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.
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