Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's Twins!

Yes, twin quilts for twin girls!! Sandy, owner operator of Northland's Sewing Centre made two nearly identical quilts for her 19 year old twin nieces.

Sandy asked for both quilts to be quilted the same and I could choose how to quilt them. I did have the brief of light custom and maybe some feathers. Both quilts are the same all except the purple and green on the borders, they are opposite, the corner squares are green on the other quilt and purple wide borders pieces.

A feather wreath in each square was feathery, but with a modern touch with rings in the centre.
The borders needed texture, and more feathers would have been over the top, so lines and meandering it was. This gives a nice play in the light.

I followed through with the feather theme in the purple and green areas, and straight lines in the cream.

Sandy I am sure your nieces with love these quilts. Such a special gift to give are quilts, made with love and given with love.

I have just finished a very different quilt made from satin prize ribbons, you will have to wait to see the whole quilt, as it is heading back to it's owner, but I will give you a sneak peek!

Simon has been 'helping' with office work, you know "Mum will find it helpful if I carefully 'put' this pen on the floor for her".

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Circles, pebbles & gingerbread kisses!

                  The long awaited sharing of the stunning black clamshell beauty is over!

True to form I have shared sneak peeks over at Facebook, sometimes it takes several days or a week or so to show you all of the quilt, this is due to the quilt being returned to it's maker.
This large (85" x 85") stunning quilt was made by Marilyn. Marilyn sure makes some lovely class samples! Marilyn's brief to me was to stitch in the ditches around the clam shells, but no quilting ON the clam shells. Then for the border Marilyn wanted circles and pebbles using a variegated thread. Sadly the photo's don't show up the fabulous thread, but I did take a photo of the spool of thread! From there you will have to trust me that the thread is lovely, it works so well with all the colours in the clam shells.

I worked at getting a variety of circular designs, each slightly different. When you are quilting on a domestic machine ( I used my Bernina 440 for over 6yrs before purchasing my long arm machine) you could easily see what you had already quilted. On a long arm machine you need to roll the quilt back and forth, even then you can only see approximately 26 inches of the quilt at one time, so I took plenty of photo's as my guide.

         Some circle designs took on a life of their own! Like this one, a bit like a face I thought?

In the background of the circles I quilted what felt like to me was 'movement'. Simple back and forth meandering, it feels like slow moving water, or moon light.

Marilyn's Clam shells have an explosion of  fascinating designs, piecing and embroideries..............................

Marilyn decided on a black batting which was a wise choice as we can run the risk that when the quilt front and backing are black, white batting's can 'beard' through. Marilyn pieced a pretty backing from a William Morris fabric framed with a beige then black solid fabrics.

If you would like to take classes with Marilyn please contact her through her website *here*.

By the way, Simon was on hand when the photographing took place.......................................

Next to share with you is Kerryn's delightful 'Christmas Inspirational Stitchery Quilt'. Made using Michelle Ridgway's Gingerbread stitchery booklet, Anni Down's " Under the Mistletoe" fabric,   Cottage Garden and Aurifil threads.

The Country Yard has put together inspirational packs which include fabrics, thread and Michelle's booklet to get you spirited along on the Christmas journey!

Kerryn adores her stitcheries to have cross hatching, to secure, to add extra texture all without taking away from her lovely stitching. For these times I always use a very fine thread.

My collection of Glide threads are growing, I have many threads I love and use often, they work well through my machine, life is too short to be fussing with 'headache' threads!

The sun going down photo, see the textures...................a pretty ribbon border on pretty fabrics!

Thank you for stopping by, enjoy the week to come.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Beginner blocks.......................

Hello poppets, there is plenty to comment about today due to the worlds tragedies and local sad news, but I won't as I am reminded this is a quilting blog. But know this, the mind does struggle at times.

Quilts!...............Marilyn, owner of Ounuwhoa Guest Lodge in Russell  sent me two quilts to "work my magic on". One to share today, the other when she has received it back. You have seen sneak peeks on Facebook of both lovely quilts. The first is a quilt pieced from blocks made as samples for Marilyn's beginner classes.

Marilyn came up with the idea to piece all the 'beginner blocks' together to create a backdrop for her trapunto flower.
  Take a closer look behind the large trapunto flower, you will notice pieced blocks. Marilyn not only operates a lovely B&B (please check out the link) she is a skilled patchwork teacher.

Did you see the blocks? Marilyn wanted open wavy lines as a background filler, around the traunpto flower and leaves stitched in the ditch then stippled to make the flower pop! I used Glide thread, one called Willow & the other Cool Mints.

For the soft blue sashing I quilted my leaf swirl which seemed to family up with the botanical theme of this quilt. Marilyn asked for the large flowers on the border to be quilted around then a stipple in the background, again to help the flowers pop, which have no trapunto.

             You can see the thickness and texture of the stipple with the trapunto, very effective!

Marilyn has done some surface machine embroidery which add an extra design element.
See the photo of the back.........................

Marilyn tells me a very special friend will be receiving this large quilt (81" x 81") for Christmas!

Wishing you a peaceful and enjoyable weekend..................................

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sharing more prettiness because it's nice to share!

                               First up is Kim's granddaughters 1st birthday quilt.

You may recognise this panel from a previous post, I quilted this panel for another customer. Kim has made her's so it is larger. Kim asked for all over quilting (edge to edge).

We went for 'Butterfly Charm' and used a soft pinky/mauve Glide thread, wool batting and the worlds softest flannel backing!

The next prettiness I have to share is Patsy's sampler quilt, made for her granddaughter also, only a 21st birthday!

I have quilted several of these samplers for Patsy, all the same but different, different in that they have slightly different photo's and the sashing and border fabrics are different colours.

Patsy asked for light custom quilting and left me to it. I thought a few suitable words to quilt.

                   Black and white's are tricky to photograph, so I took a few photo's of the back.

If you are interested in seeing the other samplers I quilted for Patsy see *here*. Thanks so much Patsy.
Thank you and hello to my new followers both here and on Facebook! Loving your words of encouragement.