I finished my first quilt for 2011 some time ago, and now that it has reached it’s destination in poor waterlogged Brisbane, I can share it with you.
As you can see from the label, it is for our niece in Brisbane, whose family was amongst the lucky ones, to live in a part of Brisbane that was not flooded. The flooding there happened a short time after I mailed it, so I was very relieved to hear that it arrived safely. I had visions of it in a floating postal van, or flooded post office. As it was, it was just delayed.
If it was just a toy or letter, I would not have worried about it, but there was a lot of love and time put into this quilt, and I am pretty proud of how it turned out. It features Far Far Away fabric by Heather Ross that I have been hoarding for a whole year.
I found the double gauze a little tricky to use, and recommend starching it before you start cutting. The blocks are, of course, ‘wonky stars’, and there are four blocks that feature larger pieces of the Far Far Away fabric.
This little darling is the Princess – that delicate slip of a girl that can feel a pea through many, many mattresses. I borrowed my Mother’s beautiful sewing machine to quilt it, and have been in quilting heaven ever since. My lovely quilting friend, Anita, gave me the beautiful variegated quilting thread that matched perfectly.
I am really pleased with the star quilting. Apart from suiting a ‘wonky star’ quilt, the stars gave me a place to stop quilting (with the needle down) and reposition my hands. I have found smoother quilting patterns harder to achieve without leaving little awkward angles where I have stopped.
Do you have favorite quilting pattern?