Monday, 24 March 2014

Small but 'perfectly' formed

Well, perhaps not perfectly, but at least more quickly and easily quilted! I have been enjoying to making smaller quilts and wall hangings, both pieced and appliqued. This at least allows you to practice techniques and styles without a massive committment.The first finished project is based on a pattern by Kathleen Tracy from 101 Fabulous Small Quilts, published by That Patchwork Place. Kathleen calls it 'One Patch'. I am still thinking of a name. It is a very traditional style, making a nice change from recent projects. 


 This little quilt finishes at 25.5" x 25.5"


 I quilted it in the ditch and then in a grid


 And found a place for it on the landing


Meanwhile I have been making an applique quilt from the same book, a pattern by Nancy Mahoney. I love to applique because it satisfies my need for slow stitching. Here's a sneak preview,




The top is now pieced and ready to quilt. Now here's the thing......my 2014 quilty resolution, as inspired by Sandy of Quilting for the Rest of Us blog, is to practice my free motion quilting, an aspiration I have done nothing towards as yet this year. However, one of the reasons for making smaller quilts is that they should be easier to handle when FMQing.
So, watch this space!