Today I finished a piece I'd started a long time ago. This is a long wallhanging panel done in the stained glass technique. The pattern was in Australian Patchwork and Quilting [Gina Burgess design]. From memory this was started in 2003.
Now that it's finished, I am so happy. I still like it as much as the day I saw it in the magazine. Much of the fabric I have dyed myself, the exception being the pale lemon [window], and maroon border pieces which are commercial fabrics, and the striking purple/orange window border, which is a Dianne Johnston hand dye.
I had some difficulty deciding on a backing for this. I knew I needed to quilt using black and maroon, so required a dark and busy piece in order for the quilting to be 'lost'. I had a piece of Liberty I'd bought from a small swatch, but on it's arrival decided I would just not wear it for the blouse I had in mind at the time, and so it sat in my cupboard [since 1999!!]. It seems to work, and all I can say is why did it take me so long to have this on my wall.
Tonight I shall be doing the draw for the needlebook give-away. Blogger has decided that it is not yet July 7, so it will be better to wait. I will post the name as quickly as possible.