Wednesday, August 27, 2014


 I finished this quilt Cat made for her son a couple of weeks ago. Cat asked me to hold up on blogging about this quilt until she had given it to her son, I happily obliged.
Ok, time for some honesty here. I had no idea what 'Minecraft' was! Luckily I had on hand the technology....................Google,  my ole pal came to my rescue! Then things began to click into place, as last time I saw my granddaughter she was rambling on about 'Minecraft' I know!

 Simple quilting of straight lines and some modern boxy echo's on the vintage sheet border, this design was inspired this time by Angela Walters from her book 'Free Motion Quilting'. All this over cotton batting, Maderia threads and measuring 63" x 63".

Thank you Cat, so pleased your son loves the quilt he had a hand in designing!

This fellow seems to enjoy sleeping at my feet while I work, in my sewing machine cover no less!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Citrus Zinger!

The suns been shining down on us here in Whangarei, perfect for heading outside to snap some quilt photo's. This layer cake quilt works well next to our lemon tree. Draped over the number eight wire fence.

Kerryn started to make this quilt at our annual retreat.  Made using one layer cake and some yardage, this pattern is called: "Hexagon Hip Hop", from Pam and Nicky Lintott's book "Layer Cake and Jelly Roll and Charm Pack Quilts".
The quilt measures 56" x 61" the batting is Matilda's Own Cotton /poly, thread by Gunold.
My quilting design is inspired by Jamie Wallen. I watched one of his video's on YouTube on his basic swirl and thought I could use that design.

Loving the texture this creates, there is movement this way and that to keep your eye roaming over the surface of the quilt.

Satisfying you back lovers out there!

Back in 2012 I used the same quilt pattern to make my Dad a quilt. My Dad loves his quilt, he has it on his bed at the rest home.

If you want to see more details of that quilt you can pop to this spot on my blog.

from Pinterest

Friday, August 22, 2014

Grandmother's Choice

That's the name of Barbara's beautiful quilt. The design is by Barbara Brackman. This was put together as an online week - by - week sew along. See here.
No more sneak peeks, this quilt is all finished and at home with its maker and owner.

The bulk of the fabrics are French General,from several different ranges with a few others thrown in the mix, they work well. The batting was bamboo/cotton, I used only a couple of different threads. Measures 86" x 86".
Lot and lots of ditch stitching went into this quilt, but well worth the effort as it makes the blocks more crisp and defined.

this house block makes me think of Little House on The Prairie!

Each week those participating were faced with several different techniques, but Barbara is not shy of a few challenges!

happy Sunbonnet Sue!

Barbara seems happy to let my creative juices run to full force, with only a couple of consultations of choices for the sashings and border, thank you for the trust Barbara.

fussy cut French General fabric

Are you still with me? Lots of photo's! I hope you are enjoying what you are seeing. Only a few more to go.

A nice big spiral in each outer corner stone to finish the quilt off.

If you are on Facebook, remember I am having a like 'quiltmekiwi' so you keep up to date with what I am up to.

Wishing you all a happy weekend...............oh and a big hello to my new followers! Lovely to have you following along.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Muffins, Wendy Briggs, Kathy Schmitz & kiwiana

Raspberry, banana and white chocolate muffins! Does this sound yummy? Fancy making some for yourself...................because licking the screen doesn't work!

Quiltmekiwi's Raspberry Banana White Chocolate Muffins.

2 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup white chocolate chips, or buttons chopped
1 cup milk
1/4 cup yoghurt ~ I used vanilla
125g butter ~ melted
2 eggs
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 banana's ~ mashed

Preheat oven to 180 C. Line muffin tray with paper cases.
Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in sugar, white chocolate bits and raspberries.
In large pyrex jug whisk together milk, eggs, butter and yoghurt. Mix the wet ingredients carefully through the dry ingredients, spoon into lined muffin pan and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes.
Make a coffee or tea and eat your yummy muffins!

