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Blogger's Quilt Festival - Amish with a twist II

Hello there, welcome!

This is my first time linking up to Amy's marvelous Blogger's Quilt Festival, I have always enjoyed browsing through the wonderful entries but never quite got round to entering a quilt myself - until now!

This is my entry to the large quilt category:

Amish with a twist II

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Please excuse the various bike parts and extension cables that made it into shot, it was hard to find enough space to take a shot of the whole thing!

This quilt was made as a block of the month which I started in April 2013, the pattern is by Nancy Rink. My version finished up at 2.5m square (100").

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You can see other posts relating to this quilt here, including the inevitable moment when my enthusiasm left me in the face of all those log cabin blocks.

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in situ

I am really pleased with this quilt, I like fact that it is a sampler quilt, but that it also has a cohesive design. It makes me smile when I make the bed each morning, which is no bad thing!

Stats:

Size: 100" x 100"

Fabrics: Marcus Brothers Centennial Solids, backed with Moda Bella extra-wide in red

Wadding: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20

Quilting: By Janette of J-Quilts. The design is "paisley playtime" and the thread colour is "slate" a slightly purplish grey.

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Thanks for visiting, I'm off to see the rest of the festival... bye for now!


A Quick check-in to say... Amish with a Twist II is finished!

Yippee!!

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Better photos to follow... it is enormous (about 2.5m square) so I think I will need some help to photograph the whole thing!

I am linking up to the slow bloggers linky over at Catherine's...

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Binding this quilt really was a slow process as I kept falling asleep underneath it! It is definately a cosy quilt!

I will write a bit more when I have some decent pictures to show, I am just happy to be able to share a finish for now :)


Oh dear... over four months since I last posted (hangs head in shame).

And I don't even have that much to show for it!

Here's a little update:

Swoon Quilt.

My lovely backing fabric arrived (Joel Dewberry- Modern Meadow- Flower Fields in Lake) and I got busy basting and marking out my quilting design.  I happily began quilting a baptist fan pattern, but did not get all that far before realising I would not be able to reach all the way across the quilt and have the fan pattern the same way up across the entire quilt (which was what I had envisaged originally). It was at this point I decided to get a professional in!  I went to see Jeanette of J-Quilts who did a beautiful job of quilting it for me with a lovely pantograph design called "grapevine".  Unfortunately, I did not get time to go and collect it until the monday before Christmas, which meant that I spent all my free time on Christmas eve attaching the binding, washing and tumble drying the finished quilt ready to give to my parents the next day.  By the time I had finished it was totally dark, so no pictures!  I had intended to snap a few shots of it at mum and dads house, but time got away from me and it was too dark again.  I am really happy with the way it turned out and will take some decent pics another time!

Amish with a twist II.

Hmm... it was as I had feared... 32 log cabin blocks to make as the August installment!  I think this is what threw the blog off the rails!  They did not get done until September. I had to psych myself up a bit to tackle the cutting, but once that was done they went together quickly.

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I assembled the blocks for the centre of the quilt in October, there was quite a bit of easing, trimming and fudging as the first months blocks were a little bit undersize as I had followed the method in the instructions, which was clearly not "my way"!

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I then pondered for a while about the borders.  I knew that 105" square would swamp my bed, the quilt that is on there at the moment is 90" x 100" so I decide to work towards 100" square.  The centre of my quilt had finished up 1" smaller than it should have done, I added a 1.5" (finished) border, then a border made up of 2" squares, I just used the medium value colours here rather than a mix of everything. I then resized the final navy border to 7".

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I have to confess that I did not even contemplate quilting this myself! I left it with Jeanette when I collected the Swoon on monday.

We went on holiday in October and had a lovely relaxing week, walking and picnicing and playing monopoly when it rained. 

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I "thought" it would be nice to take some knitting, but unfortunately when I stopped to actually look at what I had produced it was more the size of a ten-year-old than a womans' size ten! I am beginning to think I should just stick to knitting small stuff!

 I will try not to leave it so long until my next post!


Amish with a twist II - months 2 and 3

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I am grouping these together in one post as I recieved both the May and June packages within a few days of each other at the beginning of this month.
These are the blocks for May...
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...rolling stone...
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...mosaic star...
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...and churn dash (which should have been a bowtie block, but I didn't like the look of it!).
Junes blocks, some big and some small...
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...shoo fly...
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...hourglass...
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...birds in flight...
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...and double x.  Whew! I have a feeling there is still a lot more to come in the next three months as there are still 39 blocks to make and borders to add!

Amish with a twist II - month 1

A while back I stumbled upon this quilt on The Quilt Room website, I quickly succumbed and signed up to the Block of the Month program.  The first package arrived a few weeks ago with 13 blocks to make, I finished up the final one of these today.

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The tiny flying geese blocks for the stars were a bit of a fiddle to make, but once they were done the rest came together pretty quickly.

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The next installment should arrive quite soon, I wonder what it will hold in store?