I've been plugging along quilting the Baby Bunting Quilt. I had hoped to have this finished in time to exhibit at the Waimate North Agricultural &Pastoral Show last Saturday (think lambs, cows, horses, produce, floral, hand crafts and baking competitions), but by Wednesday I knew that it wasn't going to happen. So over the last week I finished up the last of the quilting and the scrappy binding - now just the threads to cut, and a little bit of hand applique to tidy off the bit that I missed with the machine.
The stipple quilting has made the applique and star points pop - plus provides a lovely all-over texture.
I also disappeared off to The Auckland Festival of Quilts with Charlotte and Mathea... a mere three hour one way journey (time for lots of girl talk... and oh, the range of topics discussed!) We walked and walked... looked and looked... and shopped and shopped.
I took a series of random photos - mostly to remind me about something in particular rather than showcasing the gorgeous quilts that were on display.
I really liked how this double wedding ring quilt included this applique border.
I really like this somewhat Hawaiian applique style - stylized pohutukawa pattern.
It also had some wonderful quilting.
While I'm not usually a fan of diamonds, I did quite like this log cabin like arrangement.
And this one also had a great quilting pattern in the background space. It can be hard to fit daisy like flowers together, but filling up with pebbles seems to work well.
And I don't think I even took a photo of the rest of this quilt - but was fascinated by the precision quilting... computer aided I am sure.
A variation on a disappearing nine patch block. This had a really interesting setting.
A nine patch sliced somewhat off centre... very clever!
This panel was just interesting...
Combining both machine and hand quilting.
I still gravitate somewhat towards the low volume backgrounds... also the soft colour variations in the feature areas. This one very cleverly had a graded colour wash of plus shapes - something not noticed until viewed from a distance.
Similar but different...
Check out Charlotte's blog here for more FOQ (really, do you think this abbreviation will catch on... after all, how would YOU pronounce it?) pictures (of some actual full quilts) plus more links to other blog photos.
In the shopping basket I have some new thread to try... plus a new (unphotographed) quilting ruler.
And what's a quilt show without some new random fat quarters?
Adding to the wee random collection I had purchased from The Country Yard at their exhibition a couple of weeks ago...
Random + Random = a new wee bundle.
Ahh... love these soft soft colours...