Friday, 18 July 2008

A Box of Jewels

This is my Kaffe quilt for my mum, for her birthday; she was so happy and called it a 'Box of Jewels'; so be its name!

Blood, sweat and tears is what I call it; it truly has been an experience making this one - if things could go wrong they did; seams coming undone, wonky borders making quilting a Nightmare, running out of binding material (searching for a well-known Kaffe fabric with 3 days before deadline was interesting; a certain shop had staff who had no clue, despite it being on their website!) Hence, I felt embarrassed about the end result, but Mum's excited face and squeals of delight, when she pulled it out of the bag and draped it around herself, and poured over the magical colours, helped me relax, just a touch.

Mum is not a person to criticise others' work and was very gracious when I told her that it was not my favourite thing to work on; I found the colours glarey and the orange I couldn't stand, BUT, when I put it all together, It Worked! I Love It, and only squint now at the mistakes!

Edit: I would like to thank Tamara of Bluebird makes her nest, for the very helpful suggestions of colour choice when I was designing this one; the perfect Kaffe orange appeared and worked a treat!


Anonymous said...

Bronwyn, it's absolutely beautiful - I agree with your mum, it's a box of jewels! Stunning fabrics (you know I love Kaffe). Great job!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

So glad your Mum loved her quilt - very aptly named!

Louise said...

Bronwyn it's absolutely gorgeous and you should be so proud of yourself. We're always so hard on ourselves and our work. Do you want to know an easy way to avoid the wonky border problem? Jenny from Amitie taught me recently and it's super easy and works perfectly every time! Aren't we lucky to have such lovely, appreciative Mums. Wish her a happy birthday!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Bronwyn, this quilt is so lovely.

This is a colour combination out of my comfort zone as well. I don't tend to use bright purples and pinks but it looks fabulous, you really pulled this off. I think the combination with the orangey yellows and the circles with the teal background really makes this quilt sing, and softens the very bright cooler colours.

Well done, such a lovely present.

handmaiden said...

the quilt is a gorgeous jewel and you have done a great job.....we are always our worst critics

Helen said...

Ohhhh, is stunning! It works so well! Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

Mary said...

That quilt is gorgeous! I LOVE IT!