Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The view outside!

Way back when I started blogging I was expecting to talk about gardening too!

It used to be a passion of mine - hence the Mrs Sew and Sow but it seems the sewing has taken over somewhat.  My garden is at it's prettiest in Spring and Autumn and the blossom is rather gorgeous at the moment so   if you can put up with a bit of garden there might be some other stuff after...








Look what else was in the garden - my second giant star with a black print background kindly donated by the lovely Helen.  The pattern is by Jeni @incolororder. 



Instead of sticking to the straight line quilting that I did in the first one I started playing around with feathers in the background! 




 It was so much fun I carried on...




But then disaster struck!  Not enough thread!  Argh!   And just where do you find Aurifil 28 weight in this country when you want it?   Answer you don't in this pale lilac colour and it would cost a fortune to buy from the US due to increased P&P.  So what do you do??

Well I improvised of course - used another colour and called it my label - ok it is not very legible but it says Feathered Star, by Nicky Eglinton, May 2013!  More of a secret - not so secret label then!   Feathered star ?  On account of the quilting rather than the pattern... 





Must remember to make sure I have enough thread next time!  And this sure used up a lot....

And by the way this is my first finish in Quarter 2 of the finish along!  Oh dear only 6 more to go and one month to do it in!

25 comments:

  1. Love the different coloured thread! It's definitely a design feature!

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  2. Your garden looks beautiful and big! Love your quilt and feathers. Do you quilt like this on a regular machine and how easy do you find manipulating a big quilt like this to do FMQ?

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  3. That looks so cool and the different thread is an original design feature! ;-)

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  4. Look at you! FMQ Queen! That's one gorgeous quilt!
    Loving your garden right now. Spring is fab, isn't it? So optimistic for the summer to come.

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  5. I saw your star in the BritQuilt Flickr pool and my first thought was the great use of the colour change in your quilting! It's so funny that what we often see as a potential disaster others see as a design choice. Great quilting! and I agree the price of shipping from the US puts a real crimp in my fabric shopping. I've recently purchased Aurifil from Quiltdirect here in the UK. They have a wide selection and are quite quick. Happy quilting xx

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  6. You have skillz when it comes to quilting!

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  7. you know, I am such an idiot - I only realised now what your blog name means!

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  8. Your garden looks glorious, as does your quilting! I love the colour change - it looks like it was a deliberate design decision ;o)

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  9. Your feathers look great!

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  10. Giant star looks right at home in your beautiful garden! Jxo

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  11. Your garden was the perfect setting for such a glorious quilt!

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  12. Love the feathered giant star. Your garden looks beautiful in Spring! Di x

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  13. Those feathers are absolutely awesome!!

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  14. Fabulous quilting dahling! But that FMQ positively eats thread o.O

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  15. The colours out and about at the moment are stunning, probably all the rain! Your feather quilting is fabulous, well done!

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  16. Your garden is beautiful! Well done on the genius quilting - the star looks fab. I'm in the same boat on the FAL - I don't think I've finished one and I'll be out of action in June as I'm doing a course. Oh well!

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  17. Beautiful garden! So jealous of the green, we don't get it for long in Australia. The quilt looks great too. Great feathers!

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  18. Garden looks lovely, but the quilt is stunning! Big spools, it's the only way!

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  19. Gorgeous garden, gorgeous quilting! Really just fabulous!

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  20. Crazy quilting; I am not even surprised how great it looks!

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  21. Love you Giant Star and the quilting - wow! It must have taken you forever. The colour change in it looks fab! The garden looks pretty too ;) x

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  22. JUST BEAUTIFUL !!!
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