Winding my Way through stitches…….

I am so very happy that I have a quilted Winding Ways to share with you!!!  I have been hand piecing this quilt on and off for the last two years!  It is for my beautiful daughter who is coming home after a long trip around Europe and South Africa.  Now that it is finished ( almost with the help of a little binding)  I really love it!!!

WW Quilted 1

Initially when my daughter Nicole picked the pattern and chose the fabric I wasn’t too excited but could appreciate her choices.  She chose A Day in the Country Red  Gingham and white quilters cotton.  As I started hand piecing the Winding Ways it wasn’t so easy to get a nice finished with multiple points in the centre.  I persevered slowly while working on other projects.  When she went away I knew that I needed to finish it by the time she came back from her trip.  It was only supposed to be a small quilt but when I asked for your feedback previously the consensus was to do more rows to maximize the effect of the circles.  I was going to hand quilt but just too much going on at the moment; so off it went to be long arm quilted.  I chose varying size of circles.

WW Close Up 1.1

You can see a close up of the quilting in this picture.  I am very pleased with the way that it turned out.  The quilting enhances the quilt and doesn’t take away from the pattern.

WW Backing 1

For the backing my daughter chose Paris Tea by Lakehouse.  I love this fabric and think it works nicely with the front of the quilt.  Once the binding is completed I can tick this quilt off my Quarter 4 Finish A Long list hosted by Leanne @ She Can Quilt.

I also participated in a challenge with my sewing friends.  The challenge was centered around the use lace.  Whilst I am not a big fan of lace, particularly on quilts, I chose to crochet a doily.  I was inspired by Marelize @ Stitch by Stitch who posted a beautiful doily using gorgeous colours.   So I decided to try it out…..

Pansy Lace 1

 I haven’t crocheted for a very long time and it took a while to get into the rhythm!  I used perle 8 cotton threads in white and blue.  I thought the saturated blue gave it a vintage modern look.  The pattern was a free download from Yellow, Pink and Sparkly.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out!  It has certainly reignited my love of crochet!  Neeless to say my daughter has claimed this one to put in a picture frame. Her friend also asked if I could teach her how to crochet.  I was delighted!!  Always nice when young people are interested in learning a craft skill.

On another note, my posts have been a bit irregular over the past weeks.  Please accept my apologies, my life has been challenging of late.    If you wish to keep up with what I am doing you can also find me on Instagram @quiltswithpersonality.

I am supporting the linky parties and linking up with NTT Thursday @ My Quilt InfatuationWhoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!  Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the lovely projects and/or link up and support them!!

As always,  thank you so much for stopping by!!  Wherever you are in this world have a fabulous day!

Sew Happy ……………….Marie xxx

24 thoughts on “Winding my Way through stitches…….

  1. Oh, wow, this is so gorgeous with the circle quilting! This is one of my all-time favorite quilts, Marie. It just sings in an understated yet elegant and intriguing way (gosh, I’m embarrassing myself with the adjectives, but it’s hard to put into words just how much I love it!). Backing=perfect. Lovely crochet as well!

  2. I know I’ve already said this, but I really really love this quilt! It’s so very vintage in the best way! (And bonus: it’s new & clean!) Simple and striking and effective.

  3. You winding ways quilt is stunning! What a lovely coming home present it will be. And her choice in backing is absolutely perfect. Fitting, for a girl who has been winding her way home!

  4. You made such a wonderful choice! After all that hard work hand piecing…. To have the Winding Ways quilted in those circles!!!! Gorgeous! I am certain your daughter will be blown away. You’re the best, Quilting Mom! Top notch finish, Marie!

  5. I love this one(well I am in awe of all your work, red and whites are my favorite)
    the back piece is perfect…your daughter will be amazed and thrilled with such a gift…
    You are very gifted Marie….( I like the dolly too!)
    Take Care…You Matter…

  6. What a peaceful, lovely quilt. Way to persevere, and that’s one lucky daughter to have such a tender design, constructed by her loving mother, to hold so close to her heart.

  7. Hi Marie – your winding ways quilt is just beautiful! I love the quilting pattern you used too, the circles really add another interesting element to your quilt. I bet your daughter is going to love it!

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