Saturday 30 April 2016

Edge to Edge

April is always a busy time here on the farm, sheep are lambing and cows are calving, accounts and form filling have to be done no matter what! Stomachs need to be filled and humans realise that for a little while they can live on very little sleep. Life soon gets back to a 'normal' routine and we all catch up on our own personal schedules.

It was early April when these edge to edge quilts went off to their various homes.

This pink and aqua quilt has maybe a fat quarter of 'Breast Cancer Awareness' fabric on the pink patches, Elizabeth made it as a raffle quilt to raise funds, I quilted it with 'ribbon swirls', I thought that was appropriate.

This lovely quilt below uses a simple block formation to give the illusion of a square in a square, Barbara requested Baptist Fan edge to edge quilting and loved the effect.

Doreen chose gentle green tones for a double bed quilt and chose her favourite edge to edge design again for this one, it's Happy Times, always a popular choice.

The Girls at Law Quilters, pieced this huge '10 minute wonder block' quilt for their retiring Janitor, Jessie's swirls finished this one off beautifully.

As you can see the two quilts below took the option of having me apply the binding to the front of the quilt, my customers then hand stitched the binging to the back of the quilt themselves. If you would like this service please ask me about the half binding option.

This one went home just last week, Diane pieced this huge quilt and chose Crystal Maze, it worked really well, this is a new favourite for my customers

I love to see quilts folded and piled waiting to go home......

Saturday 9 April 2016

A Future Irish Heirloom..

I don't usually show photos of quilts until they are safely back in the hands of their owners, this one arrived back home this last week. Angela sent me this wonderful quilt top in the post from Dublin, Ireland. As you will no doubt see from the inscription, this top was three years in the making. This quilt is the first of four, for four daughters who were all married within ten months of each other. It has been a labour of love with love in every stitch from a Mother to her Daughter and her new Husband on their wedding day. I am told there will be a few embroidery stitches added before binding, who knows maybe it will be finished for the third wedding anniversary. This will be a true family heirloom I'm sure.

This is Angela's own original design with piecing, Broderie Perse and applique in reproduction and civil war fabrics. I used a Quilters Apothecary straight edge ruler by Jamie Wallen and two curved longarm rulers by my good friend Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple, Superior Monopoly invisible thread and a selection of coloured threads by Glide and Metro. The size is 84" x 77"ish and I used two layers of wadding (Simply Cotton 100% and Hobbs 80/20), the two layers of wadding helped to ease in a bit fullness.

Thank you Angela for choosing me to add a few of my own touches to your families special quilt, the photos say it all.