Sunday, September 14, 2008

She's Apples!

I have been waiting to do a post on this for ages but wanted it to be received first. Then I ran out of time as I had to get away for a girly weekend in Sydney. I'm completely exhausted but really want to show off my latest creation.

Some of you may have already seen this over on Fi's blog and on her Flickr photos.

DQS4 Apple Tree Quilt

I can't tell you how excited I was to get Fiona as a partner. It was quite funny considering she had just had me as a partner for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap.

I had all sorts of ideas for Fi who likes a bit of the vintage look. Then one afternoon while I was busy tidying up the kids toys I picked up a little plastic tree. Within minutes I was cutting up a heap of greens from my stash. And an hour later the quilt pieces were cut and ready for sewing.

I love how this turned out but it's actually the second version. The first I used vliesofix to attach the leaves before I appliqued it and it was way too stiff. It wasn't Fiona at all. Soooo, I redid it and just sewed around the leaves using a straight stitch. I like how it is fraying a bit around the edge. I also changed the background fabric to blue for the sky and green for the grass and I think overall it has a much softer feel.

DQS4 Apple Tree detail

DQS4 tree detail

After coming up with the original idea I decided I wanted a lovely vintagey novelty fabric for the back. And look what I found at work. Lovely new fabric just perfect for the back.

Doll Quilt Swap 4 quilt back

Quilt back detail

To add a bit more detail under the tree I used the little flower pattern from the back.

DQS4 quilt detail

Then it was just a couple of hours work with my little yoyo maker and I had lots of little red apples.

Apple yoyos

Finished off with a little label.

DQS4 label

And all packed up ready to go to my lovely friend Fi!

Ready to Go

And to finish, here's a snap from yesterday. Enjoying a glorious Sydney day with my Goddaughter Sophie.

In Sydney with Sophie