…And on with the next thing

This will be an Aussie Heroes Quilts production.

Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 3.44.32 PMThis was the initial fabric selection and an assortment of iron-on patches to fit the brief. I’m particularly loving the dark navy blue fabric with white kangaroo silhouettes which is going to be the backing.

Subsequently I decided not to use many of the scraps I thought about using, since some of them are, well, floral/girly. I want to get it right for my first one! This quilt is going to a Petty Officer Master Technician in the Navy, and I have to get it on its way by 25 August at the latest.

Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 7.51.34 PMI have a plan, and this is what it looks like. The nice thing about all the AHQ quilts is that they’re smallish, and therefore faster to make than my usual double to queen size. There’s a standard size we have to stick to, to ensure it doesn’t weigh too much, that it fits the bunks, and that it can be stowed away in kit easily and quickly. So I can crack on fast, make the quilt fit the recipient, and once it’s away, start the next one. Thousands of quilts and laundry bags have gone out, but so many thousands more are needed, and each one goes to a grateful and appreciative home…

Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 7.51.49 PMHere’s progress to date. The chequered patches went together like a dream, everything lined up without trouble – it must be a good omen! To contrast with the crisp blue and white blocks, I’m going for greyish, muted  solids and co-ordinating large scale simple botanic prints meandering from side to side. The ‘extras’ that reflect the recipient’s interests are going to be added in the solid colour squares, here and there on the quilt top. There’s also a co-ordinating block for the back which will contain the AHQ label.

Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 7.52.02 PMHere are the embellishments. The drawing is going to be the appliqué patch, which will be fairly tricky. I’m still working out how to do it, but it’s going to be good if I can pull it off. OK, little quiz: what is the significance of the coloured strip at the top of this picture?  The clue lies in this quilt’s final destination. Answers in the comments box. No prizes except kudos, though!

Back to the sewing machine.


21 thoughts on “…And on with the next thing

  1. tialys says:

    How perfect is that kangaroo fabric for a backing?! I think it’s great that you know who will be the recipient of your quilt – it makes it a much more ‘personal’ project.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know – so I bought a bit extra! I know his name, rank and number, favourite colours and interests. It’s enough to let me personalise it a bit. And if I’m lucky, I’ll get a letter or email when it arrives.

  2. Lovely, lovely… and what great fabric with the kangaroos!

    • katechiconi says:

      Isn’t it! I think I’m going to have to hoard it jealously to make it stretch as far as possible. I’ve already decided not to make the whole back from it and insert some of the front fabrics instead. Any thoughts on the quiz item…?

  3. Semaphore? But don’t ask me to decode it.

  4. cecilia says:

    It is going to be gorgeous, i always learn something over here, hope you are having a great day!.. c

  5. The kangaroo fabric for the backing is perfect. You are so busy and productive right now – yay! 🙂

  6. Terrific – I love doing quilts that I can chain piece. As you say, they are quick.

    • katechiconi says:

      I love the short cut for 9 patch blocks. This whole quilt will be quick to make, which is good, because I’ll be able to get on to the next one even faster and some other
      service person will get a bit of love too.

  7. Kirsten says:

    Love the kangaroo fabric! And the car patch makes me want to go “brum, brum” like a child!

  8. wombatquilts says:

    Okay I seriously love those blue kangaroo’s… where is that fabric from.

    • katechiconi says:

      Our favourite shop, Spotlight. It’s a slightly heavier weight than most quilting fabrics, and it also comes in white with navy kangaroos. Do you want me to get you some – the bolt was in the Sale section so it may not last?

  9. Elaine says:

    Kate your AH Quilts looks fantastic 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad you like it! I’m going to do a couple of AH laundry bags next, and then I’ll take a short break and work on my own quilting projects for a bit.

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