Friday, May 9, 2014

Conversation - The Finished Quilt.

Yippee! A finished quilt!

And here's the back.

Conversation was the quilt I made to feature Jessica Wheelahan's wonderful Text/Type fabrics.

I pieced big bold blocks to show off the fabrics. I included circles to echo the circles dotted throughout the Text/type fabrics. 

When it came to quilting I machine stitched in the ditch around the blocks to stabilize the quilt. Then I reached for my box of threads and that's when the fun started. I hand quilted using a mix of perle8, tapestry wool, embroidery floss and a mysterious grey thread that Jess found in an op shop. 

I continued the geometric theme of the blocks into the quilting, using circles, squares and triangles. With no overall plan, I just wandered from block to block and added whatever quilting I thought would look good for that block. 

When I originally showed this quilt top a few people commented that it had a mid century modern look about it. I thought so too, but just for fun I took the quilt back in time...

To ancient Mongolia where quilts would come in handy on the cold windy plains.

I found the quilt matched the colours of shields.

I then travelled to medieval times. Could those shapes be a secret message like ancient runes of druids? 

It's nice to have a man in uniform admire my quilt, especially one that has a tassel on his hat.

Steampunk is where old meets new. I can imagine the letters on the fabrics being printed on a big old letter press run by clockwork and pulleys. 

Let's leave history behind and take off into space. It turns out the quilt has just enough edge to attract a scary Space Orc.

 And I wouldn't argue with him! 

So there you go,  it turns out it's a quilt that suits most times and places. A good Conversation starter, that's for sure. 

And if anyone is wondering if there is a trick is to getting people to pose with a quilt 


It's simple -  just ask with a big smile. 

Quilt Stats

Name:  Conversation
Size:  58 x 60 inches
Designed, Pieced and Quilted by Rachaeldaisy
Featuring:  Text/Type fabrics by Jessica Wheelahan, a super Sydney quilter and fabulous fabric designer You can buy Text/Type from Material Obsession.
Photo Location:  IronFest 2014, Lithgow, Australia. Thank you to all the wonderful people and aliens, and gold fantasy man who posed with my quilt. 


43 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

What a wild quilt! There's some fabulous fabric in there! And it looks like you had a wild time photographing it!

Catherine said...

Fantastic quilt! I love your photos:-)

Melody said...

Brilliant. You are the best

Karen said...

What a super setting for your quilt photos! It is a wonderful quilt. I can see this quilt in a book about your "early years" of quilting/where it all started.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Now that made me laugh out loud...."gold fantasy man"! Your quilt turned out great and I so admire your hand quilting.
You had way too much fun on this photo shoot!

Vickie said...

Another wonderful quilt Rachael ! The hand quilting you do is what makes them so you.
Your "on location" photo shoots are such a great idea and look like fun for all. Congratulation on yet another spectacular finish !

Beth Shibley said...

WOW! Love this quilt! YOu sure know how to make 'em!!! ;)

smazoochie said...

You are adorable & the quilt is FABULOUS!

Thimbleanna said...

It's Fantastic!!! I love all your supporting cast too -- perfect for your quilt!

Mary said...

Hahaha! You are so cute, Rachael! When someone is as adorable as you,, it's easy to find helpers! I agree... It does have a mid-century feel! A great quilt and a fabulous photo shoot!

Judy said...

What an awesome quilt! You made the unique fabrics the focus of the blocks which is a great choice. I like the stitching that you did. Great photos of the quilt ;-) It's good to have fun with it, isn't it?

Aoife said...

You certainly had a lot of fun taking quilt photos :) for some reason, this quilt makes me think of early Disney cartoons. I can't figure out why, but it's definitely a good thing - I like the quilt a lot. Particularly like your fun quilting, those tumbling shapes in the solid red are great!

audrey said...

So fun! Love your big stitch detail especially. What a great photo shoot idea, you know how to make your quilt shine.:)

Jennifer said...

You are the coolest ever!!!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Brilliant pictures! Beautiful hand quilting and to me the quilt actually looks like a conversation!

Nifty Quilts said...

Yea! It's really wonderful. I love it with the space aliens. Congratulations on another absolutely stunning finish!!

Lynda said...

great quilt and a totally fun photo shoot

Sujata Shah said...

