Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My William Morris quilt



I would like to share with you a quilt I have been working on for about four years now.  Yes, four years.  I actually finished all the needleturn applique on this quilt a couple of years ago.  It then went into my UFO pile while I concentrated on getting my little facebook handmade business up and running.

The method behind my madness in sharing this on my blog is to, hopefully, encourage me to finish it!   After adding the wadding and background fabric, in my complete stupidity and/or madness, I have decided to completely hand echo quilt every darn panel.   So, I am now guessing it just may well take me another ten years to get it finished.   I sure hope I still like it by then  :)

I must give credit where it is due now.   The pattern is a wonderful creation of the fabulous Australian quilter - Michelle Hill.  This particular pattern was shared over several issues in a great Australian magazine called Down Under Quilts.  Michelle, ofcourse, favours machine buttonhole stitch when finishing her applique pieces but I just love needleturn applique, so I adjusted it a little to suit that method.









The next photo is a close up of the centre piece which I have started to echo quilt.






Well, finally after 5 years I have finished my William Morris quilt.
This is an addendum to this post.  I completely forgot to share this with you after I finished it, so I am doing so now.   I hope the picture allows you to see all the hand quilting that I have added.


I am quite proud of my finished quilt and now takes pride of place on my bed.



16 comments:

  1. Both the top and the quilting are lovely.

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  2. That is one serious piece of art. It's lovely and I see tons of time and tons of heart in it. Congrats for getting back to it and not giving up, it will be well worth it!

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    1. Thanks Susan. Persistence just may pay off in the end :)

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  3. Very pretty. Good luck with the quilting, it looks like it'll be a job and a half - but worth it in the end!!

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    1. Yes...hopefully all this work will keep me out of mischief :)

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  4. I just adore William Morris. This quilt is such a great tribute to his work! All four years of work were definitely worth it on this beauty! :)

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    1. Thanks Erica. I started quilting in 2000 and that is when I actually discovered the wonderful works of William Morris. I have been a lover of his fabric designs ever since :)

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  5. That is really beautiful, Vicki. It is going to take you a while to hand stitch, but it will no doubt be very satisfying. It's such delicate work. You have more patience than I do.
    I got a book out of the library called "50 designers you should know". Of course, William Morris was in it and it made me think of you.

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    1. Thanks Kate. OOOh I must look for that book on my next trip to the library ... :)

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  6. You know I had to go look this up! This is just stunning. Love the details. It will be such a prize and accomplishment when you are all done:)

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    1. I hope so Paula. I have set myself the task of echo quilting on block a week...If I keep to that I should have it finished in three months. ;)

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