Monday, February 19, 2018

The Doctor was in the house!

Dr Seuss was here and now he and his quirky friends have gone back to Maureen in Invercargill.
What fun we all had together, come see...................

Apart from choosing cotton batting, Maureen let me loose on this quilt, soon to be gifted to a 'yet-to-be-born' grandchild.

                    Maureen supplied the scrumptious backing fabric which was Dr Seuss Flannel.

The next two quilts I managed to fit in between customers quilts. They are made by the ladies at the Auckland Quilt Guild from the community group. All the quilts generously made are given out to needy people.

Both quilts are quilted free hand, the first with swirls & leaves, the log cabin quilt wood grain.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Vintage, wedding quilt and a jelly roll quilt

Three quilts to share today.......................................

Judith made this pretty quilt for her son as a wedding present. Judith's soon to be daughter-in-law loves the shabby chic vibe, so we decided my free motion filigree feathers would look just right.

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


Karen made this striking Jelly Roll quilt. Karen choose wool/poly batting and "Modern Squares" edge to edge pattern.

                      Last but not least..............................

Cat has been busy making another hug quilt for someone needing one. Cat asked for "Turbulence" edge to edge pattern and Fantastico "Unicorn" thread.

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

                                               Thank you Judith, Karen and Cat.

On my own personal quilting front I have been working away on a couple of projects..............

This is a 'scrap vomit' quilt..........I know the name is not very tasteful but if you google the name you will see many fine examples of this quilt, which is just 2.5" squares. An "A" block and a "B" block, which has clever fabric placement. I used Tula Pink's Otter and a Kona solid then a black to really frame those cute otters.

Before I'd even finished piecing the top together I knew how I wanted to quilt this. I think the circles look like ripples in the water but the resident male thinks they look like targets!

The rambling free motion filigree feathers work in well and are so much fun to quilt! My backing was a pieced one, with the common theme of feathers. Either side of the colourful feathers is a strip of Angela Walters wide backer feathers.

I like how the flange binding frames the whole quilt and adds a little something extra for very little effort.

My next project will be a long way off being quilted! But just as enjoyable to make. My Mandolin quilt designed by Jodi of Tales of Cloth.

Apart from the connecting blocks of black and grey all the blocks be rather scrappy. I am having huge amounts of fun rummaging through my stash and vintage linen stash which are featuring as the centre hexagon.

Thanks for stopping by...........................xx

Monday, February 12, 2018

Quilting for The Country Yard

Welcome back to my little quilting corner. If you follow me on my Quiltmekiwi Facebook and Instagram pages, you will remember seeing the following quilts a couple of weeks back. Kerryn (shop owner) asked me to wait to share the photo's until after the shop's New Year's Launch, which was on Saturday. Which was, as always a lovely inspiring event!

"Hatter's Tea Party" is a stylish panel with a couple of rounds of borders. Kerryn asked for edge to edge quilting. I decided on my free hand flowing filigree feathers, which are so much fun to quilt and suited this quilt perfectly.

I was also asked for the 'Full Quiltmekiwi Binding Service', this time with a flange binding, doesn't it look pretty.

Next is a completely different look, but also part panel. Again the full binding service and edge to edge quilting this time "Turbulence"......such a popular panto pattern, but I wish it had a different name!

I believe both quilts are available as kits. Thanks for stopping by, be sure to click over to The Country Yard's website.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Two'Charm' ing quilts and a Raffle Quilt

Happy Monday quilt fans! Today I have the pleasure of sharing three quilts. First up is Joan's William Morris charm pack quilt. Joan asked for edge to edge quilting, but as there is a sweet little peeper on the inner border, I suggested edge to edge for the middle of the quilt then a custom swirl for the border. Joan was happy.

Next is Levonne's charm pack quilt. Levonne wanted echoed squares on each charm and stipple on the border. I loved the backing fabric!

Thank you Joan and Levonne. Next is one of the quilts to be raffled at Whangarei Quilt Guild Bi annual exhibition. The pattern used is a Jewel Quilt. I had a bit of fun custom quilting this one.

How about renaming it the Sapphire Quilt! One last photo of the back. If you are in Whangarei on the 27th - 29th April pop along to the show and grab a ticket or two :-)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Northern Shop Hop Quilt & a Book Review.................

Hello and welcome to February! What...... February a-l-r-e-a-d-y???!! Does this mean Christmas quilts will start arriving in postman Ian's arms? Being a long arm quilter is a bit like fashion retail in the sense that we work ahead of the seasons. A bit like my next quilt sharing episode. The Country Yard is yet again participating in The Northern Shop Hop, here is their tempting option for you!

photo courtesy of The Country Yard

Kerryn wanted light custom quilting, so I kept the quilting fairly simple. The quilt measures 50" square. Glide thread in 'Cool Grey' and the full Quiltmekiwi binding service.

To see the two previous Shop Hop quilts from The Country Yard that were also quilted by me see *here*  and *here*. To participate in this years shop hop, go the Northern Shop Hop Blog for more information.

As a professional quilter I am always looking for inspiration for the many quilts that enter my quilting studio for quilting. One such resource for inspiration is from books. Natalia Bonner has written another quilting book with inspiration to boot! The stars were shinning down on me when Natalia sent me a copy! C&T Publishing have once again linked up with Natalia. I know this will be a regular go to book for me, especially when I have those moments when I am stumped what to quilt.........yes it happens to every quilter!

photo courtesy of P&T Publishing