Sunday, September 13, 2009

SummerBright mini finished and sent to partner

This is one of my favourite quilts.I really didn't want to send it to my swap partner!

The flower is outlined with embroidery and filled in with water
colour pencils. The quilting is McTavishing style, done by hand.

In the photo I have the quilt pinned to the blocking board. The hand quilting made the piece a little wonky, so I spritzed it with water and pinned it out square and flat. When it was dry it was lovely and flat. I think I will block my quilts more often!

Made for the Quilting Gallery's Good Ole Summertime Mini Quilt Swap. My assigned partner rarely blogs and is not active in the Flickr groups, so I don't have a good sense of how she will react to this piece. I tried to follow her tastes, as much as I could figure out.

Cross fingers she likes it!

August STUD Mini Swap quilt received!

The Swap Till You Drop theme for August was buildings. I was paired with Mari of MidlandDesigns. She lives in Norway on a beautiful farm and does lovely quilting.
I adore the quilt she made for me. It is a very folk art style, which I like but cannot do myself. I lack the artistic gene :) So, I feel very lucky to get a quilt in a style that I would never be able to make for myself. It now has place of pride on the wall above my computer at home.

I made a mini for Mari, which she has now received. I stitched the embroidery and quilting by hand. This little quilt gave me lots of trouble! I had quilted by machine but hated the effect, so I ripped out all those stitches and quilted by hand instead. I used two strands of a variegated embroidery thread for the quilting and like how it turned out. Overall, I'm not that happy with the quilt, but Mari emailed that she likes it, so it all ended well.

The photo below is bad, I know, but it is the only one I've got. I was late mailing the package so I had to rush the photo shoot.