Friday, 19 April 2019

One For Maria....


There are some people who come into your life and leave again without even casting a shadow and then there was Maria.
Maria was a perfectionist, she enjoyed all crafts from patchwork to beading to paper crafting to embroidery, everything, she embraced all of them and was hungry to educate herself in all aspects. Maria was interested in everything and everyone. Maria fought many battles in her life, not least her physical health and MS but it was the big C that she fought to the very end never wanting to give up...

There is a wealth of craftwork left behind some still to be finished, Cathy organised for Maria's friends continued to work on this quilt that was only maybe half pieced. It was a lot of work, it's all English paper pieced, Anne donated the backing and wadding and I quilted it with 'flower crosshatch'.....

This will be gifted to one of Maria's dear Daughters...
We all loved Maria!!!

















This lovely colourful log cabin quilt was pieced by Elaine who posted her quilt to me with the only advisory that it was to be gifted to friends who had an allotment, (vegetable garden), could I find a quilting design with vegetables.
I searched and searched but eventually found a design called 'vegetable soup'. It has carrots, peas. beetroot, turnips, and apples and tomatoes, it was perfect. The top looks just like a pixelated cottage garden full of flowers....












Thursday, 28 February 2019

Tartan Tango

I started this quilt as a quick piecing project over Christmas to give me some 'me time' in my workroom. It's made up from scraps and fat quarters, I cut all of the white background out first but then cut the coloured pieces out five or six blocks at a time.I thought it would be finished and be ready for quilting over the holiday but best laid plans and all that. It did get quilted at the beginning of February though and now it's all bound. It's a big quilt 56 x 12" blocks with a 4" border. You can fuss and fuddle over the colour placement as you go, it'll turn out just fine. Quilted with an off white thread to match the background fabric using Crystal Maze digitised quilting design...
I like a quilt that comes right to the flour like a counterpane, so its a large double or king size, 104" by 92"













A Miscellany of quilts

I've had a selection of quilts from Kevin at Fabric Focus in Edinburgh, it's always a pleasure, I'm sure these will be displayed in the shop already.



This Grandmothers Flower Garden was English Paper Pieced by Margaret, quilted with Feather Flourish'. The pieced backing fabric was kind of centre, it isn't always possible to get a perfect finish even though I usually spend an extra hour of so loading the quilt.....




The Oxnam Quilters group near Jedburgh pieced this quilt for their raffle, tickets will be sold locally and at the biannual show in the summer, it's kind of a Celtic knot, quilted with Crystal Maze.




I'll be back very soon with more updates on quilts....



Saturday, 16 February 2019

Eunice does Mrs Billings

Eunice spent eighteen months piecing her Mrs Billings quilt by machine. These really are a labour of love which I would never have the patience to even start never mind finish. It must be a great sense of achievement to see it finished though.
This is the second Mrs Billings that I have quilted, there is so much piecing that quilting design choices are limited and cost prohibitive for my clients too. So simple quilting although every piece is quilted somehow.

Mrs Billings is the pattern name available from Somerset Patchwork

Off white thread and customer supplied wadding, 92" x 92"

As with many of this type of quilt, both piecer and quilter spent time finding solutions to give a good result for the borders, but a pleasing result was accomplished on both sides....

As usual lots of photos....