Thursday, 26 March 2015

Everybody loves a raffle!

I've been lucky to quilt three raffle quilts just recently for three local quilters guilds....details of  each show or exhibition is shown under each section, please bear in mind these photographs were taken before binding.

Solway Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015

Solway Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015

Solway Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015
Above... Stars and Chains for the Solway Quilters. This is a big quilt, it goes right to the floor, 96" x 96", just what I like, in green, tan and dusky burgundy on a cream background with a green backing. Quilted with cream matching thread and an all over design named Green Tea Leaves. 

Solway Quilters, Exhibition by Dumfies and Galloway Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers, Solway Quilters and Dumfies and Distrct Embroiderers Guild exhibition, Dumfries. 18th Apr 2015 to 16th May 2015. Entitled ' Fabric, Fibre and Thread' Textile Triennial, This exhibition will be held at the Gracefields Art Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road Dumfries DG1 1JQ . Open Tues-Sat 2-5pm, entry free, cafe and disabled access.  Contact Jo Cockerill for information 01387 780 220


Oxnam Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015
Oxnam Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015

Above... Cathy Crozier is the organiser for Oxnam Quilters, this is a small country quilt group. The Oxnam Quilter raffle quilt is in this rusty brick red with aqua and yellow colours and cream backing fabric quilted with an edge to edge design named Surf.  The quilt measures 68x 85inches.

The Oxnam Quilters biennial show will be held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May at Oxnam Village Hall out in the Cheviot Hills above Jeburgh in the Scottish Borders.  This is a wonderful little show, well worth a country car ride, tea and cakes will be available.


Milton Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015

Milton Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015
Milton Quilters Raffle Quilt 2015

Above...  Milton Quilters af Portobello, Edinburgh chose blues and pinks in fabrics that have an oriental feel with cherry blossom scattered throughout. The design is a traditional log cabin block with red chimneys.  This quilt is square and measures 77 x 77 inches, I quilted a Wildflower edge to edge design in a Silver grey thread. 

Milton Quilters will be holding there quilt show at on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May   10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.   Admission £3.00 to include refreshments

Venue:   Portobello Old Parish Church Halls, Bellfield Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2BR

Quilt Raffle in aid of Poppy Scotland.    
Sales table, cushion raffle, trader

I'm sure that you would all be made very welcome at any of these quilt shows, I'm sure all will have sales tables with fabric and quilting supplies......

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Miscellaneous ....


Busy, busy!

We had a trip up to Dunblane last week, staying at the Double Tree Hilton Hydro.




Our Grandson was nominated and received the winners award for Rural Skills for Schools,  Learner of the Year Award. Kyle received his award from Nick Nairn, TV Chef, Celebrity and Chef at the Dunblane Hydo.

The Kelpies...

There is alwasy lots to catch up on here at home, if it's not farm related, it's quilt related, there's always something going on.

Then there are quilts to be quilted....



Margaret had pieced this quilt as a gift for her Daughter, a rail fence with pinwheel corners. It's different with an unusual colour scheme as requested, I love the deer fussy cut corner blocks. Margaret chose Bushberries an edge to edge design.



Jane pieced this quilt as a block of the month and although not her usual colour, I think it works very well, I quilted it with Green Tea Leaves an edge to edge design.

Don't you just love a piles of quilts?



And my two quilts have already left the building and are on their way to Paducah, Kentucky, hope they are not too crushed when they get there.




Saturday, 7 March 2015

1930's Dresden revisited!

I had a heartfelt request to help my Client make this labour of love into a quilt.

Carole's Grandmother sewed the Dresden Plates with original 1930's fabrics, Carole appliqued the plates onto blocks and set them with alternate plain calico blocks and this lovely restful green sashing.

I used a mixture of freemotion quilting, my own digitised quilting designs and commercial quilting designs.





All of the blocks were stitched in the ditch first to stabilise the quilt, then the plates were outline, I didn't want to overpower the plates with quilting, the quilting in the dresden plates is freemotion, handguided.


