Friday, 21 January 2011

The First of 2011

Ooooh, don't you just feel so much better when the sun is out, the sky is blue and the birds are singing? When you can throw open your doors and windows and pretend it's not gloomy old miserable old January! Well I know I do (and I do hope it's sunny with you today, too) and the Gods must really be smiling on me today as I have a little something to show you, indeed, the first "ta-dah" of the year, and that was always going to be much better ta-dah in the outdoor sunshine.





Thinking about where I might take my snaps today, I was reminded that I had not shown you my Bridport purchase, which is this little turquoise table-thingy.





Truthfully, I had no idea where I was going to put it but when I spotted it on the pavement at one of the street market stalls, I knew that for a mere £25 I could not pass it up, not when it didn't even need painting and had that pretty patterned vintage formica stuff on the top. I mean, it's turquoise!!! And I knew it would find a home and so for now, it's in the guest room and indeed it's rather fetching, I think.


Well there hasn't been an awful lot of blogging of late but there's been an awful lot of staying in and hiding from the rubbish weather. Not to complain though because indoors, there's always sewing to be done. I actually started on this project waaay back in 2010, I think it was August or September because I bought a few very cheap strip packs of Kaffe Fassett fabric at the International Festival of Quilts and they are what got me started; started on the first quilt of 2011.




My sister long since alerted me to the fact that this is one great Kaffe book. It was published in 2001 so it's an oldie now - but a goodie as the saying goes. The reason we both love it so much is that it features a lot of vintage quilts and they really are quite spectacular.





Like this one, with Kaffe's gorgeous needlepoint cushions and pottery.





Apparently, Kaffe has quite a collection of vintage quilts (lucky him!)





What started to strike me about these quilts is that many featured that very busy, dotty blue-ish background.





This is one of Kaffe's own modern quilts, but still with a vintage vibe, don't you think? And there's those blue-y dots again.





And so, many months ago, I started on a project loosley inspired by these pages. There was also the fact that I had accumulated quite a stash of Kaffe's fabrics which I had yet to use in a quilt (I had used bits in quilts but not made them the mainstay of the design). I took up the strips I'd bought at the fair and added in as much as I could from my drawers of scraps and indeed, a few strips chosen and cut specially from my stash.





This has been one of those projects I've picked up and worked on now and then, in between everything else (the other twenty quilts I made last year!) You need a lot of space around you to lay out the myriad of strips so it's a project you have to work on and not be doing anything else. But it's not the most enthralling type of piecing, indeed fairly laborious, so I'd sew a few blocks and then move onto something else, coming back when I had spare time. This also meant I had a good, eclectic mix of fabrics as I'd be able to incorporate the scraps from whatever other projects I'd been working on. And so this week, it started looking a bit like this...





Indeed, like this...





The pattern I have used came courtesy of this generous blogging lady. It doesn't seem a difficult design to execute as you add strip after strip but it's only when you come to put all the blocks together that you realise actually, there are quite a few points to match up and you have to be careful because you're working with a lot of bias edges. There's quite a lot of waste because you are effectively using the background fabric (the Kaffe's sky dots) as a foundation to piece onto and you cut away and discard two thirds of this afterwards. I have quite a pile!


It's a very clever design though, not only do you get those fabby spiderwebs of brightly hued strips, but you magically get a sky blue dotty star, too! Oh I love this quilt!





Love, love, love!





With the sun backlighting it, the back of the quilt looks quite funky!





I have treated this quilt to a fancy backing fabric, "Herringbone", which is one of the Liberty art fabrics which Kaffe recently re-coloured. John Lewis had most of these on sale at half price in the New Year, hence my splurge. (I'm wondering if these are being discontinued already? Many were sludge coloured but the blues were absolutely beautiful.) I love the binding which is another Liberty art fabric in a serpentine design, brilliantly named "Punk Stripe"!





For the first time, I used Quilter's Dream Blend batting, which is a 70% cotton/30% polyester mid-loft blend (available here in the UK). I really liked this batting, it feels substantial within the quilt but is very easy to work with. I shall be using it again.





So there it is, my first completed quilt of the new year, hmm it could even be my most favourite quilt I've made so far. I think this quilt would look good displayed on a wall so it could yet oust Rupert! For now, though, I need to be able to fondle it a while longer.





Do enjoy the weekend....

46 comments:

  1. What a truly beautiful quilt, you could never get tired of looking at all those colour combinations. And doesn't it go well with the turquoise table?

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  2. I love the quilt. I have a few of Kaffe Fassett's books. I love the way he puts colour together. Did you see the quilt I made Caitlin. it is on the blog dated 17 January?
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  3. What a beauty! What a talented lady you are! Love the market stall find too!
    June.

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  4. It does look very complicated but lovely, however the little turquoise thingy, beautiful and useful, to paraphrase Mr Morris!
    Happy New Year Hen. x

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  5. Fantastic quilt - front and back!! Really, really nice - well done, you're so clever! Have a good weekend. Quite sunny here, but freezing!

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  6. Absolutely stunning! I love the fabrics you've used. I've enjoyed looking through your blog at all the quilts you've completed and I am going to take my first steps into quilting this weekend with a cushion!

