Tuesday, 10 September 2019

a delightfully simple finish

A delightfully simple quilt top finish to share this week,
my 'Bertha' quilt . . .






The original quilt is charmingly wonky. You can see my early post from back here in June for more details about the pattern I used and about Bertha and her quilt. Deb's pattern is based on an 1899 quilt in #thequiltersguildcollection made in Keswick by Bertha, a boarding school house-mistress seamstress. And for more inspiration pop on over here to #modernberthamitchellquilt

Like many, making scrap quilts and working from my stash are my favourite kind of sewing. And, I’ve enjoyed exploring my scraps for this quilt. I chose a great variety of  pinks, blues, taupe & whites, some old, some new. I also included a few cheeky reds, which I scattered amongst the centre eight rows of the quilt top. 
I decided to keep this one simple like the original, and tried to use fabrics that were more tone on tone rather than all-out multi coloured florals. 




- down on the design floor


The chain piecing was delightfully simple and repetitive, which I really enjoyed, no calculations no tricky piecing. I completed the sewing in just a few batches over a couple of days. There may be the occasional missed point, however, I couldn't actually bring myself make any intentional uneven seams like in Bertha's quilt! 


My HST units finished at 6 1/2" and it all came together quite quickly. I chose to join these all up in a scattered values way, as a tribute to Bertha's quilt. I'm loving the random arrangement of this utility quilt, however, it would be so easy to use the idea as a jumping off point for any sort of light & dark play in a quilt. {Pop on over here and here to see lots more ideas}. 
The finished quilt top measures 60" x 72". 








My aim now is to actually get 1 or 2 completely finished quilts this month so I can join in with Erica from kitchentablequilting over on instagram for #septemberquiltfinishes . . . or maybe #octoberquiltfinishes!

Until next time, Linda

9 comments:

  1. I love this one, Linda - I think I say that every time, because I love all your quilts! :) The pinks, reds, and blues together are lovely! I also like your combination of both white and cream for the lighter colors. Working from my stash is definitely a favorite of mine, too!

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  2. I love the fabric you have co-ordinated for this Linda! Sometimes the simplest designs are the best!

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  3. A lovely palette - very classic and timeless.
    You've definitely got your sew-jo back now.

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  4. This looks great with all the HSTs. As always the fabrics play very nicely together.

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  5. This turned out amazing Linda. Best of luck for getting those finishes under your belt!

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  6. Red, white an blue quilts always speak to mee! Good luck with your September finishes!

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  7. I love the simplicity of this pattern Linda, and the colours you've gathered into it, good size into the bargain.

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  8. This turned out so sweet! Very simple but wonderful. Love the colors esp.:)

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