Friday, January 23, 2015

Custom quilting and all over quilting designs.



Facebook followers would have seen some sneak peeks of the following quilts.


Pam was part of a sampler class at The Country Yard a few years back, as life goes for all of us from time to time Pam only finished this quilt in the second half of last year.


Pam and I were unanimous about the need for this quilt to be custom quilted, but light custom quilting, no all over quilting designs here.


You may remember seeing several other sampler quilts featured here on my blog, see here for Kerryn's (shop owner), here for Jill's, if you like purple you will like that one! Over at this post was Barbara's quilt.


Some of the pressing of seams were a bit flip floppy, this makes for tricky ditch stitching, so the quilting is not quite as elaborate as the previous samplers I have quilted, but Pam was happy and I think you will agree the quilt looks lovely.



I had fun quilting some ovals on the Log Cabin and Drunkards Path blocks, circles on the Sunbonnet Sue and Grandmothers Garden blocks, giving them a sort of framing or focus.



Pam chose cotton batting, when washed up gives a nice drape and antique look to the quilt.


As my regular readers and followers will notice feathers have a frequent slot on my blog!


the back.

Quilts make such lovely gifts to give when a new baby arrives, such a personal and practical present. Marcelle often makes cot quilts to gift when a friend or family member has a baby.


This baby quilt is a fun and cheerful cross design, using polar fleece for the backing ( which can be problematic due to the high stretch)  I suggested using a light poly batting as well. I find when you use just polar fleece with no batting the quilt seems limp and lacks life. So by adding some batting it does two jobs, the first to help give that stretchy polar fleece some stability and it creates texture and softy loftyness.


An all over quilting design (a.k.a edge to edge) is a great choice for a quilt you know is going to be washed more than two or three times a year, one that will be cuddled, dribbled on or used for making huts.


The backing......................................


Angelina is fourteen and this is her first quilt, made for her horse loving mother as a birthday present.


Made using a panel and with the help of her grandmother I think she has done a fabulous job!


Angelina saw an all over quilting design of hearts and loops on another customer quilt.
 By the way this quilt is perfectly pieced, it hangs straight and is square as square can be! Take no notice of my photo, that was how I had hung the quilt and the gusty wind was not helping any.


Thanks so much for stopping by.




Monday, January 19, 2015

First customer quilts of 2015


Hello friends and bloggers, today I'm sharing two quilts from my lovely customers. First is a quilt Donna made for her friend using scraps from her 'French Roses' quilt, see here for post about this beautiful quilt.


Donna asked for simple cross hatching, measuring 40" x 48" this will make a sweet present for a special friend.


Donna also requested I make and attach the binding ready for her to hand stitch in place when she received the quilt back in the post.

Second quilt for this year was made by Jill for her Aunts granddaughter.


Jill requested an all over quilting design, 'whirls' seemed fun but feminine also.


I used a variegated thread from Madeira, which has lovely colours and a slight shine, all this over Matilda's Own wool/poly batting.


Today I am putting the final touches on the third quilt of the year, my lovely customer requested custom quilting, this of course is more time consuming.


Of course with the heat we are experiencing here in Northland my 'supervisor' is far too worn out to supervise!




Sunday, January 11, 2015

Welcome Home!


Dave Dobbyn is so iconic to all that is Kiwi-ness here in New Zealand. I love the following song.


I think of this song as I welcome home my quilt, 'Folk Art Blooms'.


Designed by Buggy Barn. I made this quilt ready for The Country Yards New Years Launch in March 2013. We sold this quilt as a Block of the Month. The quilt was successful with many falling in love with it as I did. Now we have sold all we had to offer so I got to bring this quilt home.


I used a black batting and batting. Several different black fabrics were used for the backgrounds which help make the applique (raw edge) say: 'hello world, look at me!'


I had fun with the quilting, echoing the applique and flowing feathers on the borders.



Funny how in different lights the black is bluey/grey.............................


By now I am sure you would have noticed my 'helper'..........................................


"This old quilt? Really! She needs a thing of REAL beauty like me!"

Back when I made the quilt I commissioned my dear friend Julie ( see her amazing blog and you too can easily open your wallet to her beautiful handmade goodies!)   to make me a doll from some of the left over fabrics. I also made a cushion, using needle turn for the applique so shoppers could see the applique could be completed either way.


When I took my Christmas decorations down I had a we potter and changed a few things around in my home.