I digitised the ghosted dresden plates to mimic the appliqued blocks and also digitised my own radiant corner frames.

 I love the way the radiant corners create that star accent at the junctions of the sashings.


I picked out a commercial flowery border design to mimic the flowers in some of the fabrics. Carole added borders to grow the quilt, when borders are added like this there is a tendency for the borders to be wavy with too much fabric. I was pleased that Carole had already chosen a piano key border, piano keys are a the perfect treatment for full borders. I traded that up to a beadboard border so that I had minimal travelling in the cream fabric and all of that fullness disappeared.






Carole and her DH kindly sent me photos of the quilt all bound and finished at last in it's new home....that's around sixty or seventy years in the making...., it looks fabulous Carole, thank you!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Great News.

And....good news for me....No, make the 'Great News',

I have had two quilts accepted for The Paducah Quilt Show. This is a juried show so first your quilts have to be submitted, it's a great thrill to have them accepted. It's more exciting to visit a show and know your own quilts are hanging there. The quality of workmanship in the American shows is so high that I am under no illusion that my quilts will ever win ribbons. I'll be shipping '1514 AKA The Horse' and 'Inner Circle Flower of Scotland' to the US very soon. I'm now getting even more excited about my trip with Linzi and Ellen...


Here is a link to the Semi finalists page for The AQS Paducah Quilt Week 2015, I can't believe that my name is along side all of those wonderful quilters....WOW......



3D Quilts, Mexican flowers....

I had a client bring me a quilt with 3D folded flowers. Eunice requested custom quilting but left the interpretation to me. Sometimes it's difficult to know how far to push the quilting level.


My main focus was to keep the definition in the flowers but not have quilting that was too expensive or over the top, I chose a simple feathered medallion motif in the centre and was pleased that the slightly A-symmetrical blocks gave an overlay effect. I emphasised the 3D flowers by outlining the petals and leaves which helped them pop off the quilt a little.


There were many thread changes to complement the flower colours and little feather motifs in the flower centres. The batting is 100% bamboo, I was a little nervous that the quilting wasn't showing up, that also curbed the quilting level a little but once off the frame the quilt relaxed and showed it's true colours...




Thankfully another happy customer.......

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Celtic Basketweave in Machine Quilting Unlimited

Look what dropped through my door here in Scotland....




My article on Celtic Basketweave looks terrific in print. I'm loving this issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited, have already read it cover to cover. Check it out to see my article on Celtic Basketweave. Here in the UK it's available as a hard copy at  http://www.contentedcat.co.uk/News.html or from  http://mqumag.com/ both hard copy and digital straight to your laptop or device....

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Trunk of Treasure....

I was gifted a trunk of treasure yesterday....
One of our elderly neighbours is moving house, this trunk belonged to his Mother...


Fabulous trunk....


Boxes of tapestry yarn, embroidery hoops....


That white fluffy thing is a goose down stole lined with silk....


Boxes of cotton for lace making 



A pair of handmade lace cuffs with matching collar, rolls of  bobbin lace....



Books on lace making with patterns....




Lots of cross craft inspiration here...

Benjer's food supplement, I covered part of the label as I don't think it is now very PC

We all laughed as I read out the advert for Benger's food supplement but were amazed to hear reference to this very product while watching 'Call the Midwife' later that evening....


A mile of 'six cord' cotton on a huge spool.......


 Right in the bottom of the trunk was this box full of bobbins for lace making


 Look at all of those turned wooden bobbins with all those spangles, some bobbins are inlaid with pewter....


Some of these bone bobbins are in Christmas reds and greens...maybe Christmas gifts...


This bone bobbin is inscribed with the date June 3rd 1924 and has blue bands....made me wonder if it was a gift similar to a Christening mug...


What a lovely selection.....I feel a new hobby coming on.....