Friday, 5 November 2010

EB DQS4 - What I sent


This is the doll-quilt that I sent Anna for the EBDQS#4. I have named it Matilda's garden, as it to be used as a wall-hanging for her daughter's bedroom. I have used some of my Laura Gunn fabric (Vases from the Lantern Bloom collection) for the tree. The leaves are from the same fabric as the binding, which I found at Spotlight.

The free motion quilting is based on a spiral technique that I learned at a workshop with Kellie Wulfsohn. I was busy spiraling away between the branches with the intention to keep going, when I saw that I had given the tree a bit of a ghost effect. I kind of liked the way it looked and stopped where I was. I took it out to mum's and dad's and they liked the way that it looked too. I also got another opinion from AJ, who agreed that it was a good place to stop. Sometimes creativity is knowing when to stop!


The pink bird at the centre of the tree represents Matilda. I have used a seed bead for her eye. The branches form a heart shape around her.


The butterfly represents Anna (my swap partner, and Matilda's mum). I have also used seed beads here to embellish the antennae.


The dragonfly represents Matilda's father. I used some Pellon Rainbowspun for the wings. The Rainbowspun was in the Vilene showbag that I purchased at the Stitches and Craft Show back in May.


This bird represents Tom, Matilda's older brother.


This bird represents Matilda's baby brother, Nate.


I am pretty happy with the binding. Even though I had some sort of mobius thing going on when I went to join the ends, I managed to work it out in the end. Around the edges of the quilt I have done some straight quilting, using my walking foot. I wasn't sure what to do here, so I asked AJ for some advice. I think it's a winner.


The label. I am much happier with my blanket stitch on this one than on the one I did for the boys' eye spy quilt. I used a slightly different (probably non-conventional) method that seems to work better for me.


I placed some corners at the top of the quilt to allow it to be hung from a rod on the wall. AJ shows how to do this on her blog.

I almost forgot to mention, I'm not sure if you can tell by the photos, but I did some Trapunto on the quilt. There is extra padding behind all of my appliqué. I used a technique that I was able to sort of work out from the instructions for Kellie Wulfsohn's monster quilt in the Australian Homespun magazine. If I was designing a quilt again, and I wanted to do trapunto, I would probably avoid some of the tiny gaps I had to get around as trimming away the extra batting was rather tricky - I was so scared I was going to chop a great big hole in my quilt whilst I was doing this!


  1. That look fantastic and I love the extra detail you put in including the whole family as the creatures in the garden. Miss Tilly is one very lucky little girl :)

  2. Excellent quilt, and I really love the way you quilted it - the quilted border is great, and the ghosted tree is beautiful!

  3. Wow, this is amazing, I love it!

  4. That is absolutely beautiful Carmel. How could you bear to give it away?

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous Carmel. I'll have one in the next swap please!! So much thought and care. I don't see what is unconventional about the blanket stitch - looks like how I do it?

  6. I ADORE this!!!! Love love love!!!!

  7. Oh wow! That is simply stunning! The detail in each element in amazing and it's just so sweet how each family member is represented!

  8. This is so very stunning. Out of this world stunning. So meaniful. So beautiful. Fabulous Carmel.


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