Back in February, I made my first ever Dresden. I was so completely impressed with myself, that I could pull something off, that looked so technically difficult! It was meant to be made in to a cushion for my brother in law and his fiance for their engagement, however the colours just didn't feel right for the project - so I moved on to a second dresden! I was left with this beautiful little piece of art and really had no idea what to do with it. So over the past few months I have slowly but surely been putting together my "Flying by the seat of my pants quilt". And this is is the end result......
|Using the beautiful "On the Pond" range of Sarah Fielke fabrics, I had lots of fun with the colour palette and basically worked from the centre outwards. Just adding rows of different piecing until I was happy with the end size and result.|
|The Dresden was made using THIS tutorial by Sew Mama Sew!|
All of the quilting was done by me! I used Aurifil thread (50wt) #2024. A perfect, shimmery white. There was a discussion in our QCA group on Facebook the last couple of days, with some wondering why Aurifil has such a great reputation? I added to the discussion saying that I quilted this entire project without one single breakage! Which is unheard of for me! It also leaves far less fluff in my machine, which means less cleaning - equalling a happier quilter!
I basically echoed the star shape of the dresden, using my walking foot, and being ever so patient. It was extremely time consuming, but once I committed, I knew I just had to stick it out. I'm so glad I did! The swirls in the white borders were another first for me. A couple of months ago I bought a Craftsy class - Free Motion Fillers Vol 1 by Leah Day. So before starting this quilting, I finally sat down and watched about half a dozen of the "episodes" in the class, and thought I'd give the spirals a crack. I have to say - the class gave me a hell of a lot of confidence, and made me feel like I could just do it. Which I did.
I then also echoed around the triangles of the chevrons, balancing out all the quilting.
|The flying geese were made using THIS tutorial by The Purl Bee. They were a great size and once again, another quilting element that looks harder than they are. The chevrons are made using HST's. Super easy and super effective.|
|The backing fabric is a gorgeous cursive script print from Ikea! I bought it ages ago and had it sitting and waiting for the perfect project. I think it suits this quilt beautifully.|
|This lovely piece of heaven is a finished size of 52" x 71" - bigger than a throw quilt and smaller than a single size. Perfection for snuggling. I'm still yet to figure out who this quilt will be living with. My lovely friend Gemma suggested I use it as a sofa quilt, however, so much white fabric + four children = disaster. Sooooo, I am contemplating selling this beautiful baby. I'll decide over the next week of looking at it! I want it to be loved and cherished, not just put away in a cupboard or drawer.|
I think that's SEVEN finished quilts this year!?!!?!?!? You can see the others HERE. I nearly fell over when I just counted them up! I seriously have a
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