Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The birds are here!

I have just received an email from Juliet who lives in the South Island to say she received her quilt today........amazing, as I only posted this off on Monday!
Not only has Juliet made this quilt, be she designed it! Isn't she clever! When Juliet saw I had quilted her designs for another one of my customers (who, is of course one of her customers!) she decided to send her quilt top to me to quilt. Thank you Juliet.

Juliet designs paper piecing patterns & sells her creations on Craftsy, see here. Juliet wanted feathers, which seem perfectly logical because there are all those birds! I suggested adding some swirls, which look a bit like koru's. I threw in some 'pebbling' which in this nature setting looks like berries for the birds to eat.

Juliet didn't really fancy stippling, so I suggested, a vine of leaves, flowers & loops for the background of each bird block. Gunold & madeira threads were used over cotton/bamboo batting.

Of course there is lots of ditch stitching, which I feel adds something important. Don't you think this really helps make the piecing 'pop'.

What fun I had quilting these feathers, they just took on a life of their own! They flowed here, there & just added lovely texture.

Funny how the photo's show the tealy/jade background fabric up as different in each photo.

That one is for you back lovin' gals, the next is for the nature lovin' gals.......well it sure seemed nice laying on my lawn, with soft shadow from the silk tree. A quick photo before the real birds left a lasting mark!! :-)

Enjoy Juliet!

Speaking of Craftsy, my Long arm quilting pal in America also designs patterns & sells on Craftsy, as well as lovely quilting! Please pop over here to see her wonderful stitchery designs!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Just a quick post, I saw this video on Youtube, thought is was great! Happy Sharing Sunday to you!

Friday, April 11, 2014

"A Little Bit Country"

Hi there readers, remember back here I gave you a sneak peek? The maker & owner of this beautiful quilt now has her quilt back from me, which means no more sneak peek for you.

Pam started off with Libby Richardson's patterns called "A Little Bit Country", then set about choosing fabrics, didn't she do a fabulous job!
Pam said please no heavy quilting, but had seen my orange peel & feathers on some of the quilts I have quilted at The Country Yard & quite fancied those designs for her quilt.

Pam does out of this world stitching, her Holly hocks, Wisteria & daisies are so spectacular. I love the touches of laces too. Pam gave me a poly batting which was quite lofty, but looks good. There was plenty of ditch stitching to do in the quilt, around all the pieces of applique.....................did I tell you there was heaps of ditch stitching? Ok, so I did. Pam didn't want any other quilting on the applique blocks.

See the Wisteria?????? Those babies are hundreds of french knots!

Lucky for me my customers like feathers! See the RicRac used as fret work on the roof?

This one is for the back lovers.
The sneak peek I gave you the other day is now a finished quilt &  off to the South Island in the safe hands of the posties, when it arrives with the owner I will blog about that lovely quilt too.

Wishing you a big thank you for stopping by, it is always nice to hear from you.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

a sneak peek.........................................

Happy Tuesday to you all, thanks for stopping by.
 I am working on a quilt for a new customer, this is always an exciting & nervous time for me. Fingers cross she will be happy.

I have also managed to stitch a panel for a bag I am making. Next month I am off to a retreat for a couple of days & a few of us decided to work on the same project. I will take other things with me, no doubt w-a-y too much stuff, but hey, a girl can dream!

The colours aren't showing up the best in this photo, but I have used a Cottage Garden Thread called " Rusty Gate".
I wondered if the following comic applies to anyone, or have you ever considered the offer!!

Tehehe.....................funny, I haven't had this happen, but it is funny!

See you in a couple of days with another customer sneak peek either.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

quilt show

Hi there blog readers! Just wanted to share a few photo's of the Whangarei Patchworkers & Quilters Club exhibition.
 The Country Yard (the shop I work at part time) was one of five Merchants selling their wears.

As I entered the Forum North building, to my delight was a little car covered with a quilt, especially made to keep the car cosy!

Apparently this quilt was borrowed from another club in the South Island. Even the bunting worked wonders to catch the eye of folks walking about.

After setting up our temporary shop on the Thursday afternoon I took a few photo's.

On the Saturday when Raewyn & I were on duty, I demonstrated how to use the Apliquick tools. I also managed a very quick dash around to have a look at the quilts, here are some photo's of the ones that caught my eye.

By Gaye Miller

There was a section that had items made from shirts, I believe it was a club challenge? I loved this one.

by Sonya Prchal

By Sonya Prchal

These two quilts were opposite our shop, they were really beautiful.
For more on the show see Ms Lottie's blog & Leanne's blog, Quilt Whangarei for more photo's.

I will be back next week with a lovely customer quilt that is finished but awaiting her to pick up. Until then, have a happy time stitching up a storm with your best friend or just yourself! Thanks for stopping by.................................


Friday, March 28, 2014

"A Merry Christmas Garden"

I have finished quilting my BOM sample for the shop. This is a lovely design, it was a delight to make with simple straight forward instructions. Gail Pan is the designer of this Christmas quilt.
I gave myself one week to attach the last two blocks, two borders, quilt, label, hanging sleeve & bind.................remind me next time to give myself more time please! Never mind a few day & night shifts got this finished, it has now gone to it temporary home at The Country Yard.

My new fav thing at the moment is boxed feathers. You see there is a touch of stitchery in this quilt, the odd 'Christmasy' word...........'Love'..........'Believe'............'Blessings'.......................

I set about ditch stitching, orange peel, echos, dense background fillers of 'Mctavishing', pebbles & swirls. Did I say ditch stitching?? lol!!

Are you loving this quilt so far? We still have a few spaces available, pop over to The Country Yard website & sign up!

            I took the following photo as the light was fading, but it is probably my fav photo.

So there you go, a bit of Christmas as the month of March drifts away from us for another year. H I am off to work in our temporary shop at the Whangarei Quilt show at the Forum North tomorrow, if you are in my neck of the woods I'd love you to stop by & say hi.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

two for the children

Do you remember the story of the Hungry Caterpillar? I remember reading this story to my children, as I turned the pages we were amazed at the hole punched pages! Anyway Christine has put a Hungry Caterpiller panel together with some  coordinating fabrics that has resulted in a sweet quilt for one of her soon to be born grandchildren.

You can see I double looped, meandered, organic cross hatched, straight lines & leafed my way over this quilt! For good measure, I threw in a spot of ditch stitching too! And sandwiched in the middle is cotton batting. What a vibrant happy quilt for a child.

Next is another childs quilt, only a completely different style..................I happily receive a large variety of quilts in my studio!

Inthia bought this quilt kit several years ago & doing what so many do, started & stopped work on this quilt, to pursue other quilts.  This pattern is a "Kids Quilts" design, called 'Teddy's Playhouse'. Inthia chose cotton batting also & asked for soft quilting, nothing too dense & for some stipple.

Simple cute designs, sure to delight any child. I quilted a whimsically feather on the border & 'grass' & the odd flower on the green border intended to be 'grass'.

Of course I threw in some more ditch stitching & took a photo of the back!

Speaking of ditch stitching, the quilt I am working on at the moment has HEAPS of ditch stitching! Here is a peek of one of the blocks.

I hope you are all happy & well, thanks so much for stopping by.