Friday 8 July 2011

Freebird - flown the nest at last

This Freebird flew the nest so to say last night to a friend of mine who had her first baby a couple of months ago.

I finished it over the weekend and am rather pleased with it now. I agonised over how to quilt it and in the end decided to echo quilt once around the appliquéd flowers and then quilt-in-the-ditch along the white sashing. It would have been best to echo quilt the entire quilt but that would have meant to hand quilt it and I don't have the time for that at the moment. Incidentally has any of you done echo quilting on a normal (i.e non longarm) machine before ? I suppose one can do it using a free motion food but it would involve an awful lot of quilt turning and wiggling. I think this is best done on a longarm, is that right ?

The Binding is kept scrappy using some left overs of past quilts which made it quick and easy and most importantly effective for both sides.

Doesn't it look lovely all folded up...yumm.

And here the usual stats:
  • The quilt is about 50 x 55 inches but I can't be sure as I forgot to measure the finished piece.
  • Entirely made from one charm pack plus Kona cotton in caramel and one of the lighter greens (can't remember that either) plus Kona Snow for the white sashing
  • Gueterman Sulky No 1071 was used for the in-the-ditch machine quilting and a variety of Perle cottons No. 16 for the echo hand-quilting around the flowers. 
Previous posts about the quilt can be found here and here
    And now at last I am free for new adventures. On the to-do list for July are:
    - Starting and at least getting to the basting stage of the commissioned 'Very Berry' quilt for Michael   
      and Claire
    - Sew two bags from Ruby Star Rising that were commissioned
    - Join in the Summer Sampler quilt along
    - make 2 blocks for a secret project
    - make 3-4 stockings for the Adventcalender to make up for no stockings made in June
    - give into an HST urge that has been lingering for a while again..........
    of yes and my sister called last night and requested I make for my nephew some food items from fabric for his toy pots and pans...............anybody know anything about that ?  She wants roast potatoes, eggs and there's a challenge

    Happy sewing friends !!


    1. This may help She then goes on to give a tutorial on how to make felt peas!

    2. This looks so lovely - lucky baby xxx

    3. The quilt is gorgeous. Love the echo quilting. How to make fabric food? No idea! You certainly have a hugely long list of things to get made there. Good luck.

    4. I was thinking needles & spatula too for fabric food. Beautiful quilt and lovely quilting. Jxo

    5. love this quilt - I have made one using some of this material too: its lovely fabric


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