Monday, September 26, 2011

I've been getting..................

........ somewhat tied up in knots this week

It must be easily seven or eight years ago we spent a week's holiday staying in a holiday cottage in Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. As I hale from that neck of the woods we took the opportunity to visit and catch up with old friends

One of my friends hinted that she would love one of my quilts and when asked what her preferred colour scheme would be she said how much she loves coastal colours; sands, creams and blues

In my usual fashion, on our return home I delved into my stash and started work on one of my medallion quilts - you know the theme, start in the middle with no particular plan and just keep adding what you fancy round the outside

At that time I'd never done a dresden plate - so that was my starting point with a big hand appliqued butterfly to match

Then a few hand appliqued flowers
And some delectable mountains with grandmother's fans in the corners as I'd not had a go at these either. Which left me with some blank sand areas between the blue and white hearts in the corners of the previous round Which is where the knot tying came in with a little celtic knotwork - I haven't done any of this in a while so I thought why not?

Working on this over the past week made me remember why I enjoyed it so much; from the design drafting through the interweaving of the bias tubing to the leisurely hand stitching along each edge
Here we are so far - it still needs probably a couple more rounds to make it up to the size of a useable bed sized quilt - but for now it's neatly back in the cupboard in its correct place until inspiration strikes me for the next stage. It's a good job the friend has never been told I'm working on it - she would probably have given up hope of ever catching sight of it
Other than a bit of mindless string piecing some scraps together because I had the desire to stitch something simple on the machine I've stayed in the same knotty mode

A certain blogging friend entrusted me with a quilt top she had worked on so I could add some knotwork - well Kate, your wait may be soon over - it's underway


sewkalico said...

You are the absolute applique master (mistress!!) and I am sure both friends will appreciate the work and feel that the wait was most definitely worth it! Love that you're blogging again, you always inspire me (not to embark on huge medallion quilts, but just to be quilty in general!)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh you are working on some beauties there!

Ali Honey said...

That's lovely. What about a wide band of the plain blue you have used. Just something simple. Your friend should be well pleased.

Clare said...

It doesn't matter what you turn your hand to, it's always perfection.

Yes please to a jiffy bag if you can spare any.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh that medallion is wonderful! You are so good at waiting for just the right inspiration!

AnnieO said...

Oh so gorgeous! A medallion quilt is on my list for someday too. That is one lucky friend to get such a beauty!

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! That quilt is stunning! I love it! It's so nice to find other quilters from the other side of the world! :)
Ulla from Finland

Tanya said...

Your friend is going to be so surprised! It is a beautiful quilt. Love the delectable mountains!