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#mqgrileyblakechallenge :: more as promised

A while back, I promised I’d share some better (daylight) pictures of my MQG Riley Blake Challenge quilt. Well, with the next challenge (using delicious Michael Miller fabrics) looming, it’s time I get to it:

Finished Quilt

Finished Quilt

I used this baby quilt as a test piece for another quilt I am making that has higher stakes (it has a whole lot more work in the piecing). The sun and falling sun rays in this are pieced as one whole piece and then bound using a single fold bias. I’ve then appliquéd the entire piece to a solid backing on the inside edge of the binding, leaving the quarter inch of bound edging as a bit of texture.

Applique of found curved piecing

Appliqué of bound curved piecing

I really like this quilting pattern but I have to say it is time consuming. As I had left the quilting until about four hours before the submission deadline, I needed to get a wriggle on and so changed my quilting pattern about a third the way in. SO WISH I HADN’T DONE THAT!!! I’m really disappointed with the finish in the end but hey, it’s finished and a kid is going to chuck all over it, so I’m not going to unpick for longer than it took me to stitch it in the first place.

Quilting in progress

Quilting in progress

LOVE the centre of this sun. I’m going to do some more circles and go round and round and round with my machine like this again. LOVED doing it and LOVE the effect. Also, happy with the different Riley Blake Fabrics used as I used a different quilting pattern in each fabric wedge. That was fun!

Quilting detail

Quilting detail

Riley Blake Quilt Summer Front 2

the end

I know if I’d left myself more time I’d have been more pleased with the quilting however I had lots of fun thinking about the design and quilting the wedges as well as learning a new technique with that binding edge and to me, it definitely conveys the Summer heatwave during which it was made. Overall, a positive experience!

The quilt ::  34″ x 41″, wedges pieced then bound and appliquéd to a solid background, variety of Riley Blake quilting cotton (supplied by Riley Blake through the MQG) with Free Spirit Designer Solid in Bright Green as the background.

A new (veggie) patch

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Do you grow some of your own herbs and veggies? If you do, you’ll know just the feeling I’m trying to describe, the thrill of picking something from your own pot or plot to add to a meal. It’s a strange thing to describe, that connection to nature, excitement and pride that all combines into a big thrill.

Today the smalls and I are taking a step closer to making this new home feel just so. We are planting the winter veg seeds in little trays upon the kitchen windowsill. Fifteen different herbs and veg. I can’t wait to see what will come from these little pots of hope!