It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy from Amy's Creative Side. There's so much eye candy out there I go into sensory overload.
My name is Shay and I suffer from PCS. (Pattern Challenge Syndrome) I read instructions and they always looks like they're written in gibberish. So my usual modus operandi for quilting is that I eyeball a quilt I like and decide in my own head how it makes sense for me put it together. Then I cross my fingers, warn my husband that things are going to get scary so he can leave the house for a few hours, days, weeks, whatever , lay in a supply of endless swear words and jump in where angels fear to tread.
But when I saw this pattern, I desperately wanted to make the quilt and I had no idea how it was done. So I realised I was going to have to suck it up and learn to read Cantonese, or Aramaic or whatever language it was written in because I was totally in love. And love can triumph over anything. Even language barriers. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that the pattern for Merry Go Round was written in honest to goodness English. Bless you Sandy Klop. You're my hero.
This quilt was full of firsts. First quilt from a pattern, first try at angled binding (I could have taught a few sailors some new swear words during that part of the process) and the first time I ever used Batik fabrics. Don't let anyone tell you they're grandma and horrible because they aren't.
Because a pile of seemingly Grandma Batik strips managed to morph into this.
I love finding the perfect backing on sale for 4 bucks a metre.
I picked something soft and curvy for the quilting as a contrast to all those angles and sent it out to my quilting fairy so she could really make it shine. By the time I got to the quilting stage I was packing death that if I touched it with my machine I'd ruin it forever. The quilting fairy used rainbow coloured variegated thread to match the colours in the quilt.
This is my most favourite quilt ever....
Quilt Name: Merry Go Round
Size: 74 inches by 80 inches
Quilting: By Sharon Parkinson at Patchwork on Parade
Special Techniques: Angled binding, AND I used a pattern!
Best Category :Favorite ROYGBIV Quilt
A huge shout out to Amy for hosting and to everyone who is stopping by from BQF. Its lovely to have you visit. Please feel free to have a sticky beak around while you're here. I'm off to take a squizz at what everyone else is showing off !