Thursday, May 19, 2016

Teddy's, "Wholecloth" quilt and a little holiday for me!

The first quilt I have to share is ever so pretty and has the tiniest stitches, it's Pam's "Teddy's at Play" quilt. Designed by Libby Richardson.

Pam likes light custom quilting and no stitching on her stitchery blocks, but we agreed that I had to do some anchor quilting on those blocks. See the 'ditch' stitching carefully executed around the edges of the stitchery using a fine blending thread.

                           The two love birds smooching under the apple tree is my favourite!

On another Libby Richardson quilt made by Pam I did some orange peel quilting on the squares, see *here* for that quilt. Pam asked for the same again.

And because I am going through a swag stage at the moment that's what I did on this pretty border, jazzed up with some feathers!

 I used Glide and Aurifil threads, the quilt measures 53" x 58". Back lovers this next photo is for you.

Pam says this quilt is for one of her granddaughters, what a special treasure and many thoughts will go to Pam over the years of cuddling and loving this quilt.

Next a completely different quilt. Judith's quilt that is simply one piece of fabric that she asked me to quilt which she will give to a friend to say thanks. I call it a "wholecloth" because technically it is.

Judith supplied the batting which was a polyester, I used Madeira AeroQuilt thread in teals and purples. The edge to edge pattern is called " Ribbon's & Roses". The quilt measures 55" x 59".
The back shows off the quilting.

Last week I treated myself to a few days in the South Island to visit my dear friend and what a treat it was! After a short flight and a welcoming hug we went to Annies Country Quilt Store which is jammed packed full of quilty goodness!

            I loved the collection of old hand beaters hang from the ceiling on a wooden ladder.

We also visited Calico Dreams in Rakaia which is a quilt shop and cafe in one. I was so busy drinking my yummy coffee and soaking in the atmosphere I forgot to take photo's, but trust me when I say it may be small but it's well worth the visit.
My friend and I drank lots of cups of tea and we made a good effort at solving the worlds problems all the while enjoying each others company. We basked in a lovely walk to refresh ourselves after all the talking!

We visited some awesome country cafes all with charm and spirit, my favourite one is called Primo. Quirky, bursting at the seams with so many retro and vintage goodies that the yummy food and coffee came to close to going cold because I was so busy looking at all that charm! Below is a wall lined with shelves full of vintage wool blankets, everything in this place is for sale!

After a sad lump-in-your- throat hug goodbye to my pal I had a clear flight home with my face stuck to the window looking out at the snow capped mountains both in the South and the north islands.
I stopped in at Puhio for a late lunch at Puhio Cottage tearooms for a toasted sandwich and biggest scone ever made! I had a lovely spot to myself looking out over the valley, Avery, chooks and sheep.

The view back to where I was sitting......................................................

                           After a nice break away it's back to turning your flimsy's into quilts!
                                              After all "it's not a quilt until it's quilted!"


  1. I particularly love the stitchery quilt. I knew you would love Annies Country Quilt Store. I spent lots if $'s when I visited a few years ago. I liked the look of Primo

  2. Фантастически доброе и уютное одеяло. Браво мастеру! Прекрасная вышивка, красиво подобраны ткани. Очень нравится.

  3. Pam's stitching is gorgeous--and your quilting complimented it nicely!
    Looks like you had a lovely little getaway!

  4. All gorgeous Leeanne. I think Pams stitching is just so dainty & beautiful ... her teddies are just adorable. A lucky recipient of that quilt. Loved seeing pics of your trip away, beautiful cafe with the retro vibe to it.

  5. Oh good lots of quilt shops and cafes I still haven't visited! A treat in store one day.
    Lovely quilt and quilting.

  6. loving the teddy quilt will be checking out where I can buy that pattern. Looks like you had a good trip too

  7. That teddy quilt is beautiful and the stitching is so pretty. Your quilting just finishes it off beautifully!! Looks like you had a wonderful trip, beautiful place to walk and lovely places to visit!! great recharge trip!

  8. GOOD ON YOU Leeanne to have a little trip away. I absolutely LOVE the South Island. Its so different to the North, slightly slower which is lovely in the rush of today.
    Love your quilting on the 2 quilts!

  9. GLad you had a nice time away. It is always sad saying goodby to good friends, but you can go back you know!! The lady that does all that stitching in that first quilt is mighty talented.

  10. The teddy quilt embroidery is so perfect! I bet it looks every more beautiful in real life. Your quilting has just added to the overall effect, and I really like the feather/swags you added in the border. What a lovely fabric to use for a wholecloth quilt. I think we often think of a wholecloth being made with a plain fabric, but there is no reason why it can't be a pattern - and patterns on both sides make it reversible.

  11. NIce to see your photos from your trip :-) Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I love Pam's Bear quilt - gorgeous effort from you both!!