Hi everyone! I am back quilting for 2013. Well, almost. I am finishing up my own wholecloth quilt before I start quilting the quilts that are here and waiting. I will be finished my wholecloth by Monday, all going well. Here’s a sneak peek.
I have enrolled in university and will commence studies later this month. Consequently, I have halved my bookings for Custom Quilting throughout the year. My regular clients were informed of this via newsletter. Currently, I have only one space left for 2013, in December. I will also keep a small waiting list in case some of my bookings go awry. (Life happens to everyone and sometimes bookings are not fulfilled).
All Over Quilting will continue as normal. I am happy to see anyone with an All Over anytime. The Reward Programme has been very popular and will definitely continue for the foreseeable future.
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This quilt is quilted using ‘Fire Feather’ by Lorien Quilting. It is a special birthday quilt for one lucky girl so I can’t reveal too much of the quilt here. The thread is a dark grey colour which blends beautifully on the quilt, allowing the focus to be on the gorgeous fabrics.
And a close up.
Well, it had to alliterate, ok?
I have finished and bound my Gira Rosa quilt. It was designed by Michelle Marvig and published in Australian Patchwork and Quilting. I was lucky to grab a kit from Michelle so a)I didn’t have to think too hard to match my fabrics and b) mine looked like hers - which I loved.
Anyhow, here are the pictures.
On the grass – this shows the whole quilt – it is 60×60 inches.
Gratuitous shot over the chook pen. Please understand this is MY quilt and I would NEVER do this with a client quilt.
Flung over the clothesline for a better detail shot.
More detail. My quilting is indeed freehanded. Those feathers come out of my head, through my hands guiding the quilting machine and on to the quilt.
And showing the border. Look – the binding is on too. I machine bound this one – it is mine, mine, mine and to be used for snuggling under in winter.
I love my new quilt and as quick as the quilting seems to be, I started making this in, I think, 2009. Maybe even 2008.
And it’s all mine!!!
I finally put the borders on my quilt and quilted it today. I made the top in class in November. It just needed the borders popped on (easier said than done).
For the backing, I decided to piece in a strip of the fabrics that were used in the top. I like the effect that it has. I quilted with red thread in the bobbin and a taupe colour on top. Above, you can see the backing with the quilt folded on top of it along with the charcoal coloured batting.
The backing is loaded onto my A1 Quilting Machine.
Quilting in progress. I used Swirl and Twirl for the all over quilting. It is one of my favourite designs for this style quilt.
The finished quilt laid out on the floor. It isn’t my favourite quilt of all time (I am still deciding whether I even like it), but it will have a home on one of the boys’ beds, I suppose.
And the backing with the pieced strip in. Is it wrong of me to say that I like the backing better?
This is Janette’s WIlliam Morris quilt. She has done the most beautiful appliqué. All by hand blanket stitch and every stitch was perfect.
It was a pleasure to quilt Janette’s quilt for her.
Well, maybe not quite a million. I did count the pieces in one block, then did some math and I worked out there was definitely over 2000 pieces in this fantastic foundation pieced quilt.
The quilting was kept to pretty simple lines and circles – which actually are the most difficult things on a longarm machine. Longarm machines are great for free-motion, but this ‘simple’ straight line quilting is quite labour intensive as you have to hold a ruler and ‘draw’ the machine along it to get a straight line. One wobble, and out comes the unpicker!
It was very much worth the effort for Karens quilt after all the work she put in making it in the first place. Can you see all the little pieces making up the ‘solid’ background?
This was an amazing quilt to quilt. Thanks Karen!
A Dr Seuss quilt. Perfect for a little boy. Quilted with bright yellow thread and the pantograph design, “Vertigo”.
I love it.
Kylie’s stitchery quilt with lots of pretty stitcheries, fabrics and appliqué. Almost done.
Pat’s perfectly pieced Mariners Compass quilt is finished.
Quilting – Custom Level C – We chose a feathered border and matching feather motif to go between the compasses. The compasses were stitched in the ditch to show the crisp piecing.
Thread – So Fine by Superior Thread – colours to match.
Batting – Matilda’s Own 60/40 Wool/Poly Blend
Comments - I love how the backing shows the quilting and I loved the colours of this quilt. The quilting is entirely hand guided. No computer assistance at all. Feathers are freehand.
Pat was very happy with her quilt and graciously allowed it to be shared.
Quilt is designed by Michelle Marvig.
This is the top border of a quilt I finished last week. I like to photograph the top corners for reference later on when I get to the bottom corners. As some quilts take quite a while to quilt, it refreshes my memory so that I make all corners the same. In this case I have used a deep spine feather on this border.
More finished photos soon.