Monday, May 18, 2009

the quilt....


Notice the quilt on the last post.....

about 5 weeks before Lucy's birthday i decided i would make her a quilt!
Only having made 2 small quilts and determined not to use the rotary cutter i called this my 'ripper' quilt.
Not being able to find interesting fantasy, black or silver fabrics ;) or being totally blank on a theme, i came upon this lovely range of batiks from Honeysuckle Glass in Bendigo. I knew lots of things i didn't want. Didnt want it patch-y or flat , fiddly cutting or making up, and the things i did, horses and dogs but not too appliquey...... i dint actually measure anyhting, just snipped and ripped [but paid for it later]

So starting with bottom i worked my up, trying to do it between Lucy's classes and my work , nearly got caught twice but i think it was a surprise :) I had help from other accomplices in keeping her out of the house on the weekends too!



the whippies took ages to do! i traced the images onto interfacing and stitched them very carefully around the outside from the back. This needed to be really accurate as they have such a definate line/body shape. then i turned it over and freemotioned the front. I thought that would take ages but was surprisingly quick.




i added some small strips of fantasy fabric , they just add that bit of bling, yes she has sequin waste in her quilt!




Faux chennile i think this is called. I just sewed random pleats and then stitched them down one way then the other.






because its so big i sent it to a professional quilter to be quilted. She was great and finished it in 2 days for me as we were running out of time. I still need to add a label but for a non quilter i think it turned out pretty well.

oh and next time i will rotary cut because i had all sorts of trouble getting it square...ha!

ps, just clicked all the close ups, you'll have to excuse the dog hairs!!!

8 comments:

antikva said...

Beeeyotiful! I am extremely jealous :D

Catherine said...

What a gorgeous quilt...I'm sure it will be greatly loved!!

Diane said...

So beautiful Jen. No doubt she will love it!
xo Diane

Dot said...

Jen- this is gorgeous! You have done such a great job. I am sure Lucy will love it. So many lovely and personal touches. The whippet's look fantastic. And the colors you chose are stunning!

Dot xx

Margaret said...

what a gorgeous gift! I love the colours you've chosen and cool idea to rip and snip and see where you end up, great work!

Jacky said...

Fantastic quilt...you clever thing! Love the colour and the whippets!!!

Jacky xox

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

What an absolute treasure you've created Jen....you are fearless just diving in like that with such fantastic results. The colors are scrumptious, Love all the details. What a very special 18th birthday gift to enjoy always!

Debbi Baker said...

I'm on catch-up blog mode - this is wonderful (so much love wrapped up in all that quilt gloriousness!)