Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Licorice Allsorts anyone?………

Taupo Quiltmakers will be holding their biannual exhibition at the end of this month. This is their raffle quilt which I quilted.

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All those stacks of colours made me think of  licorice all sorts.

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Setting the licorice stacks on point gave me a nice space to play feathers in the triangles and the cream border was perfect for clam shells and swirls.The outer border has bead board piano keys.

TQM Licorice Allsorts borders

TQM Licorice allsorts

…..so to buy a ticket in the raffle for this quilt come on down to our Exhibition.

Thanks for popping by

    

Saturday, August 20, 2016

More large and vintage…..

 

Joanne brought her sampler quilt which she made, I think, about 25 tears ago for me to quilt. It had been in storage for a long time. It required a beauty Spa and some remedial stitching before it could go on the frame. Here it is already to go:

Joanne's quilt after spa

All over Baptist fans seemed a perfect fit for the middle of this quilt.

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The 12” wide border was the place to go to town with some lush feathers and micro straight line fill.

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Corner of Joannes quilt

Joanne chose a rich green backing for the quilt. The back looks lovely.

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This quilt had the total treatment, wash, repair, quilting, binding the full beauty spa. Here it is in it’s full glory:

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Thanks for entrusting your treasure to me, Joanne.

 

    

Friday, August 19, 2016

Swell and a String of Pearls

This sculpture called Swell is on the lake front downtown Taupo.

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I have often thought it would be the perfect place to photograph a quilt.So on a sparkly frosty morning I headed on down to grab a photo opportunity.

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Sadly a curved surface is not so good for draping a quilt on.

Swell and string of pearls

…but wait there’s always the chain fence…

 string of pearls on chain fence

By the way this is my quilt! The pattern is from Sew Kind of Wonderful. It is from their Urban series and is called Urban Birthday.  Peggy pieced it for me and I of course quilted it. I used Sew Kind of Wonderful’s clever quilting rulers to Stitch in  the ditch and to create the channels for the pearls. BTW I stitched about 3500 pearls into this quilt top. That’s why the quilt is called “String of Pearls”

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Thanks for popping by

Friday, August 05, 2016

Sally’s Sunflowers…

Sally wrote to me and asked if I would quilt a Sunflower themed quilt for her. I imagined something very country toned. Imagine my surprise when I opened her parcel and found her very modern toned Sunflower quilt.

Sallys sunflowers whole quilt

Twenty five appliqued Sunflower blocks! What a marathon that must have been for Sally.

I Nemeshed the background of all the sunflowers blocks.

Sallys Sunflowers x four

The connecting blocks also formed the border. I gave them a modern touch by stitching a square on point in the centre and then stitching wavy lines out to the edges. I think this worked well for this quilt.

Sallys sunflowers connecting block

Sallys sunflowers side border

Sallys sunflowers on frame

Thank you for asking me to stitch your quilt Sally.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

She's gone Country


Tracey attended a Midnight Madness with Taupo Quiltmakers. The Pattern they stitched was Scrappy Happy Houses by Bonnie Hunter. Tracey selected a country theme for her quilt. A colour theme which suits this quilt well.

…so Baptist fans for the houses. I think this looks very cute. A soft classic feather for the border.
To break up the plain border a bit I stitched corner stones.













a glimpse at the back art



Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Tracey.Just because I can another peek.

While I was quilting Tracey’s quilt I was listening to a little country music. This song came on and seemed so right. Enjoy..







Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Farmer’s Wife…

I think every quilter dreams of having the opportunity to quilt a The Farmer’s Wife  Sampler quilt. I was lucky enough to quilt one recently. One hundred and eleven different 6 inch blocks! This quilt is a challenge for the patch worker as well as the quilter.

The Farmers Wife Quilt

First I stitched in the ditch around all the blocks.Then I  stitched a cross through all the sashings and those tiny 1” corner stones. Every block then stitched differently to suit the patchwork.

The Farmers Wife Quilt

Next onto the curved crosshatching in the cream setting triangles.

Curved crosshatchng The Farmers Wife Quilt

Finally to suit the style of the quilt a nice classic feather in the border.

The Farmers Wife Quilt

I’m grateful to cross this quilt off my “must do” wish list and grateful to Lyn for sending her treasure to me to quilt.

Bye for now

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Good things take time….

………way back in August 2011 I rescued some quilting goodies from Trade Me. After a good period of time, in a dark place to mature the Blue and White Wedding Ring Star Blocks have come back into the spotlight. When I purchased the package there were twelve blocks and lots of spare fabric to finish a quilt.

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The lady who put them up for sale said she was sick of making them. I’m not surprised. Each block has 48 pieces. Not a project for the faint hearted. When I bought the blocks back out I found I had lost a block. So I had a turn at completing a block. Fortunately she had included some unfinished pieces so one more block wasn’t too hard much of a challenge.

The pattern book (published in 1980) is very interesting to look at.

Blue and white quilt and book

Created in a pre computer, pre rotary cutting time. I love the charming story about her artistic assistant.

Blue and white one

I have never seen some of the blocks in this book. With the resurgence of interest in paper piecing I can see some of these blocks being made in modern bright colours.

Blue and white two

Blue and white three

blue and white four

blue and white five

This block I find particularly interesting as I can see that clever colour play could give an interesting effect.

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If you are an English paper piecing fan and would like any of these patterns leave a message. I’m happy to scan and email a pattern to you.

Twelve blocks, not nearly enough to make a quilt,  so after much deliberation I have decided to make “connector” blocks. The block I have chosen is Pennsylvania.

blue and white with connector blocks

I think they look just right. The finished quilt will be four blocks by six. The next question is what  to make for a border? Do you have any bright ideas? I have lots of lighter blue fabrics left but sadly the white is nearly all gone. I think the white fabric is bleached calico. It has a lovely soft texture. I don’t know if you can still get that.

Thanks for popping by. Please share your ideas with me.

    

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