Thursday, April 1, 2010

Update on the Amelia quilt

Happy April fools day!! No tricks here. Morning spent with the girls at the maternal nurse. The results.... they are growing, happy and tick all the boxes in all developmental areas. I didn't really need her to tell me that but it is always reassuring knowing that they are ok. And the nurse was lovely. It always helps when they are helpful.

So my girls totally spoilt me yesterday and both slept for 3 hours + in the afternoon which meant I was able to finish all the embroidery on the quilt for Amelia. Here are some shots of the flower embroidery I did. I find sewing with my hands (rather than with the machine) so relaxing. Relaxing enough to be able to sit through a fairly violent movie and not be too disturbed by it.

Trying out polkadot red background. I dont mind this one too much but hubby thinks its too bright and distracting.

Im still stuck on a border though. I have procrastinated long enough and tried out a plain border and a floral border and neither of them made me say 'wow thats it!'. So i went searching through books and on the internet and came across a piano keys quilt border. I'll sew one strip and see what I think. Im really struggling with this. This is where my lack of knowlegde with quilts really does become obvious. I sure a seasoned quilter would know exactly what to do with this (keep it plain, make it elaborate etc). Ive also been toying with the idea of a thick, plain border and then doing sashiko (japanese style) quilting on it. Ive borrowed a book from the library with various designs so i might try that also. That way when i quilt it i can continue the sashiko style over the applique.

Here are a couple of images (not my work):


  1. This seasoned quilter doesn't know exactly what to do with borders--it's one of those times when the quilt has to talk to you and tell you what it wants, and sometimes it's hard to sort. What you're doing--testing different options is about the only thing I could suggest. Good luck with it.

  2. Ummm--random thought--what about the reverse of the red dots . . . do you have red on white? It would be the same colours, but lighter. . . dunno . . .

  3. Hiya
    yes I did try the white fabric with red dot combo. It was kind of flat. Will do the experimenting. Went to spotlight and got plain dyed red fabric and im liking it. Will see how we go. Thanks for the suggestions.

  4. It looks BEAUTIFUL! I would never have the patience to do something so perfectly detailed. Great job! And I like the red dots. I think it's cheerful!

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  5. I like the red, I think it contrast with the green well, and it doesn't look too bright in the photo. The red dots looks good in the photos, if it is too distracting in real life, have you tried plain fabric in the same red?

    Very nice work.