Friday, April 24, 2015

Stitchers Garden and a birthday celebration.

        Check out Jacki's stunning "Stitchers Garden" quilt! Made in a class at The Apple Basket.

Made with some gorgeous scrummy fabrics, linens, textured fabrics and fabrics with a slight overlay of sparkle for a teeny bit of 'bling'!
You may remember seeing the same design a couple of months back when I quilted Chris' version. See this post.
Jacki asked for a few points of difference, in her words :"no frilly dilly stuff"...............................
So it was straight lines in and 'frilly dilly' quilting out!!

 One of the challenges I faced with this beautiful quilt was the applique blocks have already been quilted, the backgrounds have a semi lofty stabilizer on the back side and each background has it's own 'quilting'. You will notice the above block shows diagonal decorative  pin tucking, so this was my challenge, I was reluctant to do any quilting in the background. 

You can see in the photo above the decorative stitching on the background fabric, all that can be done on these blocks is ditch stitching as not interfere with these decorations. Some of SID (stitching in the ditch) had to be 1/8th or 1/4" from the edge of the appliques as the decorative stitching often protruded over the edges of the applique shapes.

A swirl and some curling ribbon on the border wasn't to frilly for Jacki she rather liked the touch and the fact that the fabric is patterned the quilting gives texture more than a stand out quilting design.

I have been quilting for Jacki for several years now and I feel like I know her style : clean lines, simplicity and definitely NO  frills.............................I had to send the feathers packing for this quilt!
Thanks so much Jacki. Back lovers will enjoy the backing of this quilt, Jacki always makes special quilt backs for her quilts.

I like this early morning photo, un- cropped, with my wilderness garden, to the left is a large Australian Frangipani tree waiting for planting.

Monday saw a friend ready for another birthday and why not share it with a few friends? I invited a few friends over to share the celebrations with coffee and cake and of course there were presents!
This is what I nearly didn't give to my friend..............................................

                                     And the back...................................................................

 This cushion looked so nice just resting to be wrapped up that I think I shall have to make myself one!

I had one strip of squares left over, so I pondered what to do with the strip? Then I remembered the hand towels I like to decorate.......................................

As much as I like my friend and value our friendship, I did find it hard to wrap these gifts up and give to her, but I did!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How can I help you turn those quilt tops into Quilts?

                                                  I would like to answer that question.
                                               The first seems obvious...........quilting!
                                                 Let's first start with custom quilting. 

Custom quilting consists of stitching in the ditches, around appliques and quilting designs to enhance your blocks, borders and sashings.

                      I can work with applique, pieced, wholecloth, panels and stitchery quilts.

                                   The density and intensity of the quilting is your choice.

I also offer all over quilting designs (edge to edge quilting), this option works well for utility quilts or if you want your quilt back in a short space of time (custom quilting is more time consuming). All over quilting designs work well for those on a budget.

                                 As well as quilting, I offer a full or partial binding service.

                                   - I make, attach and hand stitch your binding in place.(full service)
                                   - You make the binding and I attach and hand stitch in place.
                                   - I attach the binding you made and you hand stitch in place.

                                               I also have a selection of battings for sale.

                                                 I will even make a bespoke quilt label!!

As well as all of these helpful services I also offer machine basting. As much as I love quilting for my customers I realise some people like to do their own quilting. So often I hear complaints of sore backs and knees from kneeling down on the floor to baste quilts. There is no need to do this any longer as I can thread baste for you! No more back breaking work.

                                  Kerry said this about my thread basting service:

Using Leeanne's thread basting service was so good.... there was no taping  a quilt to the floor  then having to deal with the  pinning up of a quilt. This made ditch stitching very easy and was great  not having to stop to remove pins, and in no time at all you were onto the main body of quilting.The thread Leeanne used for basting was highly visible and very easy to remove.
I will be using this service again and highly recommend it others.

                                              Sharing Barbara's comments with you:

Leeanne has basted a quilt for me and I am very happy with the result. I will definitely be asking for this basting service in the future.  No more crawling over the floor pinning my quilts together and it makes quilting such a pleasure with no pins to worry about as I quilt. Thank you Leeanne.

I will thread baste approximately 4-5" columns  using my long arm machine and a contrasting thread. When you have finished your quilting you simply pull the threads out! How cool is that!
For more details see "let me Quilt for you". (top of this page).

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's not a quilt until it's quilted................................

The following three quilts are now quilts! All three customers asked for all over quilting designs.

 First up is a quilt created by Christine for her ten year old granddaughter.The pattern came from a book called " Jellyroll Inspiration", compiled by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The pattern was designed by Joanne Ridley, the design is called " May Flowers".

Christine was running out of time to get this quilt finished in time for her granddaughters birthday, so she chose all over quilting instead of the more time consuming custom quilting.

I quite fancy this quilting, called "Camellia's". The quilt measures 59" x 68", the thread is a soft pinky/mauve Glide thread. Christine had the prettiest backing.

Thank you Christine.
Next is Suzanne's Swoon quilt. Suzanne was keen to have a Baptist Fan quilting. Facebook followers will remember my sneak peeks.

Isn't this a lovely quilt! So fresh and revitalizing. I used a white Madeira poly thread top and bottom.

Thank you Suzanne, no doubt we will see this lovely quilt featured on your blog when you have completed the binding.
Next up is Elaine's group Row by Row quilt. Made several years ago as a group effort, Elaine was keen to get this fun quilt quilted!

Elaine was happy to go with an all over quilting design, there is a lot going on in this quilt, so it is probably the best choice.

A fun quilting design called "Splash"............seems appropriate for a beachy themed quilt. The backing looks good too, a soft blue flannel. Thank you Elaine, enjoy!

A few weeks back I was very fortunate to win Gail Pan's latest Christmas Stitchery book!! Whoopwhoop!

I am a big fan of Gail's designs, I have made several of her quilts and stitcheries, so I was delighted to win her book. Gail signed my copy for me, thanks Gail! I look forward to stitching up some of these beautiful designs.

Simon has been up to his usual mischief, sleeping in places he's not meant to, scratching, just the the usual stuff to get our attention. In the following photo he was having a cute moment sitting on the stairs.

The next customer quilt I am working on is a custom job, very pretty.........I am still working on the ditch stitching.

 Until next time......................................

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A week long road trip final part and back to quilting!

                                                You are still with fabulous!
Last part in my journey, when the holiday is over it is back to those lovely customer quilts!
Seeing my granddaughter is always a treat and we have great fun, she wears me out more than a mountain ever can! We booked into a camp ground where she quickly (10 minutes on arrival) made friends with a girl staying at the camp ground too, also befriending the resident had to be the Easter Bunny we decided!

   This rabbit was huge and loved banana's! I thought it was monkeys that liked banana's???
Then there was the camp ground cat. This cat had us running after it as it had a 'thing' for going in bags, when it's head went through the plastic bag handle it got a fright and ran through the camp ground with the plastic bag looking more like a parachute than a plastic bag! Picture us and several other campers running to the cats rescue, but how to get the cat down from the tree it had scrabbled up? We did manage it o free the cat and even got the plastic bag back. Here is the cat just before the adventure began.

Visits to the local pools, staying until we were as wrinkly as prunes, ice creams at the park, colouring in, washing our dishes with shampoo.............I didn't know our cabin was that basic! Then off up to see Dawson Falls on Mount Taranaki (Mt Egmont).

                                               This place never looses it's natural beauty.

                            Fairy and Gobblin type bush that would suit any Harry Potter film.

Seeing the mighty mountain was an interesting example of how the weather can really change on a mountain, we watched as the clouds slowly moved over the mountain like someone was pulling a blanket down over it to tuck it in for the evening ahead.
After a teary farewell I headed back to my friend Julie's to help break the long drive home. Julie's cottage always tempts me, so a wee bit of shopping took place.

         I fell in love with this little trio, a little table and two chairs up cycled by Julie herself.

Don't you think this is a cute setting for Little Bear and Even Littler Bear?? I found a small vintage linen with an embroidered tea cup and saucer and even two little plates to set the scene.
Another item to add to my snowman collection was waiting for me at Julie's too.

This is a small display I have on top of my log fire box, but with this sudden drop in temperatures here in New Zealand I will have to move my collection elsewhere soon enough. Whoopwhoop winter is coming folks!!
Back at home the tramping boots are away, bags unpacked and back to the business of quilting.

Jenny and her twelve year old grandson made this cheerful quilt for friends that are expecting a baby. Jenny asked for an all over quilting design, I chose a nice one called "Splash".

                        A nice purple backing..............................................................

Thanks Jenny!
Another customer quilt with the same all over quilting design is all finished and waiting to be picked up, you may have seen peeks on my Facebook page?

Thanks for joining me on a fabulous week. I hope you have the wood pile ready to go and warm socks at the ready.................see you soon!