So, continuing on from the last post, below is another quilt by Lynda. The pattern is Swell by Camille Roskelley in her book Simply Retro. Just love the colours in this.
The quilting pattern is Bumpy Spirals and gives lovely movement to the quilt.
Just so you don't think I don't do anything - I also completed the same pattern, but of course in very different colours. I called mine Autumn Colours and quilted it with Too Much Bubbly. I am so thrilled with it.
Should probably also share my efforts from the Me and My Sister class in Sydney back in July. This one is quilted with Dragonflies & Flowers - so appropriate for this quilt - the fabrics are just gorgeous aren't they. It is now being enjoyed by a very lucky granddaughter.
My other finish was Summer Sailing. This has been cut out and started for quite a few months but for some reason I put it aside. I think I might have had an issue with some of my points. When I got over my "block", the quilt went together really well. The pattern is Puddle Jumping by Thimbleblossoms and the fabric used is Day Sail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. The quilting pattern is Swirls Galore.
And just one more customer quilt. Love the Baptist Fan quilting on this lovely yellow and blue quilt. It was so very well made and I know she was thrilled to pieces with the finish.
And yes there is still more - but I will save that till next time.
Thought I would try and catch up a little and do another post just to keep you informed of what I have been so "busy" doing. I attend a craft group at a local nursing home and we are having a fund raising stall at the end of November. We have all been making little things to put on the stall and below are some of my contributions - coat hangers, apple & pear pincushions, phone covers.
I have certainly had lots of fun making them, but need to do more.
While in Brisbane, I was given some gorgeous chilli fabric and have managed to do some lovely pot holders. Guess what the family are getting for Christmas?
Ok, enough about those things - back to the quilts.
While I was away, Lynda was busy completing more quilt tops. The first was a lovely log cabin quilt from a class we both went to in Sydney with Barb and Mary from Me & My Sister Designs. We had a great time at the class - lots of laughs. The fabric used is one of their new ranges for Moda - Hi De Ho.
The quilting pattern used is called Bowtique and looks great. I believe this is a special gift for a grandchild.
The second quilt has been sitting in my sewing room waiting for her to decide how she wanted it quilted. The quilt is a Bonnie & Camille Sampler and Lynda came down and spent the afternoon with me while I quilted it. We had a great afternoon.
I thought taking the photos outside would give better colour, but the sunshine through the trees just makes it too difficult to get good pictures. I will have to try something else.
I will leave it at that for now. There are still more to come, so keep checking back to read all about it.
Where has the time gone. Can't believe it's almost two months since I last posted. Have to admit that I have had some technical issues with getting my photos ready for uploading, but they are now fixed. All I need to do now is to be able to remember all that I have been doing in that time. So here goes. Hope you like it all.
First up was a quick trip to Brisbane to visit family. We had a lovely time and spent a day at Roma Street Parkland. Here are just a few photos. The water dragons were very interesting to watch.
Lots of other things were done too, but no photos taken. Even managed a visit to a favourite quilt shop - Quilt Essentials at Eatons Hill and a new one (for me) Quilters Corner. Just a couple of projects added to the list of "things to be finished by Christmas" as a result.
Since coming back things seem to have been a little busier than usual. There have been lots of customer quilts - but I can only show you a few - and some personal finishes as well.
The one below was actually done before I went away, but didn't have the time to show you. Lots of special memories for the customer and her intended recipient.
Well that's all I have time for now, so I will get this posted and then try to get outside and enjoy some of our beautiful sunshine.
Have a great long weekend everyone and Happy Sewing.
Oh my - where has the month gone. I was so pleased that I got two posts in last month, now I will be lucky to get this one in by the end of the month. Oh well, I can only try.
So first off early in the month was another of Lynda's quilts. A gorgeous bright zig zag quilt. Quilted with a cable pattern which looks absolutely fabulous. We were both very happy with the finished result.
Had a new customer arrive with her very first quilt. The binding has been applied and is pinned down in the corners ready for her to sew it down. The result is just gorgeous and I am sure the recipient will just love it.
