Now this is a bit backwards. I made Julian yet another quilt for his birthday this year – I never intend doing this, ’cause frankly, Julian is not an especially quilty person, but I always seem to find just the perfect fabric for him in the weeks before his birthday, so find myself enthusiastically buying up a few metres of it and then presenting him with yet another quilt.
Last year it was the Wild Things quilt, this year it was the Periodic Table quilt, previous years … well I know I’ve made them but I can’t quite put my finger on them at the moment – they were clearly terribly perfect for Julian ;-)
If you have a magnifying glass handy you’ll notice I even chose the background fabrics carefully – there’s cameras for his love of photography, and wooden rulers for his love of precision and old tools, and seaweed for his love of snorkelling …
I based the design on a striking quilt I found via Pinterest (you need to scroll down a bit to see the quilt I’m talking about). Oh the hours I can spend (waste) on Pinterest! There are so many exquisitely beautiful quilts out there!
I adored making the Periodic Table quilt, and was so thrilled with the finished quilt top that I straight away started another based on the same design – this here Plates on the Dresser.
A bundle of Anna Maria Horner fat quarters had landed in my lap from the wonderful Cotton Factory in Ballarat, and I’d noticed the perfect “wooden” fabrics up at Darn Cheap, so the minute I’d sewed the last row onto Julian’s Periodic Table quilt, I set to putting together this pretty thing. Only I didn’t quilt and finish off the Periodic Table – which is why you are seeing the Plates on the Dresser first.
So here’s the Plates on the Dresser. I pieced my wooden shelves, then added the plates using first vliesofix to adhere them, then whizzed around the edges with a close zigzag stitch.
For the quilting, I used …. a vintage woollen blanket :-) I quilted a sort of peony shaped flower onto each plate and then did squiggly wiggly over the rest of it – blending the thread colours to the different plate and wood colours. I never like my squiggly wiggly standing out – all I can see is faults – I like it to sink gently into the fabric.
And then a nice piece of stripey reproduction for the binding – like a piece of ornate wooden trim.
Oh I do love it! And well foresee myself making many more! I know there will be a lovely gathering of fabric that will jump out at me and bam! – off I’ll go again. Very satisfying.
This one has such a rich, old fashioned look to it. I can just picture a huge old wooden dresser – the kind you’d see in the kitchen of Downtown Abbey – but instead of holding immaculate collections of perfectly matched and expensive china, it is stacked with the higgledy piggledy leftovers of generations worth of dinner settings that are now only used by the servants. Just the kind of colourful, thrifty chaos I’m fond of.
I think the pinks and reds in this one below are my favourite …
Anna Maria and I are definitely kindred spirits – I adore the busyness and rich saturations of her designs. Nothing is ever subtle or understated.
Sigh … just looking at it now, hanging there in all of it’s full wintery glory, makes me want to head up to Darn Cheap, stock up on a heap of Rosalie Quinlan’s, and make a red, white and blue version for summer.
But right now, this Plates on the Dresser quilt is the perfect addition to our cold, dreak, wintery days.
All that quilting has made it so heavy and warm. Just right for snuggling under whilst knitting or reading or embroidering … or WiiU playing …
… but I suppose I should really go quilt Julian’s birthday quilt … five months later.