Saturday, 4 October 2008

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It seems ages since my last post. Various reasons really. Anyway, I'm here for now. I've just finished my first 'liberated' quilt - Home is where the heart is. 
From Quilts 22/07/2008 06:56

The houses are a mixture - a couple of foundation pieced blocks (the tent and the castle), a pattern using measured strips (the whopping great house) and quite a few free-pieced houses (Lazy Gal Tonya's instructions). The letters are also from Tonya's instructions. There's also a giant cat that I had kicking around. Then I added some trees and a few applique pieces, the sun, some enormous butterflies, some aeroplanes, a flying saucer and an alien. The border is made from left over blocks and strips.

Apart from the sky, everything is made from tiny and not quite so tiny scraps. Now I'm trying to decide how to quilt it. I think I'm going to embroider some words in the plain parts of the border, but other than that I'm not really sure. Does anyone have any suggestions? I think I'll probably hand quilt it as it will keep me warm while I'm doing it. The original plan was for this to be a snuggler quilt for me for the winter, but I'm beginning to wonder whether I'd rather like to have it hung up.

14 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

wheee, very fun. Alien and flying saucer? Woohoo, my kind of quilter! If I were quilting this I'd do it just like my Space 4 Rent and quilt it with perle cotton and embroidery floss. Quilt the houses with bricks and shingles and then go wild in the sky. you can add all sorts of fun things there like clouds, airplanes, more aliens...

Candace said...

Amanda, your quilt is adorable. I love that type of quilt where you use a little of this and a little of that. I can't pick a favorite block or motif. Great job.

Amelia said...

How cute...looks like quite a neighborhood where lots of nice people live. Kitty is checking it out to see if there is a mouse lurking somewhere...

Have a great weekend.

Amelia

Anita said...

I think it will make a really nice wall hanging. I see Rosie likes it. I'm surprised she wasn't laying on it. My cats think every new quilt is meant for their pleasure. In the winter they crawl under the quilts on the bed and sleep all day.

Rhonda said...

Maybe quilt some clouds in the sky, echo quilting, cross-hatch.....maybe don't listen to me....lol....take care.

scraphappy said...

WOW! You really did make a liberated quilt. It is fabulous. I love the fact that you took so many different styles and ideas and techniques and made them all into a complete story. Amazing. If you are hand quilting, have you thought about the baptist fans? They are easy to free hand which would fit in with your liberated theme. Then you could still do outlining or name adding as it fit in. I love this quilt.

Julie said...

What a FUN quilt!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Amanda your quilt is just lovely...I think hand quilting would be the way to go...

Sue R said...

I haven't been able to make the leap from traditional to liberated yet, but I have to admit I'd love to give Tonya's letters a try in a project. Your quilt is cute as can be! You might get a few ideas on how to quilt your top from Tonya's blog. She loves those baptist fans, but I've seen some other designs too, I think.

Rhonda said...

Great quilt! It's so whimsical... love it!
I think that it will look great a wallhanging.

Tracey said...

Wow what alot of work has gone into this, love the way you have done diffrent border edges,
Take care Amanda,

Clare said...

Brilliant! Have fun quilting it.

Tanya said...

What a wonderful quilt! So much fun to look at! Oh, I wish I could get mine finished and put into use! Our themes (Home is where the hear is) are the same but so different looking!

mreteveian said...

lovely!