Hello and a warm welcome quilt lovers, I have a lovely treat for you today, Sue's eight-years-in-the-making-grandmothers-garden-quilt!
A few months back Sue contacted me to ask if I would quilt her beloved batik grandmothers garden quilt............of course I said yes, I had been watching her progress reports on her blog. So it was all arranged on her recent visit to New Zealand that we meet up for the first time. Even though I have already quilted another one of Sue's quilts - see here, we had never met, only through our blogs and emails.
Sue was keen to have a New Zealand feel to the quilt, the black fabric is a Kiwiana fabric called "Moko", think swirls, punga fronds and ferns.
The 'Moko'-fern-feather is all free hand quilting, I did mark with chalk the spine to get nice curvature.
I used Glide thread in black. The 'pathways' around the flowers have been left un quilted as Sue didn't want dense quilting.
I thought of all my lovely readers and followers as I was quilting the last few flowers and got to thinking you might like to see how I quilted these flowers...........hubby to the rescue! Women are known for multi-tasking, but I haven't mastered quilting and videoing at the same time :-)
For the flowers I used a Gunold Variegated thread, this colour worked well over the rainbow of colours. The singular red toned hexagons I also used a variegated Gunold thread but this time in pinks and reds.
With a black/grey backing fabric and lots of black on the front, Sue wisely chose black batting.
Thank you Sue for letting me loose on your quilt!
Next a few photo's of my recent trip as a helper with a school Duke of Edinburgh - sliver medals group in training for tramping Cape Reinga - Te Paki next year. A great bunch of kids learning life long skills.
|A mock patient with a 'broken leg' being stretchered out!|
|Hunkering down in the long grass as the rain does it's thing! The lessons don't stop because it's raining.|
|Blindfolded -lesson you must know where everything is in your pack!|
A fun few days away, now back to quilting...............lots of variety in the quilting pile! Thanks for stopping by.