Thursday, May 22, 2014

Qu.....Q..... qu.... qu .... quilting.....

I am always a bit nervous when it comes to quilting... whether it is my quilt or someone elses... the only time I am not is when I am quilting on my little tension practice scrap piece....


I think it is because I really hate unpicking ......

I started by lots of stitch in the ditch... around the borders and the applique..... this does take a long time as I go slowly and try and keep neat....  you can't really see much from the front but this is how it is ....


there are a couple of big blocks with no applique in the quilt so I had a bit of fun with that....

my favourite quilting is free form like those feathers .... though I used rulers for the circle and crosshatching 


... looks better from the back... maybe this will be an upside down quilt???



... today I am planning the main border ...... again I am going to use the rulers and do some freeform feathers and circles..... this more formal border is something new to me......


I still love a bit of hand stitching at night and when I meet up with the girls....  this block is finished now (one from Rosalie Quinlans Scandanavian Rose - I am only doing backstitch)


... it reminded me of this lovely little brass bell that I remember adorned my grandparents dining table (we lived in colonial Africa when you rang your bell for the plates to get collected!)

The Dutch settled in South Africa in the early colonisation... I expect that is the origins of this little bell... it has a lovely ring.....


I have been doing this secret project.. in secret of course......


Righto, better stop Procraftinating and get on with that quilting..... wish me luck!

Perhaps I should have a cup of coffee first?

28 comments:

Susan said...

Maybe a couple of wines to loosen up??? Fiona - I think you are well past the "luck" stage of your quilting - it is going beautifully.
A beautiful bell - and S Rose is lovely - I'd be only doing back stitch too. I'm doing the Bet Friends forever hexagons and its all back stitch for me.

Noela said...

I agree with Susan. Your quilting is fantastic. hugs......

Cheryll said...

Coffee ALwaYs makes for Better quilting...lol as it steadies the nerves...NOT!
But I'm sure yours will be magnificent. :)

Christine M said...

I'm sure you're going to do a wonderful job of the quilting (as always). I'm just off to quilt my Tumbler baby quilt.

Sandi said...

Good luck with your quilting, maybe you could add something special to your coffee to help loosen up...

Michelle Ridgway said...

You are a champ when it comes to your quilting Fiona. Love your stitchery and the little bell is very sweet.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

You inspire me so much......nice sneak!!!!

Jane Galley said...

If only you were closer, I'd come for lessons! Have fun, and I love your stitching, I immediately knew the type of bell

Tatkis said...

Love your quilting - I wish I could do something like that!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Susie said...

really lovely Fiona. Your quilting is wonderful. If only I could attempt that.

Christine said...

Your quilting is coming along beautifully - a definitely reversible quilt!

Procraftinating! Love it!

Karen said...

I think your quilting is looking lovely. And i agree that it is often a lot easier on the test piece. I know I am not as relaxed when working on the real thing. I still think you do gorgeous feathers!
Sweet stitching and interesting little bell.
Have fun with your secret project!

kiwikid said...

Have you stopped Procraftinating yet?? Your quilting is amazing - no need to worry!
Secret project looks interesting!!
xx

marina said...

love seeing the feathers on the reverse of your quilting.
The little dutch couple bell is gorgeous as is your stitched couple.
Secret sewing looks interesting.
good luck with your quilting..

Anonymous said...

Oh wow Fiona your quilting is awesome ,you are doing so well with your FMQ and think you need to show us another sneak peek pic as I couldn't see it properly,lol.xx

Mistea said...

Lovely - all of it.
That quilting is pretty. Isn't it fun trying new things.
Definitely need something a bit special in your coffee before you work on these beautiful projects.
Hope it was a fruitful day.

Susan said...

Your quilting just keeps getting better. Love the stitching in blue too.

sunny said...

I hope you've stopped procrastinating by now, and have a ton of beautiful quilting finished!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

A cuppa and then back to it...love your quilting Fiona!

Jennifer said...

Your quilting is coming along beautifully! That is a sweet little bell, it does look Dutch, doesn't it?

Sheila said...

I have no doubt you have finished this quilting by now and it is fabulous . Cute little stitchery and sweet little bell. Hugs Sheila

Cheryl said...

Beautiful quilting as always Fiona and another lovely finished stitchery

Barb said...

Love your quilting...and stitchery

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I have some wine before I quilt too. I'm always so tense otherwise. That stitchery is wonderful!

Farm Gate Creations said...

Ah....you don't need luck your quilting always turns out just lovely.

Deb R said...

Definitely always a coffee before attacking anything lol
Love the quilting!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your quilting is amazing Fiona, but I know what you mean about unpicking, it's never fun! I love your stitching too, it's beautiful, hugs wendy

FloS said...

Your quilting is beautiful !!
I love your cute stitchery !
Florence

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