Monday, December 2, 2013
It's that time of the year again, I'm sure it was only a few weeks ago that I put the Christmas stuff away!
I found these wee stocking in the box of decorations, I usually hang them on the tree, but this year I thought I would make a small garland alternating pinecones with the stockings.
Easy to do, I just screwed a screw in the top of each pinecone & tied on string. You could alternate with other decorations you already have, or empty spools of thread covered with Christmas fabric.
I guess you could paint the pinecones too, but I like the natural/rustic look of them just the way they are.
For no other reasons than I can & I thought it would be fun to hang my Christmas tree upside down!
Such fun finding my treasures, bits n' pieces handmade by friends, my children & myself. There is something special about Christmas quilts, is it because we have them out for a short time?
Has anyone else blogged about their Christmas decorating? Maybe you would like to take us for a tour of your home.
Wishing you all a peaceful lead up to Christmas, stress free, worry free & free laughs!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
While on holiday in Alaska, Elizabeth bought the kit for this quilt from www.rushintailor.com to make for her 12 year old grandson.
A photo of the back....................................
Next up is a wack n' stack by Elizabeth (different to the above). A decided all over 'Jumbo Stipple' seemed to work well, followed by some straight lines & an all over flower/ leaf/ tendril ensemble for the border this time. When I quilt for Elizabeth she likes me to use Bamboo batting.
Next a sample I stitched up for the shop. Designed by Gail pan, called 'Sampler in Blue', with that in mind I couldn't use red, could I??
I chose a Kim Deihl fabric for the border, then a Cottage Garden thread called 'Lyrebird Walk' for the stitchery. I filled the little pincushion with crushed walnut shell.
Lynette's Chateau Hexagon BOM is coming along slowly, I did finish month four.
Also I managed to finish a fabulous book, this book gets TOP marks from me! I loved it, hard to put down, but I didn't want it to end!
Amongst all of that I popped down to my nieces wedding, a lovely day.
On the way home I stopped in for a leg stretch at Puhoi & was delighted to find the little shop "The Trove" open! Amanda the owner is lovely, the lovely building is filled with pretty things, both new & up cycled.
Next to the general store, Puhoi is my choice for a stop of point. Look you can even tether your horse up outside while you shop!
Thanks for hanging there with the long post.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The Country Yard. A Music panel, with some border fabric added top & bottom & a round of a feature fabric for the border & binding. Cotton batting, gold Metalic thread for the 'bling' on the border & bobbin fill for the loose meander & the 'Organic' cross hatching, over cotton batting.
Next up is Leonie's foundation pieced bird quilt, made as a Christmas present for family members, I'm sure it will be treasured. Leonie sent me the top, a vintage sheet for the backing & a wool blanket for the batting. Because of the wool blanket, I kept the quilting fairly loose as not the make the quilt heavier & stiffer than it already was. This is Leonie's third quilt if my memory is not failing me.
Leonie tells me she got the patterns from Tartankiwi, great patterns!
A view of the vintage sheeting on the back...............................................................
And just because I liked the Frangipani backdrop.......................................(Thanks Leonie! )
Last but not least......................................Jacki's lovely Jelly Roll creation for the grandchildren.
Big apologies, I have forgotten the name of the designer of this pattern. I know Jacki used one Jelly roll, plus some fabric for the borders & binding. Once again I used Gunold & Madeira thread, this time over Cotton/Bamboo batting. Jacki made a cute backing.
Simple loose stipple, ditch stitching around all the applique & a flower medley on the border.
Leaving you with a lovely 'quilty' saying:
Good memories are like a patchwork quilt, each section is sewn together to be wrapped around us and treasured forever.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
For all the years worked part time at The Country Yard there has been a mystery BOM running. For all that time I have been fortunate to quilt the samples. This year was a lovely stitchery designed by my boss/store owner & friend Kerryn, called "Friends". Every year these mysteries are a huge success! See why...........................................
|2013 mystery stitchery "Friends"|
Starting with one stitchery pattern, background fabric, thread & some instructions, the mystery starts. Our regular customers know to get in quick as these are a limited edition & places sell as quick as you can say 'Lickityspickitydodarh'........twelve times!!
The following months the packs have more stitchery patterns, background fabric & the slow introduction of the fabrics, in this case a lovely French General range, just to keep the girls guessing.
Kerryn wanted the quilting kept fairly simple, so we came with up with never fail cross hatching, orange peel & a few feathers thrown in for a wee traditional splash.
Using Glide thread, Madeira poly neon threads over 90/10 wool/poly batting.
If you are interested in seeing some previous mysteries go here , here & here for some.
It's all systems go here, quilts, quilts & more quilts, Christmas is coming in case you didn't know!
I have more to show you but it will have to wait a couple of days until the owners have received their quilts in the mail.
Until then I will leave you will a little sneaky peek of something I am working away on & nearly finished.