Thursday, 28 December 2017

Seven Owls Quilt [A finish]

I am definitely getting my money's worth out of Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest Pattern. This year I think I've made 6 separate quilts using the pattern or parts of the pattern, and I haven't made the big full size one yet - that's for 2018! This is yet another quilt using the Allie Owl block. Back when I made an Allie Owl baby quilt using just 3 owl blocks, not-so-subtle hints were made by my mother-in-law that she would like one. And then I found the absolute perfect fabric. It's called Feathers and Letters and is by Indigo Fabrics. It's not a make of fabric I'd ever come across before or since, but it was just so perfect that I trusted the shop that was selling it and ordered 3 metres.

In our family, a feather symbolises my late father-in-law, and the colours in this fabric were just so.... Linda! I selected the fabrics for the owls based on the colours in this print. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a bundle of Shot Cottons seemed to match in perfectly. I;m not really a fan of shot cottons - they don't ever seem quite right for my projects, so to find them sitting beautifully in this project made me very happy.

I made up all of the blocks at our North East Modern Quilt Guild retreat in mid-October. I used the living room floor of the cottage we stayed in to wrangle and attempt to pattern match the feathers - isn't it annoying when you finally unfold the piece of fabric to discover that the directionality goes the opposite direction to what you expected. I small tweak of the design and I had a quilt top.

Basting this quilt was hard. I baste all my quilts at a Monday night quilt group, because they have the space. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law goes to the same group. So there was a delay while I waited for her to bugger off on holiday! Luckily she did and I spent an hour grovelling on the floor - she also normally helps me baste, so it was a one-man job this time round. The backing is a bright pink sheet!

I quilted it with an all over stipple: larger scale in the background, smaller scale around the owls.It's bound with a dark purple that wouldn't clash with the border of the owls or the backing! I finished the quilt early in December, but can only show you now that it has been gifted!

This is a finish from my Quarter 4 Finish Along list.


Archie the wonder dog said...

It's gorgeous! Bravo!!!! *waves pompoms*

Karen S said...

Wonderful finish. Love the selection of fabrics and colours.
Your quilt is amazing.

Marci Girl said...

Wow did you ever get your money's worth out of that pattern! Beautiful finish! Thanks for linking up on behalf of the 2017 global FAL hosts. Hope you will play along with the 2018 FAL as well!