Sunday, March 22, 2015

A yummy sampler................................




                                 Tadaaaaa................... Pam's sampler quilt all finished!


                          With a few guide lines from Pam of what she liked I set to work.




                           Some simple quilting treatments..............................




With sampler quilts custom quilting is the best way to go in my humble opinion. I have yet to be asked to quilt an all over design on a sampler quilt.


If you have been following (or stalking!) my blog you will have seen a number of sampler quilts featured. The sampler quilt seems like a great starter quilt as well as a nice refresher for the seasoned quilter.


Pam has made her quilt wider rather then longer to accommodate the quilt draping over the sides of the bed.
Her quilt measures 89" x 94" with Bamboo batting and quilted with maderia threads.


I partially chalked out the spine of the feather on the outer border, but other than that all the feathers are free motioned. Because the side borders are wider this required me to play with the feathers to get them to fill the space.



Thank you Pam for allowing me to quilt for you!

On a completely different subject...................... I went tramping in the Russell State Forrest (Bay of Islands, northland NZ) perhaps you will enjoy a few photo's..........................................



We live in pure paradise! Two hours walking up stream, the joy of our native Fantail swooping and chirping to greet us and the odd place in the stream that was hip deep! Part of the tramp included a small 'settlement'.


Complete with an aging caravan. Then further along the tramp a spot for a rustic privy!


Everyone that needed the privy used the bush instead!! haha..............the bush was more inviting then a smelly long drop with lacy spiderwebs and no door!

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at what I do and love and enjoy sharing with you.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Two all over quilting design (edge to edge) quilts.



Hello Friday & friends......................................
It's not a quilt until it's quilted! That said, these two quilts became quilts a few weeks ago, just catching up on showing you all.


First up is a quilt made by Kerryn (owner /operator) for inspiration for The Country Yard.
Here it is ready for the 'binding fairies' to hand stitch the binding in place.


For some reason the bulk of my quilting jobs are for custom quilting but from time to I do get quilts to be finished off with an all over quilting design, also known as edge to edge quilting.


When requiring the services of a professional quilter you will most likely fall into one of the following two categories: custom quilting or all over quilting design.
Custom quilting suits so many quilts, this service  starts from simple ditch stitching with a few simple designs right up to the top end of full custom, this of course is more time consuming therefore more costly.


All over quilting designs (or edge to edge) tend to give a  softer look & quicker to quilt (no ditch stitching!) so therefore the most cost effective way to have your quilt top become a quilt!

The fabrics used in this quilt were a lovely range by Minick & Simpson called "Lexington".


You can see the yummy soft floating feathers really well on the back.............................


Next is another quilt for The Country Yard this can be purchase as a kit to make one for yourself!


Another quilt finished with an all over quilting design. A Shattered Nine patch variation made with Kiwiana fabrics.


A taste of good old New Zealand................................


And that was the back.

While out photographing another quilt this morning 'The Supervisor' came out to make sure I was doing it right.


While outside he discovered a Praying Mantis................................


See on the left? This poor little creature was ready to take this fur ball on! He/she had it's tiny front legs high in the air as if to say: "go on punk make my day!" Well I thought it was Simon that was surely going to have the last word paw swipe! So I intervened and took the little green creature to safety.

The other day on Facebook I posted a couple of photo's of my creative space. Do you have a creative space you enjoy hanging out in? I enjoy seeing others creative spaces ( AKA 'playstations').
Wishing you a happy time this weekend in your creative space where ever it is.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

catching up on sharing quilts and a happy Saturday for me!!


Hello again, another post from me, a customer quilt to share with you my lovely readers and a productive wee day I had making some presents.......................fancy a look?


I custom quilted this country sampler for The Country Yard, which is a sample for up coming class.


Simple quilting, cross hatching, swirls, orange peel.................................




Even some stipple......................................



All in all, a lovely country sampler!

Next is some sewing I achieved today. First is a bunting for one of my granddaughters who is turning three next month.


I am really happy with how this turned out, should suit a fairy loving wee girl who thinks she's a princess. I made one a couple of years ago for my other granddaughter if you would like a refresher look pop over *here*.

But wait there is more! Yes indeed. I bought a couple of patterns from Little Green Cottage Designs. I was pretty pleased with the patterns and wanted to get straight onto them, well one of them.


This guy is called Rustic Santa, he's a little fellow, filled with plastic beads to help him sit up. Complete with his Christmas santa sack. Isn't he cute! He may just sit around on my old painters ladder with Francesca for a bit or go in my gift box.
Mind you Francesca is a frisky lass, so many times I catch her sitting in an unladylike like fashion, so sitting next to wee Mr Rustic Santa might not be a wise idea!!


With Easter fast approaching I was over the moon to find these to beautiful Easter Bunnies, they are so soft I am hoping my granddaughters will love them. They will last longer than chocolate too.


Should I choose who gets what one?...................................... Until next time, happy creating!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

More quilts...........................



                                                           Hello blog readers!
                       I have more quilts to share with you, but I will save some for another post.


Sharing another quilt I quilted for The Country Yard a simple stitchery /charm pack quilt.


The stitchery designs are from Wild Craft Farms and the Charm pack is called 'Grant Park'. very simple piecing, stitcheries, so therefore simple quilting was perfect.


I loved the sweet little print for the backing fabric.


Next is a oh so pretty quilt made by Pam for a friends wee baby girl. Pam has machine embroidered some delightful images.




Pam bought her fabrics from The Country Yard and Kerryn (shop owner) came up with an original and simple setting.


For me working on this quilt was like looking at Sherbet and 'happiness'. Pam chose cotton batting and I used a Gunold very soft pastel variegated thread. There were these four patch blocks that needed to be 'jazzed' up a bit, so a bit of 'divide and conquering' happened to create some interest and texture,


.......................out came the curved ruler and thrown in for good measure was some ribbon candy (seemed right when dealing with a quilt that reminded me of Sherbet!)



I just LOVE the finished textures!


Look at these two cuties......................................"Mr & Mrs Prickles".


I know I haven't been very consistent with my back show offs, so this one might make up for it.


During the quilting I get Meow's at the screen door, "Let me in".......................... I am thinking.............you have a cat door!!! We do love our furry friends, but sometimes they can test our patients..................I find it hard to say no to that cute face.