Yes it happened, I finished a quilt!
I love it so much on so many levels
It was made for my baby sister who turned 21 today!
Love her to pieces.
I did a couple of borders on this one which is kinda new for me, and being a smaller art quilt I was able to manage it nicely in my domestic straight stitch machine.
It is a raw edge fused then stitched piece. The setting is a photo from my sister's facebook, a skiing holiday to Wanaka here in NZ. The quilting I've done in the borders are quite special to me, it is one of those moments in your journey as a quilter when you step up to the next level. I am one of those people who gets stalled by the feeling that I'm not going to get it perfect so I'd better not try it at all. I've been looking at the wonderful quilting of some of the wonderful people out there, blogs, websites and facebook pages, not to mention pinterest, oh my goodness.. do not let me on there, pinterest sucks the minutes out of your day like a black hole!
The two designs I tried out are from a site called The Inbox Jaunt. I would TOTALLY recommend going to this site and absorbing all her quilty goodness. I'm serious, let the gorgeous free motion designs and wonderfully detailed tutorial images permeate. I chose the leaf and the woodgrain and think they worked super awesome. I marked the lines just like the tute and then jumped right in. Granted my first leaf got a bit out of control, but nothing you'd notice unless you looked closely. The woodgrain was great and I managed to pull off the faux mitred corners.
I did a single fold binding because as an art quilt it would have less handling over its lifetime and I wanted some super sharp corners, something I cannot get with double fold binding. I used mostly jelly roll strips for the binding so they started life as 2 and half inch strips, I used my change colour at the corner method for all four sides, its kinda becoming my "thing" but I seriously only do it if I think its gonna rock my design.
Enough of the chit chat, here are the piccies, I'm about done for the night, watch this space for a sneaky peek at some Jelly Rolls that just landed on my doorstep!
I've got a shot of my kick ass sewing machine in the first photo! She's so beautiful! To learn more about it check out the review I did for the BadAss Quilters Society
How many Aurifil Spools does it take to Applique an art quilt?
Organised chaos or birdsnest, you decide.
Auditioning binding colours
In love with the fillers, thank you Lori!
The original photo
Take care! have a great weekend ahead. (late Thursday night here in NZ!)