Quilt No 3 - block 4
Into that bottom draw

Finally Finished! (Well almost)

Back in the 1990s I did a needle turn applique class with Diane Johnson.  Back then I had never seen this kind of work and was really impressed with Diane's work, so when the opportunity arose to learn I jumped at it.

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Her flowers were just so perfect.  After I met her I found that she dyed all her own fabrics to get the colours she wanted.  I think I made a panel for a cushion and I remember that she was a strict teacher saying there was only one way to replicate her applique.  I've learnt differently since then but still this class gave me a good foundation.

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Then in the early 2000's I discovered traditional Baltimore quilts.  These were beautiful but I didn't want to make one.  Come 2003 and Alma Allen and Cherie Ralston published a book with patterns for another type of applique quilt.

Screen Shot 2020-04-27 at 2.09.54 pmMy local patchwork shop had a year of classes with Denise Lawson to make this quilt.  (Sadly soon after this Denise died from cancer.)  So I signed up for these and made the quilt.  I hadn't made many quilts at this time and that saw tooth border was a challenge. 


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This quilt really taught me a lot about needle turn applique.  BUT, (there is always a but) I wanted to hand quilt it and I just couldn't find the time.  I had three children, was working full time, completing a Masters Degree and this was bottom of the list.

Years went by and every so often I would pull the quilt top out and then I decided I didn't like it and wouldn't use it.  There were other quilts I liked better, so it went back in the draw. 

Fast forward to this lock down.  Going through that bottom draw again I found that quilt top and decided this would be the perfect time to finish it.  (There was 10 metres of hand stitching in that binding.) I couldn't face hand quilting it, so just settled on a large stipple pattern.  And here it is.

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The almost finished bit refers to the quilt bag which I still have to make.  But, looking through my stash look what I found?

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I have been keeping this fabric all this time just for this purpose.  I have some other unfinished work in this draw that I either have to finish or dispose of.


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Well, lockdown has done something useful for you, then! Are you pleased with it, now it's done? Do you like it now?

Queenie Patch

What a beauty!

Mary O'Neil

Well congratulations!!!
At least you can see all you have achieved in this lockdown! Well done👏

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