Friday, January 30, 2015

In Flight and a couple of secrets



Hello readers and friends, nice to have you stopping by once again!
Today I can share a quilt I finished custom quilting for my lovely customer Leonie.


Leonie was a pattern tester for Juliet  from The TartanKiwi, designer of some amazing foundation pieced patterns. "In Flight" was designed by Juliet as a Sew Along. Please see her blog if you wish to participate.


I have been fortunate enough to quilt several of Juliet's designs, either made by her own hand or by some of Juliet's customers that have purchased her patterns. Do you remember Juliet's Big Bear quilt I custom quilted  just before Christmas? Click your way over to this post to see.


Some other of Juliet's designs have featured on my blog before, see here , here and here.


Leonie asked for 'swirls and twirls'..................I love that description! While quilting this pretty quilt the feeling of wind, freedom and summery days were in my mind and that is what I think came through my hands.


Leonie usually chooses my cotton batting and I used a variegated Gunold thread in blues and whites. I like the 'sketch' type of print fabrics for the backgrounds and the liberty type fabrics for the birds (which were also used for the backing........sorry back lovers I didn't get a photo of that).


I will be sad to loose Leonie as a customer as she and her family are making the big move to the UK. I wish her all the very best and thank her for her custom and friendship.

On a personal sewing front I have been pottering away on a few bits and pieces when time allows while making another Block of the Month quilt sample for The Country Yard.
First is a belated Christmas present for a friend in a sewing group I belong to, we have a Christmas swap in February due to other commitments of the group members.


Did you really think I was going to show you the finished item?? You know I like to have a few secrets, I promise I will show you next month!

The wee 'helper', AKA 'Supervisor'.........AKA Simon was keeping an eye on the photographer.



Same for the next photo.........................something for someone somewhere!


Back to the customer quilt I am working on......................................





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!