Saturday, March 23, 2013

So much for FNSI plans......

Thanks to Heidi who hosted this months FNSI ...... especially since she has had a number of things to deal with at the moment.... thinking of you ....

So..... these blocks were my plans (as per my last post.....)


but in the morning I was looking at this scrappy quilt top I made last year 
(I'm still in love with it.....)
I feel it's very arrogant of me to be in love with my own handiwork
.... but I am ......


... and I would love to have it on my bed.....

It's full of piecing


with some chain stitching and needleturn


so onto the table it went with the backing and wadding


 now in an ideal world I think one should decide on how the quilting is to be done before attaching it  to the wadding and do any marking at that stage ... but I didn't and as I started pinning ideas were coming to me....

I want to do feathered circles in the plain squares down the sides.... so kitchen utensils of the right size were utilised....


... then I rather like a flower quilted inside the pieced flowers so I made a template to trace around...


I use this quick laminate... 

trace or photocopy the template and place it in the sticky laminate... then cut it out

it is not as firm as two sided laminate but it does the job and if you wanted you can laminate the other side for extra strength...


I love pictures of the pins in the quilt... so there it is....


I have gone for cross hatching around the border... as it is a large quilt (200 x 221cm or 79 x 87") and the crosses are 1" apart.. there was a lot of lines to draw....


Finally I sat down and did some hand stitching while watching "Under the Tuscan Sky" - great fun but I liked the book more - perhaps because there was more accent on the food in the book! ....

... chain stitch for a different project altogether...


Righto, Gotto Go... I still have the North Pole blocks to do!!!

30 comments:

Anthea said...

Hi Fiona♥ I l-o-v-e this quilt top! Amazing work, & I'm sure you will do a fine job of the quilting. And well, the pins in the layers pic - gotta love it! x

Anonymous said...

wow Fiona this is fantastic and i love what you have chosen to FMQ,well done my friend its awesome.xx

katherine said...

It is a gorgeous quilt top. Enjoy quilting it.

Marilyn said...

Lovely quilt top and your quilting plan sounds good. Like how you make your templates too - a good idea. I am always changing plans of what to stitch at the last minute. It is as the mood takes us I think.

marina said...

I don't think it is arrogant at all! it is a gorgeous top. so glad it is getting to be quilted. So much preparation, it is going to be a stunner.
love all those soldier pins in a row too.

Val Spiers said...

Nothing wrong with liking your own work otherwise there wouldn't be much point in doing it. The quilt top is gorgeous though. I like the idea of piecing with some appliqué . I have lots of ideas filed away. I think you have to go with what you feel like doing. The North Pole quilt will have its day.

Maxine said...

Love your quilt top and love the way you use everyday utensils to help with your FMQ.

Maria said...

What a beautiful quilt top. No wonder you love it..
You are sew clever to be able to work out your lovely quilting can't wait to see it.

Susan said...

Plans are meant to be adaptable - love the quilt and it will look great all quilted.

Jane Galley said...

Oh, Fiona, that will be stunning. Do you do it all on your small machine?

Sunnybec said...

Your quilt is lovely, and of course you can be in love with it! It's why we quilt isn't it, because of the beautiful things we can produce. Your quilting is going to be amazing. Hugs xx

Mistea said...

Alternative projects are good, especially when they have been waiting awhile and are as beautiful as this one.
Enjoy your quilting.

Leanne said...

Wow you achieved alot I think, the quilting is going to be amazing.

Kelli said...

That is a lot of work that you got done, Fiona! You should definitely be in love with that scrappy quilt.. it's gorgeous. I love scrappy and it is so yummy and colorful. Can't wait to see it quilted. :) Happy Weekend! xo

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Stunning quilt top Fiona. Wish I had your talent when it came to quilting :) hugs

Shirley said...

I think quilts or anything we make can take a long time its only natural to grow to love them, the quilt top is so beautiful. One day I am going to take the plunge, into the quilting world.

Carin Aschan said...

I totally understand why you're in love! It's beautiful!

Wendy said...

it's not arrogant at all to be in love with your own work, it's what we all strive for! It's a beautiful top and will be incredible with that beautiful quilting

Terry said...

What a beautiful quilt! Good for you getting it out and working on it! :0)

Charlie and Wendy said...

Such a beautiful quilt and your quilting designs are going to look perfect! Lots of hard work!! Hugs Wendy

Sue SA said...

Your quilt is lovely but your quilting ideas are even better! I get so stuck on straight lines, I think I might need to hire you as a quilting consultant! Do you mark the top with a pencil or a pen?

Christine M said...

Gorgeous quilt Fiona. It is going to look fantastic once it's quilted.

wish2stitch said...

You should be very proud of your quilt. It is lovely. The quilting you are planning will look fabulous. Can't wait to see it finished with more close up photos.

Melody said...

No wonder you wanted this one finished. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous quilt! Definitely something to be proud of.

Susan said...

It's a wonderful feeling to just work on what grabs your attention. It's a beautiful top, and I think your quilting will work so well on it.

Joy McD said...

That is just a beautiful quilt Fiona! Are you going to hand or machine quilt it? Love the quilting plans you have for it. xxx

Susie said...

Wow! Wow! wow! that is one beautiful quilt. I love your ideas for quilting. Will you do it by hand? Out of interest - what pen do you use to do the marking. I never seem to get the right one.
Well done - its beautiful and am looking forward to seeing more progress on the quilting.

Cheryl said...

My type of quilt - its just lovely Fiona and will look great on your bed

Raewyn said...

I'm not surprised you were sidetracked - this quilt is lovely. And I liked you showing us your way of marking/designing templates etc. Happy quilting!!

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