Hi, Just thought I'd mention a bit about the Irish Themed Quilt I have just finished. It was made for a friend to give her father for Christmas (so no pressure for time there then!!)
I got some beautiful brilliant white and some lovely emerald green fabrics from the Chilworth Quilt Festival as well as the perfect shade of black/brown fat quarter for the guinness glass.
Shamrock shaped buttons, assorted green squares, football themed green fabric, pictures of Irish tourist places fabric, were all from Ebay. I got the lime green fleece (sorry didn't take a photo of that) to back it with from a shop in Norwich.
I was really pleased with all my acquisitions, and immediately sewed the green and white stripes because this chap likes Celtic and its their colours on their football shirts. Then I had to carefully cut the Irish pictures fabric and sew them in a line, which I then sewed onto the top and bottom of the quilt. I created the numerous guinness glasses by using the brown/black fat quarter and a cream fat quarter, and drawing the shapes on and then applique- ing them on.
I used the football themed fabric for the grandchildren's names and got a great result using freezer paper for the templates. That worked very well but was very fiddly because there are not many straight lines, the letters were all curly, which I wanted that way, but were tricky to do.
When I came to doing the word Celtic I decided my patience would not hold out much longer so they would have straight edges, and these came out well, using the freezer paper technique again. (which I learnt on You Tube).
Then I made the bias binding from the football fabric as I had just seen Angee's Tutorial on this, thanks very much although I didn't do it on the bias as I had (foolishly) already cut the strips. But the tutorial helped. I then sewed the shamrock buttons on finished clipping and removing loose threads, JOB FINISHED!!!!
I have taken some photos, but they don't really capture its details, but anyway.
What did I learn? That I have more tenacity to stick to a project than I ever thought I had. And that I need to invest in a better sewing machine !! And that I love sewing!!!