Friday, 29 August 2008

Family tree and love

Since my mother's birthday is in September, I have been working hard on my Family Tree quilt, and have finished the top!
I'm really pleased with it. The colour gradation wasn't intentional, just resulted from dyeing several lots of blue fabric in the microwave, but I'm quite happy with it. The letters were free pieced, then cut wedge-shaped and the whole section was added to the top of the quilt. Thanks go to a technique I learned at a Pat Deacon workshop for sewing curved pieces, and Dawn Cameron-Dick for IMA. And of course, many thanks to Christine Thresh for inspiring me with her gorgeous paper pieced people in the first place!

And now to the love. I was immensely flattered to receive this picture of a LOVE quilt made by another Linda from Ontario, Canada. She had seen my LOVE quilt on Tonya's blog and decided to make one of her own! Her colours are less sugary and more sophisticated than mine, and the hand quilting with baptist fans is awesome! Thanks for sharing, Linda.


Gina said...

Beautiful quilts.
I love how the Family Tree quilt has turned out.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Joyce said...

Beautifully done. I didn't realize you were paper piecing your people. I free pieced mine. Maybe that explains why yours are so much more even and realistic.

loulee1 said...

Your people look great. While certain family members may refuse to hold hands thats just normal family life, at least they managed to play nice while you sewed them together.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Your family tree quilt turned out wonderfully. I hope you will quilt or embroider the names in and maybe some birthdays etc. And fun to see another LOVE quilt as well.

Christine Thresh said...

What a clever layout. Your Family Tree is so sweet.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

WOW...I'd dead impressed. That's a fantastic family quilt and I'm sure your mother will love it. I can't even begin to think how you did free pieced letters and curved piecing at the same time! Very clever!
And Linda's Love quilt is great...what a complement to you!

Karol-Ann said...

Just love your Family Tree - Wow!
And as I adored your love quilt, I'm not surprised another quilter made one too (just wish it had been me!)

BTW, I was not impressed that "England whiped the floor with SA" as you say, however I will be consoled at least by the fact that Kevin Peterson is South African LOL!