My 3rd project has begone!!!! Memory To All Mothers In War. How quickly this year is going because of my deadlines with Meredith’s Challenge. Im trying to keep up with one project each 21 days and so far its working, when I have time in the day time I work on them, my evening are usually hand work, so I can sit and relax and not worry about a deadline or time.
This quilt was started in PNG 20 years ago!!!!! I made the centre put it on points then added the first triangle then it was packed away for years as I did not know how to add the purple fabric as it was cut on the bias and kept stretching so much so I finally packed it away. years later I added those purple triangles and the corners to with the fans make it in to a square. Then about 18 months ago I made up the final borders with appliqué Background is a soft aqua Kimono which is 100% pure wool. a very very fine wool fabric and so lovely to work with, appliqué is cotton and silk.
My 3rd Project for 17Ufosin2017 I call this a memory to all war mothers. Because the purple kimono fabric is from WW11 and was patched and patched my be 100 times as the mother could not afford a new one. Times are always difficult for women and children every were when their countries are at war.
Unpicked Kimono I had to join and join to make a square backing for my memorial quilt to all women in war. Im really doing patchwork with this backing LOL This Kimono is indgo rice paste set and very old and beautiful.
Well it started now my quilting challenge for 2017. 1st day of 2017 I started pulling and finding some of the 17 UFO’s I have chosen to work on this year !
Sara Jeans quilt, were I took up the challenge
This quilt started out as a baby cot in Jan 2015 and as I was making the centre I realised it was just NOT Practical as a baby quilt, those centre 5blocks are made of felt pieces and would not stand up to constant washing that a baby quilt would require, so I let it keep growing, but then life happen and it was shelved, in Dec 2016 Meredith threw out this challenge and my mojo for quilting was back and life in general was steady.
Sunday 1st of Jan saw me pulling quilt pieces out ready to start on the 2nd of Jan. First I finished machine appliquing around the sheep, I have done trapunto quilting as I machine appliquéd them on!!!!!!!
Back of machine appliquéd sheep cutting away the backing fabric and wadding and just leaving the sheep as trapunto
to make the sheep look rounder, fatter, and jolly. Worst part was cutting the fabric and wadding around the sheep at the back, not fun at all as I was scared I was going to cut the front fabric. Then this border had two wee Blue-Work blocks added either end and sewn to the rest of the quilt,
Closer view of those dancing sheep LOL finally the quilt top was finished.
Top close up of the Bluework blocks.
3 of the little Bluework blocks at the top of Sara’s quilt.
These delightful wee Bluework blocks were made for me in a swap by quilters all over Australia around 2007 and Ive use 7 of 12 here .
then Murphy’s law struck and I could not find the border strips to finish of that last addition???? It took me 2 days and then I found it when looking for Christmas paper to store till next Christmas LOL. Quilt top was finally finished 11.30pm on the 4th Jan 2017
5th of Jan I pushed two large foldaway tables together and put the backing wadding and quilt top together to bast.
Taped to the tables ready for basting.
And started basting, 6th not much done as I was helping DGD make a shoulder bag for her girlfriends birthday gift. 7th sat down to the table at 6.30am and basted for 1 1/2 hrs it was so quiet, still, Peacefull and slightly cool perfect to baste. In the Avo I did another hour and quit was about 1/2 basted. I baste about every 6 inches so there is roughly 4inchs with no stitches, this is a lot of basting but it will stay like this for 10 years and still be OK ready for some one to quilt by hand or machine. 12am 9th Jan 2017 finished basting the quilt, it took a good 5 hrs to baste it.
Sara’s quilt thread basted ready for quilting.
Now the fun begins quilting the top. I have 12 days still to work on Sara’s quilt.
12th Jan!!!! day 12 sashiko quilting going well. 9 days to go!
Have finished Sashiko quilting the centre on the 15th Jan now working on the sheep. Sara’s mum comes from NZ so have to have white and black sheep. Background fabric is Petter Rabbit fabric.
After 17 days I ahve almost completed Sara’s quilt. only the top,sides and bottom to sahiko quilt and the machine quilting in the ditch is completed, Im feeling good about this one.
Top 1/2 of Sara’s quilt almost completely quilted 4 circles to quilt around then that 1/2 is completed.
Bottom 1/2 of Sara’s quilt still needs the sheep, hearts and circles quilted around so not to far from been finished.
Its been a great 21 days trying to work on this quilt as much as possible and still enjoy doing so.
My 2nd Ufosin2017 is a Childs cuddly quilt I have called The Teddy Bears Picnic.
This was meant to be a cot blanket????? but the baby is 8 years old now!!!! So I decided to finish this one as one of my projects.
I adapted a pattern out of a colouring in book for this wee Teddy 8 years ago while in Japan.
First border added one of 3.
I used lots of scraps of flannel to make the backing to make it a cuddly quilt there are dinosaurs, teddies and cars to look at?
Teddy Bears Picnic Baby cuddly about 1 3/4 metres by 1 1/4 metres .All pinned ready for quilting
Close up of cover over the safety pins these are worth the money I spent on them they are so easy to open and close.
All the machine quilting in the ditch around the borders is complete and 1/2 the Teddy’s are now running around in their hoops having fun.
All quilted waiting to ahve the binding added. 27th Jan 6 days in to my 21 days.
Finished project 2 it took me 8 days. Binding is only 1/4 of an inch wide but several thicknesses for wear.
My last photo is a close up of the binding. It is in the washing machine as I write this and will be in the mail this avo on its way to its new owner.
Hanging on the line after washing on a wool cycle yesterday 29th Jan 2017 before it was posted later in the day. It has a wool batting so will be lovely and warm.
2 days left of this month I just may get it finished before linking to Meredith’s Ufosin2017 end of the month link up. http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=693887
Thank you Meredith for a wonderful month of UFO work.