My current trapunto wholecloth quilt is on the machine - so far so good.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I am busy quilting curved cross hatching on sixty-four Jane Austen diamonds! Only thirty-two to go ... Pieced by my customer Jenny with incredible precision, it is a beautiful reproduction of the Jane Austen Quilt. I will show you more once I have finished quilting it.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I have been noticeably absent from my blog for the last month or so. We have just returned from another wonderful beach holiday - I think the following photo sums up our holiday perfectly!
From a quilting perspective, I don't have much to show for the last month. I usually take the month of January off from customer quilting, taking some time to work on my own projects. I have started another pieced quilt - the Urban Nine Patch quilt by Jenny of Sew Kind of Wonderful. I am a long timer admirer of Jenny's piecing and her incredible machine quilting. My Urban Nine Patch is being made with solid fabrics only and I am hoping to eventually quilt it in a similar manner to Jenny's quilt. Below are the first blocks I have made.
I have also started another trapunto quilt - here is a snippet - not sure how it will turn out - there is a long way to go yet.
With the end of January fast approaching, it is time to return to customer quilting - I am looking forward to seeing what quilts 2013 will bring. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and as always, happy quilting!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I have been having a wonderful time participating in the Wholecloth Design & Execution Class being held online at MQ Resource. The class is being run by Adam Chenevert who is an amazing and inspirational quilter - check out the link to see some of his amazing work or visit his blog.
The concept of the wholecloth design course if fairly simple - you design 1/8th, mirror this image which becomes 1/4 of your quilt. Put the four quarters together and you have the basis for a whole quilt. I have spent numerous hours in glorious Melbourne autumn weather drawing and re-drawing my design. With the help of a computer savvy 13 year old I have even managed to mirror and flip my design in photoshop.
This is the 1/4 design of my wholecloth quilt.
The following is the complete design - there seems to be something quite magical about symmetry in quilting designs.
Adam also loves to quilt many different background designs on his quilts - I have included lots of pebbling, cross hatching and straight line quilting around the feather motifs.
I have ordered some Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons to quilt this wholecloth design - whether or not I am up to that task is something I will find out in due course but I am certainly looking forward to the challenge.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
As a longarm machine quilter who quilts for customers, I am often asked whether I get to piece any quilts for myself. Unfortunately, I don't get to make as many quilts for myself these days as I would like to. There are always some quilts floating around in my head, many of which never get made. I do usually have some piecing on the go.
The following quilt is a hand pieced quilt which is still a work in progress. In fact, it has been a work in progress for about five years, although it seems to be finally coming together. The quilt I am making is the Wheel of Fortune Quilt from the cover of Kaffe Fassett's book Caravan of Quilts. I bought the quilt as a kit some years ago which is not something I usually do but it was a quilt I fell in love with and had to have. I am hand sewing the quilt using the English paper piecing method which has made it a very portable project. In fact, the quilt has been sewn over five summer holidays to Tathra, has been to numerous Port Fairy Folk Festivals and at swimming lessons too numerous to count. When I take the project to our Wednesday evening sewing group the others just roll their eyes in disbelief that I am still working on this project.
The quilt is made in eight segments, all of which I have now completed. It has finally stopped being a portable project! All I need to do now to complete the top is to sew the segments together.
I still have all the paper pieces in the back - I can't wait until the day I will be able to remove them all - which will be another huge task. The paper pieces were purchased from the Lizard of Oz who have an incredible range of shapes ready for cutting out.
Will I finish this quilts this year? Probably not.. What will I work on during my summer holiday now? The next question will be how to quilt this - but that can wait a while. Do you have any projects that have been on the go for this long?