Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Some views from Flowerville

While making small projects is lots of fun and very satisfying, BIG projects are my passion.

I started working on Flowerville, a stitchery quilt by Rosalie Dekker Designs, in January 2016...I always like to have a big stitchery quilt on the go, and after finishing her two previous quilts (Scandinavian Rose and United Stitches) I was keen to start another one.

It took me a little while to decide on the colour scheme for this one. Rosalie's original quilt was made in Tilda fabrics, and (believe it or not) I wasn't a fan of the fabrics at all. Obviously my Tilda obsession hadn't kicked in back then :)

I finally settled on a fabric range called Rosewater by Verna Mosquera, and matched up the colours with Cottage Garden Threads...my first time using these variegated threads which has proven to be another costly addiction!

Dresdens were a technique that I'd always loved but were too afraid to try, but I'm so glad I did! They aren't nearly as scary as they look, and I have plans for lots more in my future :)

Watching my blocks come together was such a fun process....

...especially once I started adding the delicious turquoise spot borders. You didn't think I'd make a project without spots, did you?

 As always, my furbabies were very supportive during each stage. They fabric tested, colour checked, and made sure all seams and stitches were up to standard!

I quilted this one myself, as I wanted to keep it very simple so that the embroidered work remained a feature of the quilt....and it was small enough to handle on my domestic sewing machine.

Binding is never one of my favourite parts of the quiltmaking process, so I made sure I didn't drag it out too long. This striped fabric from Daysail by Bonnie and Camille proved to be a perfect colour match...the benefit of having a nice big stash of fabric to choose from!

Label is by Tilda. I keep a quilt journal, so no longer feel the need to write all of the details of each quilt on the actual quilt.

There's nothing quite like attaching that hanging sleeve and displaying a finished quilt on the wall :) 

 A special thankyou to my Instagram buddies for all of the encouragement along the way...it really helped to get me over the finish line!

 And if  you've hung in this long....thanks for your patience and have a great day!

Susan xxx


Anthea said...

Congratulations Suzi! Wow, this has turned out just so pretty... your threads & fabrics are gorgeous... now you can sit back & enjoy the product of your hard work!
Woo Hoo!!

Helen said...

Wow love your finish, the colours and fabrics are gorgeous.

Chookyblue...... said...

gorgeous..well done on your finish........

Gale said...

Lovely! I have the stitchery done, but not the Dresdens. I'm a little scared, but you're given me courage. Thanks for sharing!