My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

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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