Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Monogram Mini

Where has the year gone? 

It is the middle of July already!!

Life just has a way of getting in, and the quilting sometimes has to wait.

I do have a mini quilt to share.

I wanted to try something a little different, and used black sharpee pen to mark the white backing fabric with the initials.

I then let loose with the free motion quilting.   

I quilted pebbles, swirls, echoes and half feathers, all freehand on the longarm. 

I bound in a lovely Riley Blake fabric, which has glitter in the print.  A lovely black on white fabric, which frames the mini quilt perfectly.

A quick finish, Yay!!

Saturday, 10 May 2014

A special baby quilt

I have been quiet on the blog of late.   

Life is busy around here as usual. 

I do have a beautiful quilt to share.

A new baby always creates such excitement.  With gender unknown, the brief was to fit with the nursery.  I suggested a few things, and got started.

A simple pattern, by Suzie Fry.

These are lovely weight fabrics, with gorgeous prints of trams, bikes, birds, trees and boats.  Some of the motifs I have outlined with quilting, others I have quilted organic straight lines through the block.

The sashing needed a more over all treatment, so I quilted straight lines, a little closer together to gain the texture required.  This really frames the fabrics and lets them shine.

Binding was a black with a hexagon tone on tone pattern.  It has a bit of a shine, and finishes the quilt beautifully.

The backing was a paisley print which has been in the stash for a while.  That perfect piece, picked up, and waiting for this quilt.  It hides the quilting from the front, and also will not pick up as much dirt, when used on the floor as a play mat.

I might have to make another quilt out of Ink and Spindle fabrics, and keep it for myself!

Linking up with TGIFF

Monday, 21 April 2014

April Moon D7


The process of designing and piecing a quilt is complex. 

The quilting adds texture to the blocks of colour, and Soul into the finished quilt through tiny stitches, each one methodically placed to provide the desired effect.

Textures of life.

 A memory that can be hugged.

Linking up with Kat @ I Saw You Dancing  for April Moon.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A Fear Conquered

I didn’t finish the quilt today, but I did do another pass. 

 I am slow.

Large hearts in the top and bottom borders.

I am becoming more comfortable making the feathers.

Yay for me, and embracing my fears!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Some show and tell

Is it really almost the end of March?  Where has this year gone?

I have been very quiet here on the blog.  Life has been getting in the way of quilting … but there is change in the air.

I managed to get up the nerve to do a quilt for a family member. 
A gorgeous quilt top, pieced from French General Fabric’s, and a delicious Moda backing.   

 I was asked to quilt an allover pattern, which was reasonably open.  I stared at that quilt loaded, for what seemed like days!

I decided to throw in love hearts, which were part of one of the fabrics.  Thread was a variegated, natural colour which both blends and highlights.

Next on the frame is this cute girls quilt top. 
For my cousin’s 4 year old, it is destined for her new big girls bed.
Miss J chose the layer cake, an Annela Hoy delight, Posy. 

I added some solids, coral, lilac and white.  The backing is a gorgeous batik wide back in purples, pinks and apricot.  Delicious!

 I have decided to play on this top.

First Bump-Bump feathers!

A heart motif for the border.

Micro stippled hearts, in the open blocks.

I hope to get it finished tomorrow.

Glad to be getting back into the saddle!