Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My version of Phebe

Well to tell you the truth - the thought of making this quilt was a little daunting. After all - I did see Di working on this quilt......her amazing eye for controlled cutting not to mention her enviable fabric stash were given a pretty thorough workout. In my opinion - whatever that's worth, Phebe is Di's masterpiece to date. If you haven't seen a photo of the completed quilt, have a look here. I hope my version will do hers justice. I'm going to replicate the fabric choice where I can just to keep me on track. I try every now and then to go for "subdued" but my natural tendency is for a lot of colour, so I have to keep dragging myself back.

Here it is so far.

A couple of people have already asked about the backing fabric

Wasn't sure about it at first, but I think it's working for me. It is a Windham fabric called Valley Forge. I love their fabrics, what a great addition to the market they have been. This one is adding a lot of texture and dimension to the background which I just love.

Next I added some greens

nice lime ones - my favourite. Two are from the Tanyard creek range, the one with the red dot is from Miss Jump's scrapbag, one is very old, and the second from the top (like a stipple pattern) is gorgeous, but I don't know the name. If you do - please let me know because I think I could buy a bolt.

When I have a quilt at this stage I always think about skeletons, do you? The stems are like the bones that you can hang things on. As you can see - I don't mark my fabric - except for a line where the stems should go. I use an overlay and slip the pieces underneath. How do you prepare your fabrics for applique? I don't wash anything either - yep, I like to live on the edge!

So now I'm waiting for some fabrics to arrive - never seem to have just the one I want, at least that's my excuse for buying some more gorgeous pieces of repro fabrics.

I hope you are enjoying seeing some of these gorgeous things by my quilt buds. Believe me - this is just the tip of the iceburg.

Happy stitching,

Deb

5 comments:

  1. I'm loving your fabrics in this quilt Deb. I don't wash either, too much like hard work!
    Lizzie
    XXX

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  2. Well, I do wash but just not fabric before I sew!!!! You knew that didn't you?? Really??

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  3. Deb it is looking splendid. I just love the detail of the flowers, especially the little one. And the birds look great too. I am getting itchy fingers to start something........ I think I will apply Meghans logic though - one draw emty = another space for new project. The background gives it great character.
    PS. has the postman been calling with any new goodies?

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  4. Oh Deb...you are making my fingers itch! It is looking gorgeous!

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  5. Your Phebe is stunning. I will enjoy watching it grow. I am going to finish up a couple of UFO's and start mine very soon. You have inspired me to get a wriggle on with it.

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