Friday, 28 October 2011

Some Chocolate Quilts – Bloggers’ Quilt Festival

I haven’t been doing much sewing for myself over the last six months so I don’t have anything new to show for the Blogger’ Quilt Festival.  Instead I thought I would show some of my favourite Chocolate Quilts.

If you asked me what my favourite colour was, I would say purple.  However, when I started quilt making, I was immediately drawn to brown fabrics.

Initially as a joke, I began numbering my brown quilts as part of a ‘Chocolate Series’.  After the first few, I went a step further and started to incorporate the word Chocolate into the quilt name.

Clicking on the pictures in this post will take you to the original post for more details.

The first quilt pictured is called Illumination – Number 3 in the Chocolate Series.  This quilt pushed me out of my comfort zone and I was happy with the overall effect.

The second quilt pictured is called Chocolate Overdose – Number 4 in the Chocolate Series.  I called the quilt Chocolate Overdose as I felt there was a little too much of the plain brown fabric in it.

The third quilt pictured is called Cherry Chocolate – Number 6 in the Chocolate Series.  I love reproduction fabrics, and this quilt will always be special to me, although it did have its dramas – click here to read about what happened when I blocked it.

The final quilt pictured is called Ruled By Chocolate – Number 7 in the Chocolate Series.  Whilst simply pieced, this quilt was quilted intricately with a combination of ruler, stencil and freehand techniques.

I hope you enjoyed my Bloggers’ Quilt Festival post and a little peek at some of my Chocolate Quilts.  Please visit Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival to see the other beautiful quilts on display.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

William Morris Meets McTavishing

This is Noelene’s William Morris appliqué quilt.  She didn’t want the quilting to dominate and asked me to McTavish the background to give it texture.  Noelene’s background fabric was gloriously rich, which unfortunately doesn’t show as well in the photos as it looks in real life.


I have quilted several versions of this design.  To see Margaret’s version click here.

Visit Esther's Blog to see what other people are working on with her WIP Wednesdays.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Blue Stars

Trish made my “Check Out the Stars” design for her daughter.  Her daughter asked for stars and blue, so I think Trish hit the mark with this one.
It was quilting with a freehand allover star and curl pattern.

If you would like to see my version of this quilt, I have made it twice, and there are pictures on the My Quilts page which you can access by the navigation bar above – they are quilts number 15 and 30.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Caesar’s Crown Quilt

This quilt was designed and made by Michelle Yeo, a local quilt teacher and designer. (This is my second post this week featuring a quilt designed by Michelle).

It was an absolute pleasure to quilt. As a quilter I liked that it had interesting shapes that I could incorporate feathers into. Plus I love the reproduction fabrics.

Visit Sarah's Blog to see what other quilters are doing.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Ballaarat Beauties

This intricately pieced quilt was made by Judy as a project that she shared with a group of friends.  They would go away together and all work on their version of this quilt - inspiring and encouraging each other.  I have had the pleasure of quilting several others made by this group of friends.

The design is by Michelle Yeo.

Visit Esther's Blog to see what other people are working on with her WIP Wednesdays.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Art Deco Quilt

What a striking quilt! Made by Ann as a present for her son, he picked the quilt from the book Design Art Deco Quilts by Don Linn.

Unfortunately the book didn’t have the pattern for this particular quilt in it. So Ann had to draft the entire quilt just from the picture. I think she did an amazing job.

Ann wanted the quilting as close as possible to how it was done in the book, and I really enjoyed working on a quilt so unusual.

The back is also lovely.

Pop over to Esther's Blog to see what other people are working on with her WIP Wedmesdays

Friday, 7 October 2011

Marylebone Quilt

This gorgeous quilt was made by Sue as a present for her husband.  Her husband picked all the fabrics, and I think he did a fantastic job.

The quilt is designed by Sue Ambrose, a local patchwork teacher and designer.  I have had the pleasure of quilting a number of this design.

Sue chose to have my allover Feather Plume on the quilt which gives it a lovely texture, and shows up beautifully on the cream.

Visit Sarah's Blog to see what other quilters have done this week.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Feathers, Flowers and Embroidery

I have finished Janet Sansom’s latest embroidery quilt (the one where I showed pictures of how I designed the quilting in the pink ‘v’ last week – click here to see post).

I really enjoyed quilting this one, especially the creative challenge.

Visit Esther's Blog to see what other quilters are working on this Wednesday.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Athenaeum Theatre

A couple of weeks back Paul and I went to see DUMPED! The musical at the Athenaeum Theatre. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the ceiling to add to my collection.