Friday, 22 March 2019

Cartwheel quilt - and the Peacock Party

This week I've been working on my Cartwheel quilt.  It's a pattern from Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Grandeur book.


Before you run off to start one similar, I have to warn you that the background Parasols fabric is out of print and very hard to find now.  Each time I share a photo of this to the Kaffe Fassett Facebook group a lot of people go hunting for the fabric, and end up disappointed.  There's no secret stash of it in New Zealand either - I was just lucky to have a friend who bought it when it was first released, but never got around to making this quilt.  I bought it off her because I've had the book for years and always loved this pattern.


I've finally applied all my ric rac, and yesterday I appliqued down the centre motifs that cover the points where all the spoke meet.  Once those circles are on I could cut away some of the bulk on the back and the quilt lies flat now.


I do love the rainbow ric rac.  It just adds to all the craziness!


I still have to find some striped fabric for the borders, and applique more motifs on the edges, but I'm almost finished this top. I'll hand quilt this one because I don't want quilting going over the ric rac.


Now it's your turn to share what you've been up.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post in the Peacock Party.  Thank you to all the loyal followers who have been linking up week after week.  I sense a little community is developing here and appreciate you returning week and week.

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11 comments:

Shasta Matova said...

I really like this quilt. So vibrant and beautiful! I have added it to my to-make list!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

neat quilt - I guess people will just have to find a different wild print for background if they want to make that quilt!

Gretchen Weaver said...

Cartwheel is looking very interesting, I love it! Isn't it fun to work on a quilt we really enjoy? Happy Stitching!

Genevieve Gerrard said...

Love the fabrics in this! Maybe we should petition Kaffe Fasset for a reprint of the parasols! That rainbow rick rack is gorgeous, too.

FlourishingPalms said...

I sure love all that brilliant color. I remember when that fabric was first released. Though I wasn't a Kaffe fabric fan (and I'm still not), my friends went gah-gah over it. I really like the color Kaffe uses, but I'm not so fond of his abundance use of florals. That's just my taste. Yet, this is a wonderful quilt, Wendy! I You're making it smashingly!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Your Cartwheel quilt is amazing - I love it! Can't wait to see the texture after you hand quilt it.

Jayne said...

It's rough when you can't find the fabric you want! What a beautiful quilt! You put a lot of work into it and it shows!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

What an amazing looking quilt! So colorful!

Design Originals by KC said...

oh Wendy... I love this quilt you are making and glad you will quilt it by hand... I will link up Sunday when I blog next... I have been too busy being quilty to blog so Sunday will be the day to pull it all together and share with you formally :) Take care and thanks for the party!
Kathi

Quilting Babcia said...

I love your Cartwheel quilt, have never been quite brave enough to tackle something quite this involved with the circular piecing, and the bright riot of color. The ric-rack is such a perfect accent.

Cathy Melancon said...

Wendy, I love your Cartwheel quilt!!! The fabrics are so amazing and they along with the ric-rack make this so fun and whimsical!!!!