Thursday, February 14, 2013

My magnificent new project

I haven't done a class for ages.  Where I live means having to travel distances to get to classes and it's such a drama when I have no sense of direction when driving, even with a GPS to help. The only way it's not a hassle is when David is the navigator and even then I can't remember how to get to places, let alone how to get home. Sydney isn't easy to drive around you know.
A friend and I are travelling by train and bus once a month to get to Quiltsmith for classes with Sue Ross to make a version of the Auntie Green coverlet. This one has been whispering in my ear for years so when the opportunity arose, I jumped at it. I've never done a medallion before so it'll be a new experience.
It's most recently been pictured in Annette Gero's book, the fabric of Society. There is no pattern for sale so this is strictly an in class pattern where we follow our own applique methods and fabric preferences.
I'm going for an old look so it could turn out quite muted but who knows, I'll choose fabrics as I go. I'm using a cream background but the others in the class are using a more taupe colour which is equally as nice.
For the leaves I've chosen some teal fabrics and I only have a section on the left to finish off.
Hopefully I'll be able to get to some prep over the next few days so I can make a start on the center applique.
My word for this year is focus so I'm determined to make better use of my time and get better organised with my projects. Next week is set aside for drawing the next vine panel for the Susan McCord quilt.
 
About the Auntie Green coverlet.
 
It was made around 1860 by Mary Ann Wellen, Stepney, London.
Mary Ann was known as Auntie Green by those who knew her and the coverlet was made for her niece Anne Kirby who travelled to live in New Zealand.
It  was left to Anne's Australian niece, Mabel Williams who then passed it onto her niece, Mavis Roberts who is the current owner.
 
The coverlet uses a linen background and is unlined.
There could be as much as fifty metres of what looks like bias in the borders but is actually fabric cut on the straight of grain. There are consequently lots of tucks and ruffles in the borders.
It measures 96.5in x 91in
 
Until next time, Janet
 

60 comments:

Marjorie said...

Wow! This is going to be another stunner! Makes me want to ignore the 20 UFOs I have and start some applique.

kelly said...

oh, wow!! that is going to be magnificent. i can't wait to watch yours progress.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Magnificent is right!! I'm like you get lost easy, hardly any sense of direction - gps helps me a lot.

taylorsoutback said...

Just knew your project would be something wonderful - and it truly is. One of my stitching friends is doing the Auntie Green also with a group of appliquers that she meets with once a year in Nebraska - "Baltimore on the Prairie"
Some of the ladies fly over from Australia!
Will so enjoy watching your quilt grow.
Driving in Sydney would be a challenge. When I was there in 1994 my husband's cousin took us everywhere & I could sit back in awe at what a beautiful city it was (and still is)

Deb said...

Janet that is absolutely an amazing quilt. Then again all of the beautiful work you do is amazing. I am in awe that you are doing it without the pattern. Will be looking forward to watching its progress.

Nedra said...

You like to think big! An amazing pattern. I have no sense of direction either, and understand completely how you feel.

Cardygirl said...

It will be gorgeous! Have fun & enjoy the process!

Jessica said...

Wow, that is going to be stunning! Have fun focusing!

Lori said...

I love this quilt! Can you believe I started it once...long ago and gave up. I was too much of a beginner. Have fun! I look forward to seeing your progress.

Dar said...

You will have fun with this quilt, I can tell. You also must be up to the challenge because that looks like a lot of small pieces. I'm starting an applique project of Edyta Sitar's and I am not fond of small pieces. Guess you are much more focused than me. Look forward seeing your progress.

Patchwork and Play said...

I admire your enthusiasm Janet! Not being able to navigate the streets of Sydney would pale into insignificance making this beauty! I will watch and marvel at your skill!

Rachaeldaisy said...

You and your friend will have lovely train journeys into town, much better than driving in Sydney!! That coverlet is really amazing. I think it's great that you're following the photo and making your own patterns. This is going to such a treat for us to watch as it grows.

Ada said...

A beautiful pattern, can't wait to see it finished! So, focus!!!

Frances said...

What a fantastic project. It should keep you out of trouble for ages! I look forward to watching your progress.

betweens said...

Janet I have spotted this quilt off and on in blogland too and it has often tapped me on the shoulder. I love this quilt and i know with your talent and perception on fabrics and color you will make it stunning. I look forward to your new adventure.

Sheila said...

I am "green" with envy, i so want to do this. I have the four issues of APQ that has the pattern for the centre and first round of bouquets. Wished i lived close enough to come to class

Donna~~ said...

Auntie Green is one I've always been tempted to try, so glad I'm going to be able to live vicariously by watching yours! Looks lovely so far--I love anything teal! So lucky to have a class (somewhat) near you!

Rose-Anne said...

This is a stunning project to work on!! Lucky you!!
Rose-Anne

Nadine said...

OH, MY, Janet ! The Auntie Green Coverlet ! That's an absolute dream for so many quilters (including me)... I'm gonna follow your progress avidly, knowing that you're going to make a masterpiece ;>)
(so you're designing it by yourself, dear ?)

XOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Oops-Lah said...

Wonderful and you've already got a good start! I can't wait to see this project come alive under your capable hands.

Roos said...

I'm just learning how to applicate and when I see your leaves.... wow.. I have to learn a lot will I ever be able to start making this gorgeous quilt.

