Friday, June 24, 2016

Home and Heart Redwork Quilt....................................

Hi there quilt lovers, I have another beautiful quilt to share with you today as well as two cushion tops with funky 'carnival' type lettering! First lets start with Veron's Home and Heart redwork quilt.

This is a Bird Brain Design that Veron decided to stitch out in 'Hugs & Kisses' Cottage Garden Thread Veron requested cross hatching over her stitcheries which I do with a fine thread that blends and gives texture.

                       The quilt measures: 73" x 73" and as usual is beautifully executed.
Veron likes to give me creative licence for the quilting but I do like to touch base from time to time.
Hopefully you can see in the following photo's the swirl quilting I completed on the red and cream 'sashing' fabric, not much was really going to show on this fabric, so my aim was to create texture.

All the cream fabric, including the one used for the stitchery blocks have a beautiful pearly finish. The border was the perfect place to nestle in some feathers! The batting is Matilda's Own Polyester.

Next are two fun and funky cushion tops. Kerryn made these as shop samples for The Country Yard.
I quilted the edges of the applique lettering instead of the edges having blanket stitch.

     The two cushions were loaded on my machine together on the same backing fabric and batting.

I attempted videoing my quilting process of these swirls with a fit of giggles! I have decided yes women can multi task, but Leeanne CANNOT video AND quilt at the same time! You will have to settle for the photo's.............perhaps Simon can be trained to video??
Here's one letter before the quilting......................................

And after the quilting...............................................

Thank you Veron and Kerryn!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

What's off the machine and what's on the machine..............................

My super prolific quilt making customer Marcelle has a nice little pile of quilt tops in my 'to-be-quilted' cupboard all in order of when she needs them. Some are for me to quilt all-over-quilting designs (aka: edge to edge quilting) which I can slot in between the quilts that require custom quilting, others are needed as a baby is born, then Marcelle likes to gift the family a quilt. The following quilt is just that..........................................

Made for a baby boy, made from some lovely train border fabric and 4 1/2" squares. Doesn't it make you look at border fabric in a new way!

For the borders I simply quilted piano keys or picket fencing which looks like railway tracks. The squares are cross-hatched, all over Matlida's Own polyester batting and a lovely pieced backing.

                  Some of the pieces in the backing fabric are Thomas the Tank Engine!

Currently on the machine is another quilt of  Veron's..................Redwork stitchery.

Several weeks ago I finished the Scrappy Crossroads quilt that I will soon gift to one of my nieces. I have a few more of my quilt tops waiting to be quilted.

This is bound for another purple loving niece. It measures 68" x 80" it has fourteen thousand and forty 2" squares!  Matilda's Own polyester batting, Madeira AeroQuilt thread in purples, all over quilting : "Ribbon's & Roses" and a flange binding.

From time to time I like to make some small quilts to donate to Auckland's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. Robyn from Patchwork Passion kindly oversees the distribution of these.

They are measuring around 20" x 24". I even pieced a couple on my long arm machine, similar to this method, although I don't have a computerised machine, it still works a treat!

 They do need slightly larger ones to go on top of the incubators, so that might be the next size I will make.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Quiltin' up the Blues!

      Facebook followers will recognise this quilt from those pesky sneaky peeks I keep posting!

Veron's Bronwyn Hayes collection of stitcheries, put together from Veron's own design. This is a quilt on the larger side : 85" x 94", the borders are very wide so I had to do some thinking outside my 'normal' collection of border ideas.

              Swags, feathers, stipple and picket fencing using Glide thread "Tar Heel".(a strange name for soft blue)

Nice curvy orange peel on the rectangle and square piecing, they actually look like jumping jacks!

I went for fairly plain quilting on the stitchery blocks and Veron is delighted with her quilt. The light blue sashing was needing something, this is the before the 'something'...............................

                                   And after......................................................