Then it was off to class we go. Travelled to Sydney with friends from quilt group which meant an early start. We arrived at Hobbysew Ryde only a little late (thanks to the traffic - and someone forgetting her electrical cords) and spent the day sewing with Mary and Barb who are the designers of the Me & My Sister ranges for Moda. What a great day we had. Came home with lots of goodies and a nearly completed quilt top - I will have to show pictures when it is closer to completion.
I seemed to have created a mess in my sewing room, so spent a little while cleaning up. Maybe I should have taken a before picture, but I was very pleased with the "after" result. Might add, it doesn't look like this now - it's almost as bad as before again!!!
So then it was back to work. Glenda has been busy again and I had four of her creations to quilt. Here are the results - great opportunity to try out some new patterns.
Finally another new quilter arrived with her first attempt at quilting as a gift for a new addition to the family. Just gorgeous.
And I am done!! Wow, that wasn't so difficult. Just need to be working on a deadline I guess.
Happy quilting everyone - until next time. Short trip planned next month, so may not be too much to report, but we shall see.
My how this month has flown. One minute it was the beginning and suddenly we are looking at the end of the financial year again - and for me yet another birthday. Oh dear. Time flies by far too quickly.
So for this month, what have I been doing you might ask. Well . . . . let me think.
There have been more customer quilts. These are just delightful.
This one even has kangaroos jumping across the quilt. So cute and very appropriate given the fabrics used in the quilt. The backing is boomerangs!! Simply gorgeous.
Here's a close up of the kangaroo.
I have even managed to finish a couple of my own. The first has been in the planning stages for quite some time, but was delayed because I was waiting on the aqua fabric to use as the background. This one is called Awash and I love the new quilting pattern that was used - Bumpy Spirals.
And then there is the Shortcake quilt (pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew) that the quilting group are doing. I have to admit that as I was making the blocks I was really not happy with the quilt, but as it has gone together I have grown to love it. It is so bright, so I called this quilt Carnival.
Well, that's all for now. Who knows what the next month will bring.
Happy quilting everyone.
After our sewing day on Saturday, it was off to the Modern Quilt Show in Kiama. It was a great day and so many gorgeous quilts. Here are just a couple of photos - just the ones that took my fancy.
There were certainly many more quilts that were just gorgeous, but I couldn't take photos of them all.
While rummaging through my chest of stored quilts, I came across a couple of really old quilts. I am going to share one with you today. The quilt top was made at a workshop at Country Patchwork - probably around mid 1990's. It was for my daughter's room in our new home. I even started hand quilting it with a web design in the large green squares and butterflies in the top of the baskets. When I pulled it out I found that all the large squares had been quilted, but not all the butterflies, so I removed the butterflies and put the quilt onto the machine. It still has butterflies in the baskets, but they are now much more intricate. The green triangles have a lovely pattern in them and the border is all swirls.
I am so pleased that it is finished. I even still had the binding for the quilt. Unfortunately it was about 20" short, but I was able to save the day and only I know that the binding is not as thick as it should be!! I wonder if my daughter will want the quilt - after I wash it of course.
The other one is still very much a work in progress, but there will be photos to come.
Now I am going to get another post done before the end of the month - just to show that I can do more than one a month!!
Happy quilting everyone.
To be truly current, this should have been done much earlier in the week, but events have conspired so that wasn't possible. Last weekend our quilting group had a sewing day. We had undertaken to make a Shortcake quilt, and most of us hadn't progressed very far. The only requirements for our "group quilts" is that they must be made from our stash. Great incentive to move some of our accumulated fabrics.
I was able to set up the garage with a long table and sewing machines - and heaters. Yes, although we have had some gorgeous early winter afternoons, this day dawned grey and overcast.
As you can see, everyone was very industrious and managed at least some progress on their quilt. I was able to get some of my blocks on the design wall. I have to say the rows are now together and I just need to put on a small border and then get it quilted. Pictures will come when it is finished.
