I’ve been madly planning, cooking and quilting for the last couple of weeks for my mum’s 80th birthday afternoon ‘high tea’ that was held last weekend. So I’ve been a little absent on social media whilst focussing…
TODAY is her birthday though, so I wanted to share the special project that has been happening for quite a few months now.
We lost our Dad unexpectedly in March this year and Helen (my sister) took home lots of dad’s shirts to turn into a memorial quilt. Now I have to say this is the most stunning original design I think I have ever seen using photos and shirt fabrics – what do YOU think?
Every single piece of fabric on the top of the quilt AND the binding is made from Dad’s shirts. The photo’s have been printed using Matilda’s Own fabric sheets. The lighter fabrics in behind the applique have all been stabilised using Helen’s Hugs’n’Kisses stabiliser as the shirts were all very well worn, washed and distorted easily. They were especially difficult to piece the triangles and keep them all straight for quilting! She used her applique paper to turn and glue all the pieces and then hand stitched everything down.
So Helen has designed and made all the quilt top and then she sent it to me to quilt, bind and finish. I have freehanded everything using Wonderfil Konfetti 50wt cotton off white thread on top and Invisafil 100wt thread in the bobbin. Using 100% Hobbs wool over 80/20 Cotton/Poly Hobbs Heirloom batting to get the ‘puff’ for all the photos and quilting designs.
Mum and dad being avid gardeners guided me to create simple ‘Nemeshing‘ quilting designs in the borders and behind the centre applique – a random freeform feather/flower lacy design. Continuous curves in every triangle both stabilised all the seams and created an even density of quliting across the quilt, though the stretch of these fabrics proved very difficult to keep straightish…
Hanging in the breeze was quite difficult to keep looking square and there is some waviness in the borders already, but this is a memory quilt of all our family and now very precious to us all.
Lots of friends, family and yummy food all afternoon was a wonderful way to celebrate mum’s 80th birthday milestone.
Since getting home I’ve been madly preparing my FIRST class with the Great Australian Craft Show.
Sign up to the classroom to access ALL the 400+ classes available to watch at your leisure. I’ll be teaching you a couple of easy Christmas quilting designs and how to make some great little gifts using them in time for Christmas. My class is on Thursday 22nd Oct at 10.30am ACST (11am AEST) where I’ll be there live to answer questions and show you how to easily create them. Just bring paper and pencil to get started!
There is only 1 more online show planned for 2020. So put the date in your diary now. The Great Australian Craft Show 7 ‘Christmas Spectacular’ runs Mon 19 – Sun 25 Oct.
- Exhibitor hall – over 120 of Australia’s favourite craft shops
- Live feed – event specials, demonstrations, and all exhibitors online to chat
- Classrooms – featuring a huge range of classes across multiple classrooms.
Working together to ensure a strong Sewing and Craft Community.
Constantine Quilts will have some great specials during the entire event which will be broadcast every morning at 9.15am LIVE on our Facebook page.
With Live book reviews daily at 2pm and a spotlight sale starting 2.30pm each day until midnight on selected wide fabrics – you will want to tune it to grab them before they are all sold out. You have to be there live or check soon after to find which fabrics are on sale for that day only.
Lastly – we are also providing FREE shipping for orders over $75-. If you want to order a little each day and intend spending over this amount overall, then leave a note in your shopping cart for me to save everything to package all together and reach the free shipping threshold.
So I’m off to keep planning all the specials for next week!
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you all next week on my Facebook page!