Belconnen Beauty Quilt

Belconnen Beauty is a sweet pattern by Hugs 'n Kisses featuring the Colourque technique of using coloured pencils in the design.



I went to a class hosted by Helen Stubbings of Hugs & Kisses to learn this technique (quite a few years ago now) and really loved it... but never got around to finishing the project. 



Well, there’s no time like the present. I got the project out from the back of a drawer and decided it’s time to finish it. 

This quilted wall hanging is meant to have a couple more borders but I decided that I'd just trim it down and finish it as is (otherwise, who knows if I'd get around to it).




I trimmed it, sandwiched with batting and backing and started by stitching in the ditch which added great puff to the central hexagon. A quick change to a darning foot and I was ready to play with the quilting.



I did some teeny little stippling around the coloured leaf/flower shapes. I filled another bobbin and started pebble quilting around the outer edge of the quilt. Ooooh the texture that was evolving was delightful.



I had to stop as I'm out of practise and my shoulders were getting quite sore. I'll play with it again tomorrow, in the daylight. Sunshine should be helpful in seeing what I'm doing :)

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  1. Anorina, oh my, you are incredible. Wow, this quilt is beautiful. Slow and steady and you will have a masterpiece and a treasured heirloom.

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    1. Thanks Rosemary. It really has been a slow process since I first started it. I've tried searching when I first started this project, but apparently didn't blog about it. How disappointing.
      Enjoy your Thursday xx

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  2. Wonderful quilting Anorina, that will be a great finish.

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    1. Thank you. It'll be nice to have a finished UFO :)

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  3. Love your pebble quilting! I never got the hang of FMQ; if I machine quilt, it's simple straight or wavy lines, if I hand quilt, it's an overall pattern, both designed to simply hold the layers together. But what you're doing really adds to the beauty of the design.

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    1. Thank you so much Kate. The quilting part is finished now and boy oh boy, my shoulders are really out of practice.

      I'll tell you a secret... I find FMQing so much easier than straight line quilting. I can't seem to sew more than one of two straight lines at a time before they start looking wonky.

      Have a lovely day :)

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  4. This is so pretty, such lovely colours. It is always a wonderful feeling when we go back and finish and older project. x

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    1. Yes it really is nice to get things finished. With missing sewing mojo, finishing older projects is a blessing. Hope you have a lovely day :)

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  5. Oh Colorque! I remember when I first learned about it and watched Helen Stubbing's video that I brought home to the US from Australia. Her technique inspired me to make several embroideries colored with Derwent pencils. How nice that you're finishing your project. Your hand embroidery is perfect, and your machine quilting is the finishing touch. Well done!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I used to do a lot more hand embroidery back then and really enjoyed it.

      I'm glad you got to do some colourque too. I've found all of the supplies I'd bought to work on this project too, so as I've been finishing it, I've been thinking of the next one I can start with this colourque method.

      There's a bunch of Australian stitching designers (including Helen Stubbings) who've created a group of FB to share some of their designs. They started a Christmas one yesterday. Might be the perfect opportunity.

      The group is called Love & Hugs from Australia Stitch Along https://www.facebook.com/groups/557658171771760/

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    1. Thanks Audrey. Finding UFO’s tucked away in a drawer is always fun.

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  7. Anorina, this is gorgeous! I like your fabric/color combinations so much better than the ones on the pattern cover. Your quilt is just saturated with happy summer sunshine! I'm curious about your applique method. I love the look of the heavy straight stitch outlining each leaf. -- Wait, now I went back and enlarged your photos, and I'm not sure if those leaves are appliqued at all or if you just drew and colored them onto the white background fabric? Is that heavy outline stitch done by hand or by machine, before or after coloring, and what kind/weight of thread is it? I'm fascinated -- it's such a unique look!

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  8. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love your bright color choices. And the quilting! So yummy. You are creating a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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