These three quilts have been made for a friend's grandchildren. Sadly she passed away about a month ago. She knew I was making them for the kids. I had made two for her other grandsons a couple of years ago. They've all been machine quilted with large stippling & so remain quite soft & cuddly.
And here are the backs - I like to piece the backs using left over blocks, strips, larger pieces - it works for me - hasn't made the stash any smaller of course.
My 'friends' always have a go at me about accomplishing a lot of finished projects on retreat. I copped it all again this time - comments about over achievers were flying around & I wasn't the only one to receive these 'barbs'! The above item is a "Waiting Bag" made for littlies to fill with stuff they can play with while waiting...... Apparently these are kept in the car or Mum's bag & hauled out when needed. I will be showing a group of young Mums how to fuse & then stitch (probably just a running stitch) the applique. Worked out this prototype on the weekend. Owl is taken from a pattern "Hooterville" by Brandywine Designs. http://www.brandywine-design.com/ He's so cute!
These two quilts were made from a Layer Cake (10" squares of a range of fabric). Completed with large stippling but looked really ordinary - so I decided to add applique which will be blanket-stitched by hand & then they'll go to a friend's little children. Think the applique has really made them nice looking quilts. Also managed to get binding on to 4 small quilts - give a 'tutorial' on 3 different ways to make Flying Geese. Some of the girls are making a Sampler Quilt under my instruction (I too am making it as I have never made one) It's an interesting exercise.
Retreats are a wonderful break shared with lovely friends & allow us to sew, drink, laugh (oh, the jokes & stories), eat and sew some more. If you've never been on one - try it - you'll be hooked.
Congratulations to everyone who has been selected for this year's Show - I am sure it will be a wonderful showcase, AGAIN, of our talented QueenslandQuilters' members. Sadly, I & a few others will be getting counselling as we missed the cut.
I am forever amazed, delighted and inspired by the artists around me - those I follow on their blogs, my MailArt friends, my quilt groups - all wonderfully talented, supportive and just plain fun to be around -I am so lucky. Thank you for sharing your talents (whatever they may be) with me. Wish I had a photo to go with this!!!!!!!
PS - A group of us are going on Retreat to Toowoomba this weekend - can't wait.
Made this as one piece, Flying Geese were foundation pieced, then I chopped it into 2 in order to make postcards for MailArt 365. It was part of a challenge for ATASDA www.atasda.org.au/qld.htm last weekend - our inspiration was a poem on birds and autumn.