Monday, November 25, 2013

Snowflake Medallion Quilt

My customer Christabel has made the following Snowflake Medallion Quilt which I recently had the pleasure of quilting.  Snowflake Medallion is a design by Emma and Pam Jansen which involves both piecing and applique - I am sure you will agree that Christabel has done a fabulous job.

I had lots of fun quilting this quilt and incorporated lots of feathers and loops.

I do particularly love the centre of this quilt and have surrounded the centre applique design with a wreath of feathers and filled with my favourite background fill - pebbles.

And who doesn't love a back which is almost as beautiful as the front.

Thank you Christabel for trusting me with this incredible quilt - I had a wonderful time quilting it and am thrilled with the results.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I love Double Wedding Ring Quilts and am always impressed by anyone able to piece this design. While I have quilted some DWR Quilts, I have not pieced one myself.  The following beautiful Double Wedding Ring Quilt was hand pieced by my customer Fiona.  Fiona has created a stunning scrappy DWR Quilt with plain white spaces for the quilting design to shine.

My initial idea was to quilt feathers in the white spaces, however, Fiona had a much simpler vision for her quilt.  While designing the quilting motif took me out of my comfort zone, I was really please with result.

The design was quilted with the aid of rulers but did not require much marking - I placed dots on various points of the diagonals and used a small circle and one curved ruler to quilt the design.

Fiona has collected her quilt and was very pleased with the finished quilt - her challenge now will be to bind the curved edges of the DWR Quilt.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Circles Quilt

I am once again participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival organised by Amy of Amy's Creative Side from October 25 to November 8, 2013. 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 quilt made by my customer Sally.  Sally has tackled curved piecing for the first quilt she has ever made with wonderful results.  I love Sally's selection of oranges, blues and greens.
Sally's quilt has been quilted with a simple figure 8 loop for a modern looking quilt.
I hope you have enjoyed Sally's quilt - remember to head on over to see many of the other wonderful quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival - enjoy!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

MQX Quilt Festival Ribbon

I was thrilled to find out late last week that Double Cream has won an international ribbon.  I had entered Double Cream in the Wholecloth Large Category at MQX West in Portland and was very excited to find that it had won First Place in that category.  It was an honour to have my quilt exhibited amongst such incredible quilters but even more so for my quilt to be awarded a ribbon.

Double Cream with MQX Ribbon
I wish I had been able to be there but thanks to Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works who took some photos for me, I was able to feel a part of it.  I can't wait to see the photos of the other quilts in the exhibition.
I would like to thank the organisers Janet-Lee Greer Santeusanio and Mary Schilke for organising a fabulous quilt show as well as the sponsors, in particular Superior Threads who were the sponsors for the Wholecloth Large Category.
Double Cream - Centre

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quilts in the Barn 2013

I had a wonderful time visiting Quilts in the Barn 2013 on Friday.  It was a glorious Spring day, a wonderful setting, a chance to catch up with quilting friends and a fabulous display of quilts.

The beautiful barn
This year's exhibition was "All About Chintz" and there were certainly some wonderful examples of Chintz quilts.  I loved the two quilts which greeted you from above as you walked into the barn.

The following stunning quilt caught my eye - it has a beautiful chintz  centre surrounded by a plain border.  The quilting on this quilt is simply amazing.  Unfortunately I don't know whose incredible work this is.

I spotted the quilt I only finished quilting last week surrounded by beautiful reproduction fabrics for sale.

Mary Koval from Mary Koval Antique Quilts was this year's guest at Quilts in the Barn.  Mary is an American quilter who has emerged as a leading expert in the field of American quilts and antique fabrics.  Mary had brought with her a collection of vintage quilt tops, fabrics and quilt blocks for sale.  The following is a quilt top which came home with me - it will be treasured and hopefully quilted.  Does anyone know what this quilt block is called?
Thank you Linda for a wonderful exhibition.  I am sure it will have been a great success and you will have raised much needed funds for Breast Cancer Research.  I will look forward to Quilts in the Barn 2014!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

All About Chintz

Quilts in the Barn 2013, organised by Linda of Quilts in the Barn is on again next week - the exhibition is being held from Friday 27th September through to Sunday 29th September, 2013. The exhibition is a fundraiser for breast cancer research.
This year's exhibition is "All About Chintz" and I have just finished quilting a beautiful Chintz Quilt for Linda.  Linda's quilt features many beautiful chintz printed fabrics from Den Haan en Wagenmakers.  The solid red fabric is also a chintz.

Linda's quilt has been quilted with feathers on the red chintz - I do love a plain fabric with feathers.  Simple continuous curves have been quilted on the printed chintzes.

The centre ..

I am certainly looking forward to this year's Quilts in the Barn Exhibition - best wishes Linda for what I am sure will be another wonderful exhibition.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Irish Double Chain Quilt

I would like to share a beautiful Double Irish Chain quilt I recently finished quilting for my customer Ann.  Ann's quilt was made with 1 inch squares and was quite large.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to take a photo of the whole quilt but here is a section of Ann's quilt.

