Thursday, 10 May 2012

A slight stroke of genius...

I've started quilting my Stained QAL quilt.

I sat and stared at it for a ridiculous length of time trying to decide how to quilt it. I had a nosey at the Flickr group to see what other folks had done. I contemplated straight lines, which I love but I was in the mood for something fancy!

I started quilting concentric circles, like I did on my Drunkard's Path QAL quilt.

Then I unpicked it.

It just didn't feel right.

The friend I'm quilting it for is an awesome guy, I've known him practically my whole life, he's also an amazingly talented comic artist and now journalist. I wanted to do something cool.

I just had a hunch there was something better...

So I turned to Leah Day's wonderful designs. I knew there was something in the back of my mind (but couldn't sort through all the crap to find it!!) and then I saw this design again...

'Broken Glass' fmq design by Leah Day

I remembered reading that she'd been inspired by Marvel comics and the glass that always seems to get broken!!

This is so perfect, not only is my friend a comic book fan and artist but this is a Stained glass effect quilt top!

It just felt wonderful to have this combination! So I started, then I panicked that it just looked like a random mess of lines (some of it really does, I don't have her talent!!) but regardless I'm still in love with the notion of it and the texture it creates feels SO good!

I'm not doing this design in every panel, it would take forever and I'd probably end up hating it! Also I think it really does detract from the fabric because I've used a dark thread so I'm going to leave some of them plain and just quilt lines around the edges of a few panels in the sashing. I also want the quilt to have some movement!

I'm really pleased with the effect so far.

I've also decided that it will be called Shattered Stained Navy (AKA the SS Navy, thought I'd chuck a boat theme in there too randomly), ok Sarah?!

I better get back to quilting it...

Just before I do I have to tell you I was lucky this week :)

I won a great giveaway at Don't Call Me Betsy, a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and I chose Elizabeth's wonderful Fabricland pattern! I'm so thrilled, she's uber talented and I'm sure I'll love making that great quilt and getting lots of inspiration! Thank you Elizabeth :)

I also just discovered that a won the first giveaway from the London Modern Quilt Guild Blog, a gorgeous bundle of Laura Gunn fabrics! I'm really excited to receive these, they look beautiful and my cogs are already whirring about what to do with them!

I kind of feel bad because I only entered after a blog post from Kelly, it feels like stealing??!!! That ever happened to you?!

To ease my troubled mind and if you're feeling a smidge jealous can I remind you that there's a heap of giveaways and swaps linked up to the Fugly Fabric Party and you can win some lovely fabric of your own from Prints To Polka Dots if you link a blog post, I'll stop harking on but...

source: by Professor Batty
 - go look, you won't regret it!!

could I make a quick plea? Some of those fuglies are a bit lonely over at the party. I know you're all very busy but if you get a chance could you go and visit them and stop them being wallflowers?! If you win some of the fabric you could always use it in a charity quilt!

There are some great blogs linking up so pretty please take a second to visit the new links and you still have until Monday to link up a post to win the giveaway :)

Since I love linking so much I'm linking up to the gorgeous Rebecca and Melissa:

Thursday Think Tank


  1. Love that quilting!! You should feel no guilt though, as I am part organiser for the lmqg giveaways I couldn't enter. I was chuffed when your name came out of the random generator x

  2. LOVE your quilting plans! So different! Please please add pics to the group quilting it thread so everyone making one can see! x

  3. I was imagining you were going to do that quilting BIG like the block was the hole quilt - then you showed the teeny block section - it will take forever and miles!!

    Good luck x

  4. Oooh, that is a great idea. You could also do jagged edges around some of them like a ball has been thrown through it. Have fun! And congrats on the winnings! I'm just a little bit super jealous. :)

  5. Great quilting pattern! =D

  6. This looks awesome!!! Love it!!

  7. Woohoo. Looks great! I was thinking something like that all over. Or squares similar to that, but just don't know yet! Love your idea, though!

  8. Love your quilting idea for shattered stained! And what a lucky duck you've been recently. Enjoy your winnings! Jxo

  9. Looks good, that jagged quilting,I think you are right though, it should be on selected blocks, and simpler on some others, to really show it off. You are so busy!

  10. Oooh, loving your shattered stained!

  11. That quilting is perfect Lucy! What a lucky friend. Love your name for it too :o)

  12. Great wins and wonderful quilting

  13. You are a Lucky Girl! Congratulations! My favorite quilt is getting quilted. Really like the FMQ

  14. Your quilting plan is wonderful, I look forward to seeing it all done.

  15. Great quilting and what a fun story! And congrats on all the winning too.

  16. That quilting style is amazing. Well remembered and love how you integrated into your quilt in a very clever way--just lovely!

  17. I think you aced it with this quilting. Leah has some really unique designs! Since I didn't win the fabric bundle....I'm thrilled that you did!

  18. I love your quilting! I've been MIA for the past few days but I'll try to sort out a fugly post and some visits soon...

  19. I think that quilting is just perfect :)

  20. A perfect match! Lucy,I have featured you on my blog,come over and check it out :)

  21. Brilliant! Love the quilting. Hilarious photo, must check out the site. ;)

  22. The quilting you chose is brilliant. I like the way you're only going to do it on some blocks and not all. Clever name too!! That cool party photo is priceless!! I really want a cardigan with deers on it like the loner girl, but I'd love it in lurid colours. I'll go and check out some lonely fuglies.

  23. I love the quilting! I can't wait to see the finished product :-)