One of the projects on my long list of Australian kits is We Are Family - although I've admired Susan Smith's patterns for a long time, this was the first time I was brave enough to tackle one of her designs! The fabrics were supplied as a starter pack and was purchased along with the pattern from Pincushion Pantiles here in the UK...
...the quilt top itself is made of with lots of pieced blocks - stars and flying geese - which I've machine pieced. To make my blocks as accurate as possible, I've used my straight stitch needle plate, a fine Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle and Aurifil 50wt thread...
...and there are also lots of applique blocks - circles and quirky animals - which I've stitched by hand using Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Bigger Circles method for the circles and the Apliquick applique methed for the animals. Although the process for the circles was quite time consuming (there are only 2 templates of each size in the Bigger Circles pack) I think the end result is well worth all the extra effort. The appliqued animals have hand embroidered faces, my favourite is definately the lion...
...I've really loved stitching all these blocks together! I spent a long time deliberating over what fabric to use for the borders and the backing, then I discovered this pretty fabric from Fabrics Glore in London. Its a wide double gauze fabric, wuth tiny little stars printed on it. It's so soft, it will be perfect for my little grandson to snuggle under. And as it's wide, I can cut the borders from the length so they don't need to be pieced, as well as using it for the backing, and will have enough left over for the binding too.
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