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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Challenge

I'm another wearing sackcloth and ashes. Let me confess right now: I'm a serial quilt starter!

However my goal for January is to finish a quilt I started with some quilt-buddies back in September. Most of them are finished their tops and well on the way to quilting their creations while I'm still working on the setting triangles around the clamshell appliqueed centre medallion.

We started out making The English Quilt from a pattern by Terri Brander that appeared in Australian Patchwork & Quilting a few years ago, but we've all added our individual tweaks to the basic design as printed.

It uses dozens of scraps (so why are my scrap bags still so full???) and I'm trying to use up many of my out-of-date (and some not-so-out-of-date) blues. I love, love, LOVE pink so this quilt is an exercise in self-restraint! However I am allowing myself some pink, just as long as the quilt turns out to be predominantly blue.

I'm hand-piecing 40 hexagons -a delight to do in front of the TV - and appliqueeing metres of bias strips. That's the slow part. There is, however, much piecing that I can do by machine so I think I've set myself a realistic target.

There'll be more photos when I've accomplished a little more. Thank you for holding my hand - and please watch this space!


Anonymous said...

That looks like it will be a very beautiful quilt when finished, what size will it be, I dont quilt, but my aunt is going to teach me, via email as we live 10,000 miles apart.
That is going to be fun. I am going to sitting at the sewing machine, waiting for an email on what to do next. lol.xxx

Marilyn said...

Love, love, love your pink hexagons. I love pink as well and yellow, too and it is hard for me not to have those colors in a quilt.

Lindi said...

Ooh, that looks lovely, Di. Good luck with finishing it. If you run out of blues, give me a buzz. I have more blue FQs than I can cope with!

Jackie said...

I like the look of this quilt and I look forward to seeing the finished article. Stitch on.

Molly said...

I love to do English paper piecing too. You should show us what the overall design looks like so we know what you're aiming for....So far it looks really good!

sMC said...

what can I say
ditto to all the above.
Love hexagons.

Lindi said...

Just saw this on the Sydney SCQs site. Beautiful, Di!