Thursday, 29 March 2018

Picnic Quilt (previously known as BOM HST)

Last week I started hand quilting my Picnic Quilt.  I've decided to call it a Picnic Quilt because it reminds me of mum's quilt that we sat on at picnics when I was growing up in the 1970's.

Mum made most of our clothes, and many of the scraps were included in the picnic quilt. I remember sitting on that quilt and identifying all the fabrics I liked in the quilt.

It's grown bigger than this now

My quilt is made from Half Square Triangle blocks that I won at Capital Quilters Block of the Month last year.  So it contains scraps from lots of guild members. The blocks are 4.5" unfinished - 4" finished.

I didn't have to sew it up in this way, but I really liked the design so I just kept it that way.  However, sewing together blocks trimmed by other people can be a bit difficult, so I put in some borders to reset the alignment.

Not a great photo with the light shining through, but you get the idea.

I'm hand quilting straight lines on this one with Aurifil 12wt in red.  I like big stitch hand quilting so the stitches show and add character to the quilt.

  I'm also echo quilting in the opposite direction in grey so the coloured sections pop out (you can see that around the central motif).

I've been really good at keeping on task so far this year. This quilt is number 5 on my Quilting Priorities for 2018 list.  I've finished numbers 1 and 2, but 3 and 4 are still WIPs.


Jenny said...

Wow, Wendy, another hand quilted beauty on the go!

Bambi Pearson said...

Beautiful job Wendy. Your hand stitching is wonderful.

grammajudyb said...

Every time I see your big stitch quilting, I get inspired to try my hand at it. But as yet I haven't worked up the courage. This year maybe! Thanks again for all the photos! And your quilting is wonderful.

Hubblebird said...

I love to see your hand quilting. I've just finished Jen Kingwell's 'Small Wonders' cushion top and I am going to hand quilt it - inspired by you to do so. There is one log in the cushion that I dislike a lot,= (dead centre of course) but as it is now all sewn together I'm loathe to unpick it and have decided to live with it. It's the first truly scrap item I have ever made. As the cushion top is a small quilt I've decided not to use a hoop (which I've also never tried) so I'll have to see how that goes.

I really enjoy your work!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

You have a knack of wearing shirts that match your quilts!
This makes me love true scrap quilts. I have never made one, but this is one of those quilts that shows you can throw every fabric in and have something marvellous.