Tuesday 29 May 2012

Rainbow science

The story of my Quilt is very simple but full of feelings.

I have to confess that I have never made a Quilt in my life, so my conception about a quit was that it should be made from recyclable materials. The journey of my Quilt began by searching the house for all sorts of fabrics to use in my Quilt design. I had no intention to make a quilt as a bed spread but to use it as a display on my wall.

My first thought was that I could use a lot of embellishments. The first thing I did was to sew together small pieces of fabric to form squares, which were to form the face of the quilt. The basic squares where then all sewed together on the sewing machine.

It is my belief that a Quilt can tell great stories.  That is why I decided my quilt will not only be geometrical pieces of fabric put together but it will tell a story. I allowed my imagination & inspiration to create each embroidered square.

All the treads that I used in my quilt have been passed down to me from my grandmother. While creating & sewing each square I had many memories of my childhood. I remember being about 3 -5 years old and playing with the threads - I am 43 now!!  By creating this quilt & using these special threads has meant a great deal to me.

Stitches used creating the quilt include : blanket stitch , running stitch , back stitch , stem stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy stitch, magic chain stitch, barred chain stitch , French knots, bullion knot , satin stitch , fly stitch , feather stitch , Scottish cretan stitch , buttonhole wheel, double cross stitches, herringbone stitch, threaded herringbone stitch, woven spider wheel and many other variation of the basic stitches used in embroidery.

After finishing the embroidery all the squares where stitched together on the sewing machine and then the fun began ! !As I mentioned I have never done a quilt so I had to figure out how to do the sandwich together.

Because the quilt is only going to be used as a display quilt I had used ‘’ stitch in the ditch’’ which is the stitching in between the patches so all the design is still visible.

Binding of the quilt is done manually from the front to the back of the quilt and the embroidery is used for the finishing touches.

I would like to set you a challenge - spot the patches that represent science !!

 And now she go to the Irish Quilting competition.
 I am really mad to think I stand a chance .....!!!!

Good day and hugs to everyone


  1. I am admiring the fact that the first quilt you ever made you tackled a crazy quilt. Great job! And a large one at that. As for your challenge, I see some signs of nuclear physics. With little atoms represented. Am I right?

    1. Thanks very much for your nice appreciation . I am very excited to find out my self the out coming. We will get the results probably this or next week . As for the nuclear physics yes I try to represent some of the sciences.
      My biggest achievement is I manage to finish this quilt and I actually love it.
      I'll keep you posted about the results.

  2. Ooooh, I love seeing the blocks close like this. Thank you! I know I saw the atom representation. And magnets, botany, electricity, vulcanology, biology, oceanography, entomology, genetics - and a pen to record it all!