Saturday, 12 June 2010

Strike While the Iron's Hot!

It's been a long day today!  I decided to get on and attack my quilt while I was feeling brave!  You would not believe how long and how much effort it has taken to measure everything umpteen times, cut it, pin it , stitch it back together, trim it and pin together the quilt sandwich!  I am totally drained and unfit for anything but I have a great sense of achievement and a quilt ready for quilting. (And a glass of red wine to fortify me!)


I now have to give a lot of thought to how I should quilt it and particularly to the colour of the thread(s) I will use.  I think it's going to live on the back of the door for a few days while I recover and think about the next step.

In between working on this quilt I've managed to finish my Journal Quilt for May. Not unsurprisingly it bears a strong similarity to my main project.


I was using this JQ to try out some quilt patterns before I decided to cut up the big quilt so, while I've practised free-machine quilting it hasn't helped me decide on how I'm going to quilt my main piece. Ho hum!

I'm not much of a football supporter but I feel I have to say "Go England!".  (Sorry if you're a USA supporter.)  If you are a football supporter, enjoy the match!

21 comments:

Jan said...

Oh Bless you, I can imagine how that could put you under stress but ,what a result ,'jobs a gud un ',I understand England has just scored ,come on boys ,another one for Granny Jan ! did Stewart tell you I posted today ,..love Jan xx http://seredipitylives-jan.blogspot.com

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

It's looking wonderful Julie. The piecing is different to what I was expecting. I love it! Love both of them! I'm sure inspiration will come for the quilting stitches. I'm whispering ... I still haven't started mine yet! Have got the fabrics ready, bought some new machine threads, have made lots of notes, but that's it so far ... I'm not worried (yet!)

sweetypie said...

Its as lovely as I expected it to be please bring it on monday...

Fenwitters said...

I LOVE it! It's very reminiscent of Rothko, and ...um...I'd just like it on my wall! Gorgeous! Did you notice btw, that your button comment got a mention in the newspaper? ! :-)

sandra wyman said...

It's getting betterer and betterer Julie!

I really like the effect of the close together lines of stright-stitch quilting - maybe some kind of variationof that. Or - idea has just come - make a fewprintouts and play with coloured pens/pencils?

Shirley Goodwin said...

I love the way your project quilt is coming out!

Robin Mac said...

Beautiful colours and beautiful quilts Julie - I am sure the glass of red will give you some extra inspiration. Don't know if I am glad or sorry about the draw for England last night. We just want Australia to do well against Germany tonight. Cheers, Robin

Emma said...

I'm whispering too, no I'm not we're all British up here, GO ENGLAND! Well, at least they scraped thru with just the one goal!

Well done with your quilt, I'm sure the next stage will flow freely now & remember your enjoying yourself!

Heather said...

Your bravery has paid off Julie - it's going to be wonderful. I love your journal quilt too.

Wendy Coyne said...

You big Brave girl! Well done, now your quilt is going to be very special indeed.
It is going to take a lot of courage to start quilting it, but you can do it, just take a deep breath....:)

Becca said...

Wow! Beautiful work! Love the colors. We live in the US, but we're cheering for England. My husband went to boarding school in England, and that's where his family is from. Take care. :-)

Marlis said...

your piece is looking fantastic julie! i love the colors and the movement you created.

sweetypie said...

well I have just seen it in the flesh and its absolutely beautiful you have done a wonderful piece of work and you should be very proud of yourself!

Gail P said...

Both pieces are lovely! Nice soothing colors; I may just have to "borrow" the color palette. xoxo

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

Hi Julie, the quilts looking good, yes a good bottle of red will help lol, love your stitched quilt it looks fabulous, you are making me get itchy sewing feet lol, as for the swap will definately be doing one next month. relax and enjoy your wine the quilt will come ju x

pam said...

Just made time to catch up on your blog - wow that quilt is super - hope the red wine was good - shame about the footie match best not mentioned eh!! I love your May journal as well they are soo good

Fenland Textile Studio said...

Julie, this is looking really stunning. Well done!! For quilting try and take some photos and then draw ideas onto the photo. I sometimes have one A4 sized photo to work on and lay peices of acetate plastic over the top and draw with a CD pen. You can also use the thin plastic A4 pockets which are cheaper. Send me an e-mail if you want more help. Angela

linda stokes said...

your quilt is looking fantastic! Love the way you've arranged it & can't wait to see how you stitch it.

Gina said...

Well done! It looks great. I hope you've recovered a little this week!

Angela said...

Your J Q is lovely.

fiona d said...

you are brave! it looks great already, love the way it's clearly landscape but also abstract - looking forward to seeing the next instalment