I have finished and sent my quilt and it is on its way to its new and lovely owner! Here are some pics. A hint on where it might be going and a glimpse at the backing fabric- a vintage print which I picked for the colour, the motifs are crazy clocks and timepieces.
This quilt was based on 'Mrs Vigor's Medallion' by Brigitte Giblin, from her beautiful and inspiring book, 'Feathering the Nest'. It is a scaled down version of the centre motif. It was a journey of construction, starting with English paper piecing the centre star- tricky with its subtle curves, I will do a separate post on how I managed that and some tips in case you fancy doing the same.
The scallop style edge is also English paper pieced and added to the centre star. This whole motif is appliquéd onto the background.
The outer triangle ring was foundation pieced and then appliquéd around the medallion. The solid background fabric is Verdigris from Connecting Threads. Penny sent me this along with some of their other solids. They have a lovely feel, a smoother than Kona and their colours are incredible. They don't ship internationally, but USA and Canadian quilters and no doubt familiar with their fabrics.
I hand quilted- do not look closely, this is not my best skill. I tried machine quilting but it was not going to sit well on such a lot of hand piecing. I bound it with a lovely scrap that Marit sent me, perfect colours and print and added a scrap of Chloe's closet check to make up the length.
I loved making this, It was a struggle at times but a new way of working. I can't do sustained handwork as it is hard on the hands and arms but enjoy spells of it. I was sewing this off and on all through the summer and it has been a summer of change. I love it but I don't tend to cling to what I have make for swaps as I make them with the recipient clearly in my mind. The selfish part was choosing this pattern- I was desperate to make this from Feathering the Nest from the moment I saw it. I think I have ticked enough boxes with colours and prints to tickle my partner's fancy. It has been sent with a pile of goodies, I wish it safe transit. And I wonder what I will receive in this swap too, hmm, curious...