“Outside-In” finished and gifted

I haven’t been able to post about this quilt as it was a Christmas gift for my friend Fi and she follows this blog! It has now been delivered and was already put to use on Christmas Day.Outside in

I saw the original “Cascade” quilt by Anne of  Springleaf Studios on Pinterest and thought it would make a lovely quilt for Fi. She loves her garden and her house opens up at the back so that the garden becomes almost like an outdoor room.  I wanted the quilt to create a sense of the garden coming into the house, hence the name “Outside-In”. Fi also loves orchids and has a number of beautiful purple/cerise ones around the house which led to the final choice of prints which featured purple shades.

I purchased the pattern from Anne and started to audition fabrics. The pattern has a number of different options and I originally decided to do the ‘scrappy’ version. I purchased a variety of large print ‘leafy’ fabrics and got to work, but after cutting and trying out different layouts I still wasn’t happy with the colour mix.1st attempt Fis quilt

I usually work with warm colours and quite a lot of solids, and I’ve never used a pattern before, so this was a learning curve for me. After numerous attempts at different layouts I removed all of it from the design wall and started over with a much more limited palette. This began to work and I eventually settled on using the zigzag version of the pattern and played with different shades of purple for the cascading triangles which needed to blend with the leafy column on each side.

For the back I decided on a large floral Alexander Henry fabric that I bought several years ago and added some solids with an insert of multicoloured triangle fabric to echo the front panels.

As the fabrics were so bold I decided to use strips of the different purples that I used in the triangles for the binding.

Back of "Outside-In"

Back of “Outside-In”

I did straight line quilting across the rows and down the columns and then quilted triangles on the opposite of the inserted purple triangles.

The final size of approx. 50″ by 60″ was slightly shorter than I wanted, but I didn’t have enough of each fabric to make another square for each of the columns.

Panel of Fi's quiltSome of the printed fabrics are:

  • Helen’s Garden by Tamara Kate (the multicoloured triangles on the back)
  • Cactus Dahlias by Philip Jacobs
  • Big Leaf in mint by Philip Jacobs
  • Brassica in green and blue (my favourites)

All in all I’m reasonably pleased with the result!



Of course my quilting assistants were also involved each step along the way.Pepe on quilt

Cosmo on Fi's quilt


Some “quilty” gifts

I finished some gifts on Christmas morning for my friends that I visit for lunch. Unfortunately my sewing machine decided that it too, needed a holiday and just wouldn’t cooperate – tangled threads, needle jams and tension issues (and under my breath cursing).  In the end I finished some of these by hand.

Apple  potholderChevron potholderApronFar from perfect, but appreciated for use doing all that cooking on Christmas Day.

Delectable dessert

I had friends over for Christmas Eve lunch and exchange of gifts today, so I decided to invent a dessert suitable for a hot, humid afternoon.

This was the result!  A mixture of ice cream, Panettone, mascarpone, morello cherries, Cointreau, raspberry conserve and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds on top. YUM!

Wishing you all a delectable and peaceful Christmas.

Frozen pannetone

Enjoying leisure

I’ve had a relaxing morning doing some hand sewing enjoying my leisure and just being still.

I’m not the only one, the boys also decided to chill out!

Cosmo took over my unmade bed.

Cosmo Dec 2014Cosmo Dec 2014

Pepe snuggled into his bed. Life has simple pleasures when we slow down enough to enjoy them.

Happy days!

Last day of work for the year!

I thought it would never get here!  After a busy year I am very happy that I’ve finished work for 2104. This means that there is no excuse for not finishing my various WIPS.  Some need to be completed for Christmas gifts and others by the end of January so that I am up to date before I leave for Quiltcon.

I hope to be able to learn lots of new skills at Quiltcon workshops and then stretch my design skills and my techniques during 2015.

I will be doing lots of sewing, reading, snoozing, playing tennis, eating and relaxing with Cosmo and Pepe during the holidays (not necessarily in that order!) and I am really looking forward to it.

My colleagues and I ended our work year with lunch by the harbour. Nice work if you can get it!Yachts