Saturday, 17 August 2013

Grandmother's Fan Quilt - The Quilting


Hi everyone.

Hope you have had a busy and productive week.  I have, I've been quilting the Grandmother's fan quilt.
I decided not to add the Dresden plates around the edge and just to leave it plain,. I'll jazz it up with some quilting.




 I used a big plate to mark a curve on the blocks and then just sewed it freehand.  I don't have any rulers to use for quilting but I plan on getting one.  I am quilting this on my domestic machine and NOT on my frame.
There is a reason for this and I'll tell you at the end of the post.


                                                                Looking ok so far......


Freehand flowers in the border, I will fill in the background to make the flowers pop.  I'm using a Guterman Sulky variegated thread for the flowers and the wadding I'm using is one layer of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20.









I'd really like to get this finished next week if my shoulders are up to it.
Maybe you are wondering why I am not quilting this on my new Gracie frame?     Well, I can let you into a secret,  I have been asked by Grosvenor Shows if I would like to have a display of my work next year..
They need 15 - 20 pieces and they will travel to 4 different venues in the UK from January to April next year.
I said yes and now I am sooooo excited and just a little bit freaked out!  I am just a little short of what I would like to put in, so I am working really hard to put on a good display.  I am not practiced enough on my frame yet so this is why I am still quilting on my domestic machine.
Once I get through the autumn, I will have time to spend on my frame.  In the meantime it is sitting there and I admit it is a little frustrating because I want to use it so badly.  I will get there eventually though.
I'm off to do some sewing now.
Enjoy your weekend.
Rhianon.

19 comments:

Borderline Quilter said...

Oh, Well done you...and one is going to be fabulous too....

Borderline Quilter said...

.....and this one is going to be fabulous too.....

Deeau said...

Just jump on that frame and go for it. With your talent you have no trouble at all.

Debbie Collins said...

I am so excited for you!!!!! That must be quite am honor. You will have to tell us more when it here's chooser to the show.

Debbie Collins said...

I am so excited for you!!!!! That must be quite am honor. You will have to tell us more when it here's chooser to the show.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Good for you!! Well deserved too...all I can say about this quilt is OMG!!

Alicia said...

Congrats on the show! Awesome quilting, esp on a domestic machine!

Susan Lawson said...

Beautiful quilting! it really gives great movement. You are extremely talented Rhianon and I would encourage you to get on the frame and just do it. Practicing on a blank fabric vs doing a real quilt is different...you will be successful (because the talent is already there!) So give those shoulders/back/neck a rest :)

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Fantastic quite, your quilting is so fabulous! Congrats on the show, your work is certainly worthy of it...keep on quilting Rhianon :)

Ellen Ann Craig said...

Congrats on your show! I would LOVE to take a class by you!!! Love this quilt! LOVE......

Anna McCurdy said...

Rhiannon,
You do stunning free hand quilting on your domestic machine- the quilting is truly beautiful and I am awestruck. I particularly like your freehand flowers.
Congratulations on your show- I am sure it will be spectacular..
Regards from Alberta,
Anna

Raewyn said...

Beautiful and awe-inspiring quilting. Love it. How exciting to be invited to display your work. (Just a little question - you say your batting is 80:20 - of what - cotton, wool, poly? Thanks)

What Comes Next? said...

congratulations! Beautiful job you are doing on the quilting - it is stunning!

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Robin said...

Looks absolutely stunning Rhianon! Congrats on the well deserved showing of your work! We will all be expecting pics of the show!!

judith said...

BEAUTIFUL, in sooooo many ways. and CONGRATULATIONS.

Sue said...

Many congratulations. I hope I'll be able to see some of your lovely work...something to look forward to!

Mary said...

Absolutely beautiful quilting! I agree making the switch is a bit daunting and it did take me a bit to do it, but you won't have any trouble at all with your talent!

Patsy said...

Your quilting is absolutely fabulous and it really takes this quilt over the top! Congrats on your display!

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