Sunday 29 November 2015

Two Applique Quilts

Both of these applique quilts were designed by Jill Gray of Peppertree House Designs.

I quilted the blue one for Connie recently.  The quilting design continuing the leaves into the borders was included in the pattern.  Connie marked the quilting design onto the border lightly in pencil for me to follow.

All the seams were ditch stitched and the applique outlined.

The pink applique quilt belongs to Beryl.  I quilted it with  background fill of small curls, and feathers in the border.

Wednesday 25 November 2015

A Quilter's Quilt

Sharon (who made the quilt in my previous post) brought me this quilt more recently and I really loved the fabric in the centre. 

This saying one is my favourite.  I am lucky my husband loves to cook and does most of it.  

I quilted this with an allover freehand leaves and loops design.

Monday 23 November 2015

Blue Nine Patch Quilt

This traditional quilt in soft blues belongs to Sharon and it also is another one I quilted last year.  It is designed by Sandra Boyle.

The batting was hobbs polydown and Sharon wanted the quilting to be light so it was soft and a little puffy.

I ditch stitched the blocks and quilted a feather wreath in the plain blocks.

Saturday 21 November 2015

Blue Round Robin Quilt

This is a Round Robin quilt from London Quilters brought to me by Judy last year.  (I am am sorting though some old photos).

I like how the colours in the centre really draw the eye.

I quilted it with feathers, CCs, pebbles and a lot of ditch stitching.

Monday 16 November 2015

Lone Star Quilt - Number Two

I also quilted this Lone Star quilt last year, made by Leanne.  I liked this Lone Star variation as it gave me interesting areas to quilt.

Sunday 15 November 2015

Lone Star Quilt - Number One

I quilted this Lone Star quilt last year, and have only just got around to posting it.  It was made by Claire, and she gave me free reign to quilt it however I liked.

Because the green background areas were so large, I broke them up into smaller areas like I was adding borders around the quilt.  I CCed the diamonds on the star.

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Circles and Feathers

I am a bit of a sucker for reproduction fabrics, and love the fabrics in Alita’s quilt.

Quilted with feathers, continuous curves, and a background fill of small curls.

Saturday 31 October 2015

Second International Round Robin Finished

This is the second year that I have been involved in an International Round Robin with three other quilters - myself and Bronwyn are Australian and Kathy and Lori are Canadian.

We have just completed our final round and the quilts have all been mailed home to their owners.

In this Round Robin, in the first three rounds the members made blocks in sizes of their choice and in the final round, the quilt was put together however the person chose.

You can see photos of earlier rounds on Kathy’s blog –

This is my quilt, put together by Lori.  I love it!  Especially the border – thank you Lori.

This is Kathy’s quilt, put together by me.

This is Bronwyn’s quilt, put together by Kathy.

And this is Lori’s quilt put together by Bronwyn.

You can see the final quilts of our first Round Robin here.

Thank you ladies for another very enjoyable Round Robin, and I look forward to next year.

Friday 30 October 2015

Quirky Circles

This striking quilt was made by Louise.  It is her original design.

I really like how the circles aren’t perfect and symmetrical as their quirkiness adds to the overall effect of the quilt.

I kept the quilting simple with an allover freehand meandering so as to not distract with the piecing and applique on the quilt.

Saturday 24 October 2015

New Fabric Purchases

Do you wash your fabric before using it?  I know a lot of people don’t, but I always wash my fabric as soon as I buy it.

Yesterday I went fabric shopping with a friend, and bought some beautiful fabric at Cutting Cloth in Fairfield.  It is a gorgeous shop and I was only planning to buy a few things, but I walked out with two bags of fabric, and a new quilt idea percolating. 

I have washed all my new purchases, and now they are waiting in a giant mound to be ironed.

So this is what my personal sewing area looks like.  I always have several projects on the go at once.  You can see on my design wall a young girl’s quilt I am making for a family member as a Christmas present.

My ironing board really needs a new cover.  It is so bad my husband commented on it recently.  I really would like a new ironing board as this one is very old and on the small side.  My iron is also very old, but I like a plain iron, and this one works perfectly.  

Friday 23 October 2015

Applique Quilt

This gorgeous applique quilt was made by Coral.

It was drafted from a small picture in a book – Birds ‘n Roses by Margaret Docherty.   The picture was of the Garden Quilt by Josephine Craig 1933.  Coral enlarged the picture and from that made templates for the applique.

I quilted feathers in the larger plain areas, and McTavished the background.

I did small pebbles around the applique to make it stand out next to the McTavishing.