Sunday, December 30, 2012

Black and white and lime

Another quilt which went home right before Christmas, it is a Michelle Marvig design (I"m not sure of the design name, if someone can enlighten me I would appreciate it).  I love, love, love the combination of the colours. 

It is quilted both freehand and on the Statler, in the stars is a One Song Needle Arts design (4490)

This lime border is done freehand with a ruler to get the echo line, the little clams are done freehand.

This centre design is 4 corner designs by One Song Needle Arts called Buttercup feathers tri - 3675.  I also stitched a plain circle around the pieced circle, with a circlet of pears in side the plain circle.  Filled the space nicely without having to use a fill design.


Ten Pin bowling quilt

Its not very often I get to post pics of a quilt I have made, but I am trying to get some serious sewing in during January before school goes back and it all starts again.

I made this quilt using a pattern which my friend designed, called "Walk in the Garden", and used ten pin bowling themed fabrics.  The theme fabrics came from Spoonflower in the US, and they are great.  I have just had another moment with them (Spoonflower, that is), with some Dr Who fabric to make another one for Terry.

I also managed to find some bowling fabric for the back.  And a quilting design too. 

It is now on my Etsy shop for sale.
Now I'm off to do some more...hooray for holidays!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Breast of Friends quilt

Well, Christmas has been and gone, I hope everyone had a restful and peaceful day, ours was very quiet, with presents and breakkie done by 8am....I spend the rest of the day sewing and cross stitching.  Then had to go to bed early because I was so exhausted from all that energetic activity!!!

Anyway, this beauty belongs to Marcelle, and is the Breast of Friends quilt which was in Homespun mag a couple of years ago as their BOM.  Lots of different Australian designers participated including Leanne Beasley, Rosalie Quinlan, Anni Downs, Bronwyn Hayes, Natalie Lymer, Amanda Browning, Lynette Anderson-O'Rourke, and Natalie Bird.

It is quilted enriely freehand with the use of rulers.  It has hearts, feathers, swirls, leaves, and lots of little twidly bits of quilting!

I quilted the original one in the magazine, and this is the first one which I have seen completed.  Isn't it lovely?
I did have big ideas of making it myself, but I don't think my embroidery skills are up to scratch - check out the dress on the block above :).  I bought the kit, and will sell it if someone wants to make this quilt themselves.  I also have all the issues of the magazines with the designs in them.  $180 plus postage.  Let me know where you are and I'll give you a definite price on postage.
On a totally different note, my son's last day of primary school was last week. I remember his first he's twice as tall and about to head off to Jamboree with the scouts in Maryborough. 

Enjoy your Boxing Day,

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Leanne's house quilt

I have quilted lots of these since the pattern was published by Leanne Beasley as a BOM and I am alway impressed by the details in each of the little embroidered blocks.  I am not an embroiderer, so the teeny weeny little stitches always look so lovely and I know there is heaps of work in them.

It is quilted freehand with hearts, feathers, swirls, lines and lots of ditching. 
I try not to do much quilting in the stitchery blocks as they are so delicate and the machine stitching would overpower some of the tiny blocks, but sometimes I need to put a wavy line in, especially when the block is bigger and needs some stabilising.
I'm on the downhill slide to Christmas and my month off in January (I hope) trying to get everything done so I can shut off the machines and do some of my own sewing.  I have a LONG list of things I want to get done, so I'm working extra hard now.