So that was two of the four quilts I have from Veron. I took a small break in between the 'Happy Daze' and this one to whip up another quilt Marcelle needed to give a new born baby and family.
Sorry for the fuzzy photo, I had to take the photo inside, not my first choice, but when it's raining and blowing a gale there are minimal choices!

Marcelle has been scrap busting! I love the scraps coming together to make a wonderful quilt. Quilted with a soft variegated thread in stars and loops.

Wishing you all a happy and safe week, thinking of the families in Florida.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Daze!

Hello my friends and readers, today I can now share Veron's "Happy Daze" quilt with whoever would like to see it.

                Piecing and applique by Veron, design by Susan Garman, custom quilting by me.
Earlier in the year Veron was on holiday way up here in the winterless north, so she decided to stop by to give me four quilt tops to quilt for her. As soon as I saw this one my 'quilters eye's lit up'............"look at all that quilters blank canvas" (aka white areas!) Veron said you just go for it love!

When I am designing quilting for a custom quilt I use old school techniques : a black & white printout from the computer of the quilt top (several copies) and I get doodling! I had a few ideas on paper but felt a gel with this design.

Once all the ditch stitching was complete it was on with the fun quilting! This type of quilting is time consuming and can be quite tiring but very rewarding. The quilt measures 81" x 81".

All the white areas are quilted with Maderia poly neon in white and the bright funky fabrics were quilted with Glide 'Bark', the batting was Veron's, a polyester.

Here a couple of photo's of the back, which was a solid white fabric.....................................

I have finished two of the four quilts Veron gave me, so I will be back with another post soon!

Tramping photo's.

A large Kauri tree in Pukenui forest .
Here is what I thought looked like a face on the side of the tree......................................

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Jelly Rolls, Scrappy Wonders and Happy Birthday to the Queen!

Here in New Zealand we are firing up for a long weekend, the reason?........Queens birthday! Happy Birthday Elizabeth! As usual I have assigned myself a 'To-do-list' as long as mine and your arms put together! You can be sure history will repeat............. I will run out of hours. Does this sound like what you do? Please tell me I am not alone in this 'To-do-list' world!
I do have one customer quilt to share with you plus one nearly finish of mine plus a start on another that is also mine.
Lets start with Judith's sweet quilt for her great niece. Made from a Jelly Roll and some appliqued butterflies.

Judith normally asks for an all over quilting design (edge to edge) but thankfully she asked for light custom quilting this time around. I ditch stitched around the butterflies then quilted a swirly feather as the background fill, then a swirl on the pretty teal border and a one sided feather on the pink border, all free hand quilted using Glide thread.

Judith chose Matilda's Own polyester batting. I'm told the binding with be the same teal used on the inner border. Thank you Judith.

You may have seen my dark/light medallion quilt made from 5" scrappy squares, well it is finished, well 'flimsy' finished.

There is a real mixed bag of fabric in this quilt but it's very likable. I have pieced a backing together, made the binding all that waits is the quilting! See *here* for one I quilted back in April. It could execute custom or edge to edge quilting, I am undecided yet.
When you finish one quilt that means you can start another right???  TOO RIGHT!

'Metro Hoops' by Sew Kind of Wonderful . The pattern calls for a jelly roll, an accent fabric and a background fabric. I quite like their patterns, once you get the hang of the gentle curve seam you are away! You may remember the one I made for my brother a couple of years back, if you fancy another look click *here* This will be one project to plod away at in the evenings after a day of quilting your lovely quilts.
Over on my Facebook page I share sneak peeks of the current quilts I'm working on, the two most recent quilts are owned by the same person and I have two more waiting for quilting by the same maker. This sneak peek is actually finished, hopefully I can share the whole completed quilt soon.

The next one is currently on the machine as we speak. What a cheerful quilt! I am tempted to make one for my very self :-)

Last week I shared the Biscornu I made from two of Mum's old wool blankets........look who's taken a fancy to it!

I came across these words again recently:

               "If the words you spoke appeared on your skin,
                                     would you still be beautiful?"