Friday, December 28, 2018

Another Christmas Gift!

I didn't have time to post a photo of another table runner I just finished.  I finished sewing the label on, on the night of the 23rd. We were leaving to go to Pauanui on the 24th, and had to drop this off to my grand-daughter in her new home, on the way.

Ditch stitching the edges of the trees.

 I stitched some straight lines on the trees and some wavy lines on the background.

Back view

I was really please with how it turned out, and apart from the striped border and binding fabrics, the rest was from my stash!

I love it when that happens.
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

All Ready To Be Posted!

This quilt or table runner actually, was meant for a birthday present for my DIL in Australia, but her birthday was on the 11th, and I never quite got it finished, so now its a Christmas present!

I had alot of  fun designing this quilt, after seeing a few Dresden Plates on Pintrest.  I found a wedge ruler  I had in my collection, and just strip pieced my fabrics and went from there having no idea how it would turn out.

As it is an 18 degree ruler my plates turned out rather large, and I was worried it would be too large for her table, but it fits mine, so should be OK. 

Then I thought one plate would get hidden by a vase or bowl, so had to make three. Two would be wrong! :-)

All fabrics were from my stash and I had some yardage of white, so all worked well.
I managed my very simple machine quilting, by ditch stitching all the blades, then big stitch hand quilting every second blade and the circle.

I machine stitched about 1/2" out from the edges of the blades then did some free motion quilting.

 I decided that white would be better for the binding. I usually scrap piece my bindings, but as the plates were so close to the edge of my miss-cut ( a little too small) squares, I thought scrappy bindings would detract.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Another finish

Trying out the blocks on my design wall. This quilt was made out of my scraps. I didn't realise I had so many with yellow in them.


I really enjoy making log cabin quilts.
I made this quilt for a family member who has just been diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to gift her something she could take to her chemo sessions. It has wool batting for extra warmth.

 Alot smaller than I'm used to making. A lap quilt, although it does go from my ankles to my chin!

As a little extra bonus I won Best Hand Quilting for my 'Just for Fun ' quilt st Festival of Quilts last month! 

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Just For Fun!

Its time I got my a into g and posted some photos of my latest finish. My interpretation of a design by Sarah Fielke.

 Still a couple of hearts to be quilted on this block.


 As you can see, I still have to put eyes on the birds and rabbit.

Also I hadn't quite finished quilting some of the blocks.


I really love doing this big stitch hand quilting using mainly Perle 8 thread.

 A little large to photograph on the ground, but overall I was really happy with the way this turned out.

Its been a long time since I posted, but having this relatively new computer, has certainly made it alot easier. I might give it a go again soon. haha!

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Another UFO bites the dust....

I certainly need deadlines to aim for, in order to get on and finish a quilt. 
I latest one I started some months ago, but with another grand daughter's 16th birthday looming, it gave me the hurry up I needed to finish her quilt. 

I machine appliqued this one, which is my go to way of appliqueing, when its for a child/teenager ( washing alot and maybe a rougher life etc)
I would rather make a quilt this way, so its not so precious that they cant use it. 
I stitched Ric Rac on the raw edges of the petals.

Also showing my not so perfect machine quilting, which I also do for durability.
I used 50 weight Aurifil brown thread on the top and 50 weight Aurifil cream thread  in the bobbin.
My trusty Bernina 710 (which I love) did a pretty good job tension wise, as I thoughtlessly bought a backing which required a different colour. 
The only thing is, I wished I had used 30 weight, as I personally prefer the look of the thicker thread.
Sometimes the quilting shows up better on the back.

 Below: sideways hanging on the clothes line, as it was too long up the right way.

Below: with DH standing on a chair.
Not good light on the day, as it was raining on and off.  

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