Another Block of the Month 'Home Coming Lane' and the Raggy Ann Prim doll I made on an old painters ladder.



My holidays have been filled with working on a new Block of the Month, which of course I can not show you just yet!
Leaving you with a final photo of 'The Helper'.......................can you spot him??





Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Making, growing and thoughts.


see the wee 'peppermint' snowman, on the right there? Thank you friend, you know who you are!

My collection of snowmen has grown thanks to a couple of friends and my bargain spotting eyes! I found the bicycle riding snowman and Icicle playing snowman on sale for so little money that I won't share how much, as you will all be flocking to Northland to get your very own! And trust me there are enough people here to enjoy our beaches.


This is the Icicle playing snowman and the wooden peg snowman a friend made me. No snow here in Northland, just the white sandy beaches and smoking Barbecues and loaded up cars and caravans and boats...............................


There are of course the queues at the supermarkets and malls because you know the shops will close for one day and we might miss something!! Other than a trip to the supermarket and Farmers market yesterday I stayed away from crowd gathering areas...................


I have needed to be at home with my husband and cats..................yes cats.................meaning more than one cat...............see that amazing cat? He was made for me by a special friend, so I need to be at home to enjoy him. This is one Christmas decoration that will stay out all year long, he just too adorable to stuff away in some dark cupboard. Not only is he handsome but useful, he is very heavy making him the perfect doorstop. (I say 'him', but I really don't know his gender, he just seems to like being called a him)


Being at home is one of my ideal holidays, the thought of travelling when it seems every other New Zealander is travelling on the same road as you is not what I consider enjoyable. When at home you can relax ( or try to, I seem to have so much on my 'list' that is is hard to know where to begin). I thoroughly enjoy pottering and making things I have thought about all year. Like jazzing up some teatowels....................................


.............................and turning Moda tea toweling into cushions, with some simple applique and buttons.


Taking time to enjoy nature in my very own yard.......................................


There is beauty all around us we don't need to travel far.
Time to make sure I still remember how to quilt!


I hope your Christmas was enjoyable leaving you with a sense of peace and happiness. The New Year is nearly here, what will it hold?
Be safe and dream big, even if big is just being content at home!

Monday, December 22, 2014

The last quilts of the year


Hello poppets and wee Christmas elves.....................................


Liz has kept me busy through out the year making many quilts, most them have been for gifts. This Whack n' Stack quilt made from bali fabrics is so bright and vibrant.


Liz asked for an all over quilting design which has worked well on this quilt. I think Liz has decided to give this quilt to herself after giving so many away I think she deserves a quilt for herself don't you!


Next is a quilt Marilyn made for her partner a Mariners Compass variation. Marilyn had set ideas and even the thread she wanted me to use. Simply ditch stitch around the arcs not around the points a stipple or a squiggle for the stars and something using a variegated thread for the black border.





Next is something Christmasy..................................................


Lois is another customer that has kept me busy this year, she has been a busy quilt maker indeed. Lois has featured many times on my blog, well her quilts at least! Lois is fondly known as 'The Cat Lady' because if can buy something with cats on it she will, fabric, personalized number plate, shoes, earrings, you name she'll have it!


If the quilt does not feature cats then I am asked to quilt cats!


Swirls have featured quite a bit in my quilting lately, for these swirls I added the odd cluster of holly leaves and berries for a nice touch to the background quilting.


Lois asked me not to do any quilting on the three Christmas trees as she had plans to embellish them with buttons and Ric Rac etc.
A bright red flannel backing was selected for the backing, so snuggly and Cheery!


Last but not least a quilt made by Margaret for a wedding quilt for a member of the family.


Beautifully appliqued Dresden Plates with centers of butterflies made in the prettiest floral fabrics.
Margaret asked for simple quilting and because she had pressed her sashing seams open I quilted a 'serpentine' over the seams, I think it has added a softness to the quilting.


I did ditch stitch around the plates and butterflies and on the outer sashing (these seams weren't pressed open) finishing off the border with a loose stipple.



So there you go, the last of the quilts for the year, now it's time to rest and refuel for the next year. Many of my customers have already started giving me quilts to keep me busy next year, I look forward to working on each and everyone of them. Thank you so much for your support and trust throughout the year. Wishing you all a Merry Cheery Creative Christmas and a Healthy Sewing-up- a- Storm New Year!