Saturday, December 24, 2016

French Fancy

I've called this one 'French Fancy' because it is made using a jelly roll of 'La Belle Fleur' (by French General for Moda Fabrics) that my son had given me for Christmas in 2013 and the pattern is the Moda BakeShop's 'Fancy' pattern by Australian quilter Keera Job of

I made the flimsy during the Christmas holidays of 2014-15, and then quilted it up this year, with a soft medium-blue tone-on-tone print as the backing, for my lovely mother-in-law for her 80th birthday present - that was in September, but I had decided to do pebbling as the FMQ design in the negative spaces and it seems like it took FOREVER!!!

So instead Olive will receive it today when we meet up with her for a Christmas lunch before we head on our summer holiday.

It is a single/twin size quilt and I used pebbling in the neutral areas, with a stylised FMQ floral design in the print blocks. The binding is a soft sage-green and tan print.

My mother-in-law has a heart of gold and I found this very apt quote on Google:

I'm pretty sure she will love the muted tones of this quilt, and she loves flowers and gardening, so I think this quilt will suit her well.

Later...and here she is on Christmas Eve, very thrilled with her gift!

With this being the first week of my summer holidays, I have been busy making yummy treats for our Christmas Day celebrations as well goodie parcels for the babies/families in the Southland Hospital Neo-Natal Unit.

After getting all that done and delivered I took a few hours to quilt and bind this 'Kyss Me By The Garden Wall' quilt top that I put together in 2015 (a pattern by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts) using a layer cake of Riley Blake Designs' 'Fancy Free' and some stash fabric for the backing and binding - I'll make a proper blog-post about it when I get back from holiday...

So Merry Christmas everyone! It's summer down here in New Zealand, and we're heading off to camp/waterski/read/relax/be merry in tents at Lake Te Anau in the beautiful region of Fiordland (where a lot of filming was done for the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies). Have a great day tomorrow and a Happy New Year!!

Compliments of the season to my quilting friends visiting via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday link-up!