Saturday, November 07, 2009

Doll quilt revealed!

Now that it's been safely received and opened by Helen, I can now reveal the mini quilt I made for the EBDQS3 swap, 'Tequila Sunhouse'. (Measures approx 17" x 20")

Helen recently participated in a block swap where she asked the other swappers to make a 'wonky house' block, based on her tutorial, which was a variation of Lazy Gal Tonya's ace tutorial. I thought this was a good jumping off point for my quilt - she now has a wallhanging to go with her yet to be made quilt.
Helen also loves brights, especially orange and pink. I had the tiniest piece of the fab orange, yellow, pink and gold striped fabric in my stash and that was the first fabric I grabbed for this quilt, I also had a largish piece of the graduated yellow through red fabric, which I thought would complement the roof nicely. I had lots of fun making the quilt and when it came to the quilting I took my inspiration from some table runners I'd seen made by The Silly Boodilly (Victoria). It was perfect for this little quilt, as it gives the house great texture - almost like corrugated iron, which is a common roofing material in Australia - especially for wonky old joints! Here's another shot of the back - I used corner patches for the hanging pockets - a very simple and effective way of doing it.Anyway, I hope Helen likes the mini. I enjoyed making it for her and there might even be some more wonky houses in my future :)
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And here is the sweet little mini made for me by Cass. Her first attempt at hexagons (I am yet to give them a go - they scare me for some reason) - she's very cleverly used some cheater patchwork fabric to great effect. Check out the backing - at first glance I thought it was pieced. What a great idea to add some interest to the backing! She also sewed on two hanging pockets - very thoughtful of her.Thanks Cass!

27 comments:

Leah said...

Beautiful Lily! The quilting looks great like that too :) And I love your little hexagons :)

Becky said...

Love the quilting on your Wonky House Mini!

I am scared of hexagons too but they are on my 'to do' list 'specially now :)

Karen said...

They both look great.
Lily if you hadn't told me who your quilt was for I would still have guessed right - it's soooo Helen!
Nice job Cass - love the fabric you've used.

Emma said...

Fabulous, Lily,wical and perfect for Helen! Love the colours, the house, and the contrast binding - and the quiting!

Natalie said...

I too knew it had to be for Helen without reading lol! Fantastic job Lily, she will just love it!

I love the hexagon quilt Cass made too, I would love to try this technique myself

Chookyblue...... said...

I thought I was reading Helen's blog for a minute to start......absolutely perfect for her............

and what a wonderful doll quilt from the lovely Cass.......

becanne said...

I love the way you quilted the house - might have to check out the inspiration you linked.

Cass's hexagons are very cute - and handquilting gives a very personal touch.

becanne said...

Thanks for the link to sillbodilly - I've just spent a lovely hour checking out her blog and got some great ideas.

Joyce said...

I absolutely love the colors of the house. And the quilting is perfect. Well done!

Helen said...

Lily, I love my quilt you made for me! It is just perfect!!! Thank you so much!

Victoria said...

This is so much fun! Great job, I love it, (and was tickled by the quilting... thanks!!) xo V

Marisa Birns said...

So Lily you can do it all! You can write AND make beautiful quilts.

The colors are beautiful...

I can, ahem, sew a button that has fallen from a blouse or coat :(

Duyvken said...

Gorgeous! And look how big Tristan is getting, I can't believe it. What happened to our little babies, Lily?

Laura said...

Cute quilts and wow Tristan has grown! What a pair of cuties!

Rebekah said...

What a beautiful quilt! I absolutely love the parallel line quilting and the name is perfect for it.

Love the hexagon quilt you received too. I have yet to make a hexagon but am drooling over all of the grandma's flower garden quilts that I see.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

You've been busy sewing - nothing like the last minute rush, is there? I'm making Christmas things too - silly me.
As for the hexagons, you should give them a go. It is the only type of handsewing I've ever done and not hard at all. Surprisingly addictive actually. Start with a big hexagon and you'll be right.

Anonymous said...

I can, ahem, sew a button that has fallen from a blouse or coat :(

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Lily! The quilting looks great like that too :) And I love your little hexagons :)

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