Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A table runner, a hug quilt and a few critters.............

Lois made this striking table runner for her daughter as part of her birthday present. Lois asked for some custom quilting. Thank you Lois, I'm sure your daughter will be delighted!

Next is a quilt hug Cat made for her daughters singing teacher. Cat supplied a vintage sheet for the backing.

Measuring 53" x 78" it makes for a nice hugging/cuddling size. I experimented with the plump swirls and added a few feather plumes and hearts.

Here I am attaching the binding, you can see the lovely retro sheet........................

                    Thanks Cat for letting me be part of this precious gift of love and caring.

Last but not least for today's post I am linking up with Linda and Julie's "Sew-Stitch-Snap-Share"

Juliet from Tartankiwi design this wonderful distraction just for me!  Woodland quiltalong2 and I just couldn't say no! So my poor Running Zebra (also one of Juliet's designs) has been on the back burner while I stitch and flip these foundation pieced critters.

Once I had my four critters made "Farnley" - the fawn "Henry" - the hedgehog "Ollie" - the otter and "Kingi' - the kingfisher I then dithered about what to do with them? My husband said what about a table runner? Now this comes from a husband that doesn't like anything on our dinning room table! I let his idea jingle around for a few days then went with it, I did add a hanging sleeve so it can be hung on the wall if the mood strikes!

I have quilted several of Juliet's quilts for her so knew all about the fiddly ditch stitch in front me as I came to execute the quilting. I then set about quilting the background with a wood grain effect.

I used a large selection of fabrics, but my two main fabrics were the lovely olive green which is a Alison Glass print and the abstract teal print by Joel Dewberry.
Then a flange binding...........finished! I keep saying how much I love this table runner/ wall hanging, so does my husband. Thanks again Juliet for the distraction :-)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Summer and Autumn........................

This was the feeling and look when I quilted Linda's 'Queen of the May' and Kerryn's 'Autumn Song' Quilts! Linda's quilt was fabulous to work on as there was rain, hail, wind and very dark sky's.............
Here's the 'before' quilting on Linda's quilt..............

photo from Linda

Now the 'after' quilting.........................

Linda asked for light custom quilting of this Kathy Doughty inspired quilt from Material Obsession.
Using Glide thread in the colours 'Military Gold' and 'Mocha' over wool/polyester batting I quilted what I am naming Vintage Feathers on the border and the background, then a series of curved lines, swirls, spirals and a bit of ruler work for some straight lines.

Isn't this a spot of sunshine on a cloudy day? Along with the quilt top Linda posted a sweet vintage sheet for the backing.

To see more of Linda's delightful quilt and her progress of making this quilt, please pop over to her blog for a look. If you type "Queen of the May" into her search bar (top left hand side) all the posts relating to this quilt will show up. Thank you Linda I look forward to collaborating with you again!

Next is Kerryn's 'Autumn Song' quilt made from a range of fabrics by One Sister Design's.

A panel bordered with pieced blocks made from the same fabric range. Look at that panel, looks just like crazy patch!

Again I was asked for light custom quilting, a simple meander over the panel, some loops or big e's and little e's and cross hatching on the pieced blocks.

This quilt was given the 'Full Quiltmekiwi Binding Service'. To find this scrumptious panel and coordinating fabrics please see Kerryn and the team at The Country Yard. 

Non quilty news........Simon fans know how much he loves his Biscornu.......................

A small hole developed a couple of weeks back, but I have been so busy procrastinating about fixing it that is has grown into the perfect place for Simon to kneed into - purring like crazy and stuffing his head into!

What to do???

Monday, August 7, 2017

Penny's 'Cuppa' Quilt.......................and a quilt hug..................

I was super excited when Penny asked me to quilt her Sue Spargo quilt 'Cuppa' for her!  I thoroughly enjoy quilting these whimsical woolly wonders. The first photo here is the one Penny sent me via our email conversations.

Penny wanted the same sort of 'whimsy- doodling' she had seen I had done on previous wool applique quilts.

Penny did this quilt as a Block of the Month directly from Sue Spargo the backing was included and it's perfect for this quilt, right on theme!

Isn't it fabulous! Penny chose wool batting which gives some more impact. While you can tell I enjoyed myself quilting, these quilts do have their challenges. There is plenty of thickness on the seams, but my awesome machine doesn't complain!

And of course there are the embellishments that need to be temporarily put in their place out of my way! (no embellishments were harmed on my watch!)

The detail of Penny's embroidery was spectacular, do you think we made a good team?

Cuppa anyone??? Thank you Penny, it was a pleasure............................

A couple of weeks back I got a top secret email from a friend asking me if I would like to be part of a 'quilt-hug' for a mutual friend going through a tough time. Yes please I said. When the quilt top was finished by several other caring friends it was posted to me for the quilting and binding.

The quiltmakers got the pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I love how they placed the pink hearts like a cross. I quilted edge to edge 'Whisper' as Mr Time was stealing the hours from me and then I finished off with machine binding.

A row of Giggi signature blocks worked a treat for the backing. Wrap it up and send it off with love!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

One of my own....................

It's not often I finish one of my own quilts so I thought you might like to join me in celebration by reading this post about my recent finish. Started back in 2015.......................

That was my flimsy, so somewhat finished right? Well it sat tucked away with the label and pieced backing fabric until that magic day when I had time to quilt it in between paid quilting! A couple of weekends back I decided it was time to get this quilt really finished.

The Country Yard (where I used to work) often has mystery projects this was one such project. Those who participated were given a set of rules and a piece of fabric that had to be used in each 'round'. That piece of fabric was a tapemeasure print fabric by Sweetwater called 'Elementary'. I thought my stash of Kansas Troubles worked well together.

This was labour intensive quilting but I am really pleased with my efforts. I used two layers of batting which I have been wanting to try after reading time after time that my quilting idols in USA have been using so often. The results are pleasing, some extra texture...........and I love texture! Warm and Natural Cotton and Matilda's Own Wool batting as the top layer.

I decided to piece a backing starting with a panel then some other fabrics that worked in with the panel.

I made a flange binding which helps frame my quilt off nicely. So is my personal pile of quilts at zero? No! Will it ever be?............................

I am linking up with Linda and Julie for "Sew-Stitch-Snap-Share". If you want see the post I did about The Country Yard's sample of this medallion you can click *here* also if you fancy reading my progress from the start of my quilt click *here* and *here*. Thank you to Linda and Julie for the gentle push along by creating a fun link up.

Please keep popping back to my blog and also my Facebook and Instagram pages as I have some really fabulous quilts to share in the coming weeks and months, some I have to keep secret for what feels like a life time! There are some amazing quilt makers out there.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stephanie's Applique Quilt

                           Stephanie's quilt is a wonderful display of some clever stash busting.

Stephanie asked for custom quilting, we discussed several options, the rest was left to the quilters artistic interpretations of the quilts style.

After all the necessary ditch stitching was completed it was time for the quilting of leafy vines, swirls, feathers, flower details and ribbon candy.

The thread I used for all this detail quilting was 'Unicorn' a Fantastico thread by Superior Threads.
Thank you Stephanie, I think it's fair to say we make a good team!
Ending this post with a little collage of scenes from my garden today..........................