Sunday, April 26, 2015

How to make a full Gossip in the Garden quilt top in 8 weeks

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Ingredients needed:
A wish to see the quilt top done, a plan, daily action, a lot of coffee and a rather distant relationship with my sewing machine these days.

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For 8 weeks this was the only project I was working on!
I am known as one who juggles many projects at once, but I was drawn to be quite introvert and work on this quilt only, for as long as it took.

This quilt has all I want for the time being - some English paper piecing, some stitchery and a lot of applique, so I could easily switch between what suited my daily urge.

Some sewing machine work was done too, but not very much - the stars, some blocks and the final joining of blocks and borders.

I have been working from my own fabric collection and have had a lovely time picking what fabrics to use. It takes more time than to work from a kit, but I do enjoy the process more this way.

Originally I started the first block of this quilt in September 2014, choosing fabrics to match the original pattern, but it did not sit with my taste at all, so this third start did the trick - yes, I tried a second time too, with nothing to show for it....
I have a small pile of reject blocks from the first 2 starts that will finally be worked into something else. I will not show them to you!

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The last couple of days of this project went rather fast - full speed forward - and it finished fairly fast once I started putting the blocks together, in spite of all the partial seams and inset blocks.
The quilt is now at my machine quilter Merete Ellingsen for the final touch.

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Pink flowers and insects greeting card

Hanne

18 comments:

Mary Truax said...

good work, Hanne!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

with so many aspects of this quilt it must have felt like you were working on many quilts at one time instead of one - looking forward to seeing the finish

Edny sine puslerier said...

Noe så fint og såå mye arbeid! Mektig imponert.

Lilla dør said...

Knallfint.... her var det mykje flott arbeid

Kristie said...

Beautiful! That looks like a lot of work.
-Kristie

Huize Krul quilts said...

This quilt looks great, beautiful job done. Looking forward to see the quilting on it. Coriene

Karen said...

Lovely finish on your beautiful quilt. Can't wait to see it all quilted. Love this one and had to order the pattern - I will put it in the "someday" box. I was at retreat this weekend and we commented how much a person can get done on a project when they concentrate on just that one lol. Congrats on your finish.
Hugs - Karen

Elin T. Grov said...

Very very nice, indeed! Congratulations!

Chookyblue...... said...

I have this pattern..........and after seeing yours I really want to get started but I will have to wait a little more time......beautiful...........

Yvonne W said...

All I can say is wow! It looks fantastic.

margaret said...

wow you certainly have done wonders here in such a short time a delightful quilt

Susan said...

You've been working hard, it's a great result. Lovely fabric selections.

Elvira said...

!!!Que precioso!!!, No podría decirte que bloque me gusta mas, son todos fantasticos
Besos

Katie said...

Mmmmmmm. Good enough to eat! :-)

Ondrea said...

Wow! You have finished that quilt so quickly! It looks beautiful. Well done.

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Hanne,
what an accomplishment, this top done in 8 weeks, it would take me a year. Beautiful colors and fabrics, love your choices, it looks so pretty and delicate.
Congratulations on this finished top.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Cheryl said...

Amazing effort - it's beautiful

Megan said...

Fabulous fabric selections Hanne - your quilt looks wonderful.

Megan
Sydney, Australia