Thursday, June 4, 2015

What? No pink?

Yellow and grey are not colours you've come to expect in quilts made by me. 

Pink, yes. Lots of pink. But hardly ever grey and yellow. In fact my journey of making this precious gift was very much the road less travelled. I'm excited to finally reveal it here, though it has been a rather poorly-kept secret for the last few weeks. 

This quilt is for a young friend of mine expecting her first baby next month, but of course Eeyore and I couldn't resist sharing the odd sneaky peek on the 'inter web' now and then.

A thoroughly modern young mummy, my friend and her husband have decorated their house in a sophisticated palette of black and yellow, so I went with a toned down colour scheme of yellow, grey and white. All of these fabrics, bar the daisies, came from Spotlight.

For those who've asked me, most of the grey and yellow fabrics belonged to this range.

That cute Winnie the Pooh print (also used as the backing) sadly doesn't have a maker on its selvage.

Once I had sewn the strips, alternated with fresh white, into three columns, it was time for the real fun to begin, the machine quilting! 

The obvious choice would have been something geometric, possibly parallel lines, but these days I like to surprise (even myself sometimes!). I quilted giant cross-hatched bubbles, and gave the parallel lines a supporting role as fillers.

I quilted in the daytime...

... I quilted in the night, when the artificial light showed up the texture of the quilting.

And, as the sun set slowly in the west, on the last afternoon before the baby shower, I photographed my finished quilt in my very favourite location, at Di B's home beside our magnificent Sydney Harbour. 

So blessed to have such a generous friend who will let me drape my quilts all over her sea wall, garden seat and lawn.

The late autumn sunshine and shadows seem an entirely appropriate setting for this little quilt.

I backed the quilt with the Winnie the Pooh fabric, and added a label with my prayer for this little bub. 

It looks a tad sparse since I had to leave off two important details - the date of his birth (still to come), and his name, which I didn't know at the time. But I do now.

It's Atticus! And I love it.

{I want it known that the random seagull in the pic below was not photoshopped in, nor did I even see him at the time. It was entirely accidental, and it makes me smile, both as a quilter and a photographer :-)}


  1. This is beautiful! I love your quilting.

  2. Such a fun quilt and the quilting really is a whimsical touch. I am working on a grey and yellow one too,

  3. Well done Di. Love the yellow, Grey and white. So very modern! Texture and interest created by your quilting design is fabulous! I feel reassured as I've just bought yellow grey black and white fabric!!

  4. Lovely quilt - I'm sure young Atticus will love it! Your quilting is the perfect compliment to those fabrics too. It seems to be the thing today to be photobombed, so your seagull is right up there on trend!

  5. A wonderful quilt with a lovely story and amazing photos! I love the quilting design you've done, so perfect for the quilt but also adds an extra pattern look at.

  6. Is there a pattern for this quilt. I so love the color palette. Nice job. Don't mean to repeat my comment but it does not appear to be posting and really would like to have info about the pattern.

    1. Hi Rebecca, as you're a no-reply blogger I can't email you directly, so this is the only way I can let you know that unfortunately there isn't currently a pattern for this quilt. It's my own design, but I might write it up as a pattern if I can there is enough interest - and I can find the time :-)

  7. This quilt is just so fresh, different, and yep, no pink!! I love it - never would have thought to put these colours together, and you have mastered it - what a lucky new bub and it's Mummy to have this wonderful gift. That quilting ... what can I say? It is amazing and looks stunning, both in the photo's and in the flesh. Great job, great pattern, great fabrics, great quilting.

  8. What a lovely post! Your quilting is just gorgeous....the new mommy will feel so loved by your generous gift!


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