Wednesday, August 6, 2008

It's Summer somewhere.

It's time to finally reveal the very last of the Four Seasons Quilt Swap quilts - received and sent.

Last week I got a big surprise and found a squishy parcel jammed into the letterbox. Lo and behold it was my Summer quilt from my friend the superwoman Fiona.

Isn't it just wonderfully summery and gorgeous!

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - Summer received

It's beautifully quilted so that it puffs up like little pillows - you really want to touch this quilt.

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - detail

And the fabrics - so very Fiona - deliciously vintage and super pretty!

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - detail

And a sweet little label.

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - cute label

Thanks Fiona. I absolutely LOVE it! It will be hung in Daphne's room where it will make us all very cheerful!


And now to the quilt that I have sent far, far away.

I wanted my Summer quilt to have a similar look and feel to my other Four Seasons quilts. I'd like to think that they would look a little like a set if they were all together. I love doing applique and the single image I kept coming back to was 'the summer dress'.

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This time I used my machine a bit more and did the applique with the buttonhole stitch.

4 Seasons Quilt Swap - 'The Summer Dress' - detail

The dress fabric is one of the stunning new fabrics in Anna Maria Horner's new range 'Garden Party'. It just seemed the perfect colours for a summer dress.

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I tried a little bit of free motion quilting, which is not super flash. I wanted it to look like wall paper in a girl's bedroom.

And to finish, a little coat hanger.

Four Seasons Quilt Swap - dress detail

And that is the last of the Four Seasons Quilt Swap quilts. Thanks Margaret - it's been fun!!

31 comments:

Valerie said...

If there was a prize for my absolute hands-down favorite summer quilt, well, it just might go to you! That dress is adorable! It reminds me of a quilt pattern I saw a couple of months ago that was all doll dresses. I am going to have to try and find it now...

Love it!

serenitymeadow said...

Lucky you! What a lovely quit swap to receive. Very pretty but I really adore that label. It's totally unique and cute.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Louise! Both quilts are just stunning! What a fun swap!

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Oh, this is to DIE for! I just adore it. Bravo! My friend, the recipient is just going to love it! I have to go find some of that dress fabric too-lovely

libbybee said...

Oooh, I love your quilt. The fabric on the dress works perfectly. It is summer somewhere, but it isn't here. It has been murky the last few days, and is now really hot but raining and thundering!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Oh Yes, Totally reminds me of summer. Wish it would hurry up and come back here. Your such a lucky girl.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

The summer quilts, both given and received, are gorgeous!!

Soo said...

such a fun summer quilt! I love the dress fabric and the cute little coathanger. The summer quilt you received is gorgeous too!

Nikki said...

How amazing.... you quilting gals are just incredible. Both quilts are beautiful, and have SO MUCH WORK and love poured into them.... I don't know how you do it.
xxnikki (the instant-gratification sewing chick)

My Love is..... said...

ohhhh louise your work is sublime. love the fabric...especially the dress!!

Jhoanna said...

Two stunning quilts! So inspiring - gorgeous fabrics and colours.

Lazylol said...

Wow - both the quilts are beautiful.

Kellie said...

Well what can I say about your lovely little summer dress? It is as lovely as I imagined it would be! The machine button hole stitch looks great! And as for Fiona's quilt you did very well this swap! Are you at the shop tomorrow?

Decorami Mis Labores said...

Pretty!

Blee said...

Good work..! Got some nice hand crafted pillow covers from Sears at very genuine price.

Melody said...

In a word. Gorgeous. (For both quilts!)

fairychildheirlooms said...

What talent! the quilts are gorgeous! looking at your blog inspires me to go make something!!!
Missy

amandajean said...

both quilts are adorable! I have such a hard time working on that small of a scale....I should challenge myself to do more of it.

Rae said...

Those are so lovely! Very inspiring!

Ravenhill said...

Those quilts are both delightful! They are my favorite kind of quilts, with many hand stitches. Wonderful!
~Emily

Rachael Rabbit said...

Wow - I love them!

Philigry said...

stunning! This is beautiful. You are so talented.

a friend to knit with said...

i am always amazed. at all the talents. that is received. and given!
gorgeous.

Katy said...

oh wow - the quilt Fii made is amazing, and the summer dress quilt you made is just perfect. WOW!

katelnorth said...

Hi Louise - guess what, the dress has landed safely here with me, and I just love it. It's precisely the sort of summer dress I love but look stupid in, so it's the perfect subject matter for a quilt. I've made a little space for it on the wall of my sewing room where it seems very happy. Thanks so much, I really do like it!

Jen said...

Oh both quilts are just gorgeous. Lovely blog by the way! Ha, it's not summer here I can tell you I'm looking out my window and torrential rain!

Kristin said...

What BEAUTIFUL little quilts... I'm sitting here swooning!! :)

Kristin
http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome

susan said...

oh geez, i dont which of you is luckier, you for getting hers or her for getting yours!! they are both awesome. i might just have to hunt down some of amh's new line!and try my buttonhole stitch on my machine.

periwinkle said...

both are lovely
lisa x

monica said...

gorgeous!! I love that dress.... I'd wear it... with a lovely lacey parasol... and dainty shoes... walking along Cary Grant and chatting lively with Doris Day..

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