Sunday, 22 July 2012

Testing, testing, 1-2-3....

A little while ago, one of my bloggy friends asked for volunteers to test a quilt pattern - and because it was the very talented Joan of CaliQuilter, I couldn't resist.

Joan makes some beautiful things - her sense of colour and her expertise in making ensure a wonderful finish to everything she does - so hoping that some of her magic would rub off on me I said 'yes' - and Joan duly sent me her quilt pattern.

It's called 'Going to the zoo' and this is Joan's.............

I was pretty excited about the pattern - I have a good friend who has just had a new baby (another one - must be something in the water in Melbourne!) so it was very serendipitous that the pattern suits a child.  So I cut, and sewed and unpicked just a little (my fault, not Joan's pattern!!) and finished up with this.....

fabrics used: denyse schmidt, michael miller, spotlight spesh

I bought a piece of Denys Schmidt for the back, but in between that purchase and actually making the quilt, I nipped into Ikea and bought some really pretty fabric - one piece of which I thought I'd use instead....

The pattern itself was very easy to understand and each instruction was clear and concise - no overly verbose bits or vague bits - perfect really!

If you'd like to buy the pattern, pop on over to Joan's blog - and even if you don't want to buy the pattern, be sure and have a look at the gorgeous things she makes as a matter of course.

Thanks Joan - a gorgeous quilt that I'm sure will be well loved by the new little man who has just joined us.


  1. Heh, isn't it funny how we find room to do something for a 'celeb' ;o) It looks great though :o)

  2. That's really cute!! How fun to test out a pattern for someone. That's going to be one happy baby :)

  3. Your quilt looks fabulous. I’ve just taken a peep at Joan’s blog and am amazed at how individually each of the three quilts has turned out. I like the vivid blue you’ve used and the way it draws your eye in to focus on the blue diamonds. Does the striped border lead the eye in also? Either way, it looks great and will be enjoyed for many years I’m sure.

  4. Kay, wow! This quilt turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for testing the pattern for me. You are the best! Joan


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