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  7. I love that table, such a gorgeous colour! Bridport is fab for shopping isn't it? Quilt looks stunning too - well done.
    Ellie

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  8. Wow - the quilt is really beautiful. I just love the fabrics - and now you have something that generations of your future family can snuggle under!!!


    Fleur
    xxx

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  9. Good aternoon Hen that quilt is really fantabulous - ohh i just made that up - I love it. Love the table too. I agree that the blue sky, birds singing and being able to open the windows wide makes you feel better. Have a great weekend.

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  10. With the sun back light it could almost look like a stained glass window..a.la charles rennie mackintosh..luuuverly!!

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  11. Oh, that is beautiful Hen...have a lovely weekend, we did not get to Pickering last weekend, instead we went to Downham, where they filmed Born and Bred, a fave program of mine!
    which happens to be on today......:>)

    x

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  12. Hey, I've got that book! The illustrations are really lovely. Lynda

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  13. It is truly an exceptional beauty, well done you! jennyx

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  14. Oh I love your quilt it's beautiful!!
    The turquise table is fab, of course you had to buy it. xx

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  15. Absolutley stunning - far too intricate for the likes of me - but I do so like to oggle others acheivements!

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  16. another beauty hen....is this destined for home or away? I don't think I will ever accumulate as much fabric as you have, am sooo envious of your fab work room, mine is the dining table ha ha x

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  17. Stunning .... it's like looking into a kaleidoscope x

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  18. A really lovely quilt Hen, I think the colours are gorgeous.

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  19. Beautiful quilt, and done so quickly - absolutely gorgeous colours.

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  20. Gorgeous quilt, love the design, the colors, everything!

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  21. Such a beautiful quilt and I'm liking your little find very much

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  22. that is one truly fabulous quilt! I love spiders web quilts, but with the spotty fabric - fab-u-lous Darling! (as Craig would say)

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  23. Your creations get prettier by the day, the more you do the nicer they get. Keep up the good work, very foggy and cold here, I'm longing for sunshine and brightness. Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

    All things nice...

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  24. COR!
    That's a cracking quilt Hen.
    V. impressed with the precision of the cutting to get the dotty fabric to match so beautifully.

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  25. Another beautiful creation Hen. I can see why you think it could be your favourite - it really is a stunner.
    Carol xx

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  26. Thats definitely my favourite of all you quilts, it's intricate and clever. I really don't think I'd have the patience for that! :-)

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  27. I feel so much happier when it's sunny. I love your new table!

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  28. What a gorg quilt it reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope the colours and design is fab. I love your little blue table i adore formica its so practical. Enjoy your weekend, Dee x

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  29. An utterly charming quilt to start the year off with. Confession, I'm a bit jealous of your fabrics, Liberty costs a fortune over here. I am so glad that the library in the neighboring town has all of Fasset's old books, so that I can visit them like old friends. He would be very proud of your latest.

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  30. Gorgeous quilt, congratulations

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  31. Hen!!!!!!!!!! This quilt is a TRIUMPH! My favourite of all the quilts you've made infact, and so you, in the colours and choice of patterns, it really is the most stunningly beautiful quilt, and I actually covet this one so much, I feel a bit sick with the wanting of it. It's a work of art and should definitely go on your wall as a beatiful, exquisite work of art, I'm so impressed. I loved your Rupert quilt when you made that, but this is scrumptious. And the photos of your cats are hilarious. I love how stubborn cats can be, and I love it even more that you don't move them, that's even funnier! Love Vanessa xxx

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  32. In the excitement of drooling over your quilt, I forgot to say what a great find that little table is, the colour is just yum isn't it! Love Vanessa xxx

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  33. What a lovely quilt but you have to slow down as you make me feel very lazy as I've only managed to complete a cushion this year so far.

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  34. Hen, it's absolutely stunning and I'm more than a tad envious. Keep up the good work!

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  35. Looking good! Love the bright quilt. Once went to hear Kaffe talk ... brilliant and the hall was full of ladies in lovely cardi's.
    Lesley XX

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  36. Oh my! How splendidly super duper, that's one stunning quilt, Hen. So beautiful, I'd hang it on the wall if it was mine :-)
    I long to have quilty talents, I really do.
    xxxxxx
    Heather@littletinbird

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  37. I very much enjoy reading your blog and I love the new quilt. Could you tell me the name of the flowers in the white pot on the turquoise table thingy?

    Thanks,
    Linda

    lbucholz@yahoo.com

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  38. Absolutely beautiful ... :0)

    Shirl x

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  39. That quilt is to die for gorgeous. You have really set the bar high for yourself for 2011 if this is the beginning :-> I always love your blog because it is full of so much cheer and beautiful bright and fun colors.
    xo, suzy

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  40. That's funny, I'm working a spiderweb too. But a cushion...no quilt for me! :D This is a good quilt to start the year off as it's gorgeous! I really like the blue dot background. And I love the blue table. It complements your quilts perfectly!

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  41. I sooo love your spider web quilt and all the lovely photography of it!

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  42. Oh I just have to agree with them that your collection were truly beautiful. They all look so stunning and impressive. I just can't resist my self be stunned with those lovely colors, fascinating! I simple adore your talent that is truly one of a kind and those stuffs are really interesting. I'm very grateful I was able to browsed your page that indeed inspired and helped me.

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  43. I love your quilt and I love quilter's dream batting. Since I discovered it, I don't like to use anything else.

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