Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Snow in Summer and Midnight Stars

Snow in summer............oh yes please! There is no snow here sadly but a beautiful quilt called "Snow in Summer". It is a Kim Diehl design made by Elizabeth.

That's the before shot and here's for the after quilting shot................................................

Elizabeth made my job easy as her applique and piecing is lovely. I was naturally asked to custom quilt this pretty quilt and Elizabeth chose Matilda's Own Oh Sew Soft polyester batting.

I was keen to give the snowballs some nice movement between the outer snowballs and the inner cluster. It's nice to have some cohesion to blend and frame every design together, I did this by maintaining the cross-hatching through the central sections of each snowball. Hook feather wreaths for the outer section and some straight echoed lines for the central gathering of snowballs.

I backtracked several times over the line of quilting where the cross-hatching lines came together, two reasons: the first to 'hide' my backtracking, the second to create a 'zoom' section for the eye.

A nice detailed background fill of pebbles, swirls, echo's and the odd bit of "McTavishing". The Applique shapes didn't need much more than stitching in the ditch around them and some petals on the flower shapes.

All the quilting was achieved by hand guiding my Gammill with the exception of the cross-hatching and straight lines, I used a ruler for those parts. Because you love the back shots here are two just for you!

Now to share "Midnight Stars" with you. Made by Kerryn of The Country Yard  using two layer cakes by Moda (Black Tie) and a Moda bakeshop pattern to create a lovely sample.

This quilt is leaning on the larger size at 84" square. I used an edge to edge pattern by  Keltia Quilting called "Limetree". It's a nice soft classic pattern. Glide thread "Mocha" was the perfect thread to blend with the creams, greys, tans and black fabrics. The batting is Matilda's Own Cotton/Poly.

                Thank you Elizabeth and Kerryn for your continued support and trust in me.

Lastly I had to share Simon being an "Egg".


  1. So Simon was an egg for Easter huh!!! Lol!! Another two beautiful quilts Leeanne and your quilting is just exquisite!!!

  2. Yes two beautiful quilts my friend. Love, love, love what you have done on the snowball quilt-that extra backtracking certainly does draw the eye.
    Like the panto you used on Kerryns quilt. I really like Mocha as a thread colour.

  3. My goodness, I love what you have done with that Kim Diehl design! It came to life!!
    That cat in the egg carton is pretty funny! : )

  4. 2 beautifully quilted quilts especially loving the first one, what a poser Simon is!

  5. Wowwwwww , what else to say ?
    I love Kim , its projects , its fabrics and its colors ... all so country ...
    And you as always have been able to make even more beautiful this wonder ...
    By a ' unique harmony at all ...
    Very good !!!!!
    My good friend and the next day dilce .
    A hug and a big kiss
    P.s. I forgot ...
    a special cuddle at that sweet clever kitten
    Love et bisous Ve

  6. You have one very happy customer here Leeanne. Thank you thank you thank you. Also thank you fir your nice comments on my work.

  7. Both quilts are really beautiful Leeanne. Poor Simon having only an egg carton for warmth :-)

  8. WOW! Your quilting brings this quilt to life! It's beautiful

  9. W O W ! It's so nice to see the difference from before and after, stunning work! The other quilt is also beautiful!
    And Simon the egg is lovely!

  10. Thanks for showing the back of the first quilt, you know the quilting reminds me of the lovely pressed ceilings in the old villas, I remember seeing a couple when we lived in Christchurch, wonderful detailed patterns.

  11. Elizabeth's quilt is beautiful - both before and especially after the quilting... and Elizabeth is obviously very happy with the gorgeous quilting treatment. Did you realise it's the same pattern I made Dad's fruit quilt from a few years ago?! Mignight Stars has turned out lovely as well :-)

  12. I like the before and after shots, really shows how you transform a quilt. Of course I so get Simon being an EGG!!!

  13. Both are lovely quilts! I particularly love all the quilting you did on the 'snowball' quilt, just beautiful!