Monday, April 18, 2011

A new project







As I was straightening out my sewing room last night , I found a magazine that had a quilt I had seen at a local quilt show that caught my eye.
It was in an issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting and the quilt was made by Dale Ritson.
It is basically a quilt about all the things that mean something to her. It has 128 four inch blocks and it caught my eye.
I had seen a similar quilt at a local quilt show so of course I got so excited and started one.
Mine will be mostly machine embroidered since I have tons of embroidery designs that represent the things I enjoy the most in my life so there will be lots of pumpkins, leaves, flowers and quilting designs on mine among other personal designs depicting my life.
The original quilt has lots of techniques used on it but because I am swamped with so many hand applique projects I felt machine embroidery would be the way to go though I will include some pieced, paper pieced and even an appliqued one here and there. I guess it will depend on what I want to represent.
This quilt motivated me so much that I stayed up late working on it and I do not stay up late when I work the next day.
These are the 5 blocks I stayed up late working on.
I would love to include some blocks depicting the friendship I have with my blog friends so if any of you want to join in as a sew along, we can exchange blocks that represent us.

14 comments:

Janet said...

I've read about Dale, she is amazingly prolific and has made several of these gorgeous quilts with small blocks. I think yours is going to be really special with the blocks being personalised.

Carol G said...

Wow, you really pick some intricate projects. It will be a stunning quilt. I love Dale's border too.

JustCindy said...

Your blocks are fantastic. Do have a preference on the background color?

Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful blocks! You are going to have a quilt to treasure!

Sheila said...

Great blocks Betsy and a neat idea ,hmm can I handle this , maybe but not right now .

Toni said...

What a wonderful concept! I love your blocks so far - can't wait to see what other things you add to it. Maybe some of your kids baby clothes into a block? How neat! I might have to start my own as well!

Barb said...

What a fabulous quilt this is going to be.....

Yvette said...

This is going to be stunning!! The blocks you have so far are fantastic, I look forward to more.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I really love it. It is going to be a great quilt and a greater keepsake for you. I love what you are doing with Dale's design.

Lori said...

What a fun and personal quilt!

Jean said...

Wow, this is awesome....are your blocks 4" as well? I would love to do this, will let you know. Any specifics besides size?

Carrie P. said...

What fun it will be to make that quilt. Full of memories. Have a great time coming of with special blocks.

Rhonda said...

You are really on a roll. Love all the blocks!!!

Susan said...

What a great quilt and I love the idea of making one of your own unique to the things that you enjoy!