Monday, 21 May 2012

Just in Time!



Here is my entry to the fabulous Blogger's Quilt Festival run by Amy of amyscreativeside !

Amy's Creative Side





This is my first entry and it is just hot of the sewing machine!


For those of you new to my blog I posted about this quilt yesterday but I still had borders to quilt and the binding to put on!  I didn't believe I could finish in time ....but this is the lesson this quilt has taught me - believe you can and you will!





It started with a workshop in November 2009 with Carolyn Forster!


I finished the top but was daunted by it's size - how was I ever going to quilt something that big??






It sat on a shelf until I got stuck into it this month - working from the middle to the outside edge - machine quilting it. 


I am fairly new to Free Motion Machine Quilting and just started back in September 2011 - practicing over six weeks with Cindy at Fluffy Sheep  on a virtual meet up for FMQ Friday!  To begin with my FMQ was pretty dire....






But with practice I got more confident and tried bigger and bigger things to quilt - so this is the biggest thing I have quilted and also the most complicated quilting I have done!  I didn't believe I could!  But you never know whether you can do something until you try can you?


So here are the borders and binding I finished this morning....




And here is the quilt back.....


Front




Plus some close ups of the quilting




And here is the obligatory photo of the rolled up quilt 





And one final shot just to show you how close I was to not entering this quilt...








I am so pleased it is finished and it has exceeded my expectations.  And what's more it is destined for my bed! 


(just in case you are voting - I am number 520!  Nomination form here! and it is all quilted on a domestic sewing machine - hint, hint - teehee!)







35 comments:

  1. Beautiful - the quilting is lovely!

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  2. Well done for finishing. Go have a chocolate biscuit! It looks wonderful Nicky and you should be well and truly pleased with yourself.

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  3. It's stunning - well done! Are you going to sleep under it tonight?!

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  4. Gorgeous quilt! I love the colors and the setting.

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  5. You're a totally wicked quilter! the complex sewing patterns are unbelievable.
    I'm a novice quilter and I keep a scrapbook of the photo's and quilts that inspire me.
    I then make mini quilted ipad and cell phone covers with the ideas I get from the pro's, like yourself.
    My theme has been African animals so far, where I sewed a chubby little hippo on my mom's quilted cell phone cover for her Tracfone SVC phone for seniors, with the big keys and letters on the screen, so she doesn't have to wear glasses to make a call. I love the 4 big teeth on the hippo's open mouth and his little mousy ears.
    I can't help dreaming of the African bush when sewing giraffe silhouette's onto tea towels for example.

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  6. Well done Nicky and very clever calculation of thread amount!

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  7. Your quilting makes this quilt even better...it is truly beautiful!

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  8. Nicky, this is AWESOME! I can not believe that you haven't even been quilting a whole year yet!

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  9. Nicky your quilting is just remarkable. Seriously, you did that massive quilt with all those quilting patterns on a regular sewing machine??? You rock.

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  10. Wow Nicky! I am super impressed and you should be really proud of yourself!

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  11. Wow you sure got to work on finishing that off! I love how you did the backing. Good luck in the festival!! =D


    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

    http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/goodie-bag-swap.html

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  12. Great job I'm very impressed.

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  13. Wow! your FMQ is fabulous!!!

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  14. WOW WOW! That is wonderful. Good for you for doing all that quilting : )

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  15. It's a beauty! The quilting looks really awesome, fantastic looking quilt!

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  16. Such a brilliant example of what a girl can achieve with guts and determination! Your quilting progress is stratospheric N! Be v.proud. Jxo

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  17. What a beautiful finish! I LOVE it!

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  18. Beautiful! Very Elegant and sweet. April @ Little Mama Hen

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  19. A great entry for the Quilt festival! Wonderful quilt, Nicky!

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  20. Oh my goodness that is simply stunning. Your quilting is beautiful, and I love the greens (my favourite colour) x

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  21. Beautiful - and I really like the fabrics you chose. 30s repro?

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  22. I am SO impressed with your FMQ!! All I have ever managed was a few squiggles! This looks like it has been long armed! Well done, you have really enhanced an already beautiful quilt.

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  23. wow Nicky that quilting is just fabulous - really makes the quilt :)

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  24. by the way, I've voted for you and can you hear those trumpets !!

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  25. Fabulous quilting, looks amazing!

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  26. Awesome!
    This is proof that if you practice you can do wonderful things.
    Really, really beautiful:-)))

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  28. oh my goodness oh my goodness oh my goodness! It's fabulous, Nicky!

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  29. Wow Nicky fabulous everything!!
    Awesome quilting..really xx

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  30. Your writings, articles, blogs I mean over all contents is must read matter.
    sarcup

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