The next quilt in my ‘everyone in the family gets a quilt’ quest, is one for my father’s 80th birthday.
As soon as I saw Emma Jean Jansen’s Melba Fabric come out in early 2016 I knew I had to get it and make a quilt for my dad. Those teal magpies were just too close to the Port Adelaide colours to go past.
It took me a long time to find a pattern that I liked and that allowed me to show off the magpie print really well. Amber (@gigis_thimble) and Amanda (@jedicraftgirl) put out just the perfect pattern as part of their monthly #fivefatquarterfun patterns called Cabin Fever.
Each of the blocks had a magpie centred in it and then surrounded by a light, grey or black fabric from the Melba range or a few others.
And I had to put one block in the reverse…. the grey magpie with a teal outside. Teal tram cornerstones and the teal vine for the border.
The backing was my favourite grey shot cotton from Spotlight (sooo soft!) with a strip of the grey magpies and teal vines.
Whilst my free motion quilting is FAR from wonderful, I really enjoyed it and managed to not make horrible mistakes that required unpicking! I am slowly getting up the nerve to do more of it on my quilts.
And best of all, my dad loved it! When I visited this last weekend he was using it – always a good sign!
The quilt went on quite the photo shoot around our property before I wrapped it up for dad…. this picture is the one I liked the best!
This is part of my Quarter 2 Finish Along for #2017FAL #2017FALSWL