Monday, 14 October 2019

The Year Round

I didn't realise that I haven't yet posted anything about the quilt I made last February for our branch exhibition "Seasons in the Park". The reason I remembered about it is that I have recently taken out the quilt in question to put it on the wall for its seasonal stunt.

In one of the previous posts I showed the process of making the background for it, it's a mosaic of 1'' (finished) squares and the technique is described in my tutorial here (it's not my idea, it's a technique all around the internet). The fun of it was playing with the colours and creating a nice watercolour-like colour transition.

I quilted the background in a kind of organic stippling in matching threads and then made a simple appliqué on top trying not to overwhelm the background, just add a little interest.

I used two different techniques for creating the 3D elements. The spring part, cherry blossom petals are made with synthetic chiffon, with the edges melted on a tea-light, which not only seals the edge, but also makes the shape curl like a real petal. Some of the petals are sewn onto the background with invisible thread and some are attached to it with a short piece of invisible thread, so they move around with any movement of the air.

The autumn leaves are made of quilting cottons treated with PVA glue to seal the edge as well and make them stiffer and able to hold the shape better. some are also hanging on invisible threads.

All in all, I really like how it turned out, the subtlety of it (which is not usually my style, to be honest).

The exhibition this quilt was in turned out really lovely, too. It took place in the Phoenix Park Visitor center, in a large room with stone walls, which set out the quilts really well. The light was not too good for photography, but spotlights on the quilts lit them well. If you want to have a look at other quilts from the show, they are in the gallery on our branch's website.

Linking up to Can I get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Off the Wall Friday at Creations by Nina-Marie


  1. Beautiful quilt! Just checked the tutorial, I love the look of that method! I have a bunch of tiny squares from fabric samples I want to turn into something, that looks like it might be less fiddly than other methods.

  2. Simply stunning!! Thanks for sharing the links to additional photos from the show, too. What a lovely space, in spite of the poor general lighting!

  3. Wow! I love this quilt, but it's even better as part of this exhibition. Thanks for sharing.

  4. A beautiful quilt! I love the quilting in the background and the 3-D leaves and petals. And the colors, lovely!


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