Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Another beauty...

This beauty is a design by Jennifer Corkish and belongs to Lynne.  It is mostly done by hand with a bit of machine sewing. It is called "The Wedding Quilt".
"Just do custom" was the note, and so off I went.  There are, of course, lots of feathers, curvy lines, straight lines and a bit of fill.

All the quilting is done freehand with the help of rulers and templates.  No computerised work on this one.

 And, Lynne's specialty, pieced backs to go with the front. 
If you're interested, I was listening to Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon on my ipod for this one.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Stack and whack and cats and fishes

I have had the pics for this beauty for a while, but not got my act together, but here they are, better late than never.  The quilt design is by Ann Visman, and quilt belongs to Eleanor.

It is quilted with a mixture of freehand and statler work.  The cats and fish designs are from One Song Needle Arts, although I did adapt them to make them fit in the spaces.

The back - obviously :)

I can't decide if I like the fish or the cats better..


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Roebuck quilt

I have quilted several Roebuck quilts over the years, and they have all been so different in their colour usage.  This one is very red, white and blue, and tan...
The design is from "Quilts: The Fabric of Society" by Annette Gero.

It is quilted freehand with the use of templates and rulers.  Lots and lots of feathers and fill, and little squiggly bits in odd places!  (Very technical terms there.  )

(sorry about the sideways look)

The back.  Just as beautiful as the front with all the different thread colours.
I think I was listening to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon when I was doing this. Now I'm onto the second book, in anticipation of the 8th book coming out next year.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Kookaburra sitting in the old gum tree.

This beauty went home last week for binding and is then a birthday pressie for a special sister - can't mention any names because I'm not sure if said sister doesn't read this blog....

It is a design by Kookaburra Cottage Quilts, called Kookaburra Laugh and isn't it just so Aussie?
I really enjoyed quilting this one, it is all done freehand with the aid of a couple of rulers to get the leaf shape and to SID.

I had a little play with some straight lines and curves, and these show up in the next 2 pics, taken with the shadow across them.

As an aside I was listening to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon whilst doing this, in preparation for the next book coming out soon.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The photos don't do this quilt justice...

This beauty went home last week, and it is very obvious that I can't take a decent photo!  The pinks and greens in this quilt were stunning and the simple piecing design needed simple quilting too, so as not to take over the quilt.

I quilted it with lots of ditching, diagonal lines in the blue sashings, and a frame design by One Song Needle Arts, called Dorothy's tearoom frame 1 (2709) in the wide border of each block.

All the fabrics are cotton handwoven Balinese, and worked beautifully.  Well, except for the back, which was not Balinese, LOL, but was bright pink with orange spots!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Christmas Cards by Pauline

Its been a while since I blogged, school holidays and quilts made by designers who would rather I not add pics to my blog mean slim pickings sometimes.
Anyway, this beauty went home earlier this month and it is a design by Kookaburra Cottage Quilts called Christmas Cards #148 (in the BOM section of the website if you're interested!).

It is quilted freehand, in the centre of the quilt and I used 2 different fills behind the appliques in the blocks. 

The sashings and outside borders were done on the statler using  Anne Bright designs interspersed with some freehand swirls around the stars.

I can't remember what I was listening to while quilting this, but probably something filled with murders and mysteries!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cousin Wattle

This beauty went home this week, it is an original design by Leigh Latimore of Port Macquare, and isn't it just lovely.  It has lots of needleturn applique, rounded hexies, and scallops. 
Leonie, who made this lovely, has also put cording around the edge, (the blue), prior to adding the outside scallops.  Very clever and beautifully done.

It is quilted freehand with the aid of rulers and templates.  Leonie said to "go for it" and that she liked more quilting than less, so this is the result.  Feathers, feathers and more feathers, fill and some parallel lines, with a bit of cross hatching in the centre.

I really enjoyed quilting this quilt, and managed to get through half of Ice Station by Matthew Reilly and half of Witness by Nora Roberts on my ipod. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kasuri quilt

Well, this beauty went home this week, back to Michelle's house.  It is an original design by Michelle Marvig and she is teaching it this year at various places around and about.

It is quilted freehand with the use of templates and rulers, with swirly bits, circles, feathers, diagonal lines and a bit of SID.

I had a lot of fun designing the first little bit, and then the secondary patterns started to come out which made it even better.

I love the piecing design on this quilt - thanks Michelle for letting me have a play :).

PS I listen to audio books whilst I am quilting, and I can usually remember which book it was I was listening to when I see pictures later.  This one was quilted to "The Ice Limit" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - if you're interested!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grandmother's Flower Garden

This one went home last week, amd it is another beauty!  The photo of the quilt on the floor gives the full effect of all the flowers. 

Close up I have quilted little flowers in the centres, then petals in the petals....

...some meandering leaves, hearts and flowers, and a bit of a path with pebbles and swirly lines to show you where to go.  The green fence surrounds most of the flowers except for the ones which escaped! :)


There are lots of little quirky fabrics in amongst the flowers, I have a little chuckle when I see something which wouldn't normally be seen on a petal...What fun!
(all done freehand with the help of a circle template)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lime and Blue braid

Another beauty which I have had the pleasure of watching being made during last year.  My friend Eleanor made it for her sister, for a significant birthday, and we spent some time down at Bella Patchwork picking out the fabrics.  I'm sure Del was pleased to see the end of us - we had blues and limes ALL over the shop....!

It is quilted mostly on the statler, except for the small black border which was easier to freehand.
The designs in the braids are by Kim Diamond, called Georgia's feathers and they are on different diagonals depending on the colour.

 The feather in the yellow is by Tammy Finkler, called 2049b Elegant Feather.  The outside border  is an Anne Bright design called Wildflower Feathered border.
There is a simple clam in the small white and black sashings on either side of the yellow.

Just a small corner of the back, with a label I put on the quilts I make, which El wanted to put in hers too.
Each individual piece of fabric in this quilt is lovely by itself, but the whole thing just "pops" when you see it through a viewfinder or as a photo.
Now I'm waiting for mine.....:)
I think I'll be waiting for a while!