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Flower show quilt

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Flower Show Quilt

garden illo leaflet

The following post explains why I have been silent for several months since completing the quilt for Kaffe…I have been working on the bedding for Sleep Well (a garden that was designed by Julie Dunn for the RHS summer flower show at Tatton Hall in Cheshire) since early in the year..it was quite a challenge.

daybed trial

Early April and I had my first glimpse of the bed and canopy so now I had the precise (I thought) measurements, I needed to proceed with sorting out the bedding and the patchworks….

Pinning the illustration to the quilt wall I started to make the quilt – it was very big, appox. 2 metres square and all colour co-ordinated to the chosen plants.

quilt top1

the finished quilt top ready for the borders

by early May and I was getting on well with the quilt, the top was finished, I had designed a large border as a sort of valance to cover the unsightly drop-down bed legs of the day bed. However I realised that this would  not now work as the arms of the bed stopped the  border being  attached to the quilt. I drew some versions of how I could design my way forward and sent the sketches to Julie…

bed1

It sounds absolutely mad but Velcro became the solution to this first of my many design dilemmas.

However the next dilemma was although more simply sorted out it was  time consuming. Julie could not find a plant that was a major lynch-pin of her planting design, Sanguisora that is a brilliant pinky purple colour …..and  we had perfectly matched a fabric in the centre of the quilt to it….so back to the un-picker and sewing machine,

By mid-May the valance/border desperately needed to be designed and made – this took a lot of thought as I was now designing by the seat of my pants, working with Julie as she was getting news of her specially grown plants from the nursery and seeing the reality of how they all looked together. My colours needed to be softened considerably..not easy using when using the Kaffe Fassett Collective ranges!!!

valance

I was still undecided as to what the valance should be applied to, even if it was with Velcro, it was either to the quilt or the fitted sheet and I had to decide now as our dress rehearsal was looming in late June and I still had to organise the mattress covers, the pillows and the canopy – why oh why did I imagine this would just be a simply made and straightforward project ?

But she was correct, her choice worked best! but not everything fitted – the mattresses  were a tad wide after my oh so careful measuring- so we had to cut them down and recover them. Hey ho!

matress

when I got home it was all systems go, 3 weeks to the show and I had lots to do. BUT first the small patchwork cushion that would help pull all the different bedding and quilt  fabrics together – and such a pleasure in the face of all the work ahead

cushion

and so eventually to the show…Julie had already spent 2 hot and humid weeks with the help of her family planting the garden

 

 

 

The champagne tent beckoned but sadly we dared not visit it

julie bed

end of the day before judging

The judging day arrives

judges

the judges checking under the bed – yikes

Relief all round, the girls all pile on the bed for photographs and Julie models the perfect dress chosen for the garden!

 

tatton garden silver

And our award?

medalnot bad for  her company Trug’s first garden design at any show, let alone the RHS.

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7 thoughts on “Flower show quilt

  1. Love love love it. Great positive read, on reflection I am sure you are over the moon.
    Love
    Julie x

  2. Hi Julie, well thank you so much and from an expert quilt-maker – praise indeed !

    Janx

  3. I am wordless… at the beautiful result and the hard hard work and planning. I think the judges should have given you a double platinum

  4. thanks – but sadly they weren’t judging the textiles – and before a quilting judge i don’t think that it would have done so well – i am not a patchworker or a quilter and I prefer to work by hand- but life is too short with the deadlines to be met!

    the judges did say they thought we showed real ‘theatre and creativity’ in the design and hoped we would enter the show again.

    Janet

  5. Dear Janet
    in awe as always! I have shared your blog as widely as possible as I think it deserved to be read and admired.
    Love
    Ila

  6. Hi Ila,
    thanks for all messages – it finally ogt written and i am getting lots of peopel viewing so all weel – hope you enjoyed the quilt festival yesterday..Love Jx

  7. Dear Jan, it’s all come flooding back to me after weeks of healing! Already thinking of the next show garden- would you do it again?! I think we did brilliantly and I throughly enjoyed the whole process from May 2017 to July 2018! Julie x

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