Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday Sewing

Yesterday was the most perfect late spring day in Melbourne. It was also the third Saturday of the month and time for the Sisters to gather, this time at Deb's, for a day of sewing and chatter. For the first time in ages all ten of the Saturday sewers were present as Barb and Kerry are back from their travels. It was not one of our most industrious days as there was so much to catch up on. In addition to hearing about Barb and Kerry's trips, Di has also been away, somehow managing to fit a visit to Houston in her busy schedule.

I took along a recently finished quilt top to show the girls. The top was started at Patchwork on Stonleigh's Summer School in January 2008. I took a class at Summer School with Karen Cunningham. She called the original quilt, Miss Emma.

As I am making it for my niece Erin I consulted her on colours. She wanted something 'black'.

After the initial burst of enthusiasm that marks the beginning of any new project, I had got this far. It then disappeared into my cupboard, not to see the light of day until 4 weeks ago.






I have done mostly hand stitching for the past 2 years, lots of needleturn applique and hand piecing. It was a nice change to get out the sewing machine to add the final 3 borders.
This little pile was destined to become 24 10inch blocks.





According to "Carrie Hall Blocks" by Bettina Havig, they are called Godey's Lady's Book Block. Such a mouthful! There must be a better name for it!








And here is the finished quilt top. As you can see, it is very black! (And very big, 94 x 94 inches.) These are not my natural choice of colours and therefore it was a bit of a struggle to finish. The Sister's assure me that I will like it more as more time passes.
Because of the darkness of the quilt top, I have made some alterations to Karen's pattern; removing the soft, rounded blocks that are in the original and replacing them with blocks that have more angles. I think I also need to rename the quilt. So, in deference to its original title I am calling it Miss Emma's Husband So much more appropriate don't you think?

Until next time,

Meghan


18 comments:

  1. Just Love your colour choices. I do like the idea of Miss Emma's Husband :-) This is one I would like to see in real life.
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  2. I have made Miss Emma, pretty much as Karen's original. I REALLY like your version and I love the fact that it is an original colour choice. Excellent!

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  3. OMG, I have to say I love it too! But yes I love black as well. I'm working on a black and white Dear Jane and a sampler, with I made in th USA, and trying to finish now. See you later...

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  4. Fabulous quilt! I so look forward to new posts on your blog. You are such a talented bunch. Thank you!

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  5. Meghan the quilt is great, LOVE the new name! Oh isn't if fun to do machine piecing and see results compared to needleturn and making a block in a few days or a week!
    I think the black looks stunning...its the other colors /fabrics you added that makes it all work
    great job!
    Kathie

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  6. Miss Emma's Husband is wonderful. My kind of colors. You did wonderful work or the sunburst style blocks in particular. Something to be proud of for sure.

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  7. I love your quilt! Your color choices look wonderful against the black background and your sashing and border choices contrast beautifully, as well. I'm working on a black background quilt right now and although there are some challenges, I think they're worth the trouble.

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  8. A beautiful quilt!! I'm sure your niece will love it.

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  9. Very striking quilt, and I generally don't like black so much! Really, really a great quilt, and a great name to boot!

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  10. I would never have chosen those colors and put them together -- apparently I lack vision because this quilt you've made is drop-dead gorgeous! Bravo!

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  11. I really like the colour combo you've used. It's a beautiful quilt.
    www.quiltsampler.blogspot.com

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  12. Fantastico trabajo,¡FELICIDADES! si pusieras traductor de Google comprenderia mejor .Un saludo

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  13. A beautiful quilt...I really like the colours you've used..
    Julia ♥

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  14. Love the quilt and I like the use you made of the black border prints. The name makes me smile and I am sure would please anyone's husband.

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  15. Oh I absolutely am in love with this! It is gorgeous! And I'm coming to AU in April for my very first time! My friend has promised to take me to Patchwork at Stoneleigh! She was just there this weekend.

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  16. How beautiful is that!Lovely rich colours and stunning blocks.

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  17. Que maravilla !!!! Beutiful, beatiful and beatitul.

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