Sunday, 13 November 2011

A finished quilt top!

I have a finished quilt top!!!!! Ok - so the blocks are panels.... but it's still pretty cool. The panel (I think it's Robert Kaufmann) was going cheap in my local shop: it must have been the end of the bolt and two of the eight panels were incomplete, so I got it for only £2. Then I spent far more getting the sashing and borders, and the turquoise was from my stash. Hopefully this quilt top will be one of the first that I quilt on my new machine that I will be picking up next weekend. I'll trim down the two panels that were incomplete and use them in the backing somehow. This quilt is a Christmas present for a little boy called Aidan. (My glamorous assistant refused to take his Xbox headset off while holding my quilt so I've cropped him out).

Another piece that will be quilted on my new machine is this cushion front that I made yesterday at a class. It's from the Nancy Halvorsen book Jingle all the Way and the fabric is Moda Countdown to Christmas - so it matches my jelly roll quilt. It's not quite like the pattern... but it was my first attempt at machine applique. On the subject of my jelly roll quilt - the front is nearly fully pieced - I just need to add the final border.
And of course, I have done the next two blocks from the Farmer's Wife: # 86 Squash Blosson (no idea why it has this name). It's turned out ok.And #89 Steps to the Altar: This is one of the ones I'm not keen on - there's a few so I need to start getting them out of the way. I've picked colour scheme I really like to help.I've also made a start on my Christmas presents this weekend - this year is all about Mug Rugs. Some of the recipients check this blog, so I'll have to be careful what I post before Christmas. Check back on 26th December for a monster post of everything I've had to keep secret!

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