Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's Easter!

                       Happy Easter everyone!

I have a couple of pretty quilts to share with you that are soft pastel colours that make me think Easter for some reason. Cat made both quilts as gifts for friends........lucky friends!
Cat likes my cotton batting, so this was used in both quilts.

I thought this one was appropriate for Easter. Sadly the colours are much prettier than what is showing here, mind you it was an overcast  day when I took this photo. Measuring : 53" x 66".

Cat has been keen to use up scraps, her scraps are taking you have the same problem? They seem to multiply!
Cat chose straight lines for this one, which works well, this quilt will stand years of cuddles.

Next is another great one for using up the scraps too.

I continued the theme of straight lines on the heart, then I quilted some large curling ribbon. This one measures 45" x 52".

Cat used a vintage sheet for the backing & some of the blue fabrics where also vintage sheets.......she must go on some OpShop jaunts like me!

That's it for the quilt front for a few days. If you fancy hanging around I will happily share something I have been playing with, plus a sweet gift from a friend.

On one of my jaunts to our 'LOSP" (local OpShop) I found a 70's china cabinet for the grand total of forty dollars. It was in great condition, just needed bringing into the now! I pulled out the fabric speaker in the lower left hand corner & all the wires & old carpet, gave it a good clean, then set to work. I tried my hand at decoupage in the back part of the shelves where the glass sliding doors go. Hubby gave me some very old sheet music, plus I glued some vintage sewing paraphernalia papers, courtesy of the internet & some old lace etc then several coats of clear polyurethane.

I should have taken photo's before I dragged it in from the shed & put all my china in it, but I was so excited.
A few test pots of paint, masking tape, some old handles & even one of Mum's old Sylko wooden spools!

My next sharing is a gift from a friend that really surprised me! Such a sweet gift. There were Easter eggs in the bag, but someone ate them!!!!!!?????

The pattern was one of Bronwyn Hayes from Red Brolly .

I can tell you, I wasn't the only one to get one of these sweet bags......................thank you so much Aurely!

Wishing you all a Happy restful holiday.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The birds are here!

I have just received an email from Juliet who lives in the South Island to say she received her quilt today........amazing, as I only posted this off on Monday!
Not only has Juliet made this quilt, be she designed it! Isn't she clever! When Juliet saw I had quilted her designs for another one of my customers (who, is of course one of her customers!) she decided to send her quilt top to me to quilt. Thank you Juliet.

Juliet designs paper piecing patterns & sells her creations on Craftsy, see here. Juliet wanted feathers, which seem perfectly logical because there are all those birds! I suggested adding some swirls, which look a bit like koru's. I threw in some 'pebbling' which in this nature setting looks like berries for the birds to eat.

Juliet didn't really fancy stippling, so I suggested, a vine of leaves, flowers & loops for the background of each bird block. Gunold & madeira threads were used over cotton/bamboo batting.

Of course there is lots of ditch stitching, which I feel adds something important. Don't you think this really helps make the piecing 'pop'.

What fun I had quilting these feathers, they just took on a life of their own! They flowed here, there & just added lovely texture.

Funny how the photo's show the tealy/jade background fabric up as different in each photo.

That one is for you back lovin' gals, the next is for the nature lovin' gals.......well it sure seemed nice laying on my lawn, with soft shadow from the silk tree. A quick photo before the real birds left a lasting mark!! :-)

Enjoy Juliet!

Speaking of Craftsy, my Long arm quilting pal in America also designs patterns & sells on Craftsy, as well as lovely quilting! Please pop over here to see her wonderful stitchery designs!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Just a quick post, I saw this video on Youtube, thought is was great! Happy Sharing Sunday to you!

Friday, April 11, 2014

"A Little Bit Country"

Hi there readers, remember back here I gave you a sneak peek? The maker & owner of this beautiful quilt now has her quilt back from me, which means no more sneak peek for you.

Pam started off with Libby Richardson's patterns called "A Little Bit Country", then set about choosing fabrics, didn't she do a fabulous job!
Pam said please no heavy quilting, but had seen my orange peel & feathers on some of the quilts I have quilted at The Country Yard & quite fancied those designs for her quilt.

Pam does out of this world stitching, her Holly hocks, Wisteria & daisies are so spectacular. I love the touches of laces too. Pam gave me a poly batting which was quite lofty, but looks good. There was plenty of ditch stitching to do in the quilt, around all the pieces of applique.....................did I tell you there was heaps of ditch stitching? Ok, so I did. Pam didn't want any other quilting on the applique blocks.

See the Wisteria?????? Those babies are hundreds of french knots!

Lucky for me my customers like feathers! See the RicRac used as fret work on the roof?

This one is for the back lovers.
The sneak peek I gave you the other day is now a finished quilt &  off to the South Island in the safe hands of the posties, when it arrives with the owner I will blog about that lovely quilt too.

Wishing you a big thank you for stopping by, it is always nice to hear from you.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

a sneak peek.........................................

Happy Tuesday to you all, thanks for stopping by.
 I am working on a quilt for a new customer, this is always an exciting & nervous time for me. Fingers cross she will be happy.

I have also managed to stitch a panel for a bag I am making. Next month I am off to a retreat for a couple of days & a few of us decided to work on the same project. I will take other things with me, no doubt w-a-y too much stuff, but hey, a girl can dream!

The colours aren't showing up the best in this photo, but I have used a Cottage Garden Thread called " Rusty Gate".
I wondered if the following comic applies to anyone, or have you ever considered the offer!!

Tehehe.....................funny, I haven't had this happen, but it is funny!

See you in a couple of days with another customer sneak peek either.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

quilt show

Hi there blog readers! Just wanted to share a few photo's of the Whangarei Patchworkers & Quilters Club exhibition.
 The Country Yard (the shop I work at part time) was one of five Merchants selling their wears.

As I entered the Forum North building, to my delight was a little car covered with a quilt, especially made to keep the car cosy!

Apparently this quilt was borrowed from another club in the South Island. Even the bunting worked wonders to catch the eye of folks walking about.

After setting up our temporary shop on the Thursday afternoon I took a few photo's.

On the Saturday when Raewyn & I were on duty, I demonstrated how to use the Apliquick tools. I also managed a very quick dash around to have a look at the quilts, here are some photo's of the ones that caught my eye.

By Gaye Miller

There was a section that had items made from shirts, I believe it was a club challenge? I loved this one.

by Sonya Prchal

By Sonya Prchal

These two quilts were opposite our shop, they were really beautiful.
For more on the show see Ms Lottie's blog & Leanne's blog, Quilt Whangarei for more photo's.

I will be back next week with a lovely customer quilt that is finished but awaiting her to pick up. Until then, have a happy time stitching up a storm with your best friend or just yourself! Thanks for stopping by.................................