A Happy Spring Dance

I’ve just finished my Spring Wreath quilt, I’m so pleased with it. It’s a BOM by Andrea Walpole of Raggedy Ruff Designs, I first saw the finished quilt on facebook and fell for it a few months ago!

It’s been a huge learning curve as I’d not tried free motion machine embroidery before. Andreas instructions are great and the detail in the pictures is amazing and I think that is what makes them so beautiful. As she says in her instructions ‘just take a deep breath and go for it!’ so I did…

I stitched the rabbits first…

Spring Wreath Quilt

I still can’t quite decide which is my favourite. I think it’s the owl…

Spring Wreath Quilt

but I also love the deer…

Spring Wreath Quilt

…and the foxes are pretty sweet, I like all the flowers round these two…

Spring Wreath Quilt

and I’ve always loved red squirrels!

Spring Wreath Quilt

The background is a lovely mix of muted shades of cream, taupe and mauve. There’s also an interesting mix of fabrics, a little bit of sparkle here and there, little pops of colour and stars too.

It took me a while to decide how to quilt it, I didn’t want to spoil it at the last stage. I’d ordered some variegated cream thread on line, but whne it arrived I felt it was a bit too yellowy. In the end I just used standard ivory Gutermann thread, which is that bit finer than machine quilting thread too.

I backed it with Liberty tana lawn, which sounds very extravagant, but there’s thousands of yards in local fabric shops as apparently it was made for Liberty but then they wouldn’t pay for it, so it’s being sold off cheap. I got 2.5m for £10 and it feels beautiful, soft as silk, it’s made a wonderful backing.

Spring Wreath Quilt

Anyway, back to the quilting. after much deliberating I decided on the following – I stitched four petal shapes in each pop of colour, I stitched round the outside of the stars, I love how they stand out. I stitched a fine meander in the centre of the stars. The rest of the quilt I stitched with my variation of curves and corners, it could look sort of leaf like, I stitched a few flowers and fern fronds too. I stitched it alot more densely than I’ve done before, it’s not perfect but I’m happy with it. It feels really light and soft, cuddly, though it’s going on a wall, not a bed!

Spring Wreath Quilt

I ordered two different shades of mauve from the quilt to use as the binding and chose the darker one, I think it finishes it off nicely. I spent the last couple of evenings hand stitching the binding down, I rather enjoy this bit, it’s a relaxing sort of sewing, you can get into a rhythm with it and let your mind wander! Having said that the tana lawn was actually quite tough to sew, I think possibly because it’s such I high thread count. I stitched a hanging tube into the top as I was binding it.

All I need to do now is hand embroider a label on the back with the date and my initials on. It’s going to take pride of place at the Open Garden & Quilt Show at the weekend!

Spring Wreath Quilt

I can’t recommend Andreas designs and kits enough, they’re beautiful designs, full of detail, the instructions are great, if you order the fabric pack as well you get just a comfortable amount, so you don’t feel you’re paying for stuff you don’t need. If you need say two 3″ squares you might get a piece that’s 4 x 7″. Every piece is labelled too so no confusion over which colour. I’ve got about half a dozen more of her kits (little ones) to do, so you’ll be seeing plenty more of her designs.

As I’ve spent a couple of evenings hand-stitching the binding down I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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18 Responses to A Happy Spring Dance

  1. wybrow1966 says:

    Beautiful – I think I like the hares best.

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  2. Laura says:

    Looks terrific, Margaret! Good for you…working through your trepidation to do something new! And it was fun! 🙂

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  3. mandycurrie says:

    Oh Margaret, all your hard work has paid off, it’s stunning, I love it all. lol I so want to do one of her designs. I do hope your garden show and quilt show goes well. Good luck. xx

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  4. Gorgeous, love the applique and thread work, and your quilting sets it off perfectly.

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  5. Steph says:

    I couldn’t choose a favourite animal either, all gorgeous!

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    I really really love this quilt, it will be much admired at the weekend.

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  7. Avril Baxter says:

    Such a beautiful quilt. Congratulations on taking up the challenges and such a beautiful finish.

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  8. KerryCan says:

    It turned out beautifully! Congratulations!

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    This is a stunning piece, and done in time for the garden show!! Well done Margaret!

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  10. claire93 says:

    really lovely! I think the foxes are my favourite part

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  11. Oh that is fabulous! Those creatures are all equally lovely! 😍

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  12. This is gorgeous – I love it all – well done, it was worth all the effort.

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  13. rosejasm says:

    That is stunning I’m imagining up on the wall already

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  14. Jenny Benton says:

    Such a lovely auiltvand you have quilted it beautifully. It’s a real English woodland scene!

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  15. Oh my!! The animals are all so pretty and life like.

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  16. CathieJ says:

    I love this. You did a wonderful job with the embroidery.

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