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Sunday 8 February 2015

Quilting Beauties: Tempus Fugit

Here's Tempus Fugit, from the book Quilting Beauties; it is pieced in silk.  I love working with silk, and it was not a bit difficult to sew this fabric into a New York Beauty .
The design reminds me of a clock face so I chose to name this Tempus Fugit which is Latin for "time flies". The quilting between the spikes is three graduated circles. Perhaps because of all the weather we've had lately, all I can see now are snowmen (!) but it was a fun motif to quilt.
Over the years I have acquired quite a silk stash and it's always a special treat to be able to use from it. There are four shades of blue silk habotai used, from very light to navy, as well as yellow and cream dupioni.
Both the piecing and quilting were done using Invisifil thread, which is a very fine (100 weight) cottonized polyester. The quilt has a single layer of wool batting and is as light as a feather. It hangs from a tiny ring at the top. One of the unique  aspects of this quilt is that the outside edge is not bound, it is faced.  I've included instructions in the book on how you can easily do this for a neat and clean finish to the outer edge.
His Cuteness was present, as always, to help with the photo shoot.
Tempus Fugit was part of the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada one year. Along with Arabesque, it has been selected by AQS to travel around to exhibit at their quilt week shows this year so it will not be part of the display at Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium for the signing on Feb. 14. 


  1. It DOES look like a clock face. Good title. Great quilt!

  2. Just gorgeous, Karen. Hope you're keeping warm!

  3. Oh - isn't that lush! Wouldn't it be fun to put a clock movement behind it, and make it a real clock......

  4. I love this pattern Karen. There is motion in the piece, yet it is peaceful. As always, your quilting is inspiring.