Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Bubbles #1

Woohoo! I have a finish. It may be small but it is action packed.

Bubbles #1 measures 18.5 x18.5 inches.

Amazing what you can do with a bag of scraps and a bit of imagination. It is hand appliqued and needleturned and hand quilted too.  One dolly quilt.


For the binding I decided to try something different. It gave me a few problems but I worked it out. I saw on YouTube a video called Susie's Magic Binding by Aunt Marti's 52 Quilts. If you google it it will come up and if you use Facebook it is also on there. It is a fabulous binding and one I shall definitely be trying again. It is stitched on from the back and turned to the front and machined in the ditch to give that tiny little flange. What the video does not say is that from the back the binding is a quarter inch but a half inch on the front plus the flange. I had not allowed for that because I did not know it. At least I don't recall it being said. Eventually I went to bed just gone midnight satisfied after unpicking, trimming and restitching that it looked good.  I wanted the edge of the flange to meet the edge of the quilting. The flange is sewn down by hand to match the quilting. Watch the video to see how it is done. For my first attempt I am pleased. I personally don't like flanges that cover stitching and points on blocks.


On deciding the quilting here was my first attempt. I printed off a photo of the quilt itself and then drew on it the idea in my head of how I thought it might look. It works well and a great way of seeing if you will like how it will turn out. At this point I was not sure whether to quilt bubbles or straight lines and asked my Instagram followers which they preferred. Most said straight lines but in my head the bubbles would not go away until a certain Barbara Chainey said compromise and do both. I simplified it by adding circles in two opposite corners and straight lines in the other two corners with a few bubbles escaping. I used a thin cotton wadding and Sulky 30wt cotton thread in shade 1558 just because it was what I had and it happened to work well.


In my head now are many more bubbles waiting to escape. I think the next one will be a bit bigger but I can see it as a border with lovely quilting in the centre, as a fussy cut I Spy and even in the borders one or two scrappy bubbles appearing. See how many ideas spark off. One thing is for sure, I am not short of scraps.

Happy Stitching

Shirley.

24 comments:

  1. Oh Shirley...congratulations !! Your quilt is so awesome ! I love it .....so original ! And the quilting is perfect !!!
    Great work ! Bravo ;)

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  2. Great experimental project. It would be lovely for a larger quilt too. Your circles are perfect!

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  3. Shirley. Bubbles is beautiful. Gorgeous needleturn and hand quilting x

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  4. Beautiful Shirley - very original! I love the hand quilted - suits it so well - and a finish is great whatever the size ;)

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  5. I think your quilting turned out to be perfect for this project - good job! Will check out the binding tutorial - thanks for telling us about it....

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  6. Bubbles #1 is bubbling over with fun and originality. Super!

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  7. Cute, cute, cute! Well done. I love the quilting and of course the binding. I've done a binding with a flange before, but I don't think it was stitched from the back. I need to go and look at that video.

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  8. It's wonderful Shirley. The quilting sets it off so well.

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  9. Just beautiful Shirley ! I love it XXX

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  10. Dear Shirley,
    this is such a sweet dolly blanket. Love your explanation about the binding. Never tried that out.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  11. wow shirley this is such a beautiful little quilt.
    the quilting finishes it off perfectly!

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  12. Pink Bubbles extraordinaire !!!!! Ravissant Shirley !

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  13. Just lovely Shirley and who would imagine that you would choose pink for your bubbles!!! Well done on a finish something I haven't achieved yet this year. Take care.

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  14. I just love your quilting design. What a terrific choice for a really cute little project!

    Happy quilting,
    Susan in Texas

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  15. Really, really lovely!! I'm sure dolly is over the moon!

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  16. It's gorgeous Shirley and very you. I love your choice of quilting, definitely a perfect compromise. Bring on your next creation.

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  17. A gorgeous dolly quilt. Love the escaping bubbles! I don't think I have the patience to learn a new binding technique. By that time I'm ready to have a completed quilt! I do love the tiny flange.

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  18. That's just adorable Shirley! I LOVE that you continued the bubbles into the borders with the quilting. And I too, am always amazed at what a big impact little scraps can make!

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  19. Well now... Who is the smart cookie??? :0)) quilts like these becomes the most loved ones...and it's a wonderful way to use up those scraps...very clever!! Long to see what Bubbles #2 Will look like!!!

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  20. Love love love it Shirley!! Love everything about it!! Thanks for all the info as to how you did it all too :-)

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  21. I love the escaping bubbles in the quilting! It is such a happy piece - made me smile the second I looked at it!

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