Winter has now descended upon us here in Tasmania, Australia. The days are becoming much shorter and we’ve had our first frost on the ground and snow on the mountains.
My family and I made the move in 2013 from the warm-all-year-round weather in central Queensland, north eastern Australia, to the temperate climate of Tasmania. It was partly a yearning by my husband and myself to try something new and also in part, an escape from the oppressive humidity and heat of the north.
This will be our fourth winter here and I am preparing myself mentally for the cold and often grey days ahead. The cold and snow is still a novelty for us “northeners” but I will admit to craving the brightness and warmth of the sun during winter – something I took for granted while living in Queensland.
However, my latest quilt finish will be sure to lift our spirits (and keep us warm) during the long winter months ahead!
My Colour Happy Quilt was started and finished in February this year.
After doing some scrap sorting, I used the pattern “Pride Flag” from the great quilting book Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer to make a dent in my pile.I ran into a few problems during my first quilting attempt when I used poly wool batting and a shot cotton backing fabric. My little Janome machine with it’s tiny throat space struggled to cope with the bulk and my first quilting attempts were puckered and eventually unpicked.
After a few months of sitting abandoned in the quilting “naughty corner”, I decided to re baste this quilt using a thinner cotton batting. Although the end result is not perfect by my self-imposed high standards, I have learned a lot through this experience.
As we say in the quilting world…
“Finished is better than perfect!”
I quilted my Colour Happy Quilt with straight lines about ½ inch apart, but only in the middle “third” of each colour section.
I used Gutermann thread in the corresponding section colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
I was unsure about what fabric to use for the binding but eventually settled on a fun grey polka dot.
Linking up to OMG @ Red Letter Quilts, Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, TGIFF @ Devoted Quilter and Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt.