That's the name of my latest quilt – full of lovingly hand stitched candlewick blocks. With splashes of bright pink which remind me of a big bowl of summer raspberries and ice-cream, how about “Raspberry Ripple”? I agree it may sound a bit fanciful, but that’s the name that came to me. What do you think?
I have to admit that this is a very old UFO indeed. I traced out the candlewick blocks and packed them, my cotton thread, needles and small scissors away in my suitcase when we travelled around England for three months way back in 1999. I sat and stitched them in the evenings after a hard day’s sightseeing.
Twelve blocks surround “Ribbons and Lace” in the middle, a larger pre-marked mini which I stitched some time after we had returned home from our trip.
And the quilting angels were smiling down on me when Sew Wot friend Moira brought along some candlewick blocks she no longer wanted. She was having a clear out and looking to pass them on, and I was so happy to take them off her hands. I used four of Moira’s blocks in the corners of the quilt top.
Gifted blocks from Moira
With the top finished it had to wait for a trip to Linda the Razzle Dazzle Quilter to work her magic, then another wait till we were passing by Taupo again to finally collect it. We continued on our caravan trip up to Hamilton, and took a slow trip back, moving the wrapped quilt from pillar to post around the caravan. During the day it was placed on our bed, out of the way, and at night it got moved down to the seating area when we went to bed. I likened it to a very big swaddled baby – although Robin tells me it’s like moving a dead body around!
I’ve been diligently hand stitching the binding down. It’s a large quilt at 90 inches square. And at last I’ve finished so have taken some photos to share. No, not quite finished, as Robin commented, I still have to add the label. I’ll attend to that shortly.
After the morning showers, Raspberry Ripple is enjoying an outdoorsy photo shoot
And to say I am thrilled with Linda’s work is an understatement – I just love what she has done to transform my quilt top so beautifully. Linda has stitched feathers, pebbles, matchstick quilting, and her version of McTavishing - her work is superb indeed.
Linda’s superb quilting