Kathie said...

in awe, so jealous LOVE your fabric choices .
beautiful..........
Kathie

Elaine said...

Wonderful start to this magnificent quilt. It is on my some day list too...

Supergoof said...

You are so LUCKY!!!
I'm in love with this quilt the first time I saw it.
:o)

Terry said...

Your leaves are lovely! I can't imagine sewing down all those pieces!

Mary said...

Oh, Janet! What a perfect project for you! It will be so fun to watch your progress. Interesting that she used straight of grain for the design in the border...I assume you plan on using the bias? Amazing Janet!

Fiesta said...

Janet, it already looks magnificent!

*karendianne. said...

Oh how you take my breath away. ...and so happy you're taking a class. The new experience - thrilling that! Enjoy and we will watching.

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Looking lovely. This quilt is on my list for 2013.

Sujata Shah said...

That's an amazing coverlet. I am sure yours is going to be equally breathtaking. Wow!
Looking forward to it's growth.

paqui said...

OOOOHHH es maravillo ese proyecto .
Me encanta la elección de telas para ese centro .
Besitos !!

Adele said...

Makes me want to put down my Mrs Billings and start this again I have done 1 side of this quilt and the middle circle scares me mine turned out wonky and it went back in the hat box

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Stephanie said...

A totally stunning quilt. I know your skill, perfection, and amazing stitches will turn out a true heirloom.

Maureen said...

Love the teal leaves. Pretty and unexpected.

Cheri said...

This quilt is one of our quilt treasures, I have always admired it. It will be fun to watch your progress on it.

SewWhatsNew said...

WOW! Really beautiful quilt. Sue is such a great teacher. I had the pleasure to meet her when I lived in Sydney in 2009. I will be in Sydney in a few days and I can't wait. Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Janet! What a stunning quilt. I love that it has such a well-kept history. You have all the best classes down-under! I can't wait to watch this project of yours unfold!

Janet said...

What an incredible project!! It will be so fun and motivating to be making it together with a group. I love the flowers and basket in the center - I look forward to seeing your applique of that! Later this year I hope to be using your pattern for panel #10 :0)

Ivory Spring said...

Janet, it is magnificent indeed! You don't ever work on anything not magnificent, do you? ;)

Happy Quilting.

Ann-Mari said...

Wow, what a great adventure. Love the colours you have chosen. I am not brave enough to venture on this one without a pattern, so I have bought the one Irene Blank has made. Looking forward to follow you on this journey.

Mimi said...

All I can say is "oh wow!" that is going to be gorgeous and a lot of work, too. But oh so worth it in the end.

Shirley said...

Never mind living where you do, it would be an even longer trip to the shop where I am. I definitely live in the wrong part of the world. I am just envious but at least you share your lovely work with us to ogle shamelessly. In your capable hands it will be stunning.

Julia said...

Oh Janet, you are so lucky to be doing that in a class, I have Annette's book and a pattern for the centre medallion, but it would be nicer to do it with a class.
I just know your quilt will be amazing!
Julia ♥

Darlene said...

Wow, this is a magnificent new project. I'm going to enjoy your journey right along with you. :-)

Dixie said...

Lovely start - just can't wait to see your progress on this one. Really adore medallion quilts and hope to have some in my future!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

(rubbing hands together) Oh YES, starting a new project!

(licking lips) This one is just simply delicious!

I. LIKE.

Sarah said...

Hi Janet, well, this is another beauty! I'm really looking forward to following your progress on this one. Thanks for sharing. xx

Jane in Wales said...

Wonderful! I look forward to seeing it grow. This year is also 'focus' for me. We shall get a lot done!...;o)

Nic said...

That IS magnificent. I look forward to watching your progress

Meredith said...

That is a great description magnificent. Along with the other one we are working both working on. Quiltsmith blog I follow. I am beginning to think it is a good thing I do not live down under.

Around my area we do not have challenging or reproduction classes. I always look but I do not need a class on how to make a hand bag.

That is my size quilt. Have fun creating.

Every Stitch said...

Lovely quilt - have long admired it in Annette Gero's book. Am looking forward to seeing your progress and am a new follower!
Hilda
Every Stitch

Barb said...

gorgeous new project! You will do it more than justice and it is sure to be a masterpiece.
enjoy

FlourishingPalms said...

I have that book, "Fabric of Society" that was gifted to me by quilters from St. Mark's Anglican Church in Sydney, after teaching quilting there. I cherish the book, and wonder if any of those quilts would be effective in modern prints. I've pretty much come to the conclusion though that I'm not a hand appliquér, and I don't know that such a quilt would look good machine appliquéd. You've sure made a beautiful start on the center of your medallion.

~Kris~ said...

This is such an amazing piece of work! It will be fun to see it develop on your blog. Best wishes to you and your classmates as you undertake this project.

Carrie P. said...

Wow! Janet, it is magnificent! I will enjoy watching your progress. Your applique is always magnificent too.

Annemart Berendse said...

Wow Janet, great work! Looking forward to the full quilt.

Mary said...

Janet, forgive me for not knowing - I am sure you have mentioned this in previous posts, but are you doing needle turn or fused appliqué! This is going to be a gorgeous quilt!!

Nanette Merrill said...

As always your technique is fabulous. I understand about the class thing. I sometimes want to take a class but fitting it in and getting there can be tricky.

Cathy said...

Woweee! This will be amazing! xo