It’s for my very good friend Patricia who had a special birthday at New Year (so it’s really late!). I asked her what sort of colours were in her bedroom and designed the quilt to (hopefully) fit in.
I’ve made a lot of Dresden Plates for cushions but never for a quilt so I thought it was about time I gave it a try.
With my cushions I have embroidered or heavily hand quilted the centres. As that was out of the question for a whole quilt (no matter how much I love my pal!) I decided to use the Porthole method (taught me by Lu Summers at Fat Quarterly 2 years ago) to make a sort of ‘floating ring’ effect.
There are 16 blocks, 15 red with green centres and 1 green with a red centre.
Unfortunately I decided to trim all the blocks at one of my Craft Clubs (a desperate attempt to multi-task under pressure), and due to not paying proper attention I trimmed some of them too much and then realised I’d not left enough room for binding! So I added that thin strip of fabric (the same as the binding would be). This has worked okay and given a sort of ‘stepped’ binding effect that I could pretend I’d intended all along, but I don’t mind admitting to my mistakes, they make us human!
The colours of the petals are graded in tone to give a subtle spiralling effect (I hope!). And, inspired by so many modern quilts I’ve seen recently, I chose all those low volume fabrics as backgrounds. I just love how that looks!
And to echo the spiralling effect I FMQed spirals all over for quilting. This was fun and I like the close textured effect. I didn’t bother to wash it, I’m starting to like the ‘fresh and flat’ FMQ look and worry that ‘crinkling’ spoils that a bit.
As regular readers know, if I am particularly pleased with something I’ve made I tend to take it all over Shangri La Farm taking photos of it like it’s a Supermodel and I’m shooting the Pirelli Calendar!
A shot of the back. I used this paisley Riley Blake fabric that features in the front too.
It was a bit hard to say goodbye to this one…
But I do love my pal very much! Here she is with her quilt, she’s just stopped crying here! I think that means she likes it.
It’s 86 inches (172cm square). Here it is on my bed.
Bye bye lovely quilt *waves*!!