Remember I got all inspired about quilting again after visiting the Adelaide Craft and Quilt Fair for this year, and had to have a short hiatus to get my sewing machine serviced? (I got my machine back midweek, thanks to the boy dropping it off and picking it up – happily he said to stop me from whining about not being able to sew!)

I didn’t get to take many photos (especially of quilts) but you can see a lot of the ones that were on display and won prizes here at the South Australian Quilters Guild and some at Pip’s Blog including her own beautiful Seven Sisters.

Anyway, I’m not in that league but went right ahead with my stitching frenzy after a stop at Spotlight yesterday for some shopping therapy with my mum and sister-in-law.

So I finally finished the sleepy sheep panel number 2 (officially my second piece of freemotion quilting that will actually live in an actual quilt!).  The quilt was started for my niece Charlotte in August last year, I worked on it for a couple of days and then didn’t touch it again.  Well Charlotte is nearly 31/2 now, so it will still be a fun quilt for her, and maybe after that, she can pass it on to her baby sister Esme!

Sleepy Sheep Quilt with panels trimmed to the same width - Stitch together, Trams and Binding to Go

Sleepy Sheep Quilt with panels trimmed to the same width – Stitch together, Trams and Binding to Go

The fabric I bought from Spotlight about a year ago, the flowers, leaves and cloud prints were from a set of cordinating cot panel fabrics (they also had owls and elephants but since this was about sheep I didn’t use that).  Luckily the Dots and Stripes fabrics I used also came out around the same time as they worked well with the others.

Sleepy Sheep Quilt After Preparing the Bias Strip to use for the Tram Strips

Sleepy Sheep Quilt After Preparing the Bias Strip to use for the Tram Strips

and that cloud fabric with the cloudy shaped sheep and that it was a sleepy time quilt worked well too.

Sleepy Sheep Trammed - Tram Strips are the Yellow Stripes Across the panels

Sleepy Sheep Trammed – Tram Strips are the Yellow Stripes Across the panels

The trams are used to cover up seams from joining the quilt as you go panels together. I liked that they hid my wobblies 😀

Sleepy Sheep Quilt Tram Close Up

Sleepy Sheep Quilt Tram Close Up

I had completed a free-motion quilting course by Rachel Denneny (if you look at the South Australian Quilters Guild Site, she takes away a few prizes – along with her children who also quilt!) at Patchwork by Sea which is also where I originally took my beginner’s quilting class. I was very intimidated by free-motion and from when I stopped working on this quilt in August last year, I pretty much had not done any…

BUT even with that one year plus break in there I still felt more comfortable and as if I had improved with panel 2, so I may even be inspired to keep trying it out?

Sleepy Sheep Quilt Completed!

Sleepy Sheep Quilt Completed!

A more experienced stitcher (as I am sure most of you are!) could probably do this entire quilt over a weekend.  It took me (whilst playing with cat and watching some old episodes of Farscape) about 5 hours to complete the second panel of sheep, trams and binding. I know I am not winning any prizes, but I am very proud of striking off one of my long overdue UFOs

Sleepy Sheep Quilt Completed Front and Back View

Sleepy Sheep Quilt Completed Front and Back View

*claps* yay!

Good Night Stitchers, where ever you are!

Edited to Add: PS… Oops in my haste forgot to mention the pattern is a quilt as you go pattern called Sleepy Sheep by Monica Poole of Moonshine Designs – she has some lovely stuff – I think I may need to add one of these Paddington Satchels to my To Do List – How cute are they?