Sunday, 15 January 2012

Around the World- a short journey

I have just finished a very little Around the World quilt, perhaps it should be called Down the Road to suit its scale, about 30 inches square.
225 squares, each 2.5 inches.  Mix of Denyse Schmidt prints from Chase's giveaway, plus other DS prints and a bit of vintage. I love the mix.  
I quilted diagonally eyeballing the corners and 50/2 Aurifil for piecing and quilting.
The walking foot on my new Janome has been fantastic.  I had a walking foot before but this one is better and the power of the machine made quilting a much better experience than it used to be and has boosted my confidence for trying a bigger quilt.  I used 80/20 warm bond batting which I bought in error but has actually worked out rather well.  It doesn't feel quite  as nice as the 100% cotton warm and natural but it does adhere to the fabric easily especially with basting spray and it easy to quilt.  I have been using it for cushions and it would be perfect for a baby quilt as it is a little lighter than the standard batting.
There are some fun vintage novelty prints in there with sea horses, drums and rabbits being pulled from hats.  I machined the binding following Rita's method closely.  I have done this before and struggled but a bit more experience must have helped as I did it all the way round without any resewing.  I did go very slowly and each side is worked separately.  You can see below stitching in the ditch on the right side to catch the binding in on the back.  Quilting gloves; I use Machingers, help a lot
as does a lot of pins on the back.
The binding is another Denyse Schmidt print
An Urban Chik print on the back from the 1974 range, this is a 'second' so the print is rather light but I liked it for the back with the squares echoing the front.
And tonight it will rest on my knee with a small dog sitting on top- that is what I made it for-and I will watch the final episode of Sherlock, cosy style
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23 comments:

  1. That gorgeous. I have always wanted to make a "Round the World" quilt, you have now inspred me!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  2. Loving your down the road quilt. I too will be sitting and watching Sherlock, im just gutted its the last episode, 3 to a series is certainly not enough!

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  3. Lucky little dog! Will be watching too!

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  4. Gorgeous quilt Kerry - love your fabric choices!

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  5. Oh quick, it's on!
    LOVE the quiltette xxx

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  6. Eeek! We love that show and have been waiting eagerly for the second season.
    Your quilt is lovely.

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  7. It's stunning! I love watching your makes emerge, this is the year I will attempt a full size quilt. I may have to invest in quilting gloves at some point in the future.
    Kandi x

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  8. It's really cute. I missed the whole 1974 line. :(

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  9. Love the quilt, but I just adore Sherlock - can't wait til May for the next session to come to the US.

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  10. It's so sweet! I have been wanting to make a quilt in that style too and this makes me want to even more. All the little squares are just so appealing to me.

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  11. FIne finish with great fabric choice.

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  12. thank you for such a great post and the link to Red pepper quilt - binding tutorial! And I love Sherlock as well - I downloaded the first two Season Two episodes, so I look forward to Episode Three!
    Your quilt is lovely and admittedly inspiring! Have a great week.

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  13. Wonderful little quilt! I love how it looks perfectly vintage even though most fabrics used are new.

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  14. Love the scrappy look of this K! Great way to show off some favourite, wee bits of fabric. LOVE Sherlock! Jxo

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  15. Glad you are enjoying the machine. We all seem to love Sherlock, roll on the next season........

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  16. This is sooo pretty, Kerry! I think the pattern and Denyse's fabric line is a very good match. With your other fabric additions, just perfect!
    ; )

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  17. Ooh, how cool, love the way you arranged the fabrics

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  18. it is very pretty kerry! i love that ds line of fabrics.

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  19. Such a beautiful quilt! It makes me miss the summer time!

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