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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.

#mqgrileyblakechallenge :: it’s a wrap!

Better photos and all the info to come when it’s daylight here but I have to share, I’m so excited to have finished in time to submit this (albeit with about 30 seconds to spare!).

Howdy there

Kaleidostars_almost there

So, apart from my little QuiltCon announcement, it’s been more than three months since I’ve been in this little space of mine. Not that I’ve not been crafting mind! Probably because I’ve been doing lots of crafting, not photographing it or writing about it.

I have:

** Made quilts. Four in the past three months just by me (which seems like a whole lot but is not as many as I’d like to have achieved).

** Quilted three quilts for a client:


** Taught a friend to let go of the rules and make a quilt that she will love. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It does have to be. And, then quilted that quilt for said friend as a farewell gift (she and her family are moving to France on a posting!):


** Enjoyed spending time helping another friend towards a finish.

** Taken on the role of co-ordinating book reviews for this ace website while my friend and her family travel around Australia for a whole year (no, not jealous, not. at. all!!).

** Learnt to crochet and made countless washcloths as Christmas gifts for family and friends.

** Watched my (not so much anymore) baby girl learn to walk and climb:


** Celebrated Birthdays, Christmas and the New Year with family and friends.

Birthday Picnic

** Welcomed some new family members:

New Girls

** Enjoyed the company of my children and their friends during these summer holidays. I’ve also enjoyed how slow we can be without having to rush out the door to school each weekday:


How have the past few months been for you? More on those quilts I’ve made soon, but for now, back to the summer holidays.

Jules xx