Does anyone remember the designer Wendy Briggs? An Australian designer, who doesn't seem to be designing any longer, which is such a shame as I love her naive/rustic stitcheries. I do have patterns for some of her stitcheries that were put together as a Block of the Month by Cottage Flair many years ago.

My first block completed! I have a delicious fat quarter bundle by Kathy Schmitz called : "Piecemakers", one can't keep the fabric in a pretty bundle forever! So the cutting began.

Using Cottage Garden thread "Lyrebird Walk" and Aurifil in brown and tan. I am calling this Wendy Briggs Piecemakers. Real genius of me I know!

I finished quilting up a Kiwiana cot panel as a shop sample for The Country Yard in between a custom quilting job.

A loose meander/stipple over poly batting, then a leaf vine for the border, I made and attached the stripy binding ready to be hand stitched in place.

The backing was fun, frogs playing musical instruments!

Wishing you a happy Sunday!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Picture quilt, audio book and a sneak peek!

A cute picture fabric framed and pieced together to make a lovely quilt for a new baby boy all the way over in Scotland. Jenny was busy as a beaver making this quilt for her friends that were sure to be having a girl................. no girl was born, but a wee boy! without a fuss Jenny set to work making another quilt for her friends, but this time a more suitable quilt for a boy! Well done Jenny!

Maderia poly neon threads used over a poly batting, this quilt measures 37" x 47". Jenny left me to my own devices as what to quilt. After some ditch stitching and some enhancing of the picture blocks I quilted swirling loops, looking a wee bit like waves. Jenny asked me to make and attach the binding. You will notice I had to attach the binding in the traditional manner, as red binding was required down the sides next to the checkered border and for the top and bottom was checkered binding.

Jenny can now sew the binding down and send the quilt on its merry way to Scotland!

I have two more quilts finished ready to share with you, but they are to be gifted by my client, so I have been asedk to hold my horses before I can blog about these quilts.
I can share a sneak peak of the next quilt I have started working on.

While quilting this past week or so I have been getting back into listening to audio books. I borrow mine (for free) from my local library. The one I finished today, I thoroughly enjoyed! " The Last Runaway", by Tracy Chevalier  This is also available as a book, you know with pages to turn!

Honor Bright is a modest English Quaker with a broken heart. Emigrating to Ohio with her sister in the hope of making a new life, she soon discovers that 19th-century America hard, precarious place to live. Its people are practical and unsentimental, its climate challenging. Even its quilts are different from those she makes. Moreover, it is divided by slavery, legal in southern states and opposed by many northerners.
One day a runaway slave appears in the farmyard of Honor’s new family, and she must decide what to do. Even Quakers - famed for championing human equality - may hesitate to break the laws of the land. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network of people helping runaways escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who demonstrate what defiance can achieve. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

Remember my giveaway! I'd love you to have the chance at something special just for you!
Have you noticed my newly made over blog? Did you see I have a 'grab button'? Well if you are willing to put this button on your blog I will give you 10% off the next quilt you commission me to quilt!
Also on my Facebook page I am having some gift giving too! Pop over & like my page to go in the draw!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Loose Change & a gift from me

Sharing another 'Loose Change' quilt with you & a chance to receive a gift from me (more on that soon).
This is Kerryn's version of 'Loose Change', made using French General fabrics. A few weeks ago Kerryn & I had a sewing day to make some shop samples, see here. Remember my version of this lovely quilt?

                                              The same but different!

My quilt had simple cross hatching, whereas with Kerryn's I stitched a quarter inch either side of the seams, a feather on the half square triangle corner stones and curling ribbon on the border, using a Gunold variegated thread.

                               A lovely cream backing to show off the quilting.
                          The class for making this quilt is coming in September.

Now last but not least, my gift to you!. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .
Have you noticed my newly made over blog? Did you see I have a 'grab button'? Well if you are willing to put this button on your blog I will give you 10% off the next quilt you commission me to quilt!
Also on my Facebook page I am having some gift giving too! Pop over & like my page to go in the draw!