Sunday, 26 October 2014

I Blame Instagram!

Yep, it's all Instagram's fault I haven't posted in a while.

A couple of months back I met up with some ladies from a Facebook Group I am in and they all talked about Instagram and how great it was so I was convinced to set up an account.  Let's just say that I have became a little bit obsessed with this whole new world of instant gratification.  I have been following people, joining in swaps and challenges and completely ignoring my blog.

But now that I have got the infatuation out of my system it's all systems go again.

In August I joined in a Bonnie & Camille charm swap organised by the talented Ms Midge which yielded 112 charms from across all of the B&C collections.  Following on from the swap is the Bonnie & Camille Charm-A-Long.

We were challenged to make a project using the charms from the swap for a chance to win some beautiful prizes.

So without further ado, here is my entry:


I have wanted make a circle quilt for some time and I have many different circle projects on my list but I didn't feel any were suitable for this challenge.  So I came up with my own design.
I am calling this quilt 'River Walk'.



First I cut random sized circles from some of the charms and machine appliqued them to the background fabric using invisible thread.  Tying off and buying threads for all of the circles was the hardest and most tedious part of the project.  But once that was done it was time for some fmq fun.


I chose to quilt circles and the plan was to quilt them densely close to the applique and then gradually spread them out towards the edges of the quilt.  I don't think I was quite as successful as I had pictured in my head but I can assure you I wasn't about to unpick and start again!


I still have to wash and block the quilt but as usual I was cutting things pretty fine and only just managed to get it complete in time to post before the challenge deadline.
One day I will be organised and allow plenty of time to complete projects so that I do not put myself under so much pressure.......hmmmm, one day.

Until next time,

Sue




21 comments:

  1. Well done Sue. It is a great design and definitely looks lovely. It was a treat to watch you quilt and get it finished. Glad we were the first to see it finished.
    Well done on your challenge. Retreat friend.

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  2. Fabulous circle quilt, love the layout.

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  3. what a gorgeous quilt! Such a nice way to use charm squares instead of the usual squares or HSTs. I think the quilting worked out well.

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  4. Great design and what a cool way to use those little squares.

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  5. Great design with all those beautiful fabrics. I love the quilting. Gret job. I will pin this, for a future project. I will start to collect fabrics. Thanks for sharing.
    Love from Amsterdam

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  6. Oh wow, I love the 3D look of the circles. Perfect quilting!

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  7. Gorgeous quilt. I agree Instagram is great. I try to use it to give sneak peeks into what I'm doing and explore more on the blog.

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  8. I love this! You did an amazing job - the colors, the placement of the circles.

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  9. Wonderful design. Congratulations on finishing in time for the challenge.

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  10. What a gorgeous design! Love everything about this! Beautiful!

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  11. Love the free flow of the design and that you didn't cover the entire background with them. Perfect

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  12. How fun! A circle quilt has been on my to do list too!

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  13. That is very cool. When you do something like that do you quilt it and then put the circles on, or do you quilt around them?

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  14. Lovely work! I always wanted to make a quilt with appliquéd circles but I'm a total chicken when it comes to appliqué. And I like how the quilting ties in so nicely with the design!

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  15. Hi, I’m the editor of Make Modern magazine and we’re currently sourcing photos of fabulous quilts made from the Bonnie & Camille charm along – we’d love to feature your quilt. If you could email me at jane at makemodern . com. au that would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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