Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Weather, horse, quilts

It's still very depressing weather here in the UK, especially Scotland, it's never stopped raining but we did see the sun for a little while on Wednesday. Our old farmhouse is taken a battering from the storms, the water is starting to seep into her old bones, slates are lying in the gutters up on the roof and after only 200 years a glass has broken in one of the loft skylights. We were reminded last week of how fragile life can be but also how lucky some are to walk away unscathed but sore from what could have been a fatal accident. The rain can continue to seep in for a while, my family is more precious than this old farmhouse.

Spring must be just around the corner though as today was our annual scanning of the in-by sheep, once they are shed off into there lots of barren, single, twins and triplets they will be housed in the sheep sheds until lambing time in April. I bet those sheep are so pleased to be inside after the atrocious weather.




We had a new arrival on the farm this week too, we saw her advertised on Tuesday, Kyle and his Granddad went to see and ride her on Wednesday then brought her home on Friday, very quick but bought from a friend, so hopefully all will be well.  This is Flora or Flo, a 16hh hunter type sports horse, Kyles new ride, it was a rather blustery day so the photos aren't great, many more will follow I'm sure.


I had a few quilts go home last week, here are a few done with edge to edge or pantograph quilting.
The first was pieced by a lady in who is 96 years old, it's Dresden blades from a jelly roll pieced in strips, she made a very good job of matching the colours across the quilt. Her only suggestion was that her dear daughter loves daisies, so 'Daisies' it was.





It looks wonderful doesn't it?






Anne made this lovley Chinese Coins type quilt in autumn colours, we chose a Chocolate leaves pantograph, it showed wonderful texture from the polyester wadding.





Pam also chose Chocolate leaves for this scrappy jelly roll quilt, I chose to use Metro thread in Khaki Sand, it was a good choice.

Hers are a few of the quilts that went home before Christmas....



This is such a lovely quilt made for a young lady going off to University, and it's all made from fabric from the families pyjamas, isn't it such a lovely quilt to treasure when you are away from home, quilted with a surf pantograph.







Another quilted with Chocolate Leaves, it's a very popular panto, it made a lovely quilt....




This last one was destined as a Christmas gift for Kevin's Mum at Fabric Focus in Edinburgh, it's a lovely log cabin design, with a swirly pantograph or edge to edge quilt  design.

That's it, I am caught up with photos, if any were missed I'm sorry but I think it is time to move on to this year, it is February after all....


Sunday, 31 January 2016

Gertrude causes flooding problems

It's so sad that my local quilt shop, Borderland Fabrics at Jedburgh was flooded this week by storm Gertrude. Although Annette's quick thinking manage to save most of the fabrics, all of the carpets and some shop fittings are ruined. The shop is closed for the time being. 
I will contact any of my customers that I know I'd made arrangements with (if I have your telephone numbers). If you were coming to meet me at the shop or know anyone who intended to meet me at Jedburgh on Friday 5th 2016 can you please pass on this information, Thank you....

Here are some photos of quilts that went home during last year that haven't been shown....






This is Joanne's Swoon quilt destined to be a wedding gift for a beloved niece....everyone knows I'm a sucker for a swoon quilt....






I loved this quilt from Anna, she is a prolific piecer, this quilt had an edge to edge treatment, it looked great in this room, the fabric choices were a perfect compliment...

I am busy quilting and have quilts to show but my customers have to see them first before you do, so next post will hopefully have some photos of this years quilts....

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Featured Quilter in Today's Quilter, a UK Magazine

I mention it in a Facebook post but I forgot to mention it here on my blog.

Issue 4 of Todays Quilter has me as the Featured Quilter, Jane Rae came to my home studio for an interview back in September. This issue came out just before Christmas. I struggled to find any magazines available locally, I had wanted to include copies in with some of my Christmas gifts. I put a plea out on one of my Facebook groups and had copies sent in the post just before Christmas and then Jane managed to procure me a few extra copies too so I was all set....

It a fabulous magazine full of ideas and inspiration...






Jane did a wonderful job of writing up the article and there on the right is a piece about Coriene's Stonefield quilt, the one I quilted for her, it won 'Visitors Choice' at Festival of Quilts Birmingham. 

Monday, 4 January 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New year to you all!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, mine was a little flat as I was a little bit of colour for some reason between Christmas Eve to probably New Year's Eve, had a bit of a temperature, aching legs and I slept way too much. Now that the tree is down and the decorations stored I now feel ready to get back to normal!

I had great plans to finish up lots of small projects over the holidays but in actual fact, all I did was sew a button on my DH's jacket, finished sewing the binding on this utility quilt and made a cover for my new stand mixer, not really what I had in mind.



Double sectioned pocket on the back...



Big single pocket on the front...


Like everyone else the run up to Christmas was a little hectic, I shipped off some lovely boxes of my hand made soaps to customers, the traditional tartan boxes were much appreciated.


I managed to get all of my promised quilts finished and even got a couple of quilts ahead...



Surf on a lovely 'half hexie' baby quilt



Jessie's Swirls on a jelly roll type quilt.




Freemotion hand guided quilting of feathers and swirls on this lovely diagonal fourpatch quilt


This modern Christmas quilt is a kit from the US, little panels and four patches with a border of trees with scarves, it's very busy. Not a lot was going to show on the front, as the busy backing fabric was a little short, with Anna's permission I chose a matching red solid for the back which really did show off the quilting.

Last year I took part in a small online swap with a few 'would be' digitisers, we each designed a snowflake, sent our design to Kari who then made all of the designs available to all of the participants. This is the first quilt since then that I could have used the snowflakes on, the back really showed them off.













I designed another wreath of Christmas lights with baubles and alternated this block between the snowflakes







I quilted swirls in the sashings and roughly outlined the tree trunks to take in a bit of fullness and quilted a big freestyle holly and ribbon wreath around the whole border....


This green Hexie quilt was specially made by Maria as a gift for a new baby whose room had green leaves on the walls, I was asked to quilt leaves and Witchery symbols.











I freemotion quilted a freestyle leaf border and various symbols including stars, suns, moons, hearts, a hatchet for protection, swirls for energy, etc, etc. I was also asked to do a full binding on this quilt, this is the quilt featured in the binding tutorial at the top of this page....at present I only offer a half binding service to my clients. This quilt has already been delivered as the baby is already here, in Denmark....

Remember this quilt, I showed it back in April, I bought the top in a Thrift store in Paducah, Kentucky. The first photo shows it as a quilt top pictured in the house of Gayle Kaler, (Lady Mayoress of Paducah), where we stayed during our visit. It looked like it had been washed as the edges were a little tattered so I trimmed them straight. I chose a digitized design synonymous with Paducah, 'Dogwoods' by Anne Bright Designs.
It's a perfect souvenir of my trip to Paducah this year, it was great to reflect and remember happy times while sewing down the binding.
Does anyone know the name of this block?

Thank you to Mereth and Annie for naming the block, it's a Texas Star....





I know there are customer quilts still on my SD card that I haven't shown yet, when I come across them I will insert them in future posts, as time allows...

OK, now back to work!