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Pine Valley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings

Playing with Thread to embellish applique by machine

Playing with Thread to embellish applique by machine

Playing with Thread to embellish applique by machine. The Abundance Quilt was the result of all the fun I had playing with thread to embellish the applique design by machine.

The design is based on the Baltimore Style quilts of old, with lovely abundant vases of fruits and flowers.

The fabrics I used were mostly hand dyed fabrics I have collected, with the exception of one Kaffe Fasset Stripe I used for the vase. 

The threads were a mix of 50 weight Aurifil thread in matching colours for the fine subtle embellishment and a metallic thread for the vase. 

Abundance Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Abundance Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Abundance Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Once the quilt was basted and quilted this is the effect that was created. The Butterflies were quilted with a darker 40 weight Aurifil Thread to add a little extra.

The Whimsical Baskets Quilt also has the added thread embellishment added to the flowers. The background fabric used is a linen fabric, giving just a little more texture.

Whimsical Baskets Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Whimsical Baskets Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Adding detail to the Birds Wing

Whimsical Baskets Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Adding the Whimsy curlicues to the Whimsical Baskets Quilt

Whimsical Baskets Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

After Quilting.

Whimsical Baskets Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

 

Adding these embellishments gives your applique another dimension and subtle texture. All of the applique and embellishments have been done by machine.

I will be teaching this class at New Zealand Symposium in October. I would love to have you join me.

You can find the patterns for the Abundance Quilt here and Whimsical Baskets Quilt here.

Thanks for joining me, I hope you enjoyed this post.

Happy Stitching 

Sharon

 

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Today's Quilter Magazine Quilts

Today's Quilter Magazine Quilts

Today's Quilter Magazine is a beautiful magazine based in the U.K which I am really excited to have two of my latest small quilts in issue 23. You can find out more about the Today's Quilter Magazine here They also have a great blog where you can read about all the tips shared in the magazine.

The two quilts I have in the magazine are:

Milly's Garden Quilt and Aunt Bessy's Sparkle. You will also find my tips and method used to complete the applique in the quilts.

Milly's Garden Quilt

Milly's Garden Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Milly's Garden Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Aunt Bessy's Sparkle Runner

Aunt Bessy's Sparkel Runner | Pine Valley Quilts

Aunt Bessy's Sparkle Runner | Pine Valley Quilts

 

Happy Stitching

Sharon

 

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Giveaway Winner for the Scrappy Baskets Quilt Pattern

Giveaway Winner for the Scrappy Baskets Quilt Pattern

Wow! what an amazing fun giveaway. Such great comments, so interesting to read all about what you all listen to while you are quilting.

Congratulations to Marilyn Jordan Fraser !! This was Marilyn's comment: 

'Love your quilts! When I’m quilting, I usually like to listen to a Christian radio station in the States called K-Love.'

After reading all the fabulous comments, I though about what I listen to, when I listen to what and why ? LOL

My conclusion is that I listen to the radio mostly when I need some background noise and company. I have found a fabulous station called 'Magic' that plays all the songs from the 60's though to now. I also watch Coronation Street, I know... I know my husband is NOT a fan so I watch it while I quilt. I also love Audio Books when I am in the mood to be taken to somewhere by the orator and can happily forget all my responsibilities. BUT all that said...... when I want to concentrate on what I am working on I listen to peace and quiet, this is where I can really be the most productive, without any distractions, peace and quiet is truly my happy place. 

Happy Stitching

Sharon

 

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Starting the quilting on the Winterwood Quilt

Starting the quilting on the Winterwood Quilt

Starting the quilting on the Winterwood Quilt ! It is so exciting to get to this stage.

Basting was always a daunting part of quilt making that I rushed through, but now that I have found a way to baste while sitting down (without getting down on the floor, or standing for ages). I take my time to get the quilt basted, even enjoying the process.......

 After a couple of hours in the afternoon and I now have the quilt basted, ready to start quilting. Rosie is keeping an eye on my progress.

Winterwood Quilt / Pine Valley Quilts

 The fun begins.........

After stitching in the ditch around all the applique shapes. I decided to quilt random background designs of feathers, circles and spirals and whatever else comes to mind.

Winterwood Quilt / Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt / Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt / Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt / Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt / Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt / Pine Valley Quilts

Happy Stitching

Sharon

You can find the Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM  quilt blocks here

 

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Time for a giveaway ! Scrappy Baskets Quilt Pattern

Time for a giveaway ! Scrappy Baskets Quilt Pattern

Time for a giveaway ! Scrappy Baskets Quilt Pattern

Scrappy baskets Quilt was such a fun quilt to make, using my scrap bin to make the basket blocks. I love getting into the rhythm of sewing when making a pieced quilt, with my favorite music playing, or a great audio book to listen to while stitching. I find each quilt has a story of where and what I was doing at that point in time, it's like keeping a dairy of my daily life in my quilts. While making Scrappy Baskets Quilt I was trying out a new technique for making half square triangles, learning to be more random with my fabric choices and enjoying the process.

To win the Scrappy Baskets Quilt Pattern leave a comment telling everyone what you like to do or listen to while piecing your quilts ?

Happy Stitching

Sharon

You can find the Scrappy Baskets Quilt Pattern Here                                                   

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Making Quick Applique Circles for the Winterwood Quilt

Making Quick Applique Circles for the Winterwood Quilt

Making Quick Applique Circles for the Winterwood Quilt

My very first attempt at video ! I hope you enjoy this little video clip showing how I quickly make all the circles needed for the Winterwood Quilt.

I would love your feedback, happy to answer any questions you have about this technique.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

You can find the Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM here

Pine Valley Quilts Patterns here

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Giveaway Winner for the My Home Town Quilt Pattern

Giveaway Winner for the My Home Town Quilt Pattern

Giveaway Winner for the My Home Town Quilt Pattern

Thank you all for the wonderful comments, such great information on your experiences with block swaps. I loved reading them all. If you have not yet read all the wonderful comments you can find them here.

The giveaway winner is Barb Dwyer. Congratulations enjoy your pattern.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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Winterwood Quilt Progress on Borders

Winterwood Quilt Progress on Borders

This week my focus has been to progress and hopefully finish the borders for the Winterwood Quilt. The Winterwood Quilt was put aside so I could finish off some of my works in progress, and a bit of piecing fun. I find it is always good to have a balance between applique and piecing. After all variