I wrote and posted ‘How Does My Garden Grow? (1)’ on 8th March when warm sunny days were at a premium. As well as having to look closely for signs of Spring in our little garden my ‘Gardener’s World’ (the open category at this years Quilts UK, Malvern) quilt was only just growing from EQ7 planning to fabric reality: I’d made the first four blocks!
Almost six weeks on and I’m happy to be able to share some photos of our garden in full Spring ‘get up’…
… and disclose that this weekend I made a quilt sandwich of THE quilt and began quilting 🙂 The deadline for entries to arrive at the show organisers is 10th May *gulp* I’ve called THE quilt ‘In the Cool of the Evening’ (a reference to Genesis 3:8 – ‘..the Lord God … walking in the garden in the cool of the day.’) having taken the inspiration from a late afternoon walk around the White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle.
Here is the draft pattern. I am still on a big learning curve with EQ7 so what is on the page and what is in my head may not always match…
THE quilt now measures around 68″ square and is a hefty beast. I’m going to share the process of quilting it on this blog. There will be some ups and downs as I put my ‘big girls pants’ on and venture into free motion quilting territory.
Away from THE quilt I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing the four participants of the Beginners Course complete their quilts. They were a bit reluctant to show their faces above their lovely quilts but I hope you can see from these photos just how delighted they were with the creation of their first quilts?
And here is my design wall:
These fabrics are from a Lewis & Irene scrumptious squares pack (aka layer cake) of ‘Tropicana’ fabrics. I broke into this pack whilst waiting for the backing and wadding to arrive for THE quilt! Well! What’s a girl to do?
Linking with Judy for Design Wall Monday.