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I was convinced to join the Canberra quilt guild this year.  One of the benefits of joining this guild is that you can put quilts in their show and into their sales room.  I put 6 quilts into the show.  And won a 3rd place in the open (professional and amateur) category!  My winner was “Under the Bridge”.

I’m quite pleased with winning in that category as one of the big name Australia and International quilters won first place in the category.  The best thing about the Canberra quilt show is the way they hang their quilts.  Gorgeous.  These members know how to hang a show.

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Our double wedding ring quilt probably received the most attention and chatter.  Mr. W stood back and eavesdropped on a couple conversations.  A couple older ducks were ‘clucking’ about some of the embroidered comments and images.  That makes me chuckle…I like the idea of making a bit of a controversial quilt.

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Warning:  Long post with lots of photos ahead.

This is our NON-Huzzzbund quilt.  An improv double wedding ring inspired by the quilts in the book Double Wedding Ring Quilts – Tradition made Modern  by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

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I used mostly my Japanese taupe scraps to crumb piece many of the melons and centers.  I used several different prints for the rest of it.

I believe I started doing the crumb piecing as a leader/ender project in June/July 2017.  The centers and melons were put together at our Lillipilli retreat in August.

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After I had the quilt put together into 2 chunks, I did a fair amount of embroidery on the blocks.  My plan was to embroider ‘stuff’ that represented Mr. W and my life together.  I would sit on the couch in front of the TV and we’d chat about what I should embroider that night.  We actually had a list of ideas on the arm of the couch that we would reference and add ideas to.

You know how you have those little SECRET things you say to each other?  Those cheeky little comments?  Those special little moments that make you smile?  Well, a lot of those secrets and situations were embroidered on the top.  Some of them are private, some aren’t.  Some of them are abbreviated (BMWA) and some of them aren’t (shut the fuckin’ door!).  Some I would share the meaning with you if you asked – others I would just smile and let you guess.  All have stories behind them.

I included cows (we have 7 Murray Greys), our passports, names of local beaches, our birthdates and names, a surfer (have I ever told you about my unfortunate surfing accident????) and rugby references (DrewBaby & Dr. Sharon!).  Also included was just random crazy quilt embroidery on the crumb pieced blocks.

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As this is an amazingly special quilt to me (and Mr. W), we decided to splash out and have Christine Fahey, an amazing quilter from Moruya, quilt it for us.  My instructions to her were to simply have fun and not to over quilt it.  She did an absolute gorgeous job on it.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  The quilting is whimsical and fits so perfectly with the feel of the quilt.  She added to the conversation of the quilt.  One example….sometimes Mr. W or I will say to the other….”You don’t mean that, do you?”.  Well, Chris quilted “of course not!” next to that comment.

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We have the quilt hung in the yoga room right now.  Mainly I put it there in order to make sure it is hanging straight (it IS!) as it will be in the local quilt show in June.  Once the show is over I think I want us to have it in the TV room to curl up under.  A quilt like this needs to be used, not folded up on a shelf.

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It is absolutely my most favorite quilt I have ever made (and I’ve made a LOT of quilts).  I love many of the quilts I have made – but to me, this one takes the cake.  It might not be the most perfectly sewn quilt I’ve ever made – but it has my heart in it.  It has our love in it.  Who knows where this quilt will end up but I hope that when someone, someday is looking at this quilt and trying to figure out something about the person who made it…I hope they at least figure out that we were totally and completely in love and enjoying life to the max.

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So this quilt can finally go into the FINISHED pile (well, except for a label)!  I am glad to be finished but it was a real joy to work on.

This started with the blocks from The New Hexagon book by Katja Marek  and the booklet Glorious Hexagon by Katja Marek & Liza Prior Lucy.  The outer border was an idea from a 2017 Mighty Lucky Quilt Club tutorial.

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My friend Bossy Boots and I started this in November 2016.  When developing my fabric palette, I found this musical print online and really like the rust and turquoise colors so I used that as my starting point.  As I collected fabrics, I glued them onto a piece of paper and carried it with me.  I probably ended up with 150-200 different fabrics.  Some purchased, some from the stash of friends and family.

We both ordered packets of paper templates from PaperPiecers.  I cut my own clear plastic templates to use for those pieces I wanted to fussy cut.  I also used the glue basting technique.

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I loved the process of making each individual block.  Most days after lunch I’d sit in the front room and work on my blocks.  It was also fun to do this project with a friend as we would share pictures of our blocks as they were completed.  The Facebook site was very encouraging also.

The part of the process that I really really do not like is sewing the blocks into rows and then sewing the rows together.  ugh.  I’ve made 4 EPP quilts now and I always forget how much I hate that bit.  Even the paper pulling out process is ok in comparison.

Another problem I had with this quilt is my borders didn’t fit my centre.  I tried about 3 different configurations before I found one that I liked and that I could make work.

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I hand big stitch quilted it with freehand triple clam shells in the centre and triangle borders and a simple outline of the cross blocks.  I used DMC perle cotton in a variegated color.  I used Quilt Lite for the batting and left over fabrics for the back.  It’s a nice weight for our climate and I know I will enjoy curling up with it as Autumn approaches.

It’s a tad bright and bold and in your face but I’m ok with that.  I photographed it on my favourite fence on the property.  During the last wind storm, about 1/2 of it took a tumble.  We might be able to salvage some of it – but the fallen part is destined for firewood.IMG_2197

I’m linking to the AHIQ.  It’s not a TOTAL improv type quilt…rather a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ type of quilt so I think it qualifies.  🙂

 

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String pieced onto 6×8″ telephone book pages.  All scraps.  Border is left over backing fabric from another quilt.  Backing is left over from Magnolia.

Not entirely happy with my concentric spirals.  I just can’t seem to get them evenly spaced free hand.  I’m ok with it though.  At least it’s finished.  I do like the fern-y motif in the border.  It was a piece of cake.

All it needs now is to be washed, dried and de-fuzzed (flannel back).

It will be on the way to its new home soon.

I received ANOTHER lovely gift last week.  This one from my friend Candy.  Not sure what I’ve done to be so lucky receiving presents lately but it sure has been fun!  Candy’s other hobby is photography.  She sent me 2 prints and these lovely cards from her photos.  The coaster sits on the coffee table and the magnet is on the frig.  Thanks Candy!

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