Monday, 8 October 2018

my 'Ms Bouquet' quilt

This quilt started out as just a vague idea - an adventure in improv - using a large floral for the centre panel and it grew from there. I didn't know where I would end up, but wanted something like you see in vintage medallion quilts where random strips are added, linking the colours one border at a time. Of course, once I got started, things changed with every round!

A few quilt stats:
Fabrics included a quirky selection from my stash of vintage, ginghams and modern prints 
I used an "Outback Wife" floral as my starting point, hence the name "Ms Bouquet"
The backing is an old cotton duvet cover and I used a 'basic grey' fabric for the binding
Machine quilted in an overall swirly flower pattern by Sandy Mayo
and I have been slowly adding a few bits of extra big stitch hand quilting, using no.8 perle cotton
I'm a pattern follower not a pattern maker, but enjoyed dabbling with a little improv
{see back here for early details}
Quilt measures 66" x 60"

Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' over here


  1. Wonderful finish Linda. The florals and soft colors really give this one a vintage feel. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  2. You made this one so much fun with all the pretty flowers and the improv borders, Linda! I really like it!

  3. That is a super beautiful, scrappy finish, Linda!
    And thanks for sharing your story, I love it.

  4. Love Ms Bouquet with her big stitch embellishments. The photos with the bath tub of flowers are very pretty, like pictures from a quilt magazine. 😊


  5. Somehow this quilt reminds me of Welsh quilts. The picture with the bathtub is lovely as is the quilt. It gives me ideas for some fabric I inherited and was thinking about last week

  6. You have had a wonderful play wit this quilt. The end result is wonderful. A great finish.

  7. Good job on a great improv quilt!

  8. Such a beautiful finish. It captures the vintage improv you were working towards. You are an expert at this style now. I especially like the enormous plaid of the penultimate round. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a great improv quilt! It looks so olde worlde.

  10. Lovely attempt at improv. dabbling! It's got such a fun vibe. Really nice whimsical feel to it.:)

  11. Beautiful finish Linda! Love the additional hand stitching on the centre bouquet.

  12. oooh I like the quilt AND the blue tub of flowers!!! Thanks for the beauty today!

  13. This has such a vintage vibe to it... great combination of fabrics and ideas.


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