Monday, 17 November 2014

Archie's quilt

Quilt has been road tested, and is perfect for lolling about. 
A few months ago now, my friend Libby announced she was going to be an Aunty! What could be a nicer thing?

And being the good Aunty she is, she had already purchased a fabric stack of batiks ready for baby's quilt.

I'd never worked with batiks before, and I just wasn't sure how to pull them together to make a cohesive quilt.  What's a girl to do? I turned to Tula.

Tula Pink's awesome book Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Books  is pretty enough to be a coffee table book, but practical enough to be a modern quilt makers go-to guide.  Based on the traditional concept of the sampler, Tula has provided 100 modern interpretations of blocks, leaving the quilt maker in the driver's seat to pick and choose, mix and match and come up with her very own creation!

 Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
So, I started at the very beginning, and just kept going making blocks until I ran out of fabric.  (I got through 48% of the book, Tula).  I sashed that bad boy up with a vibrant cobalt blue, and backed it with a similar blue and white with a scallop print.  

My design floor.  I live in a super small apartment. 
And Archie seems to like it. 

Quilt is suitable for both caterpillars and cats. 

Dappled sun against batik print creates unintentional artistic effect. 

Monday, 10 November 2014


Photo: Neil Storer. Respect.

I made a quilt.  It started out like any other.

While visiting the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in 2012, I bought a pack of some stunning fabrics from Oakshott Fabrics, and they came home with me, and sat in my stash.  
A year or so later, I discovered Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen's fantastic book Quilting Modern: techniques and projects for improvisational quilts and my quilts were becoming more modern in design.  And I thought these lovely fabrics would make great wonky log cabins.  

Quilting Modern: techniques and projects for improvisational quilts (Gering & Pedersen)

The wonky log cabin is ‘built’ the same way as a traditional log cabin block, but you start with a four-sided piece with four different angles.   And just go from there, adding the 'logs' each time with wonky angles.  I put these blocks together quite quickly, and really enjoyed the experimentation and freedom of designing as I went.

To piece it together I chose two fabrics from Kaffe Fasset's shot cotton range, and made a couple of two tone cabins and assembled the offset the cabins with a larger, assemetrical border.

And I made the obligatory pieced back with the leftover fabrics.                                                                                           

And then I matchstick quilted it on my domestic sewing machine.  Reader, understand. This quilt is a beast of epic proportions, about 2m x 2m, and I thought the best plan of attack would be to stitch quarter inch lines across the whole thing.  


Anyway, in the end it looked like this:

See?  So big it doesn't even fit on the clothesline.

As a long-time quilt maker, first-time quilt competition entrant, I submitted my beloved quilt in for judging to the Royal Melbourne Show craft competition with much trepidation. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I found out it won first place in its category (machine pieced, machine quilted).

Started out like any other quilt, ended up quite unlike any quilt I'd made before.