This blog is a bit of a ramble through my life. There's a lot about quilting and textile arts, a sprinkle of my family life and some of my thoughts and ponderings. We currently live aboard an old wooden 1945 Navy boat, called MV Cerego, so you'll find me writing about that too. Welcome aboard!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Retrospective: Tweet Quilt

I was working with my students last night at the beginner quiltmaking classes I run (last one - they gave me chocolates to say thank you!!), when it occurred to me that I never showed the full pictures of the commission quilt I made back in September last year.

I was using one of the birds as an appliqué pattern for my students and they really liked it so I wanted to show them pictures of the quilt it came from.

What was tricky about this quilt was all the fabrics.  The woman who I was making it for asked her friends to bring pieces of fabrics to the little girl's second birthday party with the intention of putting them into a 'keeping quilt'.  Of course, because they all came from different people, none of the fabrics were particularly coordinating!

I had a pinterest board to work from, which was a big help in designing the quilt.  Adding lots of white space made most of the fabrics play nicely with each other.  Then I used all the NZ themed fabrics on the back with a black and white strip, black and white being very 'NZ' colours.

There was a woollen scarf in the bunch of fabrics and the suggestion was to use this for a tree branch, which I was nervous about but it worked out great.

I added more fabrics from my own stash to bridge between some of the original fabrics and I had great fun drawing up different bird shapes.  And the one last fabric that I just couldn't make it go with anything else, I made into a bag to put the quilt in.

It's the first time I've made prairie points and they were so much fun!  I think they added lots of texture to the quilt and really finished off that central image.

I free-motion quilted it with wavy lines in the sky, grass like lines in the foreground and a line of loops and a line of flowers in the border.  I also added the child's initial, a dragonfly, a heart and a leaf into the corners for whimsy.

I changed my bobbin thread colours as I went so you would see the 'picture' on the back too.

I machine bound the edges, because I was running out of time and I think it's a stronger finish for a child's quilt.  And then, to finish it all off, I made a little doll quilt for the girl's dolls.  And I still gasp at how cute that is!  How about that striped binding?!

So there you have it.  It was a great challenge and I was incredibly nervous about whether they would like it or not, but I had a wonderful message back about how much she loved it.  Yay!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.


  1. What a wonderful quilt! I am sure it will be treasured for years to come. Cute dolls quilt too. I like that you changed the bobbin thread so the quilting really showed up.

  2. P.S I hope your classes went well.

  3. Thank you Charlotte, yes, I have enjoyed the pictures. What a wonderful job you did of tying it all together. I'm pleased to hear your classes went well!

  4. Very nice - They jolly well should like this :)

    Still doing DJ here but thinking of a couple of club challenges too.


  5. Terrific quilt. Love your podcast. Please keep it up. Love how you talk about quilting.

  6. I love the way your quilt turned out, Charlotte! To use the woolen scarf as the tree branches was a brilliant idea. Your birds look so cheerful and so does the whole quilt. I really like the way you free motion quilted the little worm and grass, and so many other things. And you're right, The prairie points add a nice frame to the whole "picture". Well done! I am very much enjoying your podcasts, please keep them up, they're so much fun!

  7. Love your birds Lottie. Quilt is gorgeous. Dolls quilt is beaut and a great idea!


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