The two quilts look very much the same in the end, but just as several of us in the English Quilt group were collecting our fabrics together to make Kellie Wolfsohn’s glorious “Joseph’s Coat” applique quilt late last year Jill spotted Sandra Dart’s pieced version, “Waiting for Russell”, in Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol 19 No 7 and we unanimously decided to go the piece-able way.
Jill’s using teals and earth tones to co-ordinate with a bedspread she has.
Gail’s using dainty Liberty lawns, including a few from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s limited editions.
Lyn opted for pastels with a 1930s feel.
Anne’s using Kaffe Fassett fabrics exclusively in blues of every variety – from cobalt to sky to aquamarine.
- and mine is in brights, many of them also Kaffes.
With only about a dozen blocks left to piece I’ve been giving some thought as to how I’ll tackle the quilting.
I’d almost decided machine quilting was the way to go for a fast finish when Robbie arrived at our get-together last week with hers completed, hand-quilted and bound while all the rest of us are still in the process of putting our quilts together.
Isn’t this an absolute stunner of a quilt!
Robbie’s is cot-sized and mine will be bigger, but I’m so in love with the softness of her hand quilting and the wonderful antique-like texture that I’ve done a complete (figurative ) back-flip and decided this quilt deserves nothing less than to be hand-quilted.
Oh dear, and I have so much spare time (not!).
Now all we need is a name for this delightful quilt. The name Sandra Dart chose seems a little too personal (I’m not sure I need a quilt named after her husband on my bed ) but in the magazine she’s written:
“This quilt pattern is known by several names including Tea Leaf, Lover’s Knot and Lafayette Orange Peel. With such a diverse range of names, you can choose the one you like best.”
Will you help me decide? Which name do you like best?