Friday, May 17, 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival :: Spring 2013 :: Wall Hanging

Finished and HungIf you arrived at this post by way of Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival, welcome to my blog, Sophie Junction, and for considering my wall hanging, Cocka-Doodle-Tea Towel, for your vote. While you're here, be sure to click over to the Freebies tab and check out the free quilt block patterns, project ideas and tip sheets for quilters.

If you are a follower, you know that I blogged about this project exhaustively in March when I was putting it together for the Tea Towel Challenge. Thanks for putting up with me as I blog about it one more time :-)

I wasn't sure which quilts to share for the festival, but after a discussion about this morning in my kitchen with a fine artist who teaches color theory (also the owner of the company repairing the ceiling just out of view in this photo), and her praise, I knew it was the one.


Cock-a-Doodle-Tea Towel

Quilting on the Singer 301
Here's the basics: 
  • The quilt measures 40 x 56 inches and is an original design.
  • This quilt was begun and finished in March, 2013. 
  • It is made from a tea towel, vintage damask tablecloth and fabrics from my stash, including some made fabrics, pieced from crumbs.
  • The techniques I used include machine piecing--including improvisational pieced words, foundation pieced sun and traditional 4-patch and triangle squares–hand appliqué, and machine quilting. 
I challenged myself to use only fabrics from stash and to quilt it on my vintage singer 301. It's the first quilt I have tried to quilt quilted on this little workhorse.  I have since free motion quilted two more (larger) quilts on this machine.  I think I'm actually getting the hang of it and improving with each quilt ...  here are some detail photos of the quilt and the quilting. Click the links in the key below the photo mosaic to see the original photos on Flickr.

Tea Towel Quilt Details Mosaic


1. Detail - Cone Flowers, 2. Details - Checkerboard border and Sunflower section, 3. Detail - Sun and Checkerboard sky, 4. Detail - words and triangle sections, 5. Detail - Sunflowers, 6. Detail - Thread Painted Butterfly, 7. Detail - Fill patterns, 8. Detail - Quilted Rooster, 9. Ivan Bartlett design (tea towel)

11 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Just beautiful Sophie!!

P. said...

I'm so glad you entered this wall quilt, Sophie. You know I love it, and I loved seeing it again today!

Mama Spark said...

I love this quilt!! Good Luck!

CitricSugar said...

All the different textures and fibres in the piece - they all come together... Very cool.

Barbara Stanbro said...

Very cute. Great colors.

mb. said...

I am partial to bird blocks, poultry in particular so my enthusiasm for this quilt was predictable. That being said I love this idea beyond those features. What a great view to have from your kitchen!

audrey said...

Beautiful! Your colors are wonderful.:)

Renee said...

What a fun quilt! I love all those little details.

quirky granola girl said...

that rooster towel is amazing. what a great choice to use that as a launching point for a great quilt.

Rainbows in Wool said...

that rug looks real good on the floor below it, looks like it matches perfect, you know I notice things like that.

Vivian said...

Love it! Love that your stash mixed so well with the towel and love that as the centerpiece. And your 301 stood up to the task beautifully. Great work!

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