Tuesday, 1 January 2019

I have some of the loveliest customers.....

Back in November I had a phone call which introduced me to the lovely Mrs Palmer who had been English Paper Piecing this Grandmothers Flower Garden top for much of her adult life. Jean as I now know her is 91 years old and one of the sweetest ladies you could ever meet. Jean asked if I could visit her home to discuss her quilting requirements which I duly did. She is impeccably turned out with her silver hair coiffed and her nails manicured and painted.

On the morning of my visit I gathered up a few of my quilts to do a bit of a show and tell, but also to show Jean what I could do with her quilt. Jean had her own ideas which we discussed but after seeing my quilts gave me free range as she thought I was the expert. I had my own personal show and tell of Jeans many handcrafted items ranging from knitted afghan blankets to crochet cardigans to hand made 'clippy and proddy' rugs, paintings, cross stitched wall hangings and cushions, we both had a grand old time. I left explaining I'd be back in two or three months as I had a bit of a queue in my work schedule just now.

After about three hours of pulling out tacking stitches and paper templates I thought I'd done lots but it took me another three evenings to get all of those suckers out. Once that job was done I was excited to get on and get this quilted. I really couldn't make Jean wait three months.

Jean had suggested that I bind the quilt in the shape it was around all of those points and bends, I think I would have lost the will to live!
Instead I opted to applique the whole top onto white borders using a short and narrow zig-zag stitch and invisible thread, after mitering the corners quite easily, (which I thought would be a bit tricky seeing as there are no 90 degree corners on hexagon blocks at all), it was ready to quilt. Adding the white borders actually made the quilt a more usable size for a double bed.

I chose a traditional edge to edge design named Feather Flourish as a lot of the quilting would disappear into the busy fabrics but I like how it showed itself on the white borders and blue polka dot backing fabric from my stash.
I added the binding so that the quilt was totally finished for Jean to see and use straight away, to say she was thrilled was an understatement.

Another lovely Lady is Mary. Mary travels on the bus from Glasgow to Edinburgh to Jedburgh to bring me her quilts, ingeniously packing them into her roll along suitcase. This one is for Mary's Daughter. its a typical lone star quilt with a plain backing fabric.

This quilt needed a bit of custom work, I opted for digitised designs alongside freemotion, handguided work. I used various coloured threads to suit the fabrics which gave a lovely effect of a wholecloth with different coloured threads on the backing fabric.

I had a lovely phone call from Mary to let me know her quilt had arrived just in time for her to add the binding and gift it to her Daughter for Christmas. Mary was thrilled with the result, I'm so lucky to have such lovely customers!

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Not quite over the edge of the year but....

Marion paper pieced this random hexagon quilt top years ago from fabrics harvested from some of the dresses she wore in the sixties and seventies. There is lots of history and sentimental memories hidden in each patch. Quilted with Surf. Marion chose the option of having me apply the half binding for her so that she could hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt top while she reminisced on her youth, misspent or otherwise....

Lillian pieced this logcabin quilt with a kit bought from Fabric Focus in Edinburgh, I quilted it with a design named Feather Flourish..

The Law Quilters up at North Berwick pieced this quilt top which will be raffled in 2019, lovely shades of teal, peach, browns and creams combine to make a lovely batik top. I quilted it with crystal Maize in a teal thread....

Irene's lovely Kaffe Fassett quilt is a Garden Trellis design , quilted with Midsummer which has hidden stars, moons, hearts and flowers.

Another lovely logcabin quilt from, traditional in design but and sporting the regular red chimneys but using lovely summery colours, again quilted with Midsummer

Ishbel pieced this lovely modern quilt top using a grey Grunge fabric for the background which really sets of the bright colours, Crystal maize was a perfect match to finish of the top, as usual Ishbel was delighted...

I'll be back again with another post before the end of the year......

Monday, 24 December 2018

Broderie Perse!

Angela is a return customer who produces outstanding appliqué work. This is broderie perse,  (French for "Persian embroidery") and is a style of appliqué which uses printed elements carefully cut from fabric to create a scene when appliqued onto the background fabric. It was most popular in Europe in the 17th century, and is said to have probably travelled from India.

As can be seen there are rich reds and creams appliqued in Baltimore style blocks with an undulating vine border with birds and butterflies. The wadding is Simply Cotton, 100% cotton. The quilting is all freehand, freemotion, handguided using a cream thread and an invisible thread to give definition to the flowers and leaves.

I know this is a treasured quilt that was stitched at the bedside of her little Granddaughter, Hannah during some difficult days in hostpital. The quilt will be gifted to Hannah in years to come. 

I really was sorry to send this one back home to Southern Ireland.

As usual, there are lots of photos to enjoy.....