Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Normal service will be/has been resumed.....GIMQ Post #5

I've been holding off with this blog post as I'd misplaced the SD card from my camera, obviously I've found it now, a blog post is no use what so ever without photos is it?

I had lots of good intentions over the past couple of weeks. After working on customer quilts right up to Christmas I resolved to take a couple of weeks to recoup and reorganise with a bit of painting, a bit of cleaning and a fair bit of farm office paperwork. I did paint and clean my farmhouse kitchen, I did catch up on my office work but still need to finalise my accounts before sending off to our Accountant. I faffed around trying to clear some space in my studio so it feels less claustrophobic, although I have a 30 foot room, it's just too full just now.

I finished up a Linus baby quilt top pieced from some leftovers from a different baby quilt.....

The digitised panto is Dropsy, quite appropriate for a broken dishes quilt don't you think?

I made a big push to finish piecing my GIMQ (Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt) and 'Tad Dah' it's done.

Last clue done!

Halfway stage......

My big reveal...

Joining in with a mystery or sew along is fun sometimes you add another quilt to your repertoire without even realising it. The colour choices and fabrics may not be your normal choice, have to say these are my colours with just minimal tweaks and constant fabrics. All of the other GIMQer's or sewers get you going to finish up in double time, believe me some people had their quilt blocks all pieced on New years day, that's the same day as the last clue was revealed. If you have never joined in with a sew along you should, it's fun.

Thank you Bonnie for all that you do, it's really appreciated, I'm linking this post with Bonnie's reveal linky at Quiltville
I'm waiting for just the perfect bolt of backing which has been on order since October and wouldn't you just know it is now on back order.....hope it comes soon, the colours will be a perfect match, who knew?

I'm already back to working on customer quilts, I have a small queue to be getting on with so that's really nice to just slide back into.....I'll be back in a while with a some customer catch ups.....

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Rydal 9patchesnpinwheels...

Health Wealth and Happiness to all in 2015

I gifted some quilts over the festive season, here is a little review......

Rydal 9patchesnpinwheels...

This quilt started life while hosting a quilting retreat at Rydal Hall in September 2014.
Inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s free pattern ‘patches and pinwheels’ which you can find Bonnie here at Quiltville.

I was gifted a jelly roll then bought a Moda scrap bag in autumn colours that matched while at MQX, Portland 2013. The pinwheels (cut using the easy angle ruler ) from the 3 ½ inch strips in the scrap bag were perfect to match the nine patches made from 2 1/2 inch jelly roll strips, I didn’t turn my pinwheels coz I wanted my blocks to float on the border. 

I’m usually a freehand freemotion girl and have only thus far used my computerised system for doing edge to edge designs but my body was tired from doing customer quilts leading up to Christmas so I relented and did a custom digitised design using Decatur Feathers from My Creative Stitches. The binding was finished Christmas Day before gifting to my Mother who loved it….

Next up was a Cabin type quilt with deer and again autumnal colours, this is a vintage top which I quilted with an all-over digitised design by Anne Bright called Deer Crossing....

Now, I definitely took photos of the quilt, when I find them I'll update the post???

I gave this warm looking quilt to a friend who has just move into a new home

It was a mystery quilt that I made a couple of years ago, helped by my Granddaughter who pieced the pillow case. I'm sure Millie and Gem will use it lots....

I also finished up the binding last night whilst watching 'The Help' on TV waiting for the 'New Year to arrive, this was a top I bought from a friend recently who sold some of her quilt tops to raise funds for her Grand Son to travel.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Playing catch up..... Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Post #4

I got a little behind with the piecing but I finished up all of clue #3.  Instead of continuing with clue #4, I decided to go back and finish up those chevron type blocks from clue #2....that feels good!

Now, tomorrow I feel like I can move forwards and finish up another clue before Bonnie reveals clue 6 on Friday, I may still be one clue behind but that's OK, I might get another clue done on New Years Day, who knows?

Linking this post with Bonnie's Monday Link Up .....

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Feeling a bit like Christmas

I have some very trusting Clients, I often get quilt tops in the post and have simple instructions to choose light custom or freemotion all over or digitised designs. These two quilts came down from Edinburgh in the post.

