13 May 2014

Stitch Tease 2

Is it safe to come out now?   I was going to post yesterday, but competing with the SMS Giveaway day is a very bad idea!

 
What I was going to tell you about what my round 2 Stitch Tease Bee Quilt (runs off the tongue nicely eh?)Finally, I have finished it and to be honest, it's been a bit of a 'mare.   For my month, which was July last year,  I had this great idea to make a sort of a sampler quilt.  I made this block as an inspiration for my fellow teasers

 I asked for a scrappy border in two or three colours (any colours) then a central-ish feature panel, with a little embroidery, piecing, applique, paper piecing etc.  Anything really that showed a little bit of themselves.
The blocks started rolling in and I knew I was on to a winner.  Even Gordon was impressed!




When it came to piecing the blocks, I had this idea of making a medallion style quilt and added a border of wonky crosses
So far so good.  I chose two fabrics from the Henley range from Makeower for the backing and binding
and off I trotted to quilt it.  That's when the trouble started.  Firstly I chose the wrong thread - a variagated which I just didn't like - which had to be unpicked.   I continued with a yellow Aurifil thread, but then the machine started playing up.  I lost count of how many times I had to unpick it, and how many threads I had to bury.   I did put it down and walk away many times, but I persevered, and as always, it's worth it in the end.



I do think it's worth showing a closer shot of the blocks, because they really are the stars (Don't worry that some look upside down - this quilt is meant to be seen from all sides





I even did a bit of hand quilting inside each block - it looked a bit amateurish when I saw it closeup, but you know, when it's washed and on the settee, you don't see that.





 I so am lucky to be in this bee - the ladies are all so talented and come up with  bee blocks that seriously push the limits! So thanks to you all of you.  I just hope you all love your quilts as much as I do!  It is wonderful to have a quilt that I know is totally unique.

I'm looking forward to Stitch Tease 3  which will be starting again next month (sadly without Helen).  Now I wonder what I can ask for this year......................?

Oh and lest I forget, I can clam another finish for this quarters FAL.
 Finish Along 2014

























12 comments:

  1. Looks fab, well worth persevering with, and I am really pleased to have been able to have contributed some blocks *does a little curtsey*. I have been laying out my blocks and ruminating over how to put them together, i'm letting my brain think about it!! :o)

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  2. Yep- all that heartache (and in all probability - swearing ) was totally worth it. It's absolutely beautiful.

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  3. it was so worth it. What an amazing quilt :-)

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  4. Wow Di, it is absolutely gorgeous! What a talented bee.

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  5. It's a stunner! SO worth all the hassle - and I agree about hand quilting. While you're doing it you're a bit "does this look like a 5 year old did it?" but once your nose isn't 2 inches off it then it really shines. Yours is fab and the perfect finishing touch, nice job missus!!

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  6. Maybe I am a little biased to say it was really worth all the agro and effort! xxx

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  7. Oh Di, this quilt is FABULOUS, love every block and especially how you arranged them into a medaillon style! Great choice!!!

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  8. It's beautiful Di! Well worth the effort and I also love the backing fabric and the binding. Perfect!

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  9. Oh WOW you are so lucky to be in such an awesome bee!

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  10. This is a beauty of a finish. Bring on season 3

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  11. So cool!!! I love it. I feel exactly the same about my quilt - very unique. Not another around. Love the pineapple - who did the pineapple?

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  12. It looks great! I Iove all the bright colours.

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