Saturday, December 16, 2017

Four Quilts..............................

Three for Darlene and one for Fleur. First on the sharing platter today is Darlene's 3 fairy panel quilts.

Darlene asked for the same backing fabric, the same batting (cotton) and the same E2E quilting design ("Espalier"). I managed to load the three quilts on the one large piece of backing and batting.

                  Aren't they all pretty? And a snap of the back.....................................................

Espalier is a nice soft pattern that's sure to keep these quilts cuddly for years. Thanks Darlene.

Fleur's friends mother started this Winding Ways quilt, but with one thing or another she couldn't get it finished in time for her granddaughters wedding, so Fleur offered to finish the quilt then commissioned me quilt it.

Fleur asked for SID (stitch in the ditch) for the central section. This was tricky as some of the intersecting points create quite a bit of thickness. Then Fleur wanted feathers on the wide border and a swirl/leaf on the outer border and a 'squiggle' on the inner border.

                                  And because I was on to it, here is two photo's of the back!

Last post I wrote about starting new projects, well here is another one that has me distracted and enjoying the the passion of quilt making.

Jodi from Tales of Cloth distracted me with her Mandolin block. Here is what I have so far. Do you like the vintage linen middle section? This came in a lovely bundle of linen's that had to come home with me when visiting my good friend Julie's cottage/ shop.

YES is was super hard to cut this pretty piece! I lay it out on my cutting mat and walked away several times! But if I was crazy enough to share how many vintage linen pieces I have you will understand why I convinced myself it was OK to cut it up.
I have had some finishes too which I will share in a separate post. I have a couple more customers quilts to share with you also. Until then, be kind to yourself at this time as what seems like everyone rushing about all just to celebrate ONE day ?..............take time to breathe and find pleasure and joy in the simple things OK?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Japanese and Kiwiana Quilt

With every visit from Jacki's daughter who now lives overseas they purchase a Japanese/silk fat quarter to eventually be made into a quilt for Jacki's daughter, this is the end result of that lovely collection.

Measuring 84" x 96" Jacki decided on E2E quilting choosing "Turkish Tiles" and Glide thread in the colour Military Gold.

Jacki found the perfect backing fabric at The Country Yard...................................

Next is the jelly roll Kiwiana quilt Kim made for her son. Kim provided the backing fabric and chose wool batting, E2E quilting - "Allure" which looks like a Maori fish hook and Kim also asked me for the Full Quiltmekiwi Binding Service.

                                                        Thank you Jacki and Kim.

A-n-o-t-h-e-r new project may have started for me............................

       I am finding it so exciting and easy to start new projects..................are you the same?

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Charity Quilts.............................

Hello! It's been a little while since my last post, lots happening, quilting, sorting and enjoying life, having a balance in life is a good thing! Several weeks back I agreed to quilt some charity quilts for the Auckland Quilt Guild, they give out many quilts to various worthy causes. Here are the first three:

I quilted "Modern Squares" on this scrappy quilt. Someone will finish this off nicely with binding.

I quilted free hand my plump swirls and stars, again someone will finish this off with binding.

Free hand quilting again this time swirling flowers. Isn't this backing a sweet one, hands around the world, perfect for a charity quilt. Please don't ask me the pattern names, as I do not know. These scrap quilts were made by many people.

I have some other quilts to share with you, just waiting on them arriving back in their owners mailboxes.
If you have a quilt top or two you would like quilted before Christmas I have some time available to do so, please let me know.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sue and Pam's Quilts

Welcome back and hello. The sun is out today after a wet and chilly weekend, winter is getting the last word! Today I share with you Pam's wall hanging and Sue's two quilts. First is Pam's wall hanging made for her son after a trip to Alaska together where Pam's son chose this kit from Northern Threads Designs a quilt store they visited while in Alaska. Pam asked me to quilt the same as the sample on the pattern.

Next are two quilts from Sue, all bound for Texas next month. Sue keeps me in steady supply of quilts as she has a big family in Texas that she lovingly supplies with quilts. This first one is for Sue's great grandson and Sue wanted 'Gummy Bears' E2E pattern, Sue has had this design before and likes it for kids quilts.

The back.....................................

The next one from Sue is one made for her granddaughter. Sue asked for Hearts.......I used "Amour".

Sue likes the polyester batting I have in stock. I wish her safe travels and lots of warm hugs when her loved ones receive her heart felt quilts.

I have been distracted from my Running Zebra quilt by this little fella lately, my daughter keeps sending cute photo's and video's of him, making me miss him even more!

And then there is also my new English Paper Piecing distraction. Donna Ward has started a sew along on Instagram that I just fell in love with! I have been reluctantly cutting into some treasured Tula Pink fabric. Here is a progress collage:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Linda's 'Long-Time-Gone' Quilt

What a delightful surprise I had a few weeks back when Linda was up from Christchurch (in the South Island NZ) to visit family, Linda wanted to hand deliver her quilt top to me for quilting.

Linda and I sparked up a Instagram friendship and when she asked me to custom quilt this Jen Kingwell design quilt I was over the moon! Linda pretty much gave me free range. Linda chose wool/poly batting and supplied her own tone on tone white backing fabric, which I must mention made me immensely happy as there was plenty!

I used Glide thread in the colour "White" throughout the fun process of quilting this beauty.

Linda didn't want every seam ditch stitched and I couldn't have anyhow as the seams were pressed opened. I notice more and more pattern designers call for 'press seams open'.......great for reducing seam bulk but.............not so great if you do want to SID.

                             A backing photo...............................

                 And of course the finished front....................................

          Thank you so much Linda for the opportunity to quilt for you, enjoy your quilt!
Finishing this post off with a short video of Linda's quilt.