Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gift giving

Christmas time seems as good a time as any to give a quilt as a gift, it seems many of my customers are doing this very deed this year.

Penny gave me two quilts she is intending to give to her grandchildren this Christmas, first is this fun and funky 'Monster/spaceship' quilt.

I love the vibrancy of this quilt, it has a sense of fun about, I see this quilt having two lives, one for hut making, the other for snuggling under and reading stories by torch light!
The back is fun and funky also.

Next is a sweet quilt, so perfect for a wee girl..................what girl doesn't like fairies?

Shirley Barber has the most delightful fairy folk, I still have my girls fairy books.

Penny requested all over quilting designs for both quilts as well as the full 'Quiltme' service - that is to quilt, make and attach the binding and hand stitch in place on both quilts.

Lastly for this post at least (still three more quilts to share with you) is the quilt Pam made for her son for Christmas.

This quilt is large: 98" square, it was raining cats n' dogs so the photo's were taken inside, so difficult to get a full photo of such a large quilt inside, usually I hang the quilts up outside.

Pam requested a large stipple through the middle of the quilt, then when looking for ideas for the border she saw the background filler I did on Juliet's quilt and loved that, see this post. (minus the bubbles/pebbles)

I will be back with the final quilts of the year later, for now I will leave you with my new snowman for my collection that my sweet friend Julie gave me and a photo of Whangarei's very own Christmas tree.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

back to nature

Not me, no time for that just yet, but this is the theme of my post today.

Diane has made the first two quilts, both from wolf panels. Now if you have ever worked with panels you will know from experience that these are not the easiest to work with, but get this, these two quilts are Diane's very first quilts! Yes I kid you not and what's more no pattern, not kit, no instructions she made the design and up herself!

Diane chose an all over quilting design for the first quilt which will be a lap quilt for her Mum for Christmas. Diane's Mum is crazy about wolves, so I am sure getting two wolf quilts will fill her need.

Sorry not the best photo, I took this one inside due to the rain outside. Diane chose an all over design for the middle section then I chose a wood grain effect for the black border.

So there you go, didn't Diane do famously!!

Next is a quilt Kim made for her son for his birthday which is soon after Christmas.

Made from a Kiwiana Jelly Roll plus a few extras for sashing and borders. Kim also asked for and all over quilting design with a Maori theme.

Thanks so much ladies, I hope the recipients of these quilts love them and appreciate the time and love you have put into making them.

I had to cut two of the dark red Gladioli and three of the white as the wind and rain had knocked them over, so sad. We are really being hit by some very stormy weather here in Whangarei.
My thoughts have been with my two daughters and granddaughter that live in Australia, you can't help yourself when such tragic things as those that unfolded in Sydney happen so close to loved ones.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chateau Hexagon

Yes poppets FINALLY finished! So many months, many of them were spent resting (the quilt, not me!)

I bought my patterns from The Country Yard way back.............................crikey LAST year!
Lynette Anderson has designed many Button Mystery Block of the Months, see here for the first one 'My Garden', then here for 'Christmas Fun'.

Because I have a love affair with Kansas Troubles fabric (designed by Lynne Hagmeier) this was my choice of fabrics along with some wool felt.
The background fabrics came from my large loyal collection of creams.

Lynette designs the cutest hand painted buttons that really bring a quilt to life. As you can see I had fun playing with feathers on the border, I think I may go back and add more quilting in the blocks, for now it is hung in my bedroom on the quilt rack my son made me.

If you remember I had a few problems with the appilque (see here for the post about that) but Lynette was a fabulous help to me, she came up with a new setting for my blocks and asked me if I would test the new Apliquick Tools she had just started to stock. Please see this post for that story and tutorial.
There is no going back to 'the other way of appliqueing' for me!

Loving my vintage doliey for the label. Check out your local Opshops/charity stores...................if I haven't already bought them all!

This quilt looks lovely in my room with my Buggy Barn 'Quilters Village' quilt and cushions.

Another finish, this time Christmasy.

This time the fabrics were Lynette Anderson's, the thread: Cottage Garden 'Waratah', the stitchery was from Chestnut Junction the cushion construction was just me playing one Sunday afternoon some weeks back.

Friday, December 12, 2014

I will be coming up for air soon!

It has been full steam ahead in my quilting studio, working hard to get all my lovely customers quilts finished in time so they can give their beautiful creations as Christmas presents.
First is a fabulous quilt made by the talented Juliet.

Juliet is a clever pattern designer, all her creations are for foundation paper piecing, see here and here for two of her other quilts.
Juliet trusts me to, quote: "have fun" quilting and lets me come up with the ideas.

One bear............................two bear!

I enjoyed quilting swirls and pebbles around the bears, then I ditch stitched all the paper piecing ditches, then took sometime deciding what on earth I was going to quilt on those bears!

I used a fine blending thread to quilt different 'textures' on the different fabrics, hopefully creating movement and interest.

Because I knew this quilt was being gifted to Juliet's son I didn't want the quilting be feminine.

Ribbon candy and a leafy vine seemed like good choices to me. Juliet chose cotton/bamboo batting. This quilt measures:54" x 84".

Aren't these paws awesome!! Lots of little pieces make up each paw.
Thanks so much Juliet.

Next up is Leonie's quilt, made once again for a gift for her sister in law.

"Pacific Crest" from a book called: Beyond Neutral by JQAdams. Measuring 71" x 82", cotton batting.

Quilted in varying horizontal lines for a clean crisp modern look. Leonie says her sister in laws favourite colours are yellow and blue.

Leonie made a pieced backing from vintage sheets.
This next photo is for you Sue.................I told you the supervisor was back!

Lastly, what I was working on today.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Baptist Fan

Margaret's first quilt, didn't she do well! Made from a Jelly Roll, she asked me to quilt an all over design (aka 'edge to edge'). I quilted the ever popular Baptist Fan using a Glide thread called "military gold.

Margaret had a go at quilting this herself but gave up and asked me to please help by quilting it for her, I was happy to help!

There you go you back lovers, sorry Sue, 'the cat' must have been sleeping rather than supervising on this day.
Thank you Margaret.

One day while looking for just one table runner I got sidetracked  busy putting out some of my Christmas decorations.

My fairy lights I have out all year got wrapped around the stack of old suitcases.

Some fabric Christmas trees made years ago and the Santa penny mat I had forgotten  had made until I found him with all the other decorations, that is like Christmas!!

My 'collection' of snowmen..................well it is a collection if only three!
Who has their decorations out and tree up?