Monday, 2 December 2013

ready for quilting

After a lot of deliberation and pondering I have joined up 24 blocks for my first proper quilt piece.     Having cut the blocks with an 8.5" square I realised I had cut 10 on one twist and 5 on the other so back to the 100 blocks and I pulled another 9 out to play with. They all have a bit or similar to batik in each block.These I cut so that I had 12 of each twist and then on friday I spent most of the day arranging them in patterns to see what I liked best. Having to climb up on a dining room chair to photo each one was  bit of a hazard.  After each arrangement I took another photo  and downloaded it to the computer,   17 attempts later I decided on the way I wanted them to be so here is a photo of them all put together,  that took less than 2 hours!


of course when I look at it now I see things that maybe should be in a different place but tough I am not unpicking and will put it down to a learning process.   Having discussed the quilting   I have never machine quilted before with my friend Cheryl,  (thanks Cheryl)  she has advised me to quilt in black on the slashings and then more ponderings as to what to do elsewhere,   feel at the moment that nothing will be done as a bit  dubious about starting. it  measures 32" by 48"   will fit over my knees and keep me warm and cosy

35 comments:

Susan Hook said...

They always say good work takes time and it looks like it has payed off for you! Your quilt looks lovely all the colours look nice an cheery, just what you need on these cold dark days!

Queeniepatch said...

This is a fantastic quilt design and impossible to believe that it is your first quilt. Cheryl is right, start quilting the black sashing and then see what you want to do with the rest.
Well done!

Marianne Harmann said...

Das sieht sehr schön aus und durch die Anordnung auch ganz besonders. Ich warte darauuf, wie du ihn quilten wirst.
LG Marianne

Podunk Pretties said...

Love the black sashing. Quite amazing for the first one! Natural born talent, lucky girl!

Nana said...

Wow, all those wonderful bright colours in contrast to the black is just lovely.

Nana

Starr White said...

Congratulations, Margaret! It is a triumph indeed. You are clearly a natural, and I'm sure this is only the first of many fantastic quilts. I will try it one day…….

Séverine said...

Your quilt is beautiful. You'll have a wonderful quilt for the cold days.

Suztats said...

Now, I can picture you all cuddled up beneath this lovely quilt on those grey, cold, winter days. Super job, Margaret!

Lady Locust said...

That turned out great! Love those vibrant colors against the black background. 100 blocks wow! What is in store for the remainder?
Smiles

Gaia said...

It is going to be a pretty quilt, the contrast between the black and rest of the colours makes it very interesting.

Klaudia said...

Ein toller Quilt in wunderschönen Farben...Klasse mit dem dunklen Hintergrund gearbeitet!

★Liebe Grüße und eine schöne Adventszeit★
Klaudia

Wendy said...

It looks great! Don't worry about quilting it. Remember, you can unpick thread if you don't like it! make yourself a practice sandwich and have ago, then just get to it!

Cattinka said...

Congratulations to this coulourful top!
KATRIN W.

Annet said...

Love the wonkey layout!

Createology said...

Oh Margaret this is beautiful. The black really sets off your fabulous blocks. This is so exciting to follow your journey of quilting. Well done dear...

Jillian said...

Well done! You must be so pleased. Those lovely blocks really shine.

tubakk said...

Pretty! I love all your colours and the wonky look!

Jane Galley said...

Looks stunning. Are you happy with the black now?

Margo Brooks said...

This is breathtaking. I love how vibrant the colors are against the black slashing.

Monica said...

It looks great, Margaret, and I like the setting very much! The quilting is the most challenging part for me too!

shirley said...

Love your beautiful quilt margaret. You chose well with the black background. Congratulations on a great job with your first quilt.

desertskyquilts said...

You can do this! If you have a walking foot, straight and wavy lines are easy. If you don't, it's a little more work, but you can do it! This is going to be gorgeous finished!

Isabelle said...

wow, all these colors on the black background, it is gorgeous

JennyPennyPoppy said...

All of your blocks and arrangement look great Margaret! The black background really sets off the blocks beautifully. Super job :)

motidana said...

Lovely ! The black sashing really brings out the vibrant colors and beauty of the blocks . You have created a masterpiece!

Anneliese said...

My dear Margaret, you did an enormous work. All lthis arranging and rearranging - I know this so well.
Much time goes into it. But it will be a master piece - a chef-d'oevre. Much luck for quilting - to get started is always difficult.

The Inside Stori said...

I feel for you.....I have such a love hate relationship with patchwork myself. However, your time spent was certainly worth it.....am looking forward to hearing about the quilting process...it will be great I'm sure!

Ivory Spring said...

This looks like it's going to be striking. Keep up the good work!!

Josie said...

Lovely quilt blocks Margaret and I love the way you've set them. Good luck with the quilting... free motions still scares me witless! :o)

cottonreel said...

Lovely quilt Margaret . I'm sure you will enjoy the quilting
I have been sewing since I could thread a needle and over the last 30 yrs I have sold many quilts .
many are on my Pinterest page

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Margaret. Lovely quilt--each block is interesting and the set makes it dance. Have a happy holiday season!
best from Tunisia,
nadia

crafty cat corner said...

I really lijke this, my chevron quilt is going to be sandwiched between black strips, its my favourite combination, black and lots of colours.
I like the way the blocks are a bit scew whiff, if you know what I mean, it gives it a different look.
Briony
x

Pippas quilts said...

It looks great love the higaldypigity (not sure of the spelling) look

Dianne said...

Fantastic Margaret and congratulations. Your quilt looks wonderful and sometimes you just have to keep arranging until you are happy with it. It is usually after you photograph something that you notice things eh? Well done.

Raewyn said...

Congratulions on getting your first top together - it looks great!!! If you have a walking foot for your machine you can just start off with stitching in the ditch of all your joining seams - very straight forward. There is a free class on the Craftsy website called Piece Patch Quilt - maybe that will get you started with the quilting. (I haven't watched the class, not sure what is in it).