Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Custom quilting for Lesley

Hello June! Winter is finally arriving to the 'winterless' north of Northland! A chilly start this morning but a lovely sunny day. I know some of my overseas followers are starting summer.
Today I can share with you the quilt Lesley has made for her sister.
Lesley asked for custom quilting, cotton batting and a nice mustard backing fabric. Included were two cushion tops to be quilted the same as the quilt to make a nice set. This system works well as I just loaded the cushion tops on to the same batting and backing, saving time and money.

Here you can see I chose the wrong time of the day for outdoor photo's! This is my best spot for getting the whole quilt in the frame of the photo.

I enjoyed working out a design for these large nine patch blocks. using my Proecho (Lisa Calle) curved rulers I divided up the area and added some curved cross-hatching.

Swirl/feather design for the red sashing and a loose flowing feather for the border. I have used Glide threads. The mustard sashings were quilted with a simple diamond design, I will admit I would have loved to fill in each side with a heavy filler to make more of a 'diamond', sometimes I just have to pull the handbrake on!

When I gave Lesley some options for the stitchery blocks she chose cross-hatching over the stitchery but not over the applique. I decided straight line cross-hatching would look pleasing to the eye rather diagonal cross-hatching that I often quilt. Do you see Lesley has coloured in some of her stitchery?

Lesley came up with the design of this quilt, clever women! I'm sure Vi - Lesley's sister will be over the moon at such a lovely and thoughtful gift.

There are the two cushions, ready to be trimmed and made into cushions ready to adorn Vi's bed!
I received this email from Lesley which was very humbling to me: Thank you!

Hi Leeanne,
I received my quilt early this morning and I just cried when I saw it. It is so beautiful, love all what you have done. The backing is stunning. I am sure Vi is going to love it. I am going to Perth in October so will take it with me.
thank you so much. Until next time
Cheers Lesley

Over the last month or so I have been working on a new exciting project for myself . In the evenings and weekends when the mood strikes it's nice to have something to potter with in my sewing nook. Last year when I quilted Juliet's Running Zebra quilt (see here) it was love at first sight for me! I promptly purchased Juliet's pattern. Cute to read in the pattern Juliet gives credit to her quilter.......me!

I then set about trying to source the same fabrics Juliet had used..........not so easy! Here in New Zealand we are months behind the eight ball and so often don't even get half of the yummy fabrics on offer from the American designers. I did manage to get one small bundle of fat quarters but that was not going to be enough, so I 'bit the bullet' and purchased from America, I do like to support local, but I had my heart set on this fabric........and when it arrived I wasn't disappointed.

Please don't sit at your computer waiting to see the finished quilt............it may take awhile!
Linking up with Linda and Julie for 'Sew-Stitch-Snap-Share" Thanks creative ladies!
A little more self indulgence sharing, my over night tramping trip on the weekend to Cape Brett..............here a few photo's. Have I said I live in paradise?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and thank you to those who leave lovely comments!


  1. I love the way you have used the curved cross-hatching on the quilt. Really takes it up a notch!
    That zebra quilt is wonderful. Sometimes you just know you need certain fabrics and nothing else will do. I'll bet shipping charges were fun, though. : )
    Oh, you live in a gorgeous place!

  2. I can believe Lesley cried when she saw the finished quilt and cushions: you made it so lovely! I love the colouring she did!
    The zebra quilt will be stunning with those fabrics.
    You live in such a wonderful place, gorgeous photo's!

  3. wonderful quilt and wonderful quilting on it. The zebra quilt will be fun to do, here in the UK we struggle to re fabrics a lot of USA ones never come here.

  4. What a wonderful gift for Lesley to make for her sister. One lucky sister that is for sure. I love how she made complimentary cushions. Your zebra quilt fabrics look stunning all bundled together like that.

  5. Gorgeous quilt and gorgeous quilting!! Enjoy your lovely fabrics!

  6. Well there is certainly lots of lovely on this post. Love that cross hatch quilting, that bundle of gorgeous rainbow fabrics and of course your tramping photos. We do live in paradise.

  7. You did a fantastic job with the quilting, so well done!!

  8. Love the curvy cross hatching, very effective! And great tramping pics! Thanks for linking up to 'sew stitch snap SHARE"

  9. Great quilting again. Loving the swirl/feather design. Your zebra is going to be great. Yes sometimes you just have to buy overseas.

  10. The quilting on Lesley's quilt is gorgeous! Cross hatching is such an effective design, isn't it?

  11. That zebra quilt is awesome, and I can completely see why you'd want the same fabrics! :D And I love your work on Lesley's quilt.

  12. Such beautiful quilting! Smart you for taking full advantage of those large nine patched - little wonder that she cried when she opened it.

  13. Love the design you have come up with Leeanne, that is a beautiful quilt and how lovely to receive a thank you letter. ...always love seeing where you are tramping.

  14. Lovely quilting and looks like fabulous walking. Was it overnight or just one day?