Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Friday, 16 June 2017

Freefall QAL, all done and dusted






The midnight oil, or a LED light was so handy late last night, as Thursday was our 15th June, and this was the special day for Sandra of   mmm quilts        .     In memory of her Dad, whose birthday was very special, she arranged for us intrepid quilters, a fantastic Quilt-along. A smaller version of her original leaf quilt, and so we began.

The fabrics, the instructions, the leaves,  cutting, trimming, matching points, sewing again,  and finally a flimsy.




I did so want an aerial shot, we set it all up, Boris had to supervise, the wind blew, the quilt was on the pavers too close to the house, so this is what we ended up with!!! Click on the photo to see where everyone is .




Last night, I managed to get that final seam on the flanged binding sewn, after 5 tries, readjusted, and moved it down a few inches, then bingo. Attached the blind stitch attachment, used the  Gutterman Sulky in the top, changing from Superior thread King Tut grey, that I used for the diagonal lines, with a  King Tut green in the bobbin.I had 2 spare  blocks, so did some trial lines, and 2 different sized bindings. In the end, I went with the original size of  1.5 inch and 1.75 inch, trimming the quilt a little  wider from the points.


This morning the Sky Gods didn’t shine for a photo shoot. Taken from Hugh’s Dad’s memorial Weeping Silver Pear  tree




Same tree, different view.



Against the New Zealand Flax, with Boris again supervising, or just looking for any  intruders hidden in the jungle.

Photo props, a broom and a floor mop in the corner triangle holders.




Finally, one last one, diagonal, like the quilting lines.




Thank you so much Sandra  of   mmm quilts
for this amazing challenge. We are all very privileged to be part of this, and it widens our blog friendship by miles.
Quotation of the day  from Ralph Marston
“ Start strong, stay strong, and finish strong,
by always remembering why
you’re doing it in the first place”
Greetings from Jean.

23 comments:

Julie Fukuda said...

A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF PICTURES TO BECOME PART OF A "BIGGER PICTURE"
Just goes to show that though bloggers are linked in friendship by their computers, they don't sit in front of the screen all day.

Sandra Walker said...

Not to sound too sappy, but I have tears in my eyes, reading this, viewing your photos (LOVE the drone outtake shot and how everyone participated!!). You make my heart sing. All of you participants who took a chance on moi. I have felt connected in QBL but THIS? This has tendrils, threads from my heart to each end of my country, and to three other countries where people participated. I am humbled. Your batiks SING Jean! What started the waterworks was seeing my design, in your hand, hung in Hugh's dad's memorial tree. His Dad. My Dad. Me and quilts in trees. Bless you. And doing a bunch of this while on crutches too let's not forget! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's beautiful and I adore the diagonal lines of quilting and yay for a beautiful flanged binding to top it off!! :-)

Jenn Jilks said...

What a beautiful post!!!!
You do amazing work! I love you so much. What a sweet person. xx

somethingrosemade14@blogspot.com said...

Your Free Fall Quilt turned out amazing and to be able to take photos of it with a drone is another category in itself. Great job!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

It turned out beautifully and what a sweet post. :)

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Great result, well done you!

Susan Heather said...

What a wonderful quilt - I love all the photos.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh my goodness that is spectacular - I love the drone shot, too funny, and the behind-the-scenes with the broom and mop. You can be very proud of this quilt Jean, it is so gorgeous!!!!

Tish Stemple said...

Jean, this is BEAUTIFUL!!! I have been drooling over those batiks the entire time you have been piecing this quilt. It has been an honor and so much fun to be quilting with you as all our quilts have come together. Love all the pictures, especially the one with Boris, Hugh and the drone. Isn't it funny how much can go into taking a picture of our quilts :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, love the finish quilt. Very pretty. Cute photos of Boris supervising.
Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

The Furry Gnome said...

Congrats on getting that beautiful quilt finished! Turned out great!

The Furry Gnome said...

P.s. Mrs. F.G. Is off at the big Quilt Canada show today!

Vicki in MN said...

Simply gorgeous! You are so right it broadens our blog friendships by many many miles:) So fun to see everyone's quilts. Using your drone, great idea!

Carol Mattingly said...

The leaves quilt pattern is wonderful. I love it. Love all the beautiful color and the leaves even remind me a tad bit of stars. Carol

Lisa J. said...

It's a beautiful version of the quilt. I love the dark shadow leaf and the bright smaller leaves.

KB Bear said...

It is glorious, simply fabulous!!! You have outdone yourself, Jean. I love it. And, you somehow did it all while on crutches. Oh my goodness. You're amazing!

Paige said...

Fantastic Jean! Thanks for sharing the whole story. Love the photo props!

works4me said...

It looks great. It looks like you had fun with not only the quilt but the photography.

Raewyn said...

Such a beautiful finish and a lovely post!

Janet said...

Jean Your quilt is beautiful!! I love the comment that Sandra left you. So sweet. This was a real bonding experience obviously!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful quilt! The fabrics you chose work so well!

Cathi said...

That is a spectacular quilt - love, love, love the design, the batiks and how you quilted it! Boris is a gorgeous red kitty - and a great quilt photo shoot addition. Mops and brooms - whatever works for holding up quilts!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I love the drone photobombing your quilt shoot. I also love your stage props holding up the quilt, and the quilt in a tree shot. Lovely to have a memorial tree to your father in law . And of course I love your quilt and the dramatic effects Of the batiks