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!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Picture quilt, audio book and a sneak peek!

A cute picture fabric framed and pieced together to make a lovely quilt for a new baby boy all the way over in Scotland. Jenny was busy as a beaver making this quilt for her friends that were sure to be having a girl................. no girl was born, but a wee boy! without a fuss Jenny set to work making another quilt for her friends, but this time a more suitable quilt for a boy! Well done Jenny!

Maderia poly neon threads used over a poly batting, this quilt measures 37" x 47". Jenny left me to my own devices as what to quilt. After some ditch stitching and some enhancing of the picture blocks I quilted swirling loops, looking a wee bit like waves. Jenny asked me to make and attach the binding. You will notice I had to attach the binding in the traditional manner, as red binding was required down the sides next to the checkered border and for the top and bottom was checkered binding.

Jenny can now sew the binding down and send the quilt on its merry way to Scotland!

I have two more quilts finished ready to share with you, but they are to be gifted by my client, so I have been asedk to hold my horses before I can blog about these quilts.
I can share a sneak peak of the next quilt I have started working on.

While quilting this past week or so I have been getting back into listening to audio books. I borrow mine (for free) from my local library. The one I finished today, I thoroughly enjoyed! " The Last Runaway", by Tracy Chevalier  This is also available as a book, you know with pages to turn!

Honor Bright is a modest English Quaker with a broken heart. Emigrating to Ohio with her sister in the hope of making a new life, she soon discovers that 19th-century America hard, precarious place to live. Its people are practical and unsentimental, its climate challenging. Even its quilts are different from those she makes. Moreover, it is divided by slavery, legal in southern states and opposed by many northerners.
One day a runaway slave appears in the farmyard of Honor’s new family, and she must decide what to do. Even Quakers - famed for championing human equality - may hesitate to break the laws of the land. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network of people helping runaways escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who demonstrate what defiance can achieve. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

Remember my giveaway! I'd love you to have the chance at something special just for you!
Have you noticed my newly made over blog? Did you see I have a 'grab button'? Well if you are willing to put this button on your blog I will give you 10% off the next quilt you commission me to quilt!
Also on my Facebook page I am having some gift giving too! Pop over & like my page to go in the draw!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Loose Change & a gift from me

Sharing another 'Loose Change' quilt with you & a chance to receive a gift from me (more on that soon).
This is Kerryn's version of 'Loose Change', made using French General fabrics. A few weeks ago Kerryn & I had a sewing day to make some shop samples, see here. Remember my version of this lovely quilt?

                                              The same but different!

My quilt had simple cross hatching, whereas with Kerryn's I stitched a quarter inch either side of the seams, a feather on the half square triangle corner stones and curling ribbon on the border, using a Gunold variegated thread.

                               A lovely cream backing to show off the quilting.
                          The class for making this quilt is coming in September.

Now last but not least, my gift to you!. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .
Have you noticed my newly made over blog? Did you see I have a 'grab button'? Well if you are willing to put this button on your blog I will give you 10% off the next quilt you commission me to quilt!
Also on my Facebook page I am having some gift giving too! Pop over & like my page to go in the draw!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Baby quilt, Christmas in July & spring??

As quilters we love to make, create & give. A wedding, a birthday, a 'thinking of you' & welcome new baby.

A new grand baby has arrived, what better way to say "I love you", than with a handmade quilt. Made with love, then the new baby will be wrapped in that love & warmth. Christine asked me to quilt this lovely soft welcoming quilt for her. 'Organic' cross hatching was her choice, as was cotton batting. I used a Gunold Variegated thread. Quilt size 47" x 64".

Last week I received my 'Christmas in July' presents from Vicki. A lovely angel bag, Christmas tree shaped oven mitt & Christmasy wallhanging. Thank you Vicki.

My presents went to Ann in Australia (no blog).

Snowman wallhanging, a Birdbrain pattern, stitched using Cottage Garden Thread, hung on a rusty hanger.

A Christmasy hand towel.

Lastly a Christmasy star. This is a Birdhouse pattern. Plus I put some other goodies in her parcel, just because!

As a winter lover I was feeling very ripped off today,as it was so warm! Where is our winter? Spring seems to be springing into my winter!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

First Quilt

                                                 Hi there friends, followers & readers! 

            Today the quilt I am featuring is Donna's first & I think you will agree is beautiful!!

Taken here in dappled light, measuring 84" square, Matilda's Own 60% cotton 40% poly batting, throughout I used a ecru Maderia poly neon thread.

Donna asked me to follow her stitched lines on the petals & leaves, then quilting a stipple for the background of the flowers, which will 'rag & soften up' as washed.
The pattern is called: "French Roses" by Heather French.

After ditch stitching the borders, next came the pieced first border. Donna really liked the double orange peel I sometimes quilt on smaller pieced squares.
When Donna came to for a consultation, I showed her several samples of border ideas. What really rang true for her was the trapunto border I had on this quilt.  This technique takes a fair amount of time, which of course costs more. So I suggested some alternatives which would give similar results.

An echo of the feather, then a medium sized stipple gives a similar look, without hurting your wallet too much! Two layers of batting would have also helped, but again it is an added cost.

Here again in different lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

This is one beautiful romantic quilt. And. . . . . . . .pretty darn good for a first quilt! Thank you Donna & enjoy!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cats & 'Loose Change'

My sweet customer Lois went on the Craft Fair at Sea Cruise with Lynette Anderson, Michelle Marvig & Sarah Fielke. The class Lois did with Sarah was the following quilt.

Lois is a huge cat lover & is fondly known as 'The Cat Lady'. So most quilts Lois makes has either cat themed fabric or she asks me to quilt cats. This quilt has both!!!
 I bought the cat stencil from Ngaire at Kiwiquilts. Incidentally I met Ngaire at the show in Auckland last weekend, she is just lovely!

For all the quilting I used a black/grey variegated Gunold thread & worked the stencil so that it was a continuous design. Through the middle of the quilt, I stitched straight lines 1/4" either side of the seams. The batting Lois chose was Bamboo. The quilt is 82" square.

                                   I free hand quilted the odd "meow" & "purr" here & there.

Now for the back, a lovely soft flannelette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .

With cats on . . . . . . . of course!!! Enjoy Lois!

Next is a quilt, called "Loose Change" made as a shop sample for the shop, remember my sewing day? Over here, well here is my finished quilt.

This will be a class available, using some new fun rulers & books Kerryn bought back from spring market in America. Class coming in September, see here for more details.

I used Aurifil's Poly filament variegated thread top & bottom in a lovely rust/orange colour. Simple cross hatching through the blocks, the a curved/pointed wave on the border, over Matlida's own Wool/poly batting.

Do you fancy my label? A vintage doiley, using a black pigma pen to write the quilts own little blurb!

 I am pretty happy with this quilt & of course I have used my all time favourite fabric : Kansas Troubles.