All of the light coloured 1 inch squares were quilted with continuous curves while the centres of each Irish Chain were quilted with a separate motif.  Yes, I did count the centres - there were 120 - lots of stops and starts but worth the effort.


Enjoy your quilt Ann - thank you for letting me quilt it for you.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Diamond Sawtooth Quilt

You may remember the beautiful Diamond Sawtooth Quilt which I quilted for Linda from Quilts in the Barn last year which I blogged at the time here.

Linda entered her quilt in the Vic Quilters Showcase recently and was as excited as I was to have won a first prize ribbon in the Traditional Two Person Professional Category.  It is the first time one of my customer's quilts has won a ribbon - it was lovely to see it displayed with its two ribbons.
Congratulations Linda and thank you for sharing the moment!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vic Quilters Showcase 2013 - Double Cream with Ribbons

I spent a wonderful and exhausting day today at the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair looking at incredible quilts, shopping and catching up with family and friends. 
I am thrilled to say that it was also another ribbon winning day.  My quilt Double Cream not only won a First Prize Ribbon in the Longarm Category, it also won the Longarm Machine Quilting Award as well as Runner Up Best of Show!
Double Cream is my second Shadow Trapunto Quilt.  This time, rather than using a batiste, I have used a cotton sateen as the top layer.  The quilt has cut-away trapunto and has been layered with a bright yellow fabric to give the off-white on cream effect.
The central feather vase is my own design and is surrounded by my favourite fill - pebbles.

The border is a traditional inter-woven feather with each corner set with a feathered heart.  Rather than cross-hatching the back-ground, I have used a continuous curve design as a filler again blending into pebbles.
Here is Double Cream with its ribbons and the proud owner. 
I would like to thank Vic Quilters for organising a wonderful quilt exhibition, the judges for what must have been some incredibly difficult decisions and the volunteers for making the quilt show possible.   I would also like to thank all the sponsors for their continued support.  I will be heading back to the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair tomorrow for another dose of quilts.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Denise Schmidt Churn Dash Quilt

Linda from Quilts in the Barn has recently made a beautiful Churn Dash Quilt set on point made from some of my favourite Denise Schmidt fabrics.

In the style of Denise Schmidt quilts, Linda's quilt has been quilted with an all-over figure 8 design - I do love the simplicity of this quilting design on modern quilts.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Single Girl with Daisies

It seems like a long time ago that I blogged my very first post which was a Single Girl Quilt.  I have once again quilted a Single Girl quilt, this time for my customer Lonnie.  The Single Girl quilt is a very popular design by Denise Schmidt.   Lonnie has made a gorgeous version of this quilt in a range of pinks with splashes of yellow on a solid background for her 10 year old niece.  This is Lonnie's first quilt which has been pieced on her over-locker!  She has done a fabulous job.
Lonnie's quilt has been quilted with  one of my favourite all-over designs - Daisies Galore.  The daisies have been quilted in a pink variegated thread and they certainly stand out on the plain background fabric.
 I hope your niece enjoys her new quilt Lonnie and that it is treasured for years to come.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - A Walk In The Woods Quilt

I am once again participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival organised by Amy of Amy's Creative Side from May 17 to May 31, 2013. 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 little baby quilt made by my customer Catherine. Catherine's quilt is a bright baby quilt made mainly from Aneela Hoey's range of A Walk In The Woods fabrics.
Catherine's quilt measures 38 x 42 inches and is going to be perfect for a friend's yet to be born baby girl.   I am sure it is going to be a much treasured quilt.  I have quilted it with one of my favourite designs - Daisies Galore - I do love the way the daisies stand out amongst the cute prints.
I hope you have enjoyed Catherine's quilt - remember to head on over to see many of the other wonderful quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival - enjoy!

Friday, May 3, 2013

"By My Hand" Quilt

"By My Hand" is a little quilt made by my customer Angela from the pattern by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt & Gift Company.  Angela did a wonderful job with the piecing, applique and embroidery.
The quilting chosen was similar to the original quilt - I particularly love the feathers quilted around the letters.


This was a fun little quilt to work on - I hope Angela is as pleased with the results as I am.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Crosses Quilt

I have recently quilted and returned to Morag her modern Crosses Quilt.  From Morag's emails to me she sounds like she was thrilled with the results and I must say I was very excited also.
Morag's quilt is a spray of crosses in solid coloured fabrics across a white background with white borders of varying widths.  For the quilting we combined swirling traditional feathers with modern straight lines for the crosses and continuous curves for the background. 
I think the combination of traditional and modern quilting works beautifully on this quilt.

I love the way the feathers swirl from the borders into the body of the quilt to wind in amongst the crosses.

I hope you have enjoyed Morag's wonderful quilt.  Morag, I am sure it will look beautiful hanging in your new house.