Friday, April 12, 2013

the bloomsbury gardens hourglass quilt


Oh hi! Yep, I'm still here. And if you're still coming despite my lags between posts, thank you. I've been sewing just a little bit every day, but between a very active toddler and a pre-schooler who isn't wanting to nap these days, time is precious. So I get a little lazy with the blogging and do most of my daily WIP sharing on Instagram. 

I have been feeling quite productive the last few weeks and now I have a new, shiny quilt to show you! When Liberty of London released their first-ever quilting cotton line, Bloomsbury Gardens, it was love at first sight. I've been a Liberty fan for awhile now so this was just a dream come true for me. I ordered a gigantic half yard bundle of the stuff, and while it was a true splurge, I'm still glad I did because these prints feel right at home in my stash and lots of patchwork projects. I haven't been feeling much of an urge to stitch up 'one designer line' quilts lately, but I had to make an exception here. 


The colors and prints in this line are so vibrant and beautiful I knew I wanted to set them off with pure Kona white for a more classic touch. The block I used, though sometimes looks like a pinwheel, is just a simple hourglass. You can find a great tutorial for the block on Ayumi Mills blog. This quilt is pretty big, I think around 75x75, and the blocks are just 4.5 inches, so it was a lot of piecework. Chain-piecing was my friend here.


I quilted this one on my own and I must say I think I'm more proud of this work than any quilting I've done yet to date. Once again I used a design from Angela Walters Free Motion Quilting - I've been getting a lot of bang for my buck with that book! This time I used the Paisley design. Luckily it was fun  to do because it did take me nearly six hours to complete over the course of a week. I went with good old plain white for the back too, and I'm glad I did because the quilting pops.


So that's that. I'll see you here again soonish with my Marcelle Medallion!

9 comments:

  1. this looks fantastic! the fabric is gorgeous and the quilting is a true accomplishment! Nice work!!

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  2. I know how it goes with having active little ones and trying to find time to sew! I am with you on Bloomsbury Gardens - I also bought a 1/2 yd bundle (except for the browns) and I don't regret it. What do you think of the Stile line? I like Bloomsbury better but they are both gorgeous!

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  3. I love your quilt and the quilting is

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  4. ....gorgeous! I really want to make a Marcelle Medallion too, the combination of prints really fascinate me :)

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  5. Love this!! So classic yet fresh. Beautiful!

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  6. Great Job on the paisleys!! Such a pretty quilt!!

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  7. Great job getting so much done with little ones at home. Do you sew while they are up or is it mostly after bed? I have 2 of my own and often wonder how others fit it in.
    I really love the way the white sets off the colour in the liberty and that although they match and are part of one collection the variation in colour means they are less matchy than most collections. It's really beautiful.

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  8. Wow! I am so impressed with the machine quilting...it's awesome.

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