Your conversation piece is saying a lot of fun good things, especially with all those great pictures! Wouldn't argue with that man either! Love the quilt, Rachel. Congratulations on a finish!

quiltsomore said...

Rachael, the photos of Conversations look great a gun location. Having seen this quilt it is lovely to see you sharing your inspiration and pleasure with others

quiltsomore said...

That should be fun location not gun...oops

Melissa P said...

What a great setting for quilt photos! No shortage of models there. Quilts go with anything, anyone and any time. And you have great photos to prove it!

Terry said...

The conversation is amazing. The Steampunk connection is a great visual/verbal reference to vintage type
You always delight with the photo shoots.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the colours....how it fits with Medieval and Gold Space! Rachael this is just gorgeous and all posed with those Iron Fest fellas!

Every Stitch said...

Your posts are always so original and entertaining Rachael! The perfect photo is with Golden Man I think - Lol! Amazing that they all coordinate so perfectly with your quilt...
Love the big stitch quilting :)

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Rachael, this is stunning. These blocks are fantastic with such interesting movement. The hand quilting is perfect. Beautiful as always!

Sharyn Baldwin said...

I've come to expect fabulous from you, Rachael, but this one takes the cake!! Absolutely fabulous - love it, love it, love it!!

Kim Paula said...

Gosh, no one would dare touch it with that scary space Orc on guard!! It's really beautiful. I love the quilting and those splashes of red with the birds on the them!

Karen said...

That is a stunning finish. Your quilt shows off the fabrics perfectly. I love the work you have put in with all the hand quilting. It is amazing. You have a wonderfully creative and innovative approach to your quilt making!
And the festival looks like it was the perfect place to showcase your special quilt! What fun!

Linda said...

What a brilliant quilt! Love the piecing and, of course, the gorgeous hand quilting. You were inspired to photograph your quilt in so many different eras! Marvellous! The quilt looks right at home whatever the historical or fantasy background.

DeborahGun said...

the quilting is amazing - it really compliments the piecing and pulls together the fabrics. This is the sort of quilt I could sit and look at for ages :-)

Lea said...

What a cool quilt! I love how you quilted it too.

Sharon said...

Fantastic! The quilt is gorgeous and I LOVE your hand quilting!

It looks like you had so much fun doing this photo shoot! I love it. I think it really echos that steam punk vibe. I would totally go to a gathering like that - it looks like fun!

needleandspindle said...

I love the image of the butch alien warrior next to the quilt. You can tell he needs a cosy quilt to snuggle up to after a hard day of slaughter. Beautiful beautiful quilt.

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Oh it is fantastic! Your hand quilting is just phenomenal Rachael, I love the extra dimension it adds to an already interesting quilt. I adore those photos, too!

pandchintz said...

It's stunning Rachael! Amazing use of fabric and blocks. I've not seen that "type" fabric before - its wonderful. How clever to have so many different people(?) post with your quilt! Congrats!!

Katy Cameron said...

Bwahaha, I love that you had the balls to do that!

Shay said...

Laughing here at that last photo - Im sure I see someone from the past taking on a mobile phone...

That quilt is amazing- and the story you weaved for this post had me enthralled !

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Oh my goodness, I wish I was there to take the photos with you! You look like you had so much fun!!! The quilt turned out beautifully. I've been waiting for you to post about this one. I remember loving the way you made the block using the 'selvage' part of the material as well, so it was half plain and half text print, very clever :)

Quilting Dee said...

Just simply stunning. Great choice in design and reds make it!

Sunna Reyr said...

Just love it, both the quilt and the photo settings. Hilarious.

Swedish Scrapper said...

I just adore this quilt!! So glad to see it finally :) These fabrics, the text, the quilting touches-- really amazing and balance.
And your show and tell back through the ages is fascinating. It really Is a timeless quilt!!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This quilt is so amazing! I love how bold and graphic it is. And all those photos you got were fantastic! I don't think I'd have the cajones to ask someone to hold my quilt, especially not some of those guys:)

Barb said...

OMG I love love your quilt! it is amazing and has such great movement and form. The back is fabulous too :) hooray for pieced backs!
The fair looks like fun and I love the photo shoot - thanks! I needed that this morning

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