Saturday, 29 December 2012

The One that Sneaked Under the Wire

We're in England!  Well we've been here almost 2 weeks actually and it's rained here almost every second. It was raining when we arrived, Christmas came and went and it's still raining. I understand now how difficult it is to take pictures in natural light as ... uhmmm, there is very little!

Converging Corners quilt
A belated but very Merry Christmas to everyone.


The first thing I did after arriving was to take my machine back to the shop I bought it from.  It's under warranty and they have promised they will fix it before we leave.

After sporadic periods of quilting, interspersed with shopping for presents and a trip to the local panto, I finished sewing down the binding on my mum's quilt on Christmas Eve.

I waited to share it with you as I wanted to wash it and show it to you in all its crinkly loveliness on some glamourous country location but the incessant rain have put a stop to that one.


You may remember this was secret sewing for my mum. With some Kaffe Fasset fabrics, I used Film in the Fridge's tutorial for her Converging Corner's block - when I showed a teaser here - most of you guessed right. These blocks are super easy to make but more time consuming than you might think.  With no sashing, you also have to make quite a few of them to get a decent sized quilt.  After 20 blocks, I called it a day and added a 6 " border.

For the backing, I used Amy Butler's Harriet's Kitchen from her beautiful Cameo line.


The binding is also from the Cameo line - Folly in zinc. I would love to make a shirt from this fabric.


I'm really happy with how the Cameo fabrics work with the Kaffe Fasset fabrics.

For the quilting, I did organic straight lines - while I like the effect, it took a long time to quilt!


So this is a very late birthday early Christmas present for my mum, and a satisfying late finish for 2012.

Quilt Statistics

Quilt Top Assorted Kaffe Fasset and Kona White
Backing Amy Butler's Harriet's Kitchen from the Cameo Line
Binding Folly in Zinc also Cameo
Batting Quilter's Dream 100% cotton
Measures 72" x 60"


Like a lot of people, I have tried to stay away from the computer over Christmas so that I can enjoy my time with family. After New Year, I am looking forward to getting my machine back and resuming some kind of normal service...

32 comments:

Charlotte said...

wow - it's so beautiful! The colours are really amazing, even in the lovely English light!

Dianne Neale said...

A beautiful quilt Annabella. I was in the uk too, and every time we poked our head outdoors, it rained!

Mary said...

The quilt is just beautiful! It's rained every day for us as well, sigh.

Sunnybec said...

It's beautiful Annabella! Oh rain, that's the UK for you...it's not been much better in France, rivers have burst their banks and fields are flooded, but today it's a lovely blue sky and sunshine... yay! Happy New Year. Hugs Linda x

Canadian Abroad said...

The quilt is stunning and your mother must be thrilled. I love the colour in it. You did a brilliant job under difficult circumstances.

elizabeth said...

What a super quilt for your mother.
Yes, the rain sounds ghastly. So sorry. Kaki seems to have had a good holiday in spite of it all.
Am madly in love with Kaffe Fasset and use his wools often.
Happy New Year.

Elisabeth said...

It's beautiful, Annabella!
The rain can get on your nerves, can't it? Our garden has been flooded twice already and with all the rain forecast I'm sure it will happen again before spring.
I'm sure it's quite a change for you.

cheeky monkey said...

This looks so lovely! You gave me a good idea how to quilt mine - when the top will be finished one day! I love the straight lines!

Enjoy your stay in the UK!

Kelli said...

So beautiful! I made just 2 convering corners blocks and I can't imagine making 20. I agree that while simple, they do take some time. I'm sure your Mom loves it because it is so pretty. :)

linda said...

beautiful .....sorry about the weather though :(((
hope you have a wonderful 2013.

Sarah said...

Beautiful job! That quilting must've taken forever, but it sure looks good :-)

blandina said...

Another work of art, I love the pattern and the colors. I bet your Mom was very pleased.
Happy New Year, Anabella, I wish you a lot of creativity.

diane said...

this was definitely a finish worth waiting for. It turned out beautifully. I love the backing, too. You worked for along time on this quilt and you can see the love you put into it for your mum. xo

tusen said...

It's just so beautiful. Having seen the sneak peeks I've been looking forward to seeing the whole quilt and it's so lovely. And the quilting looks great, too.

PippaP said...

gorgeous quilt, your mum's really lucky :) hasn't been much better here, we've had rain or showers most days :(

Lori said...

this is really gorgeous. I like the straight lines on the quilting. It really accentuates the colored blocks.

Quilting In The Cold said...

Oh it is beautiful!

two hippos said...

its beautiful, cheers up a grey wet day!

Archie the wonder dog said...

The quilt is gorgeous but the quilting must have taken weeks to do! I hope you're reunited with your sewing machine soon xx

Catherine said...

Oh wow, I bet your mum loves it, its fabulous. Hasn't the rain been depressing!

Kelly said...

Oh it is gorgeous! The English weather is rubbish though, bloody rain!

Tamie said...

Your quilt turned out lovely and I'm sure your mom loves it.

Ellie said...

Your quilt is stunning - so beautiful. Your mum is lucky :)))
Isn't this weather the pits - it's been raining non stop here in Scotland too. Just getting a little bit fed up of it now!!!
Have a great New Year :)

Katy Cameron said...

It's gorgeous! Hope the shop work their magic on the machine PDQ!

Judith, Belfast said...

Stunning quilt A! Love the CC block and how it all comes together. Hope you get some dry weather soon! Jxo

Leanne said...

That is such a beautiful quilt, I love everything about it. The back fabric is also just stunning. What a wonderful present and finish.

Sarah said...

It's a beautiful quilt Annabella. Certainly brings some light and cheer to a gloomy Englland! Enjoy the rain while you can, before you go back to the desert!

Patchwork and Play said...

Love this quilt! And the backing is perfect!!!

Nicky said...

Truly beautiful quilt - love those vibrant colours!

Trudi said...

Absolutely stunning! Especially in the low winter light, hope you're enjoying a little sun today!

Nat at Made in Home said...

An amazing quilt! Love the backing fabric as well!!

Jenelle said...

I've had my eye on this pattern for a while. Your's turned out beautifully! I really love the backing too.