I had a lovely customer quilt to finish this week too. The quilt was made to commemorate a wedding anniversary. The workmanship in the quilt was extremely good. I am pleased to say that the customer was very happy with the end result. Here are a couple of photos, which she has allowed me to share.
This truly is a wonderful way to remember and share a special event.
More to come very soon. Have a great long weekend and happy quilting.
I should be finishing a quilt, but if I don't get this done, I would have to change the title wouldn't I?!!
I promised more photos of customer quilts, but first here are a couple of little projects I have just completed. The first is a small cot quilt made from minky fabric. The texture in the fabrics and the silky feel as you run your hand over the quilt is very soothing. Love the new owl in my garden too!! The second is Baby Splendour - made from the leftovers of the larger quilt. I think this would brighten up any Baby's room, don't you. Both of these quilts are available on my Etsy shop, or by sending me an email.
Lynda has been very productive again and I have quilted two lovely baby quilts for her. Don't you love the way she has incorporated the border fabric into the backing. Looks great.
The other one was made from the leftovers of a larger quilt and looks very cheery.
I also resurrected some of my older quilts. These will be going up on the Etsy site. They were made a few years ago and quilted on my previous machine, so no fancy quilting, just overall meander.
The first is called Monkey Around and is made from flannel fabrics. Does the pattern look familiar. You can probably tell that Lynda and I quilt together, although she gets the prize for being more productive.
The second is called Road to Happiness and is based on the quilt pattern Road to London. The last one is Awesome Windmills because the fabric used was Awesome by Sandy Gervais for Moda. Not very original, but it's hard work thinking up names for these quilts.
Well, now I really must go and finish that quilt - no more procrastinating. Have a great day and happy quilting.
Well, I really did think I had already started this blog and was in front, but it must have been wishful thinking. I hadn't even posted the April post, so . . . . I will have to try again to get on top of this.
So I promised some photos of my quilts next, so here we go. Firstly another Accuquilt class at the Quilting Patch in Nowra saw me with lots of parallelograms cut from Kaffe Fasset and Amy Butler fabrics. The Kaffe Fasset gems had been purchased on our travels around Australia a couple of years ago, and they came from Geraldton. I love the bright vibrant colours in these fabrics. The resultant quilt took some time to put together (because I agonised over where to put each piece), but I believe is quite stunning. Hope you agree.
Recently I purchased some Charm Square packs - I have Whitewashed Cottage (Three Sisters), Aloha Girl (Figtree) and Block Party (Sandy Gervais). They are available for just $15 each, plus postage. I still have some available and if you would like any, they are available from my Etsy shop, or you can email me and I will send a PayPal invoice.
I also have some Daysail (Bonnie & Camille) fat quarters. There are 6 fat quarters for just $25, plus postage.
And having those gorgeous Charm Packs available, I would have to use them to make a quilt now, wouldn't I?! This quilt is called Block Party - because it's made using Block Party charms (not very original am I!!).
Lynda has been busy again, so next time I will have some more of her lovely quilts to show you. I have also dragged out some very old quilts that had been partly hand quilted - I intend to finish them on the machine, so that they can at last be used. One is my original hand pieced sampler quilt - I had to wash it first to get the dust out of it. That should make for some interesting quilting (I hope).
Until next time - happy quilting.
Well, don't know that I have really been all that adventurous, but I have been quite busy and have even managed to complete some interesting projects.
Lynda has again been very productive, so I have had some great quilting to do for her. While there are pictures in my Customer Quilt Gallery, I thought I would share them here too. The first is completed in Whitewashed Cottage and quilted with an Orange Peel quilting pattern. The backing is absolutely gorgeous and also from the Whitewashed Cottage range.
Next was a baby quilt with a great backing in an Aboriginal print. Doesn't it look lovely with those soft yellow prints. One lucky baby.
And lastly was a really cute quilt using a gorgeous Mickie and Minnie print and backing. Even the quilting had a mouse theme.
Might leave my quilts for the next post. That way I will have no excuse to not write some more.
Happy sewing everyone.
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