Remember that secret sewing I told you about in March. Well I can finally reveal what it was turned into. Over the weekend Mum celebrated her 70th birthday, and the double sided quilt my sister and I were making was finally gifted to her at a surprise birthday party we held at my house.
My side of the quilt was inspired by this quilt. I sought out the pattern and found it was the Morocco Quilt, from LIVELOVESEW,
Needless to say the pattern was purchased, downloaded and fabric was cut that afternoon for the first block. On the whole it was an easy if some what time consuming block to make. I had a few issues with blocks not ending up the correct size (how does that happen, when everything is cut and sewn the same), but I was able to work with that. Part way through the creative process, I decided it was looking a little to dark and heavy, so I made three blocks up using some green Kate Spain fabric as the inner star, I love how these have lifted the quilt and highlighted some beautiful fussy cut flowers.
I added an extra 5 blocks to the original pattern and ended up with a top almost 70" square.
My sister had a little trouble deciding on patterns and colours for her side, (three different patterns were started) but in then end went with Anna Maria Horner's feathers. which she made at 83% and used a soft dusky pink as the background for them. She used a combination of Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner fabrics for her feathers. She is very much a bright and scrappy quilter, so these really reflect her.
Funnily enough, Mum was the courier for taking my quilt top over to Brisbane, so my sister could get it quilted. We decided that an all over design would be best, not really highlighting either side. Quilting was done by Chris from Sewco. The binding was made from the original fabric that Mum picked.
So the big day has now been and gone, the quilt was given to Mum, tears almost flowed, bubbly and birthday cake were consumed, lots of photos were taken, and now the birthday quilt is at it's new home.