Thursday, September 23, 2010

Quilt reveal and a recent finish!

It’s finished! Bound, washed and full of wrinkly goodness!

Finished quilt outside 2 “Eloisa’s Tree of Life”

This project has seen a lot of ‘firsts’ for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed every step in the process! It is my first quilt design*, first needle-turn appliqué; first quilting and first pieced binding. And the first time I have put a creation in the washing machine! I know that sounds silly, but I did have some anxiety about it even though the fabrics were pre-washed!

* I have designed one other quilt but it was just squares sewn together so that doesn’t count does it?!! :-)

Finished quilt close up 1

This quilt is intended for my friend’s first baby, Eloisa. The little sweetheart is visiting relatives in the UK at the moment, and I know her mum will be too busy to read my blog – so I couldn’t resist sharing!

I based my design around the feature fabric – Par Avion - by Paula Prass for Michael Miller fabrics. I had one fat quarter of the fabric so was very liberal with it and fussy-cut to make use of all the bird and dragonfly shapes.

The colours blend beautifully with Eloisa’s nursery, and I thoroughly enjoyed choosing the fabrics from all different ranges because matching them up was such a challenge.

Here is the quilt photographed outside. Mr SUDs is holding it up just after it had been washed – it’s all wrinkly and you can see the quilting better in this pic.

Finished quilt washed and wrinkly

On the home-front, I whipped-up a pillow cover for my DS. He wanted a curved pillow with a soft covering, so I chose these:

Pillow fabrics

Minkie on one side for total softness, and cotton on the other for when it gets too warm to snuggle during the summer months.

Pillow front

I didn’t have enough fabric for the back of the pillow so made it up with a panel of white cotton fabric.

Pillow back

My DD has now requested one in pinks! I’ve got some sewing to do for her Kinder first though. There’s no rest for the wicked eh?!!!

Until next time – Hugs! Vikki x


Cyndi said...

Oh my gosh, Vikki, that quilt is AWESOME! You did such a fabulous job and I love the design and the fabrics you used. I am sure that Eloisa (and her mom) are going to be so thrilled with it!

And that pillow you made for your son is pretty sweet, too! I'm sure he's going to love snuggling up with that...pillows are so comforting, aren't they?

Have a wonderful day!



Simone de Klerk said...

Vikki, what a lovely lovely quilt. Your own design, how special. The colors are so nice and bright with the white tree and border!

Maria said...

Love your quilt Vikki. Especially the way you have popped the wee bird in the middle of the tree.Great quilting.
Oh My GS@ would love that cuddley V pillow cover. I think boys are really softies.

Dolores said...

Well done Vikki. I'm sure Eloisa will love it - her baby too. That's a great looking pillow your son requested. Keep sewing...

Allie said...

Oh darling girl that quilt is just gorgeous!!! I love your tree and love the quilting you did, and the bird in the middle - brilliant!
Love the pillow too, oh it looks wonderfully snuggly!

barb's creations said...

Vikki,your quilt is gorgeous.How advenurous to use needle turn applique for your fist quilt you brave girl.Love it! the colours,the design,the quilting all go together so well.Your friend will love it!! :) Barb.

Liz said...

Lovely quilt Vikki, I knew you could do it all along..!!!
Great colours, so fresh and new..

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a sweet baby quilt - love the greens/teals/browns with the white border - looks amazing. The quilting really sets it off.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I could use a zillion adjectives here Vik to descibe this amazing quilt but I will simply say - a true testament to your amazing talent. Well done.
Thanks for the lovely phone call yesterday... you always brighten my day.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Vikki,
Gorgeous quilt...the colours are fabulous and how brave of you to do so many firsts at once. Eloisa and he Mum will adore it :)
I must admit I was terrified when i washed my first quilt )and I hadn't prewashed the fabrics either).
Minke is so snuggly...that pillow will be great for all seasons.
Hugs, Sharon xoxoxo

Elyte said...

That little quilt is so pretty and will be very loved. The minkie fabric is such a good choice - so soft and cuddly. You have ben busy1

Wendyb said...

You are such a treasure Vikki.....i'm certain little Eloise is gonna love that quilt with so much love gone into it!!! (and so will her mum!) Minkey on the pillow is a great idea....I'm sure my son would still cuddle up to one of those too!!!!
XXXX sweet sugary hugs for the sweet one!
:O) always, Wendy

Vicki ♥ said...

It has turned out fabulous sweetie and you should be so proud :) Your pillow looks all cuddly too :) Hugss Vicki xoxoxx


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