Sunday, 23 June 2013

Flower practice quilt

I made this little quilt as a practice for a larger quilt I want to make. I tried out a few new things on this quilt - I did all the applique and quilting on my longarm quilting machine. The tiny little circles around the flowers and the mock buttonhole kind of stitch on the leaves took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to do but I'm quite pleased with the way they came out.


 I wanted to try McTavishing on this one, and also try to scale down a meandering feather as a background filler. I decided to put the diamond shape in just as a bit of added interest.

 So this is the finished quilt. Don't know why I haven't taken a photo of it with the binding finished yet. What do you think?

13 comments:

Liz Needle said...

Avery pretty little quilt and I love your quilting.

ChristineWatkins said...

Ithink its great wish I could do something like it Christine W

Vireya said...

The quilting looks fantastic!

Tsunamis said...

Just awesome. Now what is your next challenge going to be? I have a long arm, but have yet to accomplish what you have done

Kelly Hamlyn-Harris said...

It's a beautiful little quilt Cat. The quilting is superb. Kelly.

cinzia said...

Love the design.

Sherryl Tanian said...

Your quilting looks fantastic, you have done a great job.

Anonymous said...

You have done a wonderful job with your quilting. It looks fantastic!

Fran C said...

I really like this quitlet Catherine. It looks so delicate and the quilting adds zing to it.

Helen Ducker said...

I agree with you those tinsy circles appliqueing the flowers down take for Ever to do - but are pretty impressive when finished. I think Sue Dennis calls that 'organic' stitching - and just like organic farming, it involves a lot of extra work !

Love the diamond too - I must start thinking about defining different areas of quilting patterns ... I'm much too 'let's do it now' when I get going on quilting. Need to do more planning - apart of course from filling scrapbooks with practice patterns.

margaret waters said...

wow.. it's absolutely gorgeous.... looking forward to the large quilt you have planned.

Anonymous said...

I'm a relatively new long-arm quilter from Pennsylvania Dutch country in the USA...how on earth did you manage the blanket stitch?? The piece is fantastic!
Carol "Dutch" Richardson

cat in tassie said...

Thanks everyone, for your wonderful comments - I appreciate them very much! I try to reply to each comment when I can but there are a couple I haven't been able to reply to.

Carol, you asked about the mock blanket stitch around the leaves? It took a bit of time to do but basically it was 2 stitches on the leaf fabric, then 1 stitch out to the side and 1 stitch back in. My machine has a stitch regulator which was wonderful for this, so the slower I moved the machine, the slower it stitched. I hope you can understand what I mean?

PS Pennsylvania Dutch country is one area I would love to explore but reading about it is probably as close as I will ever get.