Tuesday, 23 February 2016

My second finish of the year AND number two on my 100 Day Challenge list!

After two, well ok, nearer four years, since I started it but only a year, or so, since it was layered to quilt I am so happy to say it is finished.  Yes, it is the one I was FM quilting last week, and that was the reason it has been waiting so long. However, since I joined in with Jen in her 100 day challenge and made my resolution for the year to ‘just do it’ I am motoring.  So without any further procrastination here it is……….



All the appliqué was done by hand with 2 strands of DMC stranded cotton.




My only regret is I used pigma pen for the faces instead of embroidery.




As you can tell I was so desperate to share I haven't finished off all the loose threads yet (job for tonight).   I don’t suppose I’ll win any prizes for my quilting but it’s sure an improvement on my first attempts and getting better all the time.  But you know what? I did it myself, AND, it’s a lot cheaper than sending it out to the quilter.







Looks good on my favourite sewing chair in my sunny window.   Not so sunny today though.

In case you are interested the quilt pattern is called Sugar and Spice from Australian Patchwork and Quilting Vol. 8 No. 5 and was from The Chook Shed.

Now I have only one challenge left, a quilt called sticks and stones which has been hanging around for a couple of years.  I'll tell you how I'm getting on with that one next week.

Until then
Smiles from
Kate




13 comments:

  1. That's a fun quilt! Congratulations on the finish :) I love the border, which made me think of the new butterfly link up at Fret Not Yourself. I think the next one will be on the 1st of March, you should join in! http://fretnotyourself.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/kaleidoscope-of-butterflies-link-up.html

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  2. Congratulations on this sweet finish, Kate! I love those applique dolls and your free motion quilting looks fabulous. What an incredible load of work to hand embroider all the applique. You should be very proud of this cute quilt!

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  3. This is a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on a great finish! Those children are adorable.

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  4. Way to go, Kate!! Fabulous finish, and so great that you quilted it yourself. Huge pat on the back and a hug from me too!

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  5. What a happy and beautiful quilt. Congratulations with the finish.

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  6. Oh so cute! The little dolly appliques are making me smile.

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  7. Adorable quilt! I love your appliqués!

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  8. As everyone already wrote, what an adorable quilt. And it's finished. And you did it yourself. Congratulations on all around. I feel the same way about machine quilting - there's a bit of dread that I've forgotten how each time I start. Good for you for doing your own. It makes a more personal quilt, doesn't it.
    Thanks for linking up with the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. Yours are charming. We hope to see see some live ones soon.

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  9. Lovely - I remember that pattern from some time ago! How nice to get a UFO finaly finished, always a good feeling. I'm working on UFOs too this year, using the "roll the dice" method. Whatever number comes up, that's the one I'll work on for a week.

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  10. How cute! Good for you for getting this one finished. I love the buttonhole stitch applique.

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  11. FMQ gets easier and easier each time. You did a lovely job. I was particularly impressed by the evenness of her hand appliqué with buttonhole. The contrast between the quilting and hand embroidery adds interest to the quilt.

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  12. Hello Kate,
    What a wonderful feeling it must be to have finally finished! There is so much work in it - I know how long applique takes with blanket stitch all round it - and FMQ on a large quilt isn't easy. I really love the contrast of the colours with the cream background.
    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!
    Love, Muv

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Kate