Thursday, 24 February 2011

The Kitchen, that's where You'll FInd Me...


I made this for a fun secret swap on Flickr- Favourite Little Quilt Swap, run by Kendra. There was a date to complete by and then all the mini quilts were anonymously displayed and the creators vote for their top 10 out of all the completed entries.   We are then secretly told who and where to send our quilts.  Then we must wait to see which one we will receive from our top ten list!
 As there is no one specific partner in mind, there is complete freedom to design any quilt you like.    This idea has been in my head for some time, inspired by some blocks in Kumkio Fujita's 318 Patchwork along with bright enamel vintage kitchen wear.  The piecing was surprisingly straightforward,   however the hand written note was nearly my undoing.  I felt like Goldilocks tasting the three bears' porridge...
Hand sewn, polyester thread- melted under the iron
Linen, machine sewn- too big
Hand sewn, embroidery floss- too bold and chunky
Stamped- too close together
 
Stamped with correct spacing- just right.  
 I can't even show you the stamping I did with red ink that I couldn't set on tiny scraps of linen- my little dog, Lottie kept finding them and eating them so they ended up in the bin!
Vintage large polka dot fabric on the back along with scraps from some of the front fabrics.
The prairie points on the shelf were adapted from Penny's great tutorial at Sew take a Hike.  The mini quilt was posted a few days ago and is on its way to its secret new home x
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20 comments:

  1. this is fantastic. i would love to try making my own designs for piecing but i suck at maths. i will have to drool over your lovely creations.

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  2. Beautiful little quilt!! I love it.

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  3. Kerry, this is so creative and adorable. I love your attention to the details. Really, really fun! Hugs!

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  4. You are so talented and creative! I absolutely love this. If you're not the winner I'll eat my hat! -Letty

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  5. This little quilt is so adorable!

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  6. Gorgeous!
    I love the words! Presumably you have individual letter stamps??? If so can I ask where you found them?

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  7. Ohh, I wish I were in that swap because it could have been made for my kitchen! So stinkin' sweet! The stamped note is so cute--sorry you had to waste so much time hand stitching those notes that didn't work! Some one is going to love it!

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  8. This is amazing! I need to start learning how to paper piece - the cuteness is almost unbearable! Lucky partner!

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  9. Thank you all and to Lettyb and Lauree- couldn't find your emails!

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  10. I knew this was yours the minute I saw it!
    It's wonderful Kerry, beautiful fabrics, great piecing and lovely stamping (sounds rude!)
    Wonder wich one will come your way...such a fun swap this.
    x

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  11. Kerry, this is possibly one of my favorite things you've ever made! This is super cute! You should design fabric like that! What a lucky partner!

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  12. I'm laughing that Ayumi has commented just before me because I was about to say that your style and her style are very similar to me and are both absolutely wonderful and this is another of your total winners so I'm not surprised she loves it too!

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  13. This is awesome! I LOVE LOVE the shelf fabric! I'm with Gill where do you find the stamps like that? At the local craft store? What kind of ink do you use? I love the look of the stamping.

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  14. As a few of you av asked, the stamps are Hero Arts Clear Design, Bird Branch Alphabet. The ink I used was just standard stuff but I have found something really good, Versacraft, sets with an iron, designed for fabric x

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  15. Fabulous quilt, Kerry, and I love the stamping!

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  16. Just the cutest little quilt ever! I can't stop looking at it - so perfect in every way!!

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  17. I am sooo in love with this block! Everything, the patterning, the fabric the nostalgic, vintage feel. It's wonderful!

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  18. Oh my goodness, Kerry -- this is absolutely adorable!!!

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  19. Oh my gosh! I wish I had been in that swap to get yours! This is absolutely ADORABLE!

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  20. This is really amazing. You are so talented, and I am so glad I have just found your blog!

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