Thursday, 23 June 2016

mainly amy {a finished quilt}




This week I've been spending a bit more time finishing what I've started...


I do enjoy working on a quilt when I have someone specifically in mind to give it too. While I sew, I think about that person, in this case a 'little person' named Claudia, and it sort of feels like the quilt is theirs already, do you know what I mean? 
Before the quilt disappears off to it's new home, I grabbed a small window of sunshine today and popped up to the village for a few last photos...




'mainly amy' is my version of a simple pattern from filminthefridge, made up of rectangles set in 'two by four' blocks- the fabrics & colour are the real focus! I used mainly Amy Butler fabrics, scrappy strips and fat 1/4's with chunks cut out of them. They are from her different collections over the past few years, going back to 2003 when 'gypsy caravan' first came out. Now & then I ran out of fabric, as you do, so I substituted something similar, which all just adds to its vintage-y charm I think!
Love that butcher's bicycle! {The lady butcher had bought it for her husband- a butcher too- but he didn't want it, so she puts it outside their shop each day}




For the backing I used a piece of Denyse Schmidt fabric from Spotlight. And lately I've been joining my pieces of batting together on the machine, using a long slow curve which I think I saw on a Jen Kingwell video somewhere, works well.








When it came to the quilting, I simply followed the lines of the blocks... I wouldn't win any prizes for my quilting {sigh} but it's functional, and the quilt is stabilized, and I think the fabrics still remain the feature.


{all pics taken with permission}







Linking  up for Needle & Thread Thursday here
and tgiff over here this week at whimsandfancies


14 comments:

  1. Yes, I do think about the person I'm creating for and the quilt does somehow becomes theirs before it ever leaves my hands. You've done a lovely job of showing off the fabrics here. Hope the recipient loves it.

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  2. Lovely quilt, lovely photoshoot. This quilt is going to make someone very happy!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I had fun at the butchers – so nice to chat with them about something other than meat too!

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  3. Very sweet, perfect for a little one. It is different when you are making a quilt you know is going to a specific person. I smile a lot more in those cases it seems.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Smiling while we sew ... now there’s a new post title for sure!

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  4. I just love that striped binding on there. The beautiful fabrics are the star of this quilt! I love the vintage look it creates. Great job!

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  5. I love your finished quilt. I too love Amy Butler fabrics. I make lots of baby quilts so usually I don't know who the quilt is for so I mainly think of the parents whom I usually know( or the baby's grandparents!) I try to keep a stash of finished baby quilts so that when baby is born and I know whether it's a boy or girl I choose the quilt I think is most appropriate.

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  6. Sweet quilt, Linda and I'm sure Claudia will love it :-) Fun little photo session, too.

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  7. A lovely finish Linda and I'm amazed that Spotlight have Denyse Schmidt fabric!

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  8. It is quite lovely, the binding is great too. I understand what you mean about thinking of the person when making it, it's like adding love into every stitch, so when it is wrapped around them, they are wrapped in love.
    Smiles
    Kate

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  9. A lovely quilt, and the bike was a great find too. I need to do something similar with my collection of AGF fabrics, something to just let the fabrics shine. However, not til I have finished embroidering my small world quilt. Focus! Focus! Have a great weekend.

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  10. So much here! I LOVE this quilt, second rectangles one in a row I've read about this morning! Need to do one, and will check out your link, thank you. Love the bicycle; it's cool because here on the other side of the world in my little town, there is often one parked outside the Antiques shop, which is just down the street from our butcher! the binding rocks that quilt too. And I totally get what you mean about thinking about the recipient of a quilt, putting your love and heart into the fibres. Just terrific photos. :-)

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  11. What a pretty quilt. I agree that when making a quilt for someone you think of them as you're making it. You stitch happy thoughts and love into the quilt as you're making it. Wonderful photos!

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  12. I feel that thinking about the recipient is often the best part of quilting. That never gets old, while sometimes I start to tire of a particular block, etc.

    This is a lovely, lovely quilt! The colors are just wonderful, fresh and soft. Like a big bowl of sherbet :)

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