This quilt has modern Christmas fabric charm squares. The outer white frame I quilted with 'molar feathers', the middle white frame has ' molar feathers and the occasional holly leaf and the middle white frame has holly leaves and curls, I practice my freemotion quilting with a little drawing to get me going....
I'm linking this post up with Bonnie Hunter's Christmas quilt linky party 2014 at Quiltville

Merry Christmas from Scotland

Although not strictly a Christmas quilt this quilt with coneflowers is in a lovely, cosy flannel fabric, I chose a digitised daisy design that had the look of coneflowers. The backing was pieced in quarters and although I will tell my clients that I can't guarantee to get it perfectly centred, I was secretly thrilled that it was perfect with very little effort....that doesn't always happen!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Daisy's Stonefield!

'Wow, you are an International Quilter now', I was told by a friend recently.

Well, I had to tell her that I've been International for a while, I've quilted for clients in France, Belgium, Southern Ireland, Ireland and (can you believe) Colorado, USA. Now I can add the Netherlands to that list too!

I recently shipped a quilt back to Holland, this is the story of 'Daisy's Stonefield!'

I first met Coriene and and her mother Dicky on the first day of the show at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham 2014 when they came to the APQS longarm stand to try out one of our longarm machines. They came back on day two and were excited to realise that they had already viewed and photographed my quilting hanging in the show. On day three it had been decided that they would ask me to quilt their Stonefields quilt!

Daisy's Stonefield was started in April 2014 when their dog Daisy, a longtime family member died, they started the quilt to take their minds off their loss. The pattern designer for Stonefields is Susan Smith, a quilter from Australia. The original quilt was made to be used as a prop in an upcoming Irish film.

This quilt top was sent from Holland, in the Netherlands by courier and arrived here in Scotland on 21st October. I was in awe of all the beautiful fabrics, piecing and applique, I couldn't believe that this quilt top wasn't a lifetimes work and had only taken 6/7 months to complete, it's all hand pieced and ppliqued to! I wondered how or what I could do to make it any better? As a longarm quilter I like to think I can add to the overall effect, I wasn't sure there was anything left I could add.

Some of the rulers used
My brief was to quilt lightly in the blocks and more densely in the border but basically to do my best for the quilt.

I thought about it for a while and procrastinated for another while before loading the quilt top. Daisy's Stonefields was on the frame for around three weeks. Firstly I did all of the stitch in the ditch work to stabilise the blocks, then quilted the flying geese break border and then the blocks working methodically from block one, row one, through all eleven rows. All of the blocks are different although there are duplicates, the fabrics are not the same, no two blocks are alike so I quilted every block with a different quilting design. Some blocks needed minimal quilting, in some of the simpler blocks there was more space so while quilting one block I looked and planned what I would quilt on the next block.

When all 121 blocks were quilted it was time to start on those 12 inch borders. Any longarm quilter will tell you that borders as wide as this will often have problems. As all of those hexagon flowers (I counted 165) have been strategically placed on the border fabric, the fullness had to be contained where it was, believe me this is a very well pieced quilt, this was not a huge problem but did need care.

I was pleased to be able to densely quilt the background while outlining all of those flowers, so I just worked my way around each of those borders, one border a day carefully gathering in the fabric as I went...  each border took one whole 8 hour day, then it was finished.

Details, Daisy's Stonefield 96 x 96" many different fabrics, wonderfully fussy cut with a French General backing fabric, Superior So fine 402 quilting thread, wool wadding supplied by Coriene. All freemotion hand guided with ruler work.

The top border and the start
The bottom border and the end
The pattern for this Stonefields quilt is available as a block of the month, (well, 10 blocks per month for 10 months) from Coriene at Amaryllis Lifestyle with International shipping available, you can buy as a pattern with templates signing up for 10 months. Coriene also has a blog at  Curl House Quilts , these two websites are in Dutch but Google will translate with some amazingly funny results sometimes???
Now here are some photos of this amazing quilt.......

Fantastic fussy cutting....

My favourite sweet.....

Some quilts you just don't want to send home......but how sweet to know Coriene and Dicky were thrilled with the quilting, how wonderful to receive a personal gift of blue Delph ware mugs by Blond of Amsterdam with cute little delph clogs attached and a packet of Hopjes, a coffee flavoured traditional Dutch candy.....

Thank you Coriene and Dicky for trusting me to see and quilt this future family heirloom, it's fabulous!