Monday, 17 November 2014

Watermark

       Its been a while, but I hope this post will be worth the wait for you.  A few deadlines were looming and, you know how it is once the mind is set to task, there's no stopping the motion.  
         A few good friends grouped together in late September and went for a quilty weekend away.  We all set our own projects and I will share my project with you here.
     Have I told you I live in a great little place on the edge of Port Stephens, well I do, and I love going down to the waters edge and exploring.  There's  so much to see and observe.  Apart from the usual water, sand and forest habitat, the tidal flow is new to me.  The ebbs and flows bring new patterns and shapes to the sand every day, so this became the inspiration for my latest project.


Organic matter caught in the rills on the sand




Watermarks created with the lowering of the tide -
took me quite a while to figure out how the circles were formed
      
     On a trip to Canberra earlier this year, I picked up a few pieces of fabric to start with.  Over the  next few months I added to this until I had what I thought was enough, ha!  Silly me.  As I started planning out the design and measuring and then deciding to make it reversible, there was no way I had anywhere near enough fabric, so off I went and kept adding and adding and adding to now what seemed to be a massive pile of fabrics.  You know what, by the end of the project I still had to compromise a few times, but it all worked out in the finish.   Show me a quilt that doesn't experience changes on the way.  Well thats how I work anyway.  Fabrics collected, then it was washing day or rather days, so many.


I'm a washer - always have been, always will be


Unusually earthy colours for me


      Such a large size for the quilt, 100" x 94", quilting it on my domestic was not going to be easy so I went with quilt as you go.  Good decision.  Some blocks were whole piece with raw edge appliqué and some were improv cut and pieced.  I enjoyed the whole process and improved my quilting skills considerably (they needed to improve too).  Here's a few shots on the way.




Up on the design wall and well on its way



Auditioning fabric layout for a block



The same block after piecing and laid out for pinning



Little snippets of yellow were added - very necessary 



Pinned and ready to quilt


wavy water block on the edge of the sand


Measuring and trimming the blocks




Loads and loads of trimmings


Blocks joined and rolled - nice and easy to handle


Laying out the joined panels - this is when I got really excited
 - at this stage I was pleased I have a very large lounge room



Panels joined by adding extra strips and machined together 


Closer view of the quilting


Even more quilting - it seamed to go on for ever



And the quilt at home on the beautiful river red gum
bed Mr. G. built (he's so clever)
  

    That's not all though.  I'm very proud to say the quilt was awarded 1st place in the Modern/Mixed category of the Tilligery Art and Quilt Show on the weekend and then equalled with another quilt for the Viewers Choice award.  The most rewarding part of this was seeing it hung, showing the design as a whole and I'm extremely pleased with the end result.  Its way too big for me to display like this at home.  



Great to see what is shown here actually resembles 
 the idea I see in my head 


     This is my second large quilt this size and the first one was sent to a quilter.  The satisfaction I have in quilting it myself is priceless.  Does anyone else do large QAYG projects?  I've since started a new project with more practice using QAYG, so I'll have to post about that soon.  

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