Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am once again participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival being organised by Amy of Amy's Creative Side from October 29 - November 5. The Blogger's Quilt Festival is an online quilt festival where bloggers from around the world showcase a quilt - once you have had a look here, head on over and take some time viewing the other wonderful quilts.

This time I am sharing a beautiful quilt made by my customer Susan.  Susan's quilt is a chubby star quilt made with gorgeous fabrics - I particularly love the owl fabrics which are featured in the centre of the stars.

I have quilted Susan's quilt with spirals on the centres of the stars, swirls in the areas around the stars, feathers in the white sashing and swags with feathers and piano keys in the border. 

Sometimes I dread plain backs...luckily I didn't have to work with too much contrasting thread on the back.  This time the plain back has made for a stunning result - I love the quilting on the back!

I hope you have enjoyed Susan's quilt - I had a great time quilting it and am thrilled with the end result. Remember to head on over to see many of the other quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival - enjoy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kermit - Fat Quarterly Quilt Along

Kate from One Flew Over has collected her beautiful Kermit Quilt from me this week.  This quilt was made as part of the Fat Quarterly Quilt Along.

The reason for the name of Kate's quilt becomes apparent quite quickly - it has almost every imaginable shade of green!

I have quilted Kermit with semi circles through each square and petals in the centre squares and corners, creating a floral design in those areas.

Thanks again Kate, you have made a gorgeous spring time quilt!

If you would like see some more of the beautiful quilts created by the Fat Quarterly Quilt Along, go and have a look at the Flickr Fat Quarterly Group - there are several other lovely examples of this quilt.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Japanese Lantern Quilt

I guess I had better get back to featuring some of the quilts I have been working on.  This week, I have completed a Lantern Quilt in beautiful Japanese fabrics pieced by my customer Mary.  I love the way Mary has included some carefully placed red lanterns in her otherwise indigo blue quilt.

Mary wanted the quilting to be kept fairly simple with mainly straight lines.  I hope I have obliged with straight lines 1/4inch apart outlining the lanterns and a piano key border.  I have quilted some curved lines in the lanterns which I believe have added to the concertina effect of the lanterns.

My favourite lantern:-

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Quilts in the Barn Exhibition 2010

Just a reminder that the 2010 Quilts in the Barn Exhibition is nearly here...

If you have been to Quilts in the Barn before, you will know that Linda puts on a fabulous event with beautiful quilts, in a glorious setting. All monies raised are for breast cancer research. If you haven't been before, now is your chance! There will be morning & afternoon tea available, Corliss from Threadbear will have a stall and Di Ford will have some of her patterns for sale.  Check out the amazing Raffle Quilt made by the Secret Sewing Sisterhood.  Apparently there will be about 70 quilts on display - certainly worth a trip!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Back Home from AMQF

I have returned home from the Australian Machine Quilting Festival exhausted.  The four days were fabulous - I would like to thank Tracey Browning and Sharon Parkinson for organising this fantastic event.  Thanks also to the many volunteers, vendors, teachers, sponsors and judges.

The American instructors were truly inspirational especially Pam Clarke, Kimmy Brunner and Anne Bright - they are all so passionate about quilting and were great instructors.  I have learned a lot and am looking forward to putting some of these quilting ideas into practice.

The Australian Machine Quilting Show was held in conjunction with AMQF and was a wonderful display of quilts.  I was thrilled to learn that two of my quilts had been awarded ribbons.

My wholecloth quilt "Envy" was awarded a Second Prize ribbon in the Custom Heirloom / Show - Wall Category.

My quilt "Field of Flowers" was awarded a First Prize ribbon in the Edge-to-Edge Category.

It is back to the quilting machine now - lots of quilts to be done before Christmas!