Monday, 28 January 2008

Take it Further Quilt Finished! (at last)

Last night I finished my TIF quilt. I messed up a bit on the binding (it should have been a bit wider and I should have done proper mitred corners) and I learnt that blanket stitch takes longer than you think, especially when you are stitching through so many layers!! But I am ready for the next TIF challenge on Feb 1. The photo is not as accurate with the colours as the scanner but the quilt is too wide for my scanner.

Yesterday I also finished my Seasons Journal Quilt. I really learnt a lot doing this one (or re-learnt information I had forgotten in my years away from fabric and quilting!) and there are some pretty significant "technical" faults in it but overall I am happy with it. I did a fold-forward style backing and border on this one and like it better. I am sure there is a proper term for this but I don't know it! This quilt is 8.5 x 11 inches so it fits on my scanner - the colours in the picture are extremely accurate, only the shiny bits and beads don't show up very well.

No progress to report on the Australian Autumn quilt so I guess that will be what I am working on this week (and as that is the one that actually has to be posted somewhere and has an early Feb deadline, of course it is the one I have left to last!).

And to reassure my paper arts friends that I haven't completely moved over to the fabric side, here are some paper fabric postcards/ATCs that I am making. So far all I have done to the paper fabric (which was painted as part of the initial process back here) is cut it to size, back it with felt and stamp it with text and flourish images. Not sure what next - awaiting inspiration (or even just an idea or two!)...

Extremely hot here again today - forecast of 44 degrees (or 111F) - good day to stay inside and maybe take a dip in the pool when it gets dark!

22 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, which in turn has led me to discover yours! I can see already that I'll be doing lots of exploring to see more of what you've done. I really like your TIF piece!!

Tanguera said...

Your quilt turned out wonderfully!

Barbara said...

wonderful "take it further"project.....love the colours...Barbara

Pat said...

I like your TIF piece, there is so much to look at and I love the sun on your seasons quilt.

Ati. Norway. said...

This TIF quilt turned out beautiful! As Pat said there is much to see and I like the colors too.

Susan D said...

Don't want to sound like a whinginig pom but how did you manage to withstand such heat to do so much. Can't decide which I like most TIF piece, Seasons quilt or paper they are all. I can see you are like me you like colour nothing wishy washy.

Glorious Hats said...

Enjoyed reading through all your TIF posts and following your process and development of the piece. Great how it all worked together. Gorgeous final piece. Jane

Gwen said...

this quilt is lovely, and I think it illustrates balance beautifully. I love the colors and the combination of textures and pattern!

audrey h. said...

Debbie...your quilts are so beautiful. I still want to try and make one of those fabric postcards...it's on my to-do list :o)

jacqui said...

I must admit as a rule I don't like crazy quilting as it all seems much the same to me but yours grabbed my attention. I suspect its because it has more struture in it than most. I love the clock face and had been thinking along that line for my Oct BJP page but used an old watch instead.

I think you have ended up with a very balance piece and more overall a beautiful piece of art.

Joanna van said...

Your bottom papers are just beautiful. I love the script with the color combination.

Jacquelines blog said...

You're TIF piece looks great Debbi. I am glad that you are deviding you're attention between fabric and paper!!! I love them both!

sharon young said...

Lovely finished TIF piece Debbi, and I think the binding looks great just the way it is, I would never have thought of using blanket stitch over the binding. Lovely!!!
I really love the seasons journal quilt, it looks amazing in the close up, what a fantastic colour scheme.

Julie said...

Congrats on finishing your Tif piece! It's lovely and I really like the different textures in the fabrics.

Meg in Albuquerque said...

The colors are so rich in your TIF, I feel like I could look at it for hours and still not see all.

Gwen said...

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! I am glad that I found your blog, also!

What a lot we will learn through this challenge!

I can't believe you are having 111 degree weather! We had snow and it has "warmed up" to 36 degrees!

Night Owl Designs said...

Your quilt is awesome Debbi! Love the pink postcards too :-)

Jacky said...

What a wonderful blog. Love your paper/fabric postcards (one of my favourite colours) and your quilts are beautiful!
I've got to learn how to make that paper/fabric, it is gorgeous.

Kristy C said...

This is just beautifuk!! You did such a great job!

Becci said...

I truly admire your art quilts! I've tried to make quilts in the past (little ones too)and so I know just how much work goes into one from start to finish!
While surfing around blogs this morning yours had a sense of peace... :-)

Have a great hair day! Becci

katelnorth said...

they both look great - just in time for the next month's TIF challenge!

Dianne said...

Both gorgeous Deb!! Love the TIF quilt - my eyes just keep wandering over it - so much to look at.