Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nine go to Calico Christmas

Calico Christmas is the annual pre Christmas show of the Auckland Patchwork and Quilters Guild.
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In 2002 nine Taupo Quiltmakers hired a van and drove to Auckland to take in the show. To pass the time while we were travelling I took along some 9 patch blocks to stitch. While working on my blocks I was dreaming of an old fashioned scrappy quilt using my hand made blocks set on point. I decided I would make my quilt and show it at  Calico Christmas 2003.I completed the blocks by hand and continued the construction by machine. It took me nearly a year to complete. I spent a long time to seeking out just the right fabrics to use. I used a variety of fabrics for my setting triangles to add to the scrappy look. I wanted the strips between the rows to have a stripe that would run the length of the quilt. I searched and searched for just the right fabric. Fortunately I had a trip to Sydney and on a visit to Peg’s Pieces at Kirrawee I found it.
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Back home again I was on the hunt for the perfect border.Finally I found it, the background colour and the soft old roses were just right.
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Now to quilting. I decided on simple crosshatching through the 9 patches and setting triangles, hanging diamonds down the separating strips and a nice big cable for the border. I completed all the quilting on my domestic sewing machine.
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Just the binding to go – once again the hunt was on. I just couldn’t find the right thing. Suddenly I had a light bulb moment and decided to get the strip fabric out again. There in the remaining fabric I found the perfect little cross hatched strip.
All this attention paid off as Nine go to Calico Christmas won the Best Traditional Quilt Award.
Thanks for popping by

5 comments:

  1. Utterly gorgeous quilt Linda. I love hearing stories about quilts that were a real labour of love to get finished. My first quilt took 18 months because I was looking for the perfect border fabric!

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  2. Are you coming this year? I'm going on the Friday

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  3. Such a lovely quilt Linda, the detail is a credit to you and the binding - well, the perfect finishing touch. I went to Calico Christmas one year, it took us two days to drive up and two days back [from Petone] with many stops on the way!

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  4. Beautiful quilt - the win was well deserved!

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