It was a glorious day here in Suffolk yesterday, and the perfect opportunity to take some outdoor photographs of this - The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt, pattern by the Australian designer Gail Pan. This was bought as a BOM from Cross Patch in Wales, and Julia the owner supplied all the fabrics in a kit - these are from the Sequoia collection by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics...
...once the quilt top was machine pieced together, (my favourite thread is Aurifil, and I use a 50wt mid-grey shade for most of my piecing) it was hand appliqued (using the Apliquick method, with Apliquick rods, applique paper and a gluestick, the hand stitched in place using Aurifil 80wt thread) and hand embroidered using a few DMC threads in co-ordinating colours from my thread box. My quilt spent a few months with the longarm quilter, patiently waiting it's turn to be freehand custom longarm quilted by J-Quilts...
...once the binding had been stitched in place and a quilt sleeve was added, some of the baskets were embellished with a few vintage buttons from my button tin. Although it has a quilt sleeve stitched on the back, I was struggling to find an appropriate place to display it outside ready for a photo shoot, so my neighbours probably thought I was mad, laying my quilt out on the driveway taking photographs of it!...
...I really am so very pleased with this quilt - all those hours spent hand stitching the applique has been so very well worth it. Now I'm deliberating over which Gail Pan quilt to make next as there are a couple of her designs I'd like to stitch.
"Valentine Bouquet" - finished size 48" square. This pattern is by Hilary Gooding and was made with the Hearts and Roses collection of fabric by Makower UK - I bought this as a kit back in 2008 from Quilters Haven (sadly this has since closed down). Machine pieced, machine appliqued and machine quilted - all by yours truely! As I made this back in 2008, I'm not sure if the pattern is still available as it was a free download from the Makower UK website.
I found some real treasures when I was rummaging through my tin of vintage buttons yesterday afternoon -some of these were donated to me by my mother-in-law and one of her friends, and some were rescused from charity shops (it's amazing what people give away!). My favourites have now been used to embellish some of the baskets on my version of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt, designed by Gail Pan Designs...
...I tried to co-ordinate the colours of the buttons with these gorgeous fabrics that are from the Sequoia collection by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover fabrics. If you read yesterday's blog post, you'll see that I also managed to embellish my quilt label with a vintage button too!
I've been busy in my sewing studio this morning, making a label for The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt. I like to incorporate the theme from the quilt top in the label, and used some left over scraps of fabric from the quilt, and a couple of surplus half square triangle units. The words have been hand embroidered using DMC embroidery thread and the ric-rac basket handle has been embellished with a few colonial knots...
...when I was rummaging through my tin of vintage buttons to embellish some of the baskets on the front of the quilt, I found one to embellish the basket on the label too. The label was appliqued in place, and now it's ready for a photo shoot of the completed quilt.
A sleeve stitched onto the back of the quilt ensures the quilt can be displayed from a hanging rod. A piece of left over backing fabric was used for this quilt sleeve, which has been hand stitched in place with a matching thread. I just need to finish the label, and my quilt will be complete!
At last the binding is on The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society quilt. This red fabric with the tiny black stars was included with the kit and it's just perfect for the binding. I prefer using a wider binding on my larger quilts, and these strips were cut at 3.25" then joined with diagonal seams before being folded in half, then machine stitched to the front of the quilt, with mitred corners. The double fold binding was hand stitched in place to the back of the quilt using an Aurifil 40wt red quilting thread.
Whoop Whoop!! My latest project is completed. This is the front of the Scissor Cozy - pattern by Hugs 'n Kisses is completed! I'd bought this online as a kit from the Hugs 'n Kisses website, (it's also available as just a pattern that includes all the applique paper 1" clam shells). As you can see, the front is hand embroidered. Although the pattern suggests using Perle thread, I just used some DMC threads that I had in my thread box...
...a girl can never have too many cases to keep her scissors in! This picture shows the back of the Scissor Cozy - these teeny tiny clam shells took ages to hand stitch into place, but well worth all that effort. A tutorial on You-Tube showed me how to insert the flex frame spring clip, and it took only a matter of seconds to secure into place...
...here's a close-up of the teeny tiny 1" clam shells. These GORGEOUS fabrics are by Tilda. The clam shells were made using pre-cut applique paper templates that came with the pattern. They were then hand appliqued into place using Aurifil 80wt thread. My scissors have now got a very pretty new home!
All those cute little clam shells that I made earlier in the week have been hand stitched into place with Aurifil 80wt thread, and trimmed to shape, I must say I almost held my breath when I was trimming those little darlings! The front of the "Scissor Cozy" by Hugs 'n Kisses has been hand embroidered using DMC stranded embroidery thread (the pattern suggests using Perle thread, but I just used what I had in my thread box). Now it's all ready for the next stage of the construction!
Another picture or two of The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt designed by Gail Pan Designs - I really enjoyed making this lovely quilt. Expertly freehand custom quilting by J-Quilts Longarm quilting...
...this just needs to have the binding stitched in place, a quilt sleeve attached, and a specially designed label.
The Sopwell Ladies Basket Society Quilt designed by Gail Pan Designs was collected from Janette J-Quilts Longarm quilting this morning. It was well worth the wait to see the amazing quilting - it looks beautiful and I am absolutely thrilled with it. I'll share some more pictures once the binding has been completed.
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