Everything Whimsical

My ‘Whimsical Houses’ quilt was taught over 2 day workshop earlier in the year. As a result of demonstrating how to create the New York Block centre I had a bright colourful medallion workshop sample…….this has grown into a new quilt, ‘Whimsical Flowers’.

The Raw edge machine appliquéd flowers grow out of the centre circle. I added a foundation pieced flower border to finish the design. It is a small baby quilt measuring 42 inches square.

The bright, colourful Kaffe Fassett fabrics sit on a selection of grey background fabrics. Machine blanket stitch is in a colour that matches the fabrics and the quilting is in grey polyester to blend with the background. The flowers are surrounded by flowing, free motion quilted feathers.
All the appliqué has been outline quilted to define the shapes.

Whimsical Flowers

Creating ‘Doorways’ – my entry in the Canberra Quilters annual challenge.

I have always been drawn to the old towns of Europe with their cobbled streets, beautiful ironwork, arched stone and heavy wooden doorways. A photo from a family holiday to Kotor, Montenegro, provided the inspiration for this small quilt. It measures 50cm X 70 cm.

The base fabric is plain unbleached calico. I outlined the image using a fine point permanent black pen then coloured it with Inktense Pencils, using water to release the colour.  The calico has so much sizing in it, the colour doesn’t bleed. Once dry and pressed gently with a hot iron, it was sandwiched together.

All the quilting is free motion in black thread over the black pen outlines.

I am really pleased with the overall ‘rustic’ appearance of the finished piece, plus very happy that it won 1st place in the Challenge.