Thursday, September 30, 2010

Update Part 1: Amitie

Hello there!
Did you notice I have a new display picture of Charlie and I? One of my good friends has an amazing camera and took it while we were out walking the other day. I love that it captures Charlies cheeky smile.

Anyway moving on & updating...

I finally visited Amitie! Although it is not very close to where I live, I cannot believe it has taken me this long to visit! It is an amazing quilt shop full to the brim with gorgeous fabrics and lovely people. We were very short on time when we visited so unfortunately I didn't get to explore the whole shop...which is probably a good thing because from what I saw, I could have done some serious damage!

I did however find the perfect binding for my Fancy Free Quilt. I had struggled a bit to find the right shade of pink and Patchwork House had sadly run out of the fabrics I had used (which is what happens when you take so long to finish a quilt ) so I was so happy to find this!

*Stripey binding fabric is from Moda's Wee Woodland collection by Keike*

I have also finally decided how to quilt my Just Dreaming Summer Quilt!
My Friend Andi from the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild has inspired me with her amazing hand quilting and gorgeous collection of Perle 8's to take the leap and hand quilt it. So while I was at Amitie I bought 2 pretty colours of Perle 8 to coordinate with the Just Dreamy fabric. I am so excited to hand quilt my first quilt!

Maybe you can help me though?... I can't quiet decide between stiching 2 lines in the sashing 
stitching a 1/4 inch around the outside of each block and around the middle of the blocks alternating colours?

Hopefully that makes sense :)
What would you choose? Do you have any other suggestions?

And as this is my first time hand quilting a quilt, if you have any tips/tricks I would love to hear them!

Thankyou in Advance,

*Update Part 2:  Ink & Spindle's Open Studio.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week,

Miranda & Charlie


  1. Hey Miranda,

    I like your idea of stitching around each block and inside each block. In terms of tips, I will just say this: don't try to make your stitches too small. It's more important that they are even than small. Well that's the tip I received from a very experienced quilter at the last meeting of Qld Quilters!

    I presume your migrains are related to the stress of jacaranda (exam) season. Good luck Girl! No matter what happens, everything will be ok in the end. :-)

  2. Lovely colours and tough choice! Hmmm...are you planning to do the 1/4 inch bit in the sashing or in the coloured part? I like the idea of 1/4 inch lines in the coloured part, leaving the white sashing unstitched. If you start by doing all the insides, you could then reassess when you've finished and see if you want to add more.

    With modern batting you can have about 8 inches between lines of quilting- I did about that much between my Bug's quilt and washed it in the washing machine, and it was fine.

    Good luck with the migranes and the E word.


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