Back in June I finished the Junction Road top and pieced the back. Once again I have included my favourite floral rescued from the donation bin at school. I may have made a mistake using linen in this one. We will see. I have zigzagged around it. I also added an extra 'border' to make it a more usable size, and am not sure the got the weave of fabrics right in the top right hand corner. However, like the Frankie and Ray quilts, I like the simplicity of this pattern. I would love some recommendations for other quilts like Frankie and Ray's and like this one.
This is Blanket Bay by Frankie and Ray. I first discovered Frankie and Ray quilts through Linda at KokaQuilts and made two Aunt Bet's quilts about 18 months ago that are still waiting to be quilted. I like Frankie and Ray's 'uncontrived', scrappy, country look.
This quilt used only fabric from the shelf, and I was keen to use fabrics that people don't recognise. The back is no work of art. It's pieced from the shelf too.
I quilted this one with a combination of maize gold perle thread, two variegated Eleganza threads and my favourite variegated thread from Romania. Unfortunately, the Romanian thread ran out and there was none left in the shop. I prefer its weight to the Eleganza thread. I used a combination of masking tape and ruled lines for the quilting. It's interesting to see how crooked my straightlines are!
I have used a wool batting so the quilt is super soft.
Here it is hanging on the neighbour's wall up the driveway on a typical grey-ish winter's day in Auckland. I shouldn't say typical, because typical would be rain. Rain is the worst thing about an Auckland winter.
I have chosen to hand quilt 'Blanket Bay' with perle thread. It's taken a while to get back into the quilting rhythm. I struggle with perle thread to get my stitches and gaps between them even. With regular hand quilting the smaller the stitch the better. I need to get comfortable with bigger perle thread stitches. So far I have been using a mustardy-gold thread. I may use leftover variegated blue for the blue borders. It's feeling nice and soft with the wool batting.
I remade the top right hand corner after getting pieces in the wrong order. I am now waiting on more the green and blue floral to finish that round. I think another round might make it a more useful size.
I had forgotten how hard it is to photograph anything during winter in Auckland. I only have one empty wall on which to hang quilts in progress. Then I have to stand in another room further down the hall to get back enough to take the photo!