Monday, April 24, 2017

More from Marcelle......................

Today I am happy to share with you two more quilts I have quilted for Marcelle. The first is called 'Somerhill House' a Gail Pan Design

         Marcelle asked for custom quilting on this chic quilt, all the applique is hand done.

                          Stitch in the ditch, curved cross-hatching and feathers.

I had left the background of the appliqued house block unquilted and Marcelle and I both agreed it needed more, so more I did.............................

     Better don't you agree? Now for a photo of the backing and in true Marcelle style it is pieced.

The next quilt of Marcelle's is cooling and soothing in blue's and creams. All over quilting was requested by Marcelle, I used 'Modern Squares'.

                                   Another pieced backing.................................................

                                                           Thank you Marcelle!

Over the Easter period we have had family visiting, one has been one of my granddaughters. Checkout the fabulous arty looking chocolate muffins she made.............and they were yummy!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

quilting for Pam....................

Pam is another of my long standing customers that continues to enjoy patchwork and all the familiar warm feelings we as quilt makers share: friendship, comfort, happiness, contentment...........the list is as lengthy as we choose to make it. Although I don't make as many quilts as my lovely customers do I have these same feelings from seeing them in this state of utopia!

Pam had made three of these adorable hand painted and stitched Libby Richardson teddy bears, pieced, quilted and made them into three individual wall hangings when she decided to 'up-cycle' them into a quilt for a great niece instead.

With the help of Kerryn and her staff at The Country Yard the 'up-cycle' was complete all that was needed was some free hand custom you all know, it's not a quilt until it's quilted!

Pam had me attach the binding she had previously made and had kept with the quilt for safe keeping.............have you ever miss placed your binding?

This next quilt was a Mystery Stitchery through The Country Yard back in 2012. Some projects take time don't they?

The original can be seen in this blog post *here*. Pam didn't want the YoYo's on the top and bottom border as shown in the shop sample, she asked for me to quilt a vine.

                    Now for a photo of the back...........occasionally I remember to take one :-)

Thank you so much Pam. A couple of posts back I shared a photo of a flimsy of mine I had dragged out of it's long time resting spot to finally quilt it, well it's all finished, label and binding included!

A Bonnie Hunter design called Strippy Classic. W - A - Y back in 2011 I started this (see Pam it is OK to take your time!) All the 2.5" squares pieced together as Leader and Enders.

I loaded this huge quilt (90" x 100") sideways on my long arm machine and had some fun playing with some free hand quilting ideas. Swirls (nothing new here) on the scrappy square strips, ribbon candy on the blue strips (also nothing new here) swirling following feathers, seen here before but not quite like this and then a slightly different feather for the border combined with piano keys on the outer edge, something I have wanted to have a play with.

How fortunate was I to have the magical binding fairy stop by for a visit to finish this quilt? She/he (?) took temporary lodgings on our front lawn..................................

                           Thanks for stopping by, wishing you all a safe and happy Easter.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bears, bags and a bird..............

It's one of those posts with a sprinkling of tasty treats (no licking the screens ladies!)
First up is the business side of quilting, Sue's sweet quilt stitched together for her soon to be born great grandson.

Theodore or Dexter is soon to welcome the world in America. Sue is originally from America now living in Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand, meaning 'Land of the long White Cloud' - although given our current weather this could be temporarily named 'Land of the Grey, sometimes black Cloud') Sue still has family in America and loves to make quilts for them all.

Sue was very keen to have bears or teddy bear quilting, but I didn't have any such pattern in my possession, so it was time for the credit card to come out. I bought six new patterns, when I have to buy from America I may as well make it worth my while, right?

Sue likes Matilda's Own polyester batting, she knows quality when she sees it. Take a look at the snappy backing.............................

 Today I worked on two quilts, all basted for Norma who wants to quilt these two quilts herself. Did you know I offer this service? No more sore knees, sore backs or worse still you remain on floor unable to stand up! I baste the three layers of your quilt together with a 4" -ish grid, you quilt, by machine or hand quilting, then remove the basting stitches. Norma also likes Matilda's own Polyester batting.

Some of you may have seen a new SAL or share all.......Sew-Stitch-Snap-Share I have surprised myself with two items (finished too). First is a bag I made for my youngest granddaughter, who turned five on Monday. Made from my scraps, then filled up with books and clothes.

Next a cushion made for a friend who had a 'notable' birthday who is a nature lover, when I heard of her birthday I knew I just had to try out my newly purchased Fantail pattern from Juliet

I LOVED making this bird! It makes me feel like I have found my piecing MOJO in those little pieces of fabric.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Marcelle's two quilts.......................

Hello and welcome back to my little sharing space of some quilty pleasure. Today we can share together in two quilts both made by Marcelle, both very different. The first one was purchased through the ever popular 'Block-of-the-month' system.

"In My Garden" is a design by The Birdhouse put together by The Country Yard. Marcelle took her time stitching and piecing this pretty quilt in between other quilts.

Measuring 40" x 46" polyester batting, free hand custom quilting as well as some ruler work using Glide threads.

Silly me didn't take a photo of the back! It was pieced with some of the left over fabrics, I think Marcelle is on a mission like so many of her fellow quilt makers to rid the cupboards of scraps! You will notice in her next quilt she tried extremely hard to accomplish just that.............but failed she tells me!

Measuring a whopping 100" square this and the scrappy backing still has Marcelle left with more scraps!

Marcelle chose and edge to edge design called 'Feather Me' I used Glide thread in the colour 'Military Gold' as it was the best to blend over so many colours. The pattern of the quilt design is called SCRAPPY X PLUS. The backing is delightfully scrappy too!

All this scrappiness made me pull out one of the many flimsys I have lurking around waiting to be quilted.

 'Strippy Classic' - although the name Scrappy Strippy Classic is growing on me! I started this back in is now quilted, just waiting on the binding and label fairy to swoop down on my house! I shall report back with full photo's when she has been :-)

Last weekend saw me once again head out into the hills and the bush.......Maungatapere Mountain and Crevices.

The start

Giant Hammock style spiderwebs

Squeezing through the 'Mammogram Crevice'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Edge to edge quilting x 3

Welcome back friends and quilt fans. Today I have three quilts to share with you, they have all had edge to edge quilting -aka "E2E or all over quilting design.
First is Kim's fairy panel quilt made for another grandchild.

Kim chose Wool/poly batting and "feather me" E2E pattern using Glide 'warm grey' thread worked super well.

The next two quilts are both from Norma who loves her Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Norma was super excited to be getting her quilts back. Norma supplied the batting which was quite a lofty polyester.

          Isn't the touch of green so perfect! It just frames the whole quilt up beautifully.
                  I used "camellia's" E2E pattern and Fantastico "stained glass' thread.

     The last one is made using two jelly rolls. Norma's husband loved this once especially.

Measuring 82" x 90" this one didn't fit in the photo, too wet to go outside where I normally hang my customers quilts when the quilting is complete for photographs.

          Using Glide thread in the colour 'Royal' I free hand quilted the paisley shapes.