Monday, September 1, 2014

Next quilt at the machine

Having fun quilting something new! I am into trying some new designs lately. I will show more and tell you more about where this design idea came from when I have finished.

Tonight I got my husband to make the draw for my wee giveaway on Facebook, I sure hope the winner likes her prize!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One for the boys

Marcelle has been busy! Now finished ready for her young son, I am sure he will be happy!

Marcelle chose Matilda's Own wool/poly batting and asked if I could please quilt similar to her other son's Dinosaur quilt, I quilted that back in 2010. Using a Signature variegated thread in blues I zigzagged and quilted curling ribbon, all will look like cool vehicle tracks to a boy I am sure! This quilt measures: 63" x 94".
Below is the Dinosaur quilt, here is the post about that quilt.

There are some fun wee prints in this quilt.

Instead of the curved egded cable, I chose the pointed edge for the border, echoed a couple of times and stippled on the outer edge of the quilt.

Okkie dokkie back lovers that's the backing, isn't it fun! Obviously this is a border fabric that Marcelle must have bought metres of and pieced together to make her backing!

A wet weekend here in Whangarei, a perfect time to finish my daughter's 21st quilt. A bright, rather loud quilt, but this is what she wants and loves, so I am happy to make the quit for her. After all a quilter loves to make quilts for their loved ones don't they!

Wishing you all a happy weekend what ever you are doing.

thanks to Pinterest.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


 I finished this quilt Cat made for her son a couple of weeks ago. Cat asked me to hold up on blogging about this quilt until she had given it to her son, I happily obliged.
Ok, time for some honesty here. I had no idea what 'Minecraft' was! Luckily I had on hand the technology....................Google,  my ole pal came to my rescue! Then things began to click into place, as last time I saw my granddaughter she was rambling on about 'Minecraft' I know!

 Simple quilting of straight lines and some modern boxy echo's on the vintage sheet border, this design was inspired this time by Angela Walters from her book 'Free Motion Quilting'. All this over cotton batting, Maderia threads and measuring 63" x 63".

Thank you Cat, so pleased your son loves the quilt he had a hand in designing!

This fellow seems to enjoy sleeping at my feet while I work, in my sewing machine cover no less!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Citrus Zinger!

The suns been shining down on us here in Whangarei, perfect for heading outside to snap some quilt photo's. This layer cake quilt works well next to our lemon tree. Draped over the number eight wire fence.

Kerryn started to make this quilt at our annual retreat.  Made using one layer cake and some yardage, this pattern is called: "Hexagon Hip Hop", from Pam and Nicky Lintott's book "Layer Cake and Jelly Roll and Charm Pack Quilts".
The quilt measures 56" x 61" the batting is Matilda's Own Cotton /poly, thread by Gunold.
My quilting design is inspired by Jamie Wallen. I watched one of his video's on YouTube on his basic swirl and thought I could use that design.

Loving the texture this creates, there is movement this way and that to keep your eye roaming over the surface of the quilt.

Satisfying you back lovers out there!

Back in 2012 I used the same quilt pattern to make my Dad a quilt. My Dad loves his quilt, he has it on his bed at the rest home.

If you want to see more details of that quilt you can pop to this spot on my blog.

from Pinterest

Friday, August 22, 2014

Grandmother's Choice

That's the name of Barbara's beautiful quilt. The design is by Barbara Brackman. This was put together as an online week - by - week sew along. See here.
No more sneak peeks, this quilt is all finished and at home with its maker and owner.

The bulk of the fabrics are French General,from several different ranges with a few others thrown in the mix, they work well. The batting was bamboo/cotton, I used only a couple of different threads. Measures 86" x 86".
Lot and lots of ditch stitching went into this quilt, but well worth the effort as it makes the blocks more crisp and defined.

this house block makes me think of Little House on The Prairie!

Each week those participating were faced with several different techniques, but Barbara is not shy of a few challenges!

happy Sunbonnet Sue!

Barbara seems happy to let my creative juices run to full force, with only a couple of consultations of choices for the sashings and border, thank you for the trust Barbara.

fussy cut French General fabric

Are you still with me? Lots of photo's! I hope you are enjoying what you are seeing. Only a few more to go.

A nice big spiral in each outer corner stone to finish the quilt off.

If you are on Facebook, remember I am having a like 'quiltmekiwi' so you keep up to date with what I am up to.

Wishing you all a happy weekend...............oh and a big hello to my new followers! Lovely to have you following along.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Muffins, Wendy Briggs, Kathy Schmitz & kiwiana

Raspberry, banana and white chocolate muffins! Does this sound yummy? Fancy making some for yourself...................because licking the screen doesn't work!

Quiltmekiwi's Raspberry Banana White Chocolate Muffins.

2 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup white chocolate chips, or buttons chopped
1 cup milk
1/4 cup yoghurt ~ I used vanilla
125g butter ~ melted
2 eggs
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 banana's ~ mashed

Preheat oven to 180 C. Line muffin tray with paper cases.
Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in sugar, white chocolate bits and raspberries.
In large pyrex jug whisk together milk, eggs, butter and yoghurt. Mix the wet ingredients carefully through the dry ingredients, spoon into lined muffin pan and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes.
Make a coffee or tea and eat your yummy muffins!

Does anyone remember the designer Wendy Briggs? An Australian designer, who doesn't seem to be designing any longer, which is such a shame as I love her naive/rustic stitcheries. I do have patterns for some of her stitcheries that were put together as a Block of the Month by Cottage Flair many years ago.

My first block completed! I have a delicious fat quarter bundle by Kathy Schmitz called : "Piecemakers", one can't keep the fabric in a pretty bundle forever! So the cutting began.

Using Cottage Garden thread "Lyrebird Walk" and Aurifil in brown and tan. I am calling this Wendy Briggs Piecemakers. Real genius of me I know!

I finished quilting up a Kiwiana cot panel as a shop sample for The Country Yard in between a custom quilting job.

A loose meander/stipple over poly batting, then a leaf vine for the border, I made and attached the stripy binding ready to be hand stitched in place.

The backing was fun, frogs playing musical instruments!

Wishing you a happy Sunday!