Saturday, January 20, 2018

Gena's Hawaiian Quilt

Welcome and hello! Although it's been a couple of weeks since my last blog post I have been back into quilting for my fabulous customers. I keep getting the most wonderful quilts to play with! Gena's Hawaiian is one such quilt I can share. This is her very own design and I think you will agree it is quite spectacular.

Gena is a new customer of mine and trusted me to 'quilt - as - desired" pressure Leeanne! Between you and I, I had no idea what I was going to quilt until this huge quilt (104" square) was loaded on my machine, then, only then did the ideas come. This is how the quilting juices flow for me sometimes.

Often I take a photo of the quilt, print it out in black and white, and draw some ideas on it before quilting.

My inspirational friend Linda posted a tutorial on Instagram on how she quilts her wiggly cross-hatching. As soon as I saw it I thought 'thank you Linda, this is perfect for the central setting triangles on Gena's quilt!
What a delightful time I had with the super cute turtles that became my friends over the days it took for me to quilt this. I went for the sea foam and moving water look.........does it look like the turtles are swimming around?

With each turtle I had to pin all their little legs, heads and tails out of the way of the hopping foot, if I didn't do that I would surely stitch over them, then there would be no more swimming for them! Then their shells needed a swirl to stop them going saggy and baggy over time.

The very wide border fabric was the inspiration for the flowing seaweed type vine. The middle of the border fabric had grey shading through the middle which became a perfect stem!

                          Gena chose the perfect backing fabric, it looks just like turtle shell.

Thank you so much Gena, it was a a pleasure to quilt for you and on such a unique quilt.

I managed to finish another cushion. Made using English paper piecing papers from Jodi at  Tales of cloth. Appliqued onto some 10" squares leftover from this quilt . I then did some quilting on the front as well as a piece for the back. Then I made some covered buttons.

This along with my other mandolin block which I mounted in my old hand quilting hoop (here) have been so much fun! I wait for my first lot of papers to arrive for this fun block of the month.

I have several customer quilts to share with you but let me save them for another you fancy stopping back again another day?

Friday, January 5, 2018

Some finishes of my own.......................

Hello and Happy New Year! Here in New Zealand it is summer, although today as a storm rips through the North Island it's hard to believe! Flooding, trees ripped up by their roots, poor camping grounds sending people away.

This has been me over the holiday period, a sense of bliss finishing UFO's and maybe a start of a new project or two.............but all inside of course! One finish is my "Otters in Space" quilt. The name of the quilt is really Isobella from Donna's Quilt Studio but because I fussy cut some otters from my Tula Pink fabric I thought the name was fitting especially when I was quilting this as it got me thinking it looked like a spaceship in space, then I fondly remembered the Muppet's "Pigs in Space" episodes I love to watch as a kid.

English paper pieced using Tula Pink, Blueberry Park, Kaffe Fassett and others varieties. Appliqued onto a wide baking fabric, two layers of batting and a whole heap of fun quilting time!

                             I'm sure there are feathers and Otters in space right?

                          Finished off with a flange binding, I'm rather pleased with my efforts.

The next finish is my Mandolin block from Tales of Cloth another English paper piecing finish. I loved making this! And when I saw an idea to frame a block in a hand quilting hoop that was it for me. My hand quilting days are long over.

The middle section is from a vintage linen (see this post about that) and Alison Glass, Tula Pink & Cotton & Steel fabrics. Then appliqued onto a plain piece of vintage linen. Then of course some quilting.

Another finish which was so much fun to make is my Hipster Fox cushion, a Quilt Art Design. This time foundation paper pieced.

                              Here he is in sections - he's not feeling all together! :-)

The background fabric was rescued from my husbands OPShop pile of clothes........I love it when he buys 100% cotton shirts!

a touch of colouring in sections to keep me from getting muddled.
My next finish is a quilt I finished part way through last year that has been sitting waiting to be quilted, so I thought it was a good time to finish it proper like! It's a Angela Walters quilt from the Midnight Quilt Show........anyone else watch those? I love them, she's very humorous!

The quilt is called "On Point". It's a Jelly Roll quilt that sews together quickly. The Jelly roll is a Moda one by Basic Grey but I used a Kona solid in grey which as you can see isn't a perfect match, but do I mind? NO! Some simple quilting got this finished and my husband has surprised me yet again by saying he really likes this quilt, as you know between him and I we see many different quilts because of my quilting business.

Even though this was probably only several hours worth of quilting it was on my quilting frame for a few days, I would quilt a few rows, have a cuppa then go to my sewing machine to do some scrap quilt piecing then another cuppa and back for some more quilting......real holiday mode around here!

For now those are all my finishes, I have a couple more scrap quilts on the go and several more quilt tops to be quilted, but I am just going with the flow.

Thank you so much for stopping by and seeing some of my own quilts for a change. Next time it will be my lovely customers quilts here on show.
Until then I shall share with you my current screen three beautiful grandchildren xxx

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Minnie Mouse! And a proper finish of my own.

Who loves Minnie Mouse?..............everyone does right! YES! Checkout Di's lovely Minnie quilt panel (with borders added) for one of her granddaughters.

Di asked for custom quilting, above you have the flimsy and below you have the quilted version - just needs binding to be finished!

Thank you Di, I'm sure your wee granddaughter will enjoy your thoughtful creation for many years.

I'm a little gitterbug doing a happy dance because I finished and hung my Running Zebra Quilt!!!!!!

I have LOVED every moment from buying fabric, stitching, even removing all the papers to the quilting, label and binding.

testing it on the bed......................

Thank you to Juliet of The Tartankiwi for a fabulous design, easy to use & understand patterns and instructions. Thank you to Karen Lewis for delicious fabrics!

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?