Monday, 3 September 2012

Eclipse on a Sunny Day

I've been waiting for a sunny day and beachy background to show you this quilt; which I think was the third one I made, finished a few years ago now.  It was a very long process, begun in NZ and stretched across two more moves one across the Tasman and one within Adelaide where we still live. 

It was my first go at curved piecing, which really wasn't as hard as I'd anticipated and the instructions were very clear. I added on a couple more rows of blocks to the pattern to make this a twin bed sized quilt.

 Leftover fabric was good for the scrappy binding

 The quilting was a meander in variegated thread, except within the circles where I used an FMQed spiral to emphasize the circle. Some went a bit wiggly woggly, especially on the larger outside parts of the spiral!

I left the lighter pieced circles unquilted, having stitched in the ditch around them.

This quilt was for my daughter who loved these colours. It's probably not what she'd choose now at almost 17, though she is still drawn to colour, but I think she still likes it and I'll make her another some day.

I didn't take any of the back, which is just a soft white flannelette sheet and the variegated quilting thread used front and back just gives it a little lift. I used wool batting as my daughter feels the cold!

The pattern (called Eclipse) was a free one from Fun Quilts Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr whom I've enthused about before. And much of the fabric is from a line they did too, though I did supplement it with a couple of others.


  1. What a fun quilt for your daughter - and I particularly like the spirals - a good example of how the machine quilting can enhance the design. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful quilt - I love the way you quilted it too. (And it's a lovely quilt photo shoot!)

  3. I love the colours and the circles. I think it was a great idea to leave the circles unquilted, too.


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