Thursday, April 14, 2016

Three quilts.....................

Hello readers, if you have been watching on Quiltmekiwi's Facebook page you will have seen some sneak peeks of three different quilts. I am happy to now share them with you.
First is Juliet's stunning Zebra Quilt..........................

Juliet is a pattern designer from right here in New Zealand, this is another one of her original dynamic creations that I have been most fortunate to have the fun of quilting it for her.
I have quilted a few of Juliet's designs and enjoy them each time, there is a lot of ditch stitching that needs to take place, but once that tedious necessary job is over it's onto the fun stuff!!

I chose three different variegated threads for the three 'colour lots' for the eclectic mix of background fills. I used Superiors Fantastico, Madeira and Gunold 40 weight threads. Juliet chose cotton batting. This quilt measures 81" x 64", all foundation paper pieced.

 Because I had used rather 'organic' background fills I kept that flowing out to the border with an 'organic' piano key border. (my definition of organic is "not perfect, not even and very carefree"  quilting....I don't think that's the dictionaries definition :-)

                              Juliet's backing was this beauty, quite a silky piece but lovely.

                                        Here it is trotting back home to Christchurch!

Thanks for letting me loose on another of your quilts Juliet! Please checkout Juliet's blog *here*.

Next is Jacki's Turning Twenty beauty. Jacki has been with me from my very beginning quilting days and trusts and knows I know she doesn't like "frilly dilly quilting" (her words!).

A simple loose stipple, ditch stitching that mustard sashing then piano keys on the border (straight this time no 'organics')

          Bamboo/cotton batting, Signature & Perma-core threads, the quilt measures 68" x 78".

Next is a rather pretty scrappy mostly hand pieced quilt made by Sue for her daughter's mother-in-law who lives in Ireland.

Soft flowing florals, the applique is hand done and pretty much most of the piecing is also completed by hand! It was intended to be hand quilted also but Sue ran out of steam and flushed me out to finish it off for her.

No dense background fills this time, much softer on the quilt and the wallet! I added to the vase of flowers with feathers, tendrils and leaves.

It slipped my mind to take final photo's of the appliqued hearts and vases as I did add some quilting to these at the very end of the quilting process. As my usual order I ditch stitched around the applique's and other places in need of this treatment before the fun artistic stuff starts, it's a bit like when you were a kid, if you ate your veges first then you were left with the best bits for last!

This quilt measures 55" x 55" and the batting is Sue's (cotton I think?) I used Glide threads in the yummy colours of "Linen" and "Peacock".
The central area and pieced border was treated with orange peel and cross-hatching.

The backing was Sue's own, a pretty floral. Thanks so much Sue, I hope this is well loved and cuddled in Ireland!

With those three out of studio what's next? Thanks for stopping by, always appreciated.


  1. More gorgeous quilts and quilting and no doubt more happy customers

  2. Wow, what interesting quilts. That zebra! I love your description of eating your vegetables first! I am so hooked on stitch in the ditch now, I am loath to quilt without doing it.

  3. I love your definition of organic! Lovely quilts and stunning quilting.

  4. The zebra is pretty incredible, and I can't believe you did a different stitch in each segment around the zebra. How do you come up with so many different fillers? Looks great!
    The last quilt is so delicate and soft--your quilting enhanced that beautifully!

  5. The zebra is magnificent! Wonderful colour and of course quilting - what is the size of this quilt? I shall hot foot it over to Juliet's blog right now!

  6. Gosh Leeanne, all really gorgeous quilts & very different to each other. I remember seeing other quilts of Juliettes on your blog, some bird ones I think? I love all 3 & also love how you have worked your magic on them. Also love your definition of organic :-)

  7. Isn't that zebra magnificent!!! Love the colours in the background! Three beautiful quilts and again wonderful quilting Leeanne. I remember very clearly eating the veges first especially the dreaded choko!!! Then having to defend the things I loved from my Dad, who used to try and get you to look out the window and then try to pinch your food!! Lol!!

  8. 3 very different quilts the zebra is amazing, not seen the turning 20 design before must check out how to do that and the applique quilt is lovely, all made so much more beautiful with your creative quilting. Having now learnt a little on quilting by doing small quilts look more intensly at your quilting for ideas, seeing a lot I would love to try as I improve

  9. Juliet is amazing. But the detail of your quilting is stunning. I love that each block is different

  10. All three quilts are beautiful, different but very beautiful. I love where you hang them outside to photograph them. No Simon?

  11. Wow you have been a busy bee....quilting bee....that is, and love all three quilts, but have to admit the zebra is my favourite what a beauty. Hugs xxxx

  12. Wow you have been a busy bee....quilting bee....that is, and love all three quilts, but have to admit the zebra is my favourite what a beauty. Hugs xxxx