Snowed under in bookwork lately and no time to quilt, don’t you hate paper work. I thought I would take a wee break and share some pictures of my Blackberry Ramble Table Runner. The pattern is now available as a downloadable PDF.
Maybe you have already seen this table runner as it has also been in Quilters Companion magazine earlier this year.
I have had this applique quilt on the go for a while now. I have got a little stuck with it’s progress, I need to kick start myself along with it as the top is almost finished. Only three more borders to applique.
And all those circles to make ……………. 120 more to go.
I started with these fabrics. Pulled from my stash, I have been wanting to use these reproduction fabrics I have been collecting. Love that purple !!!
This is the first flower and I’m loving it.
This is the first block, pleased so far. But oooh a lot of circles.
A rough picture of the four blocks together, I have been wanting to make a four block applique quilt for sometime now. I think it may need some kind of border ?
You can just see in the next picture the diamond border I have put around the four centre blocks. Now for the applique border, I have one corner stitched down so far.
Now I need to get on a finish the other three corners. I am also planning an edge around the quilt to finish it.
My favorite fabric so far is that green and brown print in the leaves. Amazing how the fabrics you are not so keen on end up making such a difference.
Today I have been having a lovely day quilting my new Sunburst Quilt. I made this small quilt over a month ago and I am only getting around to starting the quilting. This is working out to be a really fun quilt to quilt. To mark my design from a quilting stencil I have used Miracle Chalk with the powder puff thingy. It seems to work wonderfully, you just place your stencil on the quilt and then swipe the duster filled with chalk to get a solid marked line.
I then followed the lines with stitching and used my steam iron to remove the chalk marks. It all worked a treat.
Friday I am off to Cottage Flair in Rotorua to teach a class on my Vintage Crosses quilt. Last months class was filled with such lovely people, I loved my time with Jill and the ladies in this gorgeous shop filled with goodies.
Here’s a picture of the lovely ladies in my last class.
Rosie and I took some great photos on our walk today, hope you like them.
Have any of you used the Miracle Chalk ? I would love to know your thoughts.
Such a lovely day today, this morning we had the worst frost I have ever seen. The sun is out and the day is warming up.
I purchased some lovely pieces of wool some time ago with the thought of doing some hand stitching at night, now that the nights are getting colder I am keen to get started.
Here are some pictures of my progress so far………………..
I am afraid the colours have not come out so good in the photo, the blue looks a little greyer in the photo of the circles above. I have used a brown linen fabric for the background, I love the look of the linen mixed with the wool. The cotton print fabric I have used for the basket has been a small piece I have had in my stash for a very long time and I have loved it so much I have never been able to part with it. I think it fits perfectly in this project. I am however a little upset with the way some of these wool fabrics are fraying. Does anyone have any tips to help with this ?
Lilly’s Table Mat has been begging for photo’s, the lovely autumn sunshine was perfect for getting some great pics. I never got the chance to take pictures when I made this quilt, as it was down at All Things Patchwork while I was teaching my invisible applique class. Now I have it home again to enjoy.
I loved quilting this little quilt. I played with free hand designs, mixing up shapes and texture, giving this little quilt a lift. I used free hand feathers, circles, spirals and pumpkin seeds. I also quilted the vines in the leaves and a pumpkin seed design on the basket. I find when the applique shapes are of a reasonable size it is good to stabilize them with quilting.
A quilting project has brought me to think about the way I use simple quilting designs to add texture to my applique quilts. I like the applique to be the major design feature in my quilts, so I use a subtle thread weight and colour to add the quilting layer. I stitch in the ditch as close as I can with a very fine thread matching the colour to the background fabric and where necessary to the applique pieces. Stitching in the ditch helps define the applique shapes, they start to look raised almost 3D on the quilt surface.
You can see in this picture where I have stitched in the ditch around each circle to make the flower pop and give it dimension. This is when you will need to match your thread to the applique pieces. You can of course use a monofilament thread although this is not my favorite.
After the stitching in the ditch is done, I then like to work the design in close to the applique shapes. Working small when close so that the quilting is denser and really pops the applique shapes.
You can see where I have stitched the design close to the stem, making the stem pop. You can also see in this pic where the larger applique shapes have also been quilted inside the shape. I do this to stop the larger shapes from bagging. I find that the larger pieces tend to do what I call bagging, where the fabric can puff looking loose. I also like the effect a little quilting can do to these larger shapes, giving another layer of design. It can look worse when left un-quilted after the quilt is washed.
I am not a fan of the traditional stipple quilting and honestly find it hard to do. Maybe that’s because it does not rock my boat as far as a design feature. I love to meander with little spirals, or leaves etc the possibilities are endless. I love to make the shapes varying sizes, this adds more interest and when you have a shape that has gone a bit array it does not show. I use echo quilting to get from one spot to another, making it easier to keep going and get out of those little areas. I do have to remind myself to quilt larger shapes, it is easy to get into a motion of small shapes. I find on the outer areas of the block it can look nice with larger shapes mimicking the smaller shapes that are in clos to the applique.
This is the border of cross blocks, I have stitched in the ditch and then done a free motion design in the center of the block. I really like the effect and will use this more often when I need a fill design for a block.
I hope you have enjoyed my quilting play, and would love to hear any ideas you have.
Along with new patterns I have been busy creating, I have been busy working on making all of my previous patterns into pdf downloads.
There are a few good reasons for this, one being you can then shop in your birthday suit if you wish. That said ! you can shop anytime and have instant access to your purchase without having to wait for the post. Or pay for the postage.
Another good reason is that I can put more information into pdf’s, for example, links to good information. More pictures, the list is endless.
You can download my patterns from anywhere in the world, this is so exciting being able to share our love of quilting.
I would like to tell you about the patterns I have just converted into pdf format.
Birds in a Bluebird Tree
Birds in a Bluebird Tree is a lovely little Wall Hanging or table mat, inspired by the blue and white Dutch china that I love.
A simple applique design with a scalloped border effect.
Luscious Berry Baskets
Applique lovers will enjoy the Luscious Berry Baskets applique quilt. This quilt is one to add to your family heirlooms.
I am so excited to be able to make sharing my designs a little easier. My patterns are available as pdf downloads on several websites including here on my blog under the downloadable patterns tab. They are also available on Craftsy, to access my craftsy patterns just click on the link in the sidebar. My Etsy store and The Pattern Spot.