Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Purple [WIP Wednesday]

I'm still here... and still sewing. I've been doing a lot of hand sewing this last week and caught up on hexie bee blocks ad started some cross stitch. I haven't photographed it and I've sat down now so you'll just have to believe me.

But today I've spent some time in front of my sewing machine for the first time in a few days and I've been working on the octagon quilt - the three birds with one stone quilt. And just 10 minutes ago I finished the quilt top.

I had a real problem with the border. In the original quilt which inspired this one, the outer border was piano keys, but I just don't have enough of the fabrics in my stash to do the same without totally decimating my stash of purple and (nice) pink. In the end I went out and bought a half metre of the one fabric I knew I could still get. It also happens to be a very nice fabric - it's Beatrice Chain by Michael Miller - perfect for a little girl.

So today I finished appliquing the petals, tried to decide if I needed the circles, decided I did, fought to take the backing paper off the iron on stuff, and appliqued those too. Then added the borders.

Next up (dependent on my daughter and when she chooses to make an appearance) I want to add the batting and do some small embroidery in the centre of the four octagons - hearts in three and the baby's name in the fourth. Then add the backing and quilt it. I'm not quite on how to quilt it yet - any suggestions?

I shall head over to WIP Wednesday and peruse what other people have been playing with this week!


Sabrina said...

Those octagons look awesome! Great job!

Sara said...

I am stumped on how to go about quilting it besides maybe micro stippling,but I think it could use more pizazz than that. It is so pretty and has a lot going for it! Awesome work!!!

DianeLoves2Quilt said...

The applique leaves just look great and better than a piano keyboard would have. The curves off set the angular octagons very nicely. And your color palette is no nicely feminine without being pale and wimpy. You achieved a nice balance between delicate work and bold colors. I like it.. a lot!

Lin said...

Looking good - I like the octagons and I think the border is perfect. xx