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in progress (and a huge thank you)

The instructions for this pattern have you sew each piece together, then topstitch.  Instead of topstitching by machine, I decided to do a hand running stitch.  But which colour to use?


You’ll have to guess – the front of the dress is already done now, and now I’m working on the cuffs and neck band!

We haven’t heard anything from the Under 35s Quilt Competition, so assume that Clare didn’t win a prize. Although we’re a little sad about that, both Clare and I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all those who left such beautiful, encouraging comments! I don’t think that I’ve ever had as many comments on one blog post, and your wonderfully positive response has had a big impact on Clare.  She has had a grin from ear to ear after reading each and every one of them! Clare was also thrilled to see a photo of her quilt hanging in the exhibition – thanks to Amy for helping out!

Clare's "Ripe & Blooming" hanging on display

Entering the competition has been a terrific experience for Clare, and she’s looking forward to hanging her quilt up in her room once it comes back later in the year.  In the meantime, she’s busily working on a cross-stitch while spending time with her grandparents for the first week of school holidays.  She is definitely a winner in our eyes!


6 thoughts on “in progress (and a huge thank you)

  1. Clare is the winner in my book. That’s all there is to it.
    As for your topstitching. Hmmm, I lean toward the red-most one in the middle. And might I say, I really like the pattern. Simple, yet flatteringly detailed. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

  2. Wow, what a wonderful quilt! I somehow missed the earlier post, but I have to say that its a winner from my point of view too. Fantastic design and handiwork too Clare! (I have a vote in for one line of each colour of topstitching, but perhaps that’s because I’d be too indecisive to choose myself??)

  3. I really love your quilt Clare, beautiful design, great colours and your sewing is beautiful. Well done! You might consider doing textiles when you get to high school. My 17 year old daughter Olivia has just finished her major textiles project and sent it in for marking, and guess what it is a quilt. It’s a little bit bigger than yours and it’s an underwater scene. Here is a link so you can go and have a look. She has watched me sew for years and has even worked in a patchwork store on Saturday mornings but this is her first completed quilt. Just keep on sewing Clare!

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