Monday, October 24, 2011

Houston International Quilt Market & Quilt Festival 2011

Only 4 more sleeps and I will be heading off to Houston with my quilting friend Mandy.  We will be going to both the International Quilt Market and Quilt Festival

My bags are mostly packed, everything is just about ready...  Neither of us have been to Houston before but we can't wait to see the amazing quilts, the huge number of vendors and to experience some of that famous Texas hospitality. We will also be undertaking Longarm Machine classes with tutors such as Jamie Wallen, Linda Taylor, Sue Patten and Irena Bluhm so should be coming back with lots of quilting inspiration.

I can't wait for the adventure to begin.  Is anyone else lucky enough to be going to Houston this year?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hexagon Stars Quilt

I have recently quilted a wonderful scrappy Hexagon Star Quilt for my customer Maree.  This absolutely stunning quilt was made by Maree's patchwork group for her as a present for a significant birthday.  The quilt is completely hand pieced and has an amazing array of fabrics in it which have come together beautifully.

I have quilted this quilt with continuous curves in all the diamonds, adding loops in the diamonds which form the setting hexagons.  The loops have created a secondary design with which I was really pleased.

Many of the diamonds forming the stars in this quilt were fussy cut.  I had a hard time deciding which stars were my favourites so have made a mosaic with a lovely selection.

Maree was absolutely delighted with her finished quilt.  I believe a further five members of Maree's patchwork group are making their own versions of this wonderful quilt - I can't wait to see them.