely! Glad to hear you are enjoying your fall (or is it winter) rains. I miss soup all summer!

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  7. Lovely quilts Ann!

    I know what you mean about being busy and not seeming to achieve anything, but then baby worshipping is a great time waster!!

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  8. Ann, they are beautiful. I love them both. The bow ties and butterflies look extremely difficult to make. I would be very intimidated by a quilt pattern of that type. But you have done a wonderful job.
    It's high time that you made a quilt for yourself. In fact make 2 or 3. You deserve them.

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  9. The distraction worked...love the quilts...Dzintra♥x

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  10. Now where is the... ohhh what pretty quilts.

    Now what was I looking for???

    *grin*

    -Alice

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