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More quilts!

This has been the weekend of finishing quilts: I was thisclose to finishing one that I've had in progress for *mumble* years, and then I unexpectedly am going to visit one of my best friends this week; she had a baby over the summer, and the quilt for him was also 90% done. So after some frantic sewing and dashing to the store and only poking myself with a pin hard enough to bleed once, here we are!


You might recognize this as my offering for help_japan; no one bid on it. :( That's okay, it's finding a home anyway!




This second one is from a kit that I purchased when I visited New Zealand/Aotearoa. In 2006. *facepalm* I don't usually buy kits; they're expensive, and half the fun for me is picking out the fabrics. But this was so gorgeous, and I really wanted a special souvenir from that amazing place, so I sucked it up and bought it.

And then it sat on the shelf for at least a year. I finally got around to cutting up the fabrics and piecing the top together, and as is often the case, it sat around for a while after that. Pinning together the three layers of the top, the batting, and the backing is a pain (literally; I threw out my back once after spending too long crouching on the floor pinning layers together), so I put it off. And then wrestling the quilt sandwich into my sewing machine is also hard; my machine does not have a very deep throat (and yes, that is the technical term for it), so it has to be rolled up and shoved through and laid flat enough to stitch through the three layers. After quilting, the binding has to be put around the edges, and you can see from the waviness in the pics that I suck at this stage. Probably because I'm always so impatient to finish the damn thing already.

Anyway. I worked on it last year over winter break and had all but the border left to quilt. Then i got distracted by other things until a few weeks ago, when I finally made myself sit down and finish it. Ta da!



The squares in the centers of the blocks all have something to do with New Zealand, mostly local flora. The little shiny bits are pieces of paua shell; this is a wall quilt, not meant to be heavily used. The green fabric has ferns on it, and the background print is based on a Maori pattern that I tried to follow with the quilting lines, which is part of why this took so long. The green triangles around the border are the Flying Geese pattern, and the blocks are the creatively-named Square Within A Square.




Now I'm going to root around in my cabinet and see if there's anything else that needs finishing...what we call WIPs are UFOs in the quilt world: UnFinished Objects. :D

Comments

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morganoconner
Oct. 17th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Both of those are absolutely beautiful, but that New Zealand quilt... &hearts__♥

WOW.

I always love seeing your quilts, they're always so darn pretty and almost make me want to try quilting out myself. :)
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was just following the directions, but at least the corners (mostly) match up. :)

You should! It's really easy! But it does take a lot of time and money and space, at least if you're a fabric hoarder like me...
peppervl
Oct. 17th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous. I always love looking at quilts. (Of course, they always make me want to have one too, and bemoan the fact that I likely will never find one that I both love and can afford.)
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love looking at them, too. And yeah, I'm always amazed at how much they cost, even when I know how much work goes into making them.
jesseofthenorth
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
I can see why you wanted that amazing kit from New Zealand. That is gorgeous!

They are in fact both lovely :D
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a really neat pattern. Thanks!
scintilla10
Oct. 17th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
oooooo, how pretty! *__*
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I wanted to come back from my Australia trip with another kit, but the two quilt stores I visited in Melbourne only seemed to sell American fabrics...
big_heart_june
Oct. 17th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Lovely!
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
harrigan
Oct. 17th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
What an awesome souvenir! And the top one is gorgeous, too! Congrats on finishing!
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Now I need to figure out a way to hang it on my office wall, well away from the sunlight.

Thanks! It does feel good to have it done. :)
wendy
Oct. 18th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
I am so in awe of your talent. GORGEOUS.
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I was just following the instructions.

You know what comes next, don't you?
wendy
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
YES I DO. Not like I've been stalking you waiting to see it... (sounds so dirty!!)
zubeneschamali
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
I found fabric this week with pies on it, so now I think I'm ready to get started. :D
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