Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Happy Campers


This was a panel quilt kit that created a lap quilt of 41" x 59.5".  The kit had the panel and the fabric for the borders and binding.  It was quick to piece together and then I was able to use it as a practice piece for some free-motion and ruler work quilting on my Bernina Q20 longarm machine (aka Heidi, my Swiss Miss!)

I used same-colour threads to do echo quilting, or stippling inside the picture and word panels, and black thread to do thread sketching on some of the motifs, and as outlines on the picture panels and word panels.

A family friend, Joanne Shanks, asked me to create the quilt for her to send to a friend who is overseas and has recently bought a caravan. As a teen/young adult I was a tenor drummer in the Mataura Kilties Pipe Band with Joanne and her husband Jeff. 

After I left the band, a lovely young Canadian woman, Janet, joined the band and became firm friends with Jo and Jeff (and also had a lot to do with my late mum, who was a committee member and supporter of the band).  Janet now lives in Scotland.

The band has since amalgamated with the Gore Pipe Band to become the Hokonui Celtic Pipe Band, and so we are all ex-Kilties now).

The backing was from my stash and is a print with drawings of insects and flowers all over it - including dragonflies to match the ones on the front - so I thought it was an appropriate choice (and a chance to use up some stash fabric).

Sharing with Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linky party - hi everyone! Happy 2024!

PS: here is Janet, showing off her new quilt from Fyfe in Scotland, and it already has cat-approval, with her world-travelled cat Felix, making quick use of it!

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