Monday, November 20, 2017
Welcome back and hello. The sun is out today after a wet and chilly weekend, winter is getting the last word! Today I share with you Pam's wall hanging and Sue's two quilts. First is Pam's wall hanging made for her son after a trip to Alaska together where Pam's son chose this kit from Northern Threads Designs a quilt store they visited while in Alaska. Pam asked me to quilt the same as the sample on the pattern.
Next are two quilts from Sue, all bound for Texas next month. Sue keeps me in steady supply of quilts as she has a big family in Texas that she lovingly supplies with quilts. This first one is for Sue's great grandson and Sue wanted 'Gummy Bears' E2E pattern, Sue has had this design before and likes it for kids quilts.
The next one from Sue is one made for her granddaughter. Sue asked for Hearts.......I used "Amour".
Sue likes the polyester batting I have in stock. I wish her safe travels and lots of warm hugs when her loved ones receive her heart felt quilts.
I have been distracted from my Running Zebra quilt by this little fella lately, my daughter keeps sending cute photo's and video's of him, making me miss him even more!
And then there is also my new English Paper Piecing distraction. Donna Ward has started a sew along on Instagram that I just fell in love with! I have been reluctantly cutting into some treasured Tula Pink fabric. Here is a progress collage:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
What a delightful surprise I had a few weeks back when Linda was up from Christchurch (in the South Island NZ) to visit family, Linda wanted to hand deliver her quilt top to me for quilting.
Linda and I sparked up a Instagram friendship and when she asked me to custom quilt this Jen Kingwell design quilt I was over the moon! Linda pretty much gave me free range. Linda chose wool/poly batting and supplied her own tone on tone white backing fabric, which I must mention made me immensely happy as there was plenty!
I used Glide thread in the colour "White" throughout the fun process of quilting this beauty.
Linda didn't want every seam ditch stitched and I couldn't have anyhow as the seams were pressed opened. I notice more and more pattern designers call for 'press seams open'.......great for reducing seam bulk but.............not so great if you do want to SID.
A backing photo...............................
And of course the finished front....................................
Thank you so much Linda for the opportunity to quilt for you, enjoy your quilt!
Finishing this post off with a short video of Linda's quilt.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
They all mean the same: a quilting design that goes over the quilt taking no mind of any piecing, applique etc. I love to get this type of quilting as the quilting goes quite quickly and is of course a good choice for quilts that are going to be snuggled, dragged around, washed lots and also a good choice of quilting for the budget conscious quilt maker. There are many designs to choose from, I also do several freehand designs of my own.
Kerryn, owner of The Country Yard asked for a wood-grain E2E (edge to edge) design on this sweet 'pimped' up cot panel.
The panel is by Gingiber Zest your Nest for Moda called 'Merrily'. Kerryn and her team sliced and diced the panel, pieced some blocks and created this cute quilt! Kerryn also asked for the Full Quiltmekiwi Binding Service.
For this E2E quilting I freehanded this design...............
Next is Ellaleen's Fairy Panel quilt, also sliced and diced! Ellaleen wanted E2E (also freehand quilting) on the panels but not over the peeper she had made.
Here is a photo showing the peeper........................
The binding (Ellaleen chose The Full Quiltmekiwi Binding Service too) and the backing................................
Last but not least is Roz's quilt. Although Roz lives in the South Island of New Zealand she was up Northland visiting family, so she stopped by to deliver her quilt to me. Roz chose the E2E pattern: "Modern Squares" and the thread: Glide's 'Military Gold' and the batting: wool/polyester and also her backing fabric! ( a mustard tone on tone.....no photo!)
I'm finding this E2E pattern a favourite with many people including myself, it works on many styles of quilts.
Thank you to all those who took the time to comment here and through to my email on how much you enjoy reading my blog and checking out so many styles and types of quilts and of course the quilting............much appreciated!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Good morning on what looks set to be a lovely sunny day. Having a blog and being a professional quilter is a constant game of catch up! A bit like keeping up with the washing when you have four kids..........only far more enticing and exciting! I do wonder if it's worth my time to keep this blog going as Facebook & Instagram are more & more taking the lead for the quick visual fixes in our busy days. However I do find it a great place to direct new customers to browse my work.
So without much more talk here is the first of Linda's floral creations in all their splendor.
Linda asked for custom quilting but to leave the crazy patch & machine embroidered rows as Linda wanted to do some hand quilting, other than those instructions she left it to me.
And the red ribbon goes to.............me for remembering a photo or two of the back!
Next for Linda is another pretty floral creation.
Linda asked for an all over meander for this quilt.
When Linda posted me her quilt tops she also sent a vintage sheet for each quilt and asked for cotton batting for both quilts. I'm sure if you keep an eye out over at Linda's blog she will share both quilts with binding on at some point. Thanks again Linda, it's always a pleasure to quilt for you.
On Sunday I popped down to see the Auckland Festival of Quilts, strangely enough it's held in Auckland! I had entered my Mystery Medallion Quilt, no prizes for me. Although I had hoped it would have sold......now I need to find somewhere to put it?
Two of my lovely customers entered their quilts. Margo won a merit for her quilt in the 'Large quilts multiple makers'.
|Margo's Japanese Inspired Quilt|
|Esther's Mystery Medallion|
Friday, November 3, 2017
Welcome back to the last quilt from Juliet's book that I quilted. So although it's last in the series it is be no means least!
Howl is on page 102 of Juliet's book. This was the first one I quilted for the book. Most times Juliet leaves it up to me how to quilt her stunning creations but this time Juliet wanted me to portray a 'night sky'...................
Guess what...............no photo of the backing! Arrrgg.......sorry! This was the largest of the quilts that featured in the book. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the details of these spectacular quilts as much as I have seeing them all over again.
My daughter sent me this photo of Marley my grandson (7 weeks old) having tummy time on the quilt I made for him. Just seeing him makes me miss him even more!