11 August 2014

Southern Cross

Well things are in full-blown craziness around here with the moving but I still managed to whip up a quilt.  Really this last minute stuff is becoming way to stressful and all stress that I put on myself for no reason.  Maybe that will be a goal for next year to plan better.  

This quilt came about because my oldest son's best friend asked me to make him a quilt of an Australia flag.  I didn't want to make a copy of a flag but making my own version is something I thought would be a great challenge.  Here is my sketch that I did on graph paper after a couple of days of thinking on what I would want to create.  


I used the Southern Cross constellation from the Australian flag for my primary for the quilt.  I broke up the background to give it more interest.  I turned this sketch into a paper piece pattern by using some quilters' paper.  I broke up the background into manageable pieces and cut out squares and rectangles to match.  Then I drew random lines on the paper. I pulled a selection of blues from my stash of prints and solids.   The seven and five pointed stars are also paper piece patterns that I found online for free.  I had to enlarge them a bit to be the size I had planned. 

This is what I ended up with -

I am very happy with how this turned out and actually went together very quickly.  I pieced, quilted and bound this in less then a week.  My son gave it to his friend on Friday afternoon right after I sewed on the label.   The finished size is 53" x 66".  It is backed with red flannel with white polka dots and bound with a stripped Denise Schmidt fabric from Joann's. I used variegated blue thread for the quilting. 

Here are some close ups of the quilting - 



My son's friend loves it so that is all that matters.  Oh here is the label I put on it.  I picked this small panel of Australian themed quilt labels when I was in Australia last.  Perfect for a Southern Cross quilt.  I just realized I should of added my city and state. Darn.  This is the first quilt in a long while that I actually remembered to put a label on so that has to count for something. 


This was all my entire goal for this month A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Plus I do not think I will really get much else done this month.  I do have two Round Robin quilts to add to and I hope to pull fabric before I pack it away. That will be the most I will do for August I am sure.

Now it is time to pack up my long arm machine to finish preparing to move.  We have to move to a small 2 bedroom for 3 months while we wait for our dogs to finish clearing import into Australia. I have pulled some small projects to work on and I am hoping to be able to whip up some carry on size bags for us to use for the plane ride.   

The best part about moving to a small apartment is the local quilt shop is a 5-minute walk from my front door.  hehehe  I bet my husband did not realize that.  I see many more yards of fabric migrating to Australia too. :)

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

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4 comments:

  1. It turned out really nice Abby!!

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  2. So lovely to see it finished - it looks fantastic! And most importantly, he loves it - such a great design for a young man... Nice to know that quilters are inspiring children to appreciate the value of handmade!

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  3. Wow Abby, that quilt design is amazing!!

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  4. Very cool Abby! And walk on over anytime!

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