I have some wonderful friends. These are the friends I could call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with good news or bad news, and they would be there for me. I consider myself very lucky to have these friends.
So, when one of them has spent the better part of a year hand appliquéing a quilt for her ‘soon to be married’ daughter……and asks me, “How should this be quilted?”….I hear myself saying, “I will hand quilt it for you!”
Being a good friend, she tried to talk me out of it , but I insisted. THEN, she told me when she would be arriving in Australia for the wedding and how I didn’t have to finish the quilting BEFORE the wedding….but it would be nice….<G>(very big grin)
My friend arrived 3 weeks before the wedding and the day after she arrived, a mutual good friend answered the call for “HELP”, and we hand basted the quilt layers together in less than an hour and I was ready to begin the hand quilting.
The quilt is a design by Sylvia Pippen. It is called Flowers of the Outback. The blocks were beautifully appliquéd with Aurifil 50wt cotton. The sashiko was completed with traditional Japanese techniques and complemented with Australian Aboriginal Fabrics named Bush Banana , designed by Donna Abbot .
The quilting design was marked using chalk and a metre long ruler to insure continuity of the quilting line through the connecting blocks.
I used Aurifil 28wt cotton#2692 (black) for the quilting behind the appliqué and sashiko pattern and a wonderful green (#4173) was used on the patterned fabrics. The quilting on the patterned fabric included circles, scallops, and triangles to loosely follow the design of the print.
I finished the quilting with 2 days to spare!
The quilt was a huge surprise for the “Bride to Be” and she was thrilled!
My photo of the finished quilt is a little crooked but it is being held by me, my good friend and the ‘Bride to Be’ the night before the wedding…we were excited and tired…all at the same time.