Steam Punkin’ – Finito!

Many, many months ago,  I booked in to an “open” class with Jen Kingwell.  Angie from Gnome Angel was going, so I decided to tag along.  I finally bit the bullet and bought Jen’s Steam Punk quilt pattern, in the hope she could teach me how to do some hand sewing.  It was such a wonderful class, and Jen not only taught me how to do a few different hand sewing techniques, she also shared lots of other quilty advice, and we just had an all round fabulous day!

Fast {slow} forward to October, and this labour of love is finished!  And today, I finally had the chance to drag my daughter out and take some photos!


Firstly, we had to find a shortcut to our destination.  I’m constantly surprised by the beauty of our little neighbourhood…


And I was even more surprised by my daughter’s photography!  This 70″ x 70″ baby was a little too big and heavy for her to hold, so I trustingly handed over my camera and crossed my fingers.  This is one of her beautiful images.  I will also mention that I was up there crouching beside the train line….. Gulp.


This fabulous quilt has a plethora of fabrics from Alison Glass, Cotton + Steel, Carolyn Friedlander, Zen Chic and Jen Kingwell herself.


The majority of the low volume backgrounds of the blocks is Alison Glass text, which I am so super happy I used! All of the colours were chosen specifically for their “boyish” qualities – as the quilt has been made for a very special young man in my life…..


Quilting this beast was never going to be easy for me, and after a huge internal debate, I chose to send it off to be quilted.  I am so glad I did, because Kelly from The Quilt Machine did such a beautiful job!  I sent up my favourite Aurifil mustard tone – #2140.  And chose the fabulous edge to edge design, which features different sized bubbles.  I didn’t want dense quilting, rather sparse really, as I wanted the blocks to shine above all else.  I think my plan worked!


I’m wrapped I stuck a few darker blocks in, and I’m also really pleased with my decision not to make the half blocks for the sides, as the pattern calls for.  After 40-ish blocks, I just couldn’t face anymore curves nor needle-turn appliqué!


All in all – the most labour intensive quilt I’ve attempted!  I would hate to add up the hours of work, but do know that each and every minute has been worth it.  And standing on train lines was worth it for these pics too! #badmother

I’m looking forward to gifting this baby, but will miss its presence in my WIP pile.  Sort of. Ok, maybe not…..



** If you’d like to make your own Steam Punk Quilt, you can find the pattern HERE, as well as the templates – which were invaluable!

**  Kelly has a special fabric discount code for Ms Midge readers – over there on my side bar >>>>

17 Responses to Steam Punkin’ – Finito!

  1. Kate says:

    It is fantastic, I love the quilting on it, you have inspired me to get mine quilted and finished!

  2. Susan says:

    Great “Steam Punk” finish! Looks like the photo shoot was fun too!

  3. Stunning!! It’s so beautiful and the mustard was the perfect choice. Fabulous pictures though promise you won’t risk your life again 😉

  4. Kate says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! <3

  5. Sue Kaiser says:

    Great job! I love it

  6. Julie says:

    Well that would be one of the loveliest SteamPunk quilts I have seen. Love your colour palette, gorgeous photos of the quilt and your daughter too.

  7. Vivian says:

    Really like your choices of fabric. I can tell it was a labor of love. Very nice.

  8. Benta says:

    Fab quilt, and awesome photographs!

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