Monday, 19 July 2010

Solid play and Hall Place

I finished my new top that I've been playing with. This was inspired by http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/06/25/dinner-date-block-tutorial/ which was in turn inspired by Gwen Marston. I've wanted to make this since I saw it in her book and then seeing what filminthefridge made I had to get started.

I used kona medium grey (hooray finally got some) from http://www.simplysolids.co.uk/. I also ordered a fat quarter bundle of Timber by Jessica Levitt from them which I was really pleased with. When it came I had  free FQ's of kona baby pink and rose which went I thought really well so I used those for the narrow strips.


Each block finishes at 5.5" and it is 44" x 55" overall. I really like the look of it. Very subtle. I've no idea how I will quilt it though! Any suggestions??

I ended up with a lot of spare trianges so I busy using them in a pieced back. I think this will end up double sided.

I am still putting off unpicking the string quilt but thanks for the encouragement. I am leaving it on the table by my machine so I can avoid it!

I went to a local quilt exhibition today which was held at http://www.hallplace.com/ which is only a 10 minute drive from me. Its a beautiful estate that has been around since the 16th century. They have recently done a lot of work on it and put in new tea rooms etc and this was the first time I had been back. It has wonderful gardens although I'm not that keen on the topiary! Best of all its free to visit and park - what more can you ask for!

5 comments:

Marg said...

It is very subtle isn't it, I love the Timber range, I have a couple of 1/4 and 1/2 yds of that range.
Love the topiaries and the chandelier in the last photo.
Good luck with the string quilt.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I;m not going to get up you about the string quilt. It took me about 6 months to unpick something I made a mistake with once so who am I to judge?

I love English style gardens. But I'm with you on not loving that topiary.

And I have NO idea how you would quilt that top. It looks very labour intensive to do , but you sound pleased with the result. Well done !

Lizzet said...

The quilt is looking great! It doesn't look like an easy project so you must be very happy with the results. Can't wait to see it all finished!

The estate looks lovely, and it looks like it was a nice day to to judge for the pictures. About the topiary, I am not sure if I like it or not yet, but it is quite different.

Cynthia L. said...

I love the topiary, wouldn't want to keep up with it though. The quilt came out lovely. I am beginning to like gray more and more. Very pretty!

Shevvy said...

Thank you all, the quilt was really easy to put together. The corners are a bit like snowballs but because they are wonky nothing needs to match!!! Always a good thing.

The topiary is all heraldic symbols. The rest of the grounds are lovely but it was so hot we were hiding under the trees!!!