Sunday, March 29, 2015

Custom quilting & this & that.



Happy Sunday to you readers and friends.


Sharing with you a very pretty quilt called 'Love in Paris' designed by The Country Yard exclusively for the Northern Shop Hop. (see here for more details) This will be an exciting time for quilters in the Auckland and Northland area.



Custom quilted with feathers, orange peel, ribbon candy, cross hatching and swirls made for a fun quilt to work on.



Five pretty stitcheries to give you a feel for some of the best things a girl can do in Paris!


Not to forget a show of the pieced backing for you back lovers out there!


 Yesterday afternoon rolled out a couple of spare hours for me, so I chose to put four more of my Wendy Briggs Stitcheries together, I guess I could have done some housework or mowed the lawn, but my blocks were calling me, so what was I to do?


I have four more stitcheries to go to complete this quilt,  I am enjoying the process so much. In the evenings I stitch then when I have time once one or two blocks are finished I piece the block together.This block is one of my favourites.


Today I found happiness (it's there so often if one keeps their eyes & heart open!) out tramping. Enjoy the following photo's and know that your comments and visits sure do spread some happiness my way! Take care & continue to find happiness to fill your life.





Sunday, March 22, 2015

A yummy sampler................................




                                 Tadaaaaa................... Pam's sampler quilt all finished!


                          With a few guide lines from Pam of what she liked I set to work.




                           Some simple quilting treatments..............................




With sampler quilts custom quilting is the best way to go in my humble opinion. I have yet to be asked to quilt an all over design on a sampler quilt.


If you have been following (or stalking!) my blog you will have seen a number of sampler quilts featured. The sampler quilt seems like a great starter quilt as well as a nice refresher for the seasoned quilter.


Pam has made her quilt wider rather then longer to accommodate the quilt draping over the sides of the bed.
Her quilt measures 89" x 94" with Bamboo batting and quilted with maderia threads.


I partially chalked out the spine of the feather on the outer border, but other than that all the feathers are free motioned. Because the side borders are wider this required me to play with the feathers to get them to fill the space.



Thank you Pam for allowing me to quilt for you!

On a completely different subject...................... I went tramping in the Russell State Forrest (Bay of Islands, northland NZ) perhaps you will enjoy a few photo's..........................................



We live in pure paradise! Two hours walking up stream, the joy of our native Fantail swooping and chirping to greet us and the odd place in the stream that was hip deep! Part of the tramp included a small 'settlement'.


Complete with an aging caravan. Then further along the tramp a spot for a rustic privy!


Everyone that needed the privy used the bush instead!! haha..............the bush was more inviting then a smelly long drop with lacy spiderwebs and no door!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at what I do and love and enjoy sharing with you.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Two all over quilting design (edge to edge) quilts.



Hello Friday & friends......................................
It's not a quilt until it's quilted! That said, these two quilts became quilts a few weeks ago, just catching up on showing you all.


First up is a quilt made by Kerryn (owner /operator) for inspiration for The Country Yard.
Here it is ready for the 'binding fairies' to hand stitch the binding in place.


For some reason the bulk of my quilting jobs are for custom quilting but from time to I do get quilts to be finished off with an all over quilting design, also known as edge to edge quilting.


When requiring the services of a professional quilter you will most likely fall into one of the following two categories: custom quilting or all over quilting design.
Custom quilting suits so many quilts, this service  starts from simple ditch stitching with a few simple designs right up to the top end of full custom, this of course is more time consuming therefore more costly.


All over quilting designs (or edge to edge) tend to give a  softer look & quicker to quilt (no ditch stitching!) so therefore the most cost effective way to have your quilt top become a quilt!

The fabrics used in this quilt were a lovely range by Minick & Simpson called "Lexington".


You can see the yummy soft floating feathers really well on the back.............................


Next is another quilt for The Country Yard this can be purchase as a kit to make one for yourself!


Another quilt finished with an all over quilting design. A Shattered Nine patch variation made with Kiwiana fabrics.


A taste of good old New Zealand................................


And that was the back.

While out photographing another quilt this morning 'The Supervisor' came out to make sure I was doing it right.


While outside he discovered a Praying Mantis................................


See on the left? This poor little creature was ready to take this fur ball on! He/she had it's tiny front legs high in the air as if to say: "go on punk make my day!" Well I thought it was Simon that was surely going to have the last word paw swipe! So I intervened and took the little green creature to safety.

The other day on Facebook I posted a couple of photo's of my creative space. Do you have a creative space you enjoy hanging out in? I enjoy seeing others creative spaces ( AKA 'playstations').
Wishing you a happy time this weekend in your creative space where ever it is.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

catching up on sharing quilts and a happy Saturday for me!!


Hello again, another post from me, a customer quilt to share with you my lovely readers and a productive wee day I had making some presents.......................fancy a look?


I custom quilted this country sampler for The Country Yard, which is a sample for up coming class.


Simple quilting, cross hatching, swirls, orange peel.................................




Even some stipple......................................



All in all, a lovely country sampler!

Next is some sewing I achieved today. First is a bunting for one of my granddaughters who is turning three next month.


I am really happy with how this turned out, should suit a fairy loving wee girl who thinks she's a princess. I made one a couple of years ago for my other granddaughter if you would like a refresher look pop over *here*.

But wait there is more! Yes indeed. I bought a couple of patterns from Little Green Cottage Designs. I was pretty pleased with the patterns and wanted to get straight onto them, well one of them.


This guy is called Rustic Santa, he's a little fellow, filled with plastic beads to help him sit up. Complete with his Christmas santa sack. Isn't he cute! He may just sit around on my old painters ladder with Francesca for a bit or go in my gift box.
Mind you Francesca is a frisky lass, so many times I catch her sitting in an unladylike like fashion, so sitting next to wee Mr Rustic Santa might not be a wise idea!!


With Easter fast approaching I was over the moon to find these to beautiful Easter Bunnies, they are so soft I am hoping my granddaughters will love them. They will last longer than chocolate too.


Should I choose who gets what one?...................................... Until next time, happy creating!