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, Coriene started the quilt to take her minds off the 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 4/5 months to complete, It's all hand pieced and appliqued 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....

And look just there, can you see an empty red 'goose' just waiting for Coriene to add my initials.....
My favourite block....so 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!

21 comments:

  1. Wow! What a terrific quilting job, and the fulness laid down so nicely with that beautiful border fill.

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  2. It's brilliant Kay. What a wonderful job you and your clients did.

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  3. We love everything you have done and every day we notice something new when we are looking at this beauty! Thank you very much, Coriene and Dicky

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  4. Love the quilts story and the thank you gifts they sent! Beautiful job quilting it so the piecing can shine! Looks so nice on your bed too!

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  5. How gorgeous, it's unbelievable how beautiful both the piecing and your quilting.

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  6. Oh Kay.................such a thing of beauty! The quilt is a masterpiece and you have finished this off to make an heirloom! You really are an international quilter................you are amazing! I would love to ask you about your selection of rulers sometime.

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  7. Oh my goodness. So amazing and those hexies all around the border. Gorgeous and you made it even more so

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  8. What a beautiful quilt and you Kay unify the entire design with many different quilting patterning like only a Master Quilter like yourself could accomplish!

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  9. as the designer of this quilt, it is wonderful to read this post and see the beautiful work you have added to the quilt.Everyone deserves congratulations, Susan

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  10. Kay, you are a Maestro of the longarm machine. Their piecing and your quilting make it a masterpiece. I can see the work that went into coming up with the quilting, it's brilliant. I imagine that you stretched your mental quilting "muscles". They are all just perfect, I especially love how you did the single flower with a heart quilted around it. You always amaze me. Thank you for sharing this quilt with us. I am sorry for their loss, I know only too well how it feels. What a great tribute to a well loved Dear Friend. Sara @ ohsirius7@hotmail.com

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  11. What a beauty and the quilting is magnificent! Thank you for sharing these photos.... so inspiring! I love the colors of this quilt... a work of art both in the piecing and quilting!

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  12. Wow Beautiful quilt and beautiful quilting...........amazing job!!!

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  13. Beautiful! Thank you for posting the photos! It's a treasure!

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  14. The quilt is gorgeous, the quilting - breathtaking. I hope one day to have a quilt quilted by you. Jane, Georgia USA

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  15. A beautiful quilt and equally lovely quilting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Such a special beauty! Love the quilting you did!

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  17. Just found your page on a search today. Such a lovely quilt and your quilting is perfect! I love all the special touches you added to the individual blocks. And thanks for showing how carefully you handled the edges. You definitely gave the quilt the care it deserved!

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  18. Just found this also, I can only say WOW!!! I am starting Stonefields, if I can only do 1/2 as good as this quilt I will be satisfied.

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