Monday, 6 August 2012

finished

This is my very first quilt. I chose a print, threw in some extra colours and made it up as I went along. I picked up tips from friends along the way and spent hours happily hand quilting while my girls played.


It took me four months from start to finish. I didn't work on it every week, just a few bursts here and there.



I have loved making this.


It measures just over a metre square. The hand quilting (on the solid fabrics) is done in 4 different colours in numbers 5 and 8 cotton perle thread. I used embroidery/crewel needles, which made the quilting so much easier.


It now hangs around in the living room, we snuggle under it, play picnics on it, nurse teddies better under it.  



I am very pleased with my first attempt.

Which of course left me desperate to start something new, some English Paper Piecing, another first for me, I'm doing some hexagons and this will become a cushion cover.




I have plenty of scraps you see...


Linking up with Freshly Pieced

20 comments:

  1. I loved your quilt, the hand stitching in different colours really added to the texture and pattern.

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  3. Oh well done! it looks fantastic. Good luck with the hexagons. I tried it for the first time recently. Very satisfying.

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  4. it is so beautiful! I really love the pop of the orange binding! I can't wait to see what you come up with next :-D

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  5. Love that quilt and you hand quilting is brilliant! Look forward to seeing the hexie cushion xx

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  6. Oh wow, it's gorgeous! Well done you! I love the colours and patterns you chose and the hand quilting really sets it off and makes it more personal somehow. The binding gives it a great pop of colour around the edge. I hope you are enjoying snuggling under it. x

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  7. I love it all but also spotted the binding and the quilt label!!!

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  8. Your quilt is beautiful!! Gorgeous fabrics, a great pattern and wonderful quilting! I'm sure this will be the first of many!!! Love those hexis too!

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  9. Great Job! How cool to share your first quilt with everyone on Freshly Pieced. Your quilt does look like it would be nice to have around for all those important parties and picnics.

    Looking forward to seeing your second quilt.

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  10. Wow, you must be so please it's wonderful. Love the hand stitching details and overall approach.

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  11. The hand quilting is so pretty and the colors in the quilt exquisite!! A plus for your first quilt!!

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  12. Colette, your first quilt is absolutely MARVELOUS thru and thru! Love the colors you're working with on your hexies, too.

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  13. Wow, that is a beautiful, well made quilt. Something to treasure for a long time to come! Very nice hand quilting, I'm always so envious when I see it because my patience is so low for hand projects!

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  14. Happy dancing for your very first finish! That is a really beautiful quilt. Enjoy the hexagons - they are a little bit addicting.

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  15. Hi Colette - it looks as beautiful in your picture as it does in person - well done! Can't wait to see the finished hexy cushion cover :)

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  16. It looks great! :)

    Kisses ♥
    http://annchica.blogspot.com

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  17. Your first quilt is beautiful, it's such great sense of achievement:) Some of my favourite colours too!

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  18. It's gorgeous! I love that your label is circular and off center :) so fun!

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