Friday, 10 July 2015

Play Time - A Travelling Cot Quilt

This cot quilt began in the Australian Capital of Canberra as single, log cabin style block in fresh whites, oranges and turquoise.

Then off it travelled to my Mum, Norma in the Blue Mountains (New South Wales) where she added another block with some pink highlights. Mum and I had agreed to make a travelling quilt; something we could play with. The quilt top travelled back and forth between us like this for several months, growing bigger and more involved and it was always exciting to receive the parcel in the mail and see what Mum had added.

It has been a true collaboration and i reckon it's turned out so well. 

Given the varying styles of blocks and different sizes, i found it difficult deciding how to quilt it. I wanted it to be special, so decided to try and quilt each section with something to suit it. In some places, like around the triangles, i've stuck with quilting in the ditch.

My favourite section to quilt was the wonderful Kathy Doughty (Material Obsession) Sunburst Star (p116. of Making Quilts...the promise of joy) and given its size, has ended up being a real feature of the quilt. I also like how the petals have tuned out inside the improv drunkards path.

The wool/polyester batting gives the quilt a really great loft and makes the quilting stand out well.

We recently spent a winter weekend down the coast and i enjoyed taking some photo's of this quilt before washing it ready to send off to it's new owner. It was test driven by The Hurricane and given full approval for warmth and drying capacity!

This quilt has been posted and travelled all the way to Rainbow Beach in Queensland, where it is now keeping its new owner Olivia (3months), warm on these winter nights. Sleep sweet Olivia. We hope you will have fun playing with your quilt, feeling all the textures, looking at the fresh colours and snuggling underneath it.

Quilty Specs:
Size:               Approx. 34" x 50"
Quilt top:       Various 100% cotton, made by Jen and Norma
Batting:          Wool/polyester
Backing:        Various 100% cotton
Quilted by:     Jen using a pale blue 50wt Aurifil thread.

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  1. Looks so bright and happy. great collaboration quilt! The Hurricane photos looks like it got a thorough testing!

  2. What a beautiful collaboration! The colors are bright and happy! I can definitely imagine eagerly waiting for it in the post to see how it changed each swap.

  3. Very cute quilt, very cute kid :)

  4. I love the story of your beautiful quilt. What an heirloom treasure. The fmqing is very detailed and impressive. Do you have a long arm?

  5. You both did such a beautiful job ... I soooo love quilts like this! Your quilting is amazing!

  6. Looks fantastic against that wall - super colours. Good job both of you! I like the way you quilted each block as per what inspired you about the pattern of the block - a unique quilt!

  7. Wow! You and your mum crammed lots of gorgeous details in a small space.
    If a round robin goes around a group, would this be a yo-yo quilt or maybe a pendulum quilt as it moves between two points? :)

  8. Amazing quilt and such a great idea to make it between you and your mum. Love the quilting on it

  9. What a great idea taking turns adding to a quilt. It would of been a great surprise each time the quilt travelled.

  10. It's a lovely quilt with gorgeous stitching!

  11. What a lovely quilt, and something fun too!

  12. The quilt turned out very well indeed! Very lovely, fresh looking, with gorgeous blocks and beautifully quilted!
    Pinned and shared on google+

  13. Oh you ended your post with the perfect pictures! Thanks for the smiles!

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  14. This is amazing! The pictures are beautiful and the quilting on this really made it pop!!

  15. Its a beautiful quilt! What a fun way to make a quilt! You and your mom did an amazing job, its so colorful!

  16. The colors and quilting are gorgeous in this quilt!


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