Friday, 5 July 2013

What's in the bag? What's next?

With the Morrell top finished (it's away being quilted) and being all caught up with the CCCQ I've been casting about for a new project. 

What's in the bag?
After the complexity of the Morrell I thought I would do something *simple, like the Swoon quilt...

...but then I thought my Comfort quilt is relatively *simple. This quilt has now moved from my design floor to my design wardrobe (must do something about having a design wall!).

The Comfort Quilt blocks 1 - 10

This beauty that is currently all over the blogosphere, creating a lot of well-deserved excitement, almost had me entwined entrapped. 

I signed up to the group and even downloaded the first pattern. However with Love Entwined I was more taken by the fact that it was a shared project on the internet and that it would be a quilt to learn from and develop skills (the pieces are so tiny!) rather than falling for the actual design but you never know I may return to it one day.

So whilst I was dithering about with possible fabrics and colours for Love Entwined I came across a pattern that I had been contemplating for some time and actually had it on
my list for 2013 that I devised back in January. 
Can you guess?

So what's in the bag? 
One of these Clover tools to make 1000 inches of binding - yikes!

And some yummy chocolate fat quarters and cream background from Kaye's for the binding...

... and an Irene Blanck pattern which is her interpretation of an antique quilt that was made in England and ended up here in Australia. 
Have you guessed yet?

It's 'Auntie Green's Garden'. 
The interesting story of the original 'Auntie Green's Coverlet' is on the Australian National Quilt Register. According to this source the coverlet was made in England by Auntie Green somewhere between 1860 and 1880.

'Auntie Green's Coverlet' images from the National Quilt Register
Auntie Green made the quilt 1860-1870 and gave it to Auntie Annie (Mrs Kirby) who took it to New Zealand when she went there to get married. She (and the quilt)travelled in a windjammer round the Horn somewhere between 1870-1880.  When her husband died Mrs Kirby returned to England bringing the quilt with her. There were further travels and the quilt finally ended up here in Melbourne in the 1920's. I'm finding the history behind quilts so interesting, I wonder if this original coverlet can still be seen somewhere?

I will also be able to do a class for this quilt with Irene at the end of the month (yay!) so off to do some homework. It'll also be good to have some hand sewing ready so that I don't have to face the bus commute 'alone' next week.

* I don't believe any quilt is simple.


  1. What a stunning new project!

  2. Oh Carole, we should really meet one day! I LOVE Irene's designs but am not brave enough to try Auntie Greens. Will love watching your progress. It will be amazing to have a class with her. Love Entwined is in the same category, but maybe even crazier! Enjoy yourself.

  3. I will watch as well. What a big project!

  4. Auntie Green is a beautiful quilt! Looking forward to watching your progress.
    Both Swoon and Love Entwined are on my "one day" list!

  5. Love your chocolate fabrics :) I have had this pattern for a couple of months but haven't started it, so looking forward to watching your progress with this.

  6. I am not familiar with the designer so I checked out her website. Beautiful designs. The only hesitation I would have about doing the one you have selected is that it looks like you have large backgrounds to hold while doing the stitching. I like a block format for ease of holding fabric while doing applique.

  7. This quilt is both intriguing and beautiful. I can't wait to see your progress!

  8. I am so in awe that I don't even feel worthy of reading your blog!

  9. This one is going to be fun! I bought the pattern too a while ago but not got round to it yet as there is enough applique going on here for now! Lovely fabrics - I know you are going to make this beautifully!

  10. I too have Irene's pattern and made the centre, enjoy.Love your blog

  11. Hi Carole
    Looking forward to seeing you in class soon!! I heard from one of your readers who lives in New York who wants to buy Mosaics - so thank you for spreading the word!
    When I have large backgrounds that i'm working on, i usually choose one section to work on and then fold the rest of the quilt (not being sewn) for example - if i'm working on the left top corner, i will make a few folds on the right hand side and pin this down, then a few folds on the bottom and pin this down so that i have reduced my background piece to a much smaller manageable square. Works for me.

  12. decisions! decisions! I love that quilt that you are going to start and those brown fabrics are gorgeous.

  13. You're going to love the Auntie green, what a great new project for you. I think you have loads of luscious fabrics there.