This quilt is made from a pattern by my favourite quilt designer, Wendy Williams of Flying Fish Kits. The pattern is in her book called "Wild Blooms and Colorful Creatures". In the book it's called "Clamshell Garden Runner".
I went to a class to learn how to make this quilt. Each year in Wellington we have a big event at Queen's Birthday weekend (first weekend in June), called Hand Made. There are many classes on offer and subjects include sewing, knitting, jewelry making, cheese making, etc. Back in 2013 Wendy Williams was one for the guest tutors and she taught a class on how to make this table runner. I was already aware of her work and loved her style, so I attended the course.
I had a great time at the class, studying all of the other beautiful quilts and objects Wendy had bought with her, and buying up lots more patterns and brightly coloured felt.
These flowers are fussy cut from fabrics, and then hand appliqued onto the wool felt. The felt shapes are them attached to the background panel with coloured Perle 8.
This quilt was one of those very rare things that when I came home from the course I just continued sewing until it was finished. I loved every step of it, The clam shells weren't easy to get straight, but I do love the lime greens.
I especially love the Kaffe border too. I hand quilted it with blue Perle 8. There's minimal hand quilting within the panel itself. The flowers already stand out and I wanted them to be the feature.
I wanted to put Kaffe on the back too, so I chose a bright and cheery print, with plenty of purple and lime green to match the front.
Finished size: 21" x 50"
Design: Flying Fish Kits
I do love this quilt, and I've enjoyed sharing it with you. My other quilt in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival is my Mini Medallion and you can read about it here.
Voting isn't open yet, but I really encourage you to go and check out all the other quilts in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. More and more will be added to the linkup until entries close on 21 May. Then voting will be open from 22 May until 29 May. Winners will be announced on 30 May. It really is a great way to see a huge range of quilts from the comfort of your own home.