The first thing I have to say to you as I present you these quilts is…
Because I learnt a valuable lesson today!
Actually I learnt several valuable lessons today in the process of photographing these quilts.
So shall we start with the first lesson…
Valuable Lesson 1:
Do not try and be sneaky and photograph your children’s Christmas presents while they are home…
Yep that’s right – I was that stupid. I thought that their attention was very taken with drawing outside on the ground with chalk. I knew they were fine out there – after all, I could here them fighting!…
“Hey… that’s MY chalk…” “Waaaaaaahhhhh”….
You know the drill!
So I decided to try and be quickly sneaky by putting Hannah’s quilt on her bed to see how it looked and get some photos so that I could blog about it today…
But alas, a certain person came to investigate what I was doing.
(Perhaps she heard the internal squeals of joy as I admired my handiwork! LOL….)
I tried to stop her in her tracks, but the only problem is that we don’t have doors on the kitchen.
And how could I resist a face like this…
|“Pulllleeaaassseee let me see the secret Mum!”…|
So I caved.
I know – I’m hopeless at surprises. But it was kind of worth it because this was the reaction…
“WWWWOOOOOWWWW! I LOVE it…. it’s SOOOOO cute and beautiful. I love it I love it I love it!”
That was literally word for word!
Although then she continued on… Hannah has the ability to gush a bit. (Which in all honesty I don’t mind in the slightest because it made me squeal internally with even more delight.)
So we continued taking photos and admiring it.
I stroked and admired Jeanette’s wonderful quilting…
|fairies & flowers…|
Jeanette was truly wonderful to work with and has some amazing prices on offer over at her blog at the moment, so I fully recommend that you check her out if you are within Australia. I got her December special of $2 per square foot. Unreal! I then did overnight delivery bags and the cost was pretty reasonable I think for two quilts. I will certainly use her again if and when the need/desire arises to get something else long armed!
We then also admired how well my scrappy binding worked with the design. I just did the frugal resourceful thing and pieced the binding from the extra large backing pieces that were left over since the backing had to be so much larger for long arm quilting. I think the scrappy binding complements the quilts perfectly, and it was certainly a great use for the left over fabric & made making so much binding a breeze.
|Portion of the scrappy binding|
We then admired how well the backs came out using the vintage sheet in strips with strips of some of the other left over fabric…
|The back of Abbie’s quilt|
Only problem was that after we’d stroked, ogled and admired it on her bed for a while was I then I had to tell Hannah that it still had to be washed and that she couldn’t sleep with it until Christmas – that it would have to now be put away so that she could open it on Christmas day…
– Hannah also has the ability to self combust into a pile of wet hysterics in 2 seconds flat, so that part wasn’t quite so pretty!
There endeth valuable lesson 1 and brings me to…
Valuable Lesson 2:
When making a quilt in summer, with your 60’s green & yellow ugly external vertical blinds down to block out all the summer heat (and therefore natural light), be careful to use the same batch of white for the entire quilt!!!
Because otherwise you will end up with something like this…
|Look at the top block compared to the others & also at the inside strips of the other blocks.|
Can you see the colour variations in the white borders? In natural light some are a very crisp bright white and some are almost bordering on cream!
Hannah’s quilt has the same problem…
|All the top blocks are cream & from the third row down are a combination…|
So many different white combinations – ahhhhh!!
I swear you cannot notice the difference in colour from inside my house since I have the shutters down. The quilts survived hours of me working on them and me taking the first batch of photos before I eventually took them outside to photograph. Only THEN did I notice the craziness that is the white predicament…
It is lucky that I am not a complete perfectionist or I would be devastated right now!
Thankfully I am only a slight perfectionist – slight enough that I can see the funny side.
Lucky that isn’t’ it!
Because it would be a bit hard to remedy the problem now!!!
I still cannot actually quite believe that I was so stupid though. I mean in one place I have actually pieced two of the different whites together in 1 strip without even noticing!:
So there you have it.
The moral of this WHOOPS story is:
Always use fabric from the same bolt. Otherwise you might end up with significant colour variations!!!!
I mean after all – this was just white! Who would have thought!!
Luckily Hannah, Abbie & I will continue to love them regardless!
At least they will be unique, that is for sure! And as we will be enjoying them inside the house hopefully noone will ever notice.
Besides, they are yet to be washed, so lets face it, there is still potential for the white to end up taking a slight pinkish or coral tinge all over anyway…
I guess I’m about to find out!
I’m still going to let myself utter a *sigh though…
And hopefully I’ll be back sometime this week for grand reveal 2 – my Cheeky Quilt.
Although that is nowhere near finished so I’ve still got some serious work to do on it!