Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Whirligigging


Please forgive me my little hiatus (again). I've been a little distracted, as you can see.



Lots of gorgeous details in this quilt which have kept me wanting to press on to the next stage. I thought I'd be far too bored cutting out 240 squares of scraps and sewing them into random tab shapes. But no! It was a bundle of fun. And that's said without the slightest sense of sarcasm.



I mean, look at them - eep!!



This is undoubtedly the biggest, scrappiest (in terms of delving into the scrap bags - there are a few of those. Come on, I know you've got some too!) quilt I've ever done. Such a dent has it made in my scraps that I would have trouble starting another scrappy quilt in a hurry. OK that may be an exaggeration. But the problem would be, the scraps would look very familiar and that might get boring...

The only hiccup in the whole process was the doubt that set in once I'd pieced the large setting triangles. I just wasn't sure the fabric (Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner) was right and that it might detract from the centre. I was persuaded otherwise by a bevy of Twitter friends and pressed on and am happily in love again.

So - I've thoroughly enjoyed this little journey - and a rather quick one it's been too, I only started this at Christmas. I know there's a huge hand quilting palooza ahead of me (more on that another time), but it is so fabulous to get this far. I hope I've done Sarah Fielke's amazing pattern justice.

If you'd like to make your own Whirligig, you can find the pattern in Sarah's gorgeous book 'Quilting from little things'. I highly recommend this fabulous book, if only for the amazing quilt eye candy. But also for the Whirligig. I love it.

PS Sarah was lovely enough to feature a progress pic of my quilt on her blog - see if you can spot it!

PPS And because it's been such a long time since my little petal featured here, a couple of pics of real live peeps, not quilts.

Linking up to Lee's Work in Progress Wednesday today, and to Our Creative Spaces.

And this being virtually the only thing I've worked on in the past month, I'm linking up to Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day too! So if you're coming from there - hello!


Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. Seriously.

34 comments:

  1. Looks lovely as does your little cutie! Jacinta

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  2. Beautiful quilt, and I love that AMH print in the setting triangles! So pretty :) And I saw your quilt at Sarah's blog - congratulations!

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  3. I think the technical term for my reaction when I saw this was WOWZER! Really lovely Danielle.

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  4. this is simply amazing! The tabs add such a unqiue feature. very cool!

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  5. Looks amazing. must have taken you ages!!!

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  6. stunning, fantastic work... you should be very proud of yourself!

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  7. What a fun quilt! You've done a great job!

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  8. A really, really lovely quilt, as well as the smile of your cute little one!

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  9. Love the AMH fabric in the setting triangles. It's a beautiful quilt!!!!!!

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  10. Wow, Danielle, the quilt looks gorgeous. You know I admire you appliqué skills, I also love the scrappy tabs and I think Loulouthi was a perfect choice for the triangles.
    And I think I have to give in and check out how to stalk you on twitter ;)
    And so great to see new photos of the real live peeps :) (could some more of them possibly find a way to my email?)

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  11. This is amazing! Absolutely beautiful!

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  12. Wow, that is beautiful! The amount of time you have put into that quilt shows. Lovely colors, you must be very proud to have almost finished!

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  13. What a lovely quilt! I love all the colors and the fresh modern look!

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  14. Definetely my next project...It is amazing...I almost like it better than the one in the book! The Loulouthi fabric is just amazing in this pattern...can't wait to see the finished project.

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  15. I love the leaves! I have a project planned using leaves and this makes me want to get it out and work on it right now!

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  16. This came out so beautiful! I agree the loulouthi suits everything well. Great finish!

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  17. I love your quilt! The details are awesome and the scraps look like they belong together.

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  18. Beautiful quilt! just so darn interesting...lol

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  19. Wow. That is great work. I love those tabs! And I love the idea of using up lots of scraps, I do have plenty of those, thanks for sharing!

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  20. This quilt is soooo beautiful! I love the scrapiness, the tabs, the loulouthi, everything!

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  21. I love the colors and how you incorporated the large print. Very nice.

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  22. Oh my life it's beautiful! Must crack on with mine!

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  23. Oh wow, i came across from myu creative space & so glad i did. your quilt & blog are amazing. i will defo be watching this space :) cheers

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  24. A-MAY-ZING. I saw the photo and knew straight away it would be one of your quilts. I used to follow you under 'somewhere along a winding path' but I've moved now. Still totally Love your work!!

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  25. That is incredible, and since Christmas too, you must be so thrilled!

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  26. Well, I don't know which I like better the whirligig or the last picture of the cutest little girl! Honestly that little girl is just too cute.

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  27. Amazing! Your little one is so cute too!

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  28. I love your whirlygig, so inspiring. That is one sweet cutie potootie you got there too.

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  29. Wow - gorgeous quilt!! And your daughter too!

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  30. Danielle, love this pattern! And your little sweetie is sooo cute!

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  31. Wonderful fabric choices! I am in love! You most certainly did that pattern justice. Adorable babe too. Don't you love it when you get a pic like that?

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  32. I am so in love with your Whirlygig it isn't funny! In fact I think it might be on my plans for 2013.

    Beautiful! You have quite the eye for colour.

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