Saturday, October 24, 2009

Some success and a beautiful quilt

It's amazing what a difference a fresh set of eyes can make. After stepping away from my frustrating refashioning project and looking at it again the next day, things fell into place. My thread sketched tree turned out just as I had imagined....


...I added a strip of black fabric around the hem and used the same idea on the right side of the neckline. I was having real trouble deciding how I would 'close' the top as I thought a brooch would be too much with the tree. A clever friend suggested the black tab which meant I was able to hide the snaps.


So all in all, my $1 Op Shop top turned out pretty well. I even wore it last night....


..... when I went to see the all-sewn-together quilt for Kootoyoo's The Quilt Project.

Image taken from The Quilt Project

I must admit to a "wow" when I walked into the room and saw the quilt. Even though I had seen many of the beautiful squares, together they even more beautiful. Kirsty has done an amazing job of coordinating this project and of making the squares into a quilt.


I couldn't help myself and even at the risk of being daggy, had to take a photo of my little part of this big project.

If you would like to see more of the quilt and read about all the people who sewed a little bit of their souls into this community project, take a visit to The Quilt Project website.

34 comments:

Mel said...

Wow wow wow! Nikki the top looks sensational! The stitching and the black detail just bring it all together superbly! And well done for your part in the Quilt project. What an awesome thing it must have been to see it in the flesh.

Oh and I don't think it's daggy at all to take a pic of your bit "in situ"!

CurlyPops said...

I noticed your gorgeous top lastnight (I particularly love the square neckline), but it wasn't until after I'd left that I clicked that it was the one you'd been working on (my brain doesn't work some days).
Another fabulous creation!

m.e (Cathie) said...

your top looks stunning ! beautiful job Nikki & I love the photo of your square. looks like a great night, congratulations to all that took part in this fabulous project.

Isis said...

nice work on the top nikki, i think you've turned that op shop top into a master piece! cool quilt, too
x isis

yardage girl said...

Your top looked beautiful - it was so nice to finally meet you! What a cracker of a night!

Selina said...

Great refashioning job! I knew if you stuck with it it would all work out! I checked out the quilt project blog, it looks just fabulous!

dillpickle said...

It did look great last night! As a nosey parker rather than a contributor, it was great to see all those squares in person - such amazing work by so many people! It was also good to finally connect some faces to names!

Finki (jay) said...

ahhh love your top, the tree is just gorgoeus. It's turned out looking so stylish. I just ador how the quilt turned out too, it's so nice to see how it all came together.

Judy Ross said...

What a fabulous top. I'm wildly impressed by that thread painted tree too. It makes a nice top into something just a bit extra special.

(Yet another project from you to inspire me. I HAVE to try thread painting now.)

planettreasures said...

the top look great - I love the tree.
I can never see the potential of things like that, but you have done a great job.

Stephanie and Carlos said...

That top never knew it could look so smart and unique. Great idea for hiding the snap buttons... OMG I have only now seen The Quilt Project on your blog... I must dash to the site now!!! WOW!!

xo Steph

Tanya said...

HI Nikki,
The top looks really fantastic, great effort and hooray for the quilt too.

Becky said...

The top ended up looking wonderful, as does that quilt! What a wonderful thing to be a part of.

Karen said...

There you go - you had it in yo uall along - the perfect top!
Well done to you and everyone else on the quilt - it looks amazing.

Liam's Mummy said...

The top looks great! I love what you have done with the thread sketching.

The quilt is amazing too.

clare's craftroom said...

You are so clever that top looks fantastic !

Sally said...

Great top - the thread sketching is awesome.

That quilt is something else - must have been amazing to see it in person.

Mookah said...

The top turned out great and I love your thread sketching. I'm going to have to have a go at that too!

One Flew Over said...

LOVE the top! Well done Nikki.

I can't believe we missed each other on Friday night :(

handmaiden said...

great stitching and that community quilt is awesome

Sandrine said...

It is a double WOW from me!The top is really great and the quilt amazing!I have a little more to catch up what you have been up to now:)x

Leonie Guld said...

Your Top looks Sensational!!!!!! Just perfect!!! Congratulations to you. x

One pair of Hands said...

Your top just right with your outfit and extra special because it's unique. That quilt is gorgeous too. Cheers, Elsie

Gina said...

Great top!!!! Great tree!!!! Great quilt!!!!

Sorry. I have commentstipation. Luckily, you know I love you.

CC said...

Great job on the top - looks fantastic! And I love the tree.

Karin said...

The top turned out very nice. I love the tree, that stitching is marvelous!

Kirsty said...

You did look sensational on Friday night. Thanks for being part of The Quilt Project. x

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

KATE! The top is awesome! You are such an inspiration! xox

Selina said...

That is fabulous! You clever chicky!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

It is a beautiful one-of-a-kind ... much like you Nikki!

It was lovely to finally meet you on Friday. Hope to catch up again soon!

Elizabeth said...

I love the tree. The whole effect is very nice.

Lauren said...

Hey the top looks great Nikki!!

Leahdis said...

OMG I love your top, and how it wraps over, very clever. The tree turned out great, you should be proud. Oh and dont feel silly I took a pic of my block too. hehe

Cindy said...

As soon as I saw this post, my first thought was "oh crap how did I not get a chance to say ihi now I know it was you". Poppy at that stage was going no where good let me tell you, hands well and truly full