The Steven Spielberg BFG film is a wonderful feast for the eyes, all the family enjoiyed it when we saw it yesterday. Throughout the film Sophie’s quilt features heavily and it’s beautiful! I just couldn’t help admire and wonder if I could emulate it.
A bit of googling found that the credits note the quilter was a Susan MacKenzie. She seems to be a film costume maker as far as I can gather… But I can’t find out any more!
Unfortunately I can’t find any photographs of the full quilt… And I’m not the only one, but I have been trying to work out this beauty from the very snatched partial snapshots!
This is what I think it may look like…
It’s a very rough estimation and is inspired by the film’s quilt rather than a copy!
More workings out to come in Part 2!
This colourful mini quilt top was on my pile of UFOs (unfinished objects) for a very long time.
And now it’s done! I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Add a border? Just square it up and make it into a mini? Use it in a bit of improv slashing? I turned to instagram for help and inspiration, and was encouraged to make it into a mini quilt that will hang above my machine in my sewing corner.
I decided to FMQ swirls, pebbles and a burst of straight lines, and I really like it.
I did a bit of binding whilst the kids had their swimming lesson and also added a hanging sleeve on the back. I used a vintage star fabric from Tula Pink as backing. I love this fabric and saw it first on the back of a display quilt in Libertys of London. The assistant there couldn’t tell me what it was so I made it my mission to find out! Instagram helped, I ordered some online… and when I found that John Lewis were selling this half price I then got some MORE! That’s how much I love it! You can see it in the first montage photo where it shows the sleeve.
These self threading needle are a huge help when you need to bury lots of threads.
It’s now in the wash for some extra crinkle!
And here it is, out of the wash!
Remember my son complaining about the quilt I was making for my niece? Well here it is:
It’s finished, washed and has crinkled up just as I like it.
Made with charm squares, quilted in straight lines and FMQ with star, heart, swirls and swirly designs. And here’s her name emboidered on the front:
Quilting and piecing with Aurifil thread, embroidered with Perle cotton. Hope she likes it!
My 6yo son has a quilt, but has demanded another one. He was in tears the other night (exhaustion playing a major part) saying that his quilt isn’t as pretty as the one I’m finishing for his cousin Nel.
TEARS! “Girl materials are much prettier Mami” he wailed!
A few days later after sewing some dolls house quilts with my daughter I told him to choose some fabrics he liked from my big box.
This is the result. He picked lots of greens and red in charm squares. And he was VERY specific that he wanted a big square of bug fabric right in the middle.
It’s very different to what I would have chosen for him, but he loves it. He also helped me piece the majority of the quilt top. (So there are a few wobbly seams and squares which wont match up, but I love it! )
We also put a panel on the back to make it a quillow (but I haven’t yet put any applique on the pillow bit, so it’s just plain beige fleece at the moment.
It’s backed with the fleece just as he wanted.
His quilt, his choices, his hard work and I’ve got the happiest 6year old in the world!
Now my daughter wants another quilt!
I needed to make a baby quilt for a good friend of mine. I had blocks left over from a previous jelly roll project, I played around with them and made this.
I wanted her son’s name on the quilt, but felt the front was busy enough as it was, and adding it to the back was probably a better idea. I also had lovely bug fabric that I bought to make something for a boy. This coupled with seeing all the lovely portholes made at this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat got me thinking. Why not have a surprise porthole on the back, and sew his name around it? The bug jar could be fussy cut to show through. (I took Lu Summers‘ porthole class in last year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat)
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I quilted most of the quilt in straight lines, but added FMQ to the center panels, and echoed the porthole too.
I’ve made a few more luggage tags. If there’s interest at the Fat Quarterly Retreat I might sell them. If not, they will be gifts.
I have to say I’m not sure I’d make these again. They’re very time consuming and fiddly, but they’re really pretty.
I have also made progress in my Finish A Long list.
I pieced my multi colour baby blanket.
I also quilted my daughter’s quilt and started binding.
I’ve started hand basting the binding to the back now too. And with the left over binding, I’m keeping it safe on a toilet roll!
Time to join my first finish-a-long I think. I have far too many UnFinished Objects around here:
1. my potpourri quilt:
This beauty needs a new plainer backing, needs quilting, and binding. Poor thing has been waiting for a LONG time.
2. Hello Daughter quilt.
Needs quilting, and binding
3. My son’s play quilt which needs quilting and binding.
4. A pillow of appliqued flowers, needs quilting and finishing into a pillow.
5. Solid baby quilt, at the moment it’s in strips, not even a quilt top. This WILL be finished (even though the baby it was intended for has outgrown it!)
So there’s my wishlist, or as Canadian Abroad coined it, my wishful thinking list, because despite all good intentions, I always get sidetracked with other projects!
I’m linking up with Leanne from She Can Quilt‘s Finish-A-Long 2013 Q3. Have a look who else will be facing their UFOs!
This is my first ever appliqué project. I love Kellie’s patterns from Don’t Look Now – especially Meg’s Garden and her Robot quilt for boys. So instead on jumping in with the bigger quilts, I decided to try a version of her cushions. I haven’t followed the pattern exactly, but I really love this technique (raw edge appliqué/trapunto) even though it’s time consuming. This also my first time using anything like steam-a-seam2.
I haven’t started the actual quilting yet – no white thread!!! Hopefully the flowers will pop out even more when I do. Here’s the pattern envelope.
I’ve been working with the pattern pieces of the ‘Sweet Little Garden’ but with a different size cushion and less flowers!
We had building work for a few months, so my poor machine went into storage.
But after coming back to a sort of normality, I’ve been working on a Kaffe Fassett Potpourri quilt top,
I also made some quilted ipad & kindle covers for Christmas
I went to the NEC Festival of quilts this year and was quite reserved in my spending. But one of the things I did buy was a curvemaster sewing foot. I fancied trying my hand at a drunkard’s path quilt. I have to say I’ve never sewn patchwork curves before! And… I’ve found it’s really satisfying!
I also bought a roller to use on the curved seam, instead of ironing. I hated it, much prefer to use an iron. But the little foot and tweezers make sewing curves without pinning a breeze! Who enjoys pinning?!
I’ve started this quilt top with a spare Moda Dilly Dally 5″ charm square pack I had. My blocks are 4″ size, and I managed to squeeze out an outer and inner curve out of each 5″ square piece.
Yes, I’ve been bitten by the bug. My scraps are now forming into a “mug rug” as we speak!
Nearly finished a quilt for a friend’s baby. Hand finishing the binding, but wishing I’d tried a machine method like this method. One corner to go!
I’ll then wash it before it’s given. And will then finish a dress I’m half way through.