Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Magnificent Lone Star

I was very excited when Barbara brought me this quilt.  When she gave me artistic freedom, and told me I could quilt it heavily with lots of feathers, I was in heaven.  I really enjoyed quilting this quilt, and thank Barbara for entrusting it to me.

I decided to break down the cream setting triangles to mirror the setting of the star into the quilt, and quilt different feather motifs in each.

I also broke up the unusual shape in the corners to make the feathers more interesting.

I thought the quilting in contrasting thread showing on the dark purple back was gorgeous.  Unfortunately it was a dull rainy day when I took the photos so they didn’t show the quilting on the back as well as I would have liked.

I have linked to Esther’s Blog for her WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Sydney 2012 Quilt Show

Last weekend I went to Sydney for the weekend with my husband.  On Saturday morning we went to the Quilt Show.  We both agreed that it was the best show in Sydney we have attended.  The quilts were so inspiring.

It was with pleasure I saw my quilt Ruled by Chocolate hanging there.  As it won Best in Show in Victoria last year, it travels around the country this year along with all the other Best in Show quilts, which is such an honour.

Here is a photo of my quilt with the quilt show in the background.  If you want to see close up photos of my quilt click here.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realised that I also managed to include on the left of the photo a lovely shot of Rachelle Denney’s gorgeous wholecloth quilt.  Luckily I also took a photo of the quilt information for this quilt.  

I usually don’t spend too much time at at the vendors when I go to a quilt show as I find the crowds off putting, but I wanted to find  a present for a friend.  I also ended up buying some fabric for myself – I just couldn’t resist. 

After we left the show, Paul and I stopped for lunch and of course I had to pull out and play with my fabric purchases.  I was unaware Paul snapped this photo of me.

In my hand I am holding the roll of Kofu fabric which will be a gift for someone special (she knows who she is, so if she is reading this blog I bet she is zooming in for a close up on the fabric right now).

I was in Japan several years ago and was lucky enough to attend a quilt show there.  I loved the Sakizomemomen fabrics and bought some.  When I saw more at the Sydney show I couldn’t pass by adding to my collection in the same shades as what I had at home.

Here is a picture of the fabric I purchased in Japan.

Here is a picture including my new purchases in the top row.  I think they blend in perfectly.  I don’t know what I will do with the fabric yet.  Just playing with it is pleasure enough right now.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Medallion Quilt

Beautiful soft fabrics and an interesting appliqué design I think really make this quilt made by Robyn.

Robyn chose a combination of curls as a background fill, and feathers for each border to make each one individual, but gives the quilt an overall balance, and still keeping the soft pretty feel to it.  There was also a lot of ditch stitching with all the borders.

I especially like this appliqué motif. 

The quilting shows well on the pale blue back, and you can see all the ditch stitching.

Friday, 15 June 2012

A Pretty Quilt for a Girl

Cheryl made this for her grand daughter.  I have quilted a number of this design over the years and I think it is a lovely quilt.

Cheryl wanted me to emphasise the appliqué, so I did small loops in the background and outlined the larger appliqué.  Cheryl chose an allover freehand daisy and butterfly pattern for the remainder of the quilt.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Dr. Seuss-like Feathers

This quilt is also from Janet Sansom.  She wanted feathers in the sashing.  I liked the curve of the embroidery in the block and decided to imitate it.

I did this by randomly chalking in the boundary between the feathers in each sashing piece.  I was thinking as I quilted it that it reminded me of Dr Seuss’ illustrations.

I have linked to Esther’s Blog for her WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

More Embroidery from Janet Sansom

One of Janet Sansom’s newest embroidery quilts.  I especially like the border on this one.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Gorgeous Appliqué

Anthea is well known for her gorgeous and detailed appliqué, and this quilt is no exception.  It is a shame it was a very dull day when I took these photos and they don’t show the detail as much as I would like.  

I saw my role when quilting this quilt was to simply emphasise Anthea’s appliqué which I did with a mixture of background fills, outlining and ditch stitching.

To see two other quilts of Anthea’s that I have shown on my blog, click on the links below.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Coffee Mariner’s Compass

Heather’s daughter asked for a beige quilt for her 40th birthday, and this is the result.  I love the subtle beige and coffee tones.

Heather asked me to McTavish around the star, and the rest of the quilt combined ditch stitching, feathers and continuous curve.

I love the back too.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Homage to Sallie Ann

This is Pauline’s gorgeous appliqué quilt.  The pattern is Homage to Sallie Ann by Di Ford.

Pauline asked me to McTavish the background and incorporate curling feathers around the centre appliqué.  To make the feathers stand out more I also quilted a few pebbles around them.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Extension

This is why I have not posted for over a month - we are doing an upstairs extension.  I am still quilting, and taking pictures of my work, but the stress and time devoted to the extension has meant I have neglected my blog for way too long.

I am very excited.  The room in the middle upstairs will be for my personal sewing and will be open, light filled with lovely views of the city in the distance.  The best bit is that I will have a walk-in cupboard lined with shelves just for my fabric stash. So all my fabric will be in one place rather than scattered in drawers and boxes all over the house.  Have I mentioned I am excited????

This is the picture of the house before the extension started back in mid February.

Until about two weeks ago, when the roof tiles and guttering was put on the roof of the lower level, I have been living under tarps of different configurations as the extension moved though the sub floor and frame stages.  

Progress is going well, and so far I am very happy with the builder.  But I can’t wait until it is finished and I can have my normal life back again.

Although I may be a bit slower in posting, I will keep on showing some of the beautiful quilts I am lucky and honoured to be entrusted with.  I have several posts lined up over the next few days – so stay tuned……