Thursday, 25 February 2010

DQS8 - Snow Dance

My DQS8 quilt is finished, apart from the label, and will be ready to send, along with a couple of other quilts on Monday. I added the binding after taking these photos.
I was really stumped for what to make for my recipient this time. I had several ideas, but they all seemed too similar to some of my other quilts, and despite knowing my recipient would love them, I wanted to make something original for her.
Finally, and rapidly running out of time, I drew some of these teardrop shapes in EQ and played with the wreathmaker function for this. Luckily one of the peeks has elicited a positive comment from a certain someone a long way away, so I know I'm on the right track!
I used Kellie's applique technique to sew the shapes on after sandwiching the quilt, as it gives the back much better definition, and I do like a nice quilt back! I chose embroidery threads for the applique, partly because they were the best colour matches. But these threads don't always FMQ well, and I ended up doing lots of the applique with the walking foot. I can't imagine how many times I rotated the quilt under the needle - lucky it's small!
Then it was just a matter of Emming the background in white bottomline. This is probably the best Emming I've done yet. I examined Leah's McTavishing closely to see why I liked hers so much, and realised I needed to make some of my wavy lines a little curvier and more S-shaped. I think it worked!
Have I overdone the photos yet? (Bear in mind, I haven't even photographed it with the binding yet!)
As you can see, I made most of this quilt with the Winter Olympics on behind the sewing machine, and this was the inspiration for the quilt's name. I tried anagrams of "Winter Olympics", but while I loved "Icily Snow", the remaining letters weren't much use!

16 comments:

Cara said...

That is an AWESOME quilt! So beautiful.

AllieKatMom said...

Beautiful!

Michele said...

Gorgeous! It's so simple yet the details are amazing.

WandaQuilts said...

It grabbed my attention! I love it! Your background fill is very nice, I like the 'swirlyness' you added to regular 'mctavishing'.

Vicki W said...

It's lovely!

3anklebiters said...

beautiful!

What Comes Next? said...

Its gorgeous Emma! I can't imagine sewing all those teardrops on with your walking foot - looks fabulous!

Linda said...

Very well done! Beautiful colors on a beautifully quilted background. Your quilter-friend will love it.

Mandy Noble said...

So so beautiful, wish it was me it was being sent to! I am definitely taking part in the next DQS!!

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Yes it is! And I'm with Mandy, I wish I were the recipient.
I love the snow falling in your blog. How do you do that?
You know, Emma, you are an amazing inspiration.
*sigh*
~a

Shasta said...

It's beautiful, the more pictures the better.

Anne D said...

Gorgeous!

Béa said...

Really wonderful, your quilting is fantastic !I will be happy to be your partner !!!

Quilting4U said...

I can not even remember how I got to your blog, but I am glad that I did! What an amazing creation! Love it!

Kathy said...

Oh my......you are indeed an artist. I am linking your blog, and etsy shop to my blog.

kathy


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Suzanne said...

I have just stumbled onto your blog by 'accident' and am so glad that I did. You work is fantastic! And you’re a fellow Aussie too!