Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Meadow Beyond Grandmother's Garden

Thanks to the gods of weather for smiling at Dublin fair city today! Lots of sun (probably too much for a good shot) and here we go:

Somehow the mood of quilt chimes in with the mood of the day, with the daffodils opening all around and the grass greener than ever.

The whole idea was inspired by the pretty green fabric with itsy-bitsy flowers:

I have mentioned before that this project started about half a year ago, but I then realized that the first flowers were made last April, so that's more like year really. I don't like projects that long, so I decided agains hand-appliqueing the flowers to the background and instead machine stitched them down to the assembled quilt sandwich, to avoid additional stitching lines when quilting.

So, the only thing left was to quilt the background. As this quilt is not intended for show or something, just for pure FUN, I thought I'd practice my "blended quilting" or "freeform quilting" or whatever you choose to call it. The idea was to use small-scale patterns between the flowers and larger ones in the free space. It didn't quite work out like that, as it was difficult to judge the spacing and scale when the thing was crumpled under the machine arm. However, I did practice a couple of large feathers and spirals and some kind of flowers.

So, that's finally done and now I can't wait to start a new project, that's been waiting around for some time.

Linking up to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Free Motion Mavericks at Lizzy Lenard Vintage Sewing


  1. Well, hello Dubliner! You are the first I have virtually met from that city.
    Your quilt just makes me smile, I think it is adorable.
    In the states, we call it Free Motion Quilting (or FMQing) and you did a fantastic job!
    Popped by from Let's Bee Social.

  2. Beautiful Quilt !! It reminds me of summer and sun.
    Fantastic quilting.

  3. Your blended quilting is amazing! What a fantastic finish! All of the little details on that quilt are so much fun to look at.

  4. Wow, it turned out wonderfully!

  5. It's beautiful! Such a modern take and the colors are fabulous!

  6. Super pretyy! I love how the backing influenced your design on the front - it's great!

  7. I like it that you appliquéd the flowers after quilting. It looks fantastic!!


  8. Beautiful quilt! Such perfect colors for spring.

  9. Lovely quilting. It's hard to large scale quilting on a domestic machine. Until you get used to it, it look so empty too. However I have a tendency to change scale as I go larger or smaller!

  10. That is a really stunning quilt! The quilting is fabulous.

  11. Olena, this quilt is lovely! Such a bright spot on a winter's day.

  12. Hello Olena,

    Your quilt is fabulous! I love everything about it - such a gorgeous colour combination, and the freeform quilting is terrific. After all those months you must be so pleased with the result.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks - your quilt is this week's featured project!

    Love, Muv

  13. A stunning setting for hexies with equally stunning quilting.


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