Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sweet Peas

It’s time for a catch up. We’ve had, I think, three Sweet Pea gatherings this year. The ladies are as busy as ever with their different crafty pursuits.

Debbie has been creating a Foxy population explosion! Look at this troop.

Debbie's foxes

Rochelle brought a pattern home from Canada and charm square pack to make this crib quilt:

Rochelles circle baby quilt

Being the clever pixie that she is Rochelle looked at the outers of the circles

Rochelles reverse circles

….and figured out that there was a potential to make another quilt:

Rochelles second circle quilt

As a group we have joined the Bloom Quilt sew along this year.

Bloom quilt

Sorry about the poor image – best I could grab off the net.

We have made our first round of blocks, Block 1 and two:

Bloom quilt along

It’s so interesting to see our different fabric and colour combinations.Margaret (bottom row) is sewing hers onto a wool background.Rochelle, top right is using peel and stick, the rest of us are using the interfacing method.

Margaret has just finished quilting this Ginormous Big-as-Texas quilt. We had to take it outside to get a photo:

Margaret's huge quilt

Rochelle made these very cute retro caravan placemats as a retirement present for a work colleague.

 

Rochelles Caravan place mats

So all is well with Sweet Peas.

Thanks for popping by

    

Monday, March 14, 2016

Jaxon’s Digger Digger Quilt

Debbie’s Grandson Jaxon is crazy about big machines. This may have something to do with his Father’s occupation. Jaxon has just moved into his big boys bed. So a Caterpillar tractor panel plus some extra fabric turned into this.

Jaxon's quilt 1

Jaxon’s Mother has close connections with the Fire Brigade so this was a great choice for the back:

Jaxon's quilt back

Jaxon’s first look at his quilt:

Jaxon and his quilt

Jaxon and his quilt on his big boy bed

I think that’s a happy boy face. I can hear him saying “Digger, digger, digger”.

    

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Ashbourne Mill

…is a quilt designed by Australian quilt designer Katrina Hadjimichael. Do pop over to her blog and look at her Jane Austin quilts.

Chris started this quilt in a class with Katrina at the last Quilting Symposium in New Zealand. Luckily for me she entrusted it to my care for quilting. I wanted to complete most of the quilting in a traditional style but couldn’t resist a few pebbles.There are lots of elements to this quilt which needed their own special treatment.I estimate that it took a good forty hours to quilt. Remember I don't use stencils nor do I have a computer guided machine.

I actually remembered to take a before picture:

Chris quilt full

Onto the frame

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The first thing I did was after tacking the entire quilt was stitch in the ditch around all major components.

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Time consuming but I like to do this as it gives a much crisper finish to the quilt. SID – five hours gone.

Four borders and a different treatment for each one.

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See those brown flying geese? They are all different sizes and angles. They were a challenge! In the end I decided to pull in the feather shapes from the Flying Geese border,

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I love the shapes in this quilt. There is so much movement going on. The centre is particularly interesting:

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As well as conquering the tricky piecing in the top Chris pieced a very interesting backing too:

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Love to see some quilt back stitching loveliness:

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Sadly I wasn’t able to hang the quilt for a final look but I think this view is pretty good.

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Bye bye Ashbourne Mill it was a pleasure to quilt you.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Tale of Two Quilts

After our visit to England last year there were two people we wanted to send quilted hugs to.

The first person is Ruth, who let us have the run of her bungalow in the charming village of Eccleshall not once but twice! Ruth has her bungalow decorated in the most delightful way it was hard to decide what to send. In the end we decided soft and pastel was the best thing to go with.

Ruths quilt

 

Some of the Bear’s Paw blocks came from a Round Robin I participated in and Peggy made a few extras to make a four x four setting. A nice soft all over clam shell seemed the perfect solution for this quilt.

Close up quilting ruths quilt

I love the soft smudged look of this colour palette. Because we know that Ruth loves the Christmas season we popped a cheeky Christmas fabric on the back.Look a chocolate wrapped for Christmas.

Hershey and Ruths quilt

The other person who needed a quilt was Josie the youngest member of our English family.We stayed strong and resisted temptation to buy fabric while we were in England. One exception was a panel we bought in a tiny Patchwork shop in Eccleshall, called The Corner Patch.Such a tiny shop I am surprised to see they have a shop on line facility. When we got home we realised that the panel we bought was the perfect centre for a quilt for Josie.

Josies quilt number one

The printed hexagons at the top and the bottom of panel inspired Peggy to make more pieced hexagons for a border.

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Peggy put this together so cleverly. The hexagons seem to float around the centre. Not content with that wizardry, look at this back art!

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As always the panel was fun to quilt.

Josie quilt centre

Sweet Dreams Ruth and Josie, we hope you have many happy snuggles with your quilts.

   

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Another Marvellous Modern quilt...

......made by Cat of http://catalinanz.blogspot.co.nz/

Here's a before peek:


Interesting pattern, yes? 

First of all wishbones in the leaves:





Then lots of swirls travelling up the quilt 

A very interesting backing. The middle is patchwork utilising some vintage linens plus a lovely bright modern fabric. Very pretty

Just because I can here's another look.

Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Cat.

Linda



Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sunday Sundries


Got to love the bright colours of summer. Debbie gave us this lily three years ago. This year it has been absolutely splendid.

From large to tiny, it's all happening in our garden.


These poppies look like they are made of crepe paper.

It wouldn't be summer if I didn't pop in a Bumble Bee.

Spotted in the lagoon on Waikato River this afternoon. (Mason this one's for you). 

Our new bank garden installed be our lovely WWOOFERS is looking well established already. 

Check out lovely Maria from Austria. Doesn't she make you think of Heidi in mountain meadows?


........and no Sunday blog would be complete without a picture of the fur babies.


Thanks for checking in. 

Linda



Monday, February 01, 2016

A Star turn

Andreena’s Carpenter’s Star.


Full custom quilt on this one. Curved crossed hatching, feathers, Mc Dazzling, scallops, piano keys. This quilt has it all!



Such a pretty quilt. Thanks for asking me to quilt for you Andreena.

   

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