Sunday, 20 June 2010

Nectar

I finished this little doll's quilt last night, and have called it Nectar. I took some quick (and very late) photos to show the quilting, but somehow forgot to take it outside and get some decent pictures today. Given the busy week I have ahead with an extra day at work, and several appointemnts, I won't get a chance now until next weekend.


I wan't overly happy with the piecing accuracy - too many of the points didn't meet up; but since it's for a little girl to use with her dolls and teddies, I decided not to worry about it. On the other hand, her bed quilt was going to be very similar, but I couldn't live with these inaccuracies in a bed quilt, so I'm considering th options. At least I have a bit of time until that quilt's needed.
After I'd quilted in-the-ditch around the borders (the narrow red border is a 1/4in flange) pretty much everything else is feathered.
Everything apart from the corners (below) are freehand.
I wanted the corners nice and symmetrical, so drew a template, but couldn't trace it after sandwiching, so I use my quickunpick (seam ripper) to cut along most of the lines (not a very accurate way fo cutting, but quick and good enough for what I wanted), and folded them back. Then I just 'traced' inside the  paper template using a clover blue pen. Because it's just paper, it gives easily to allow me to draw a smooth line.
I don't know why I used to be so scared of using markers; this one goes on easily and comes out quickly with water - I don't like the crinkly look of a washed quilt, so I use a cotton-bud (Q-tip?) dipped in water and rub that along the lines - it does a good job and dries quite quickly, but would use a lot of cotton buds if you marked an entire quilt.
I've added this quilt to the pile of 18 already on my shelf!

4 comments:

Miss Nancy said...

The quilt and the quilting is amazing. Great, wonderful work and very well done.

Have a super great day.

Rena said...

Emma your dollquilt is fantastic ,
I love it!

Rena

Austy's Mum said...

I'm in love with this one - great colour combo and fantastic design.

free indeed said...

THanks for the tip on making that template. I too tend to shy away from marking, but as I hear of others doing it successfully, it encourages me to try. I like to read about tips like this to broaden my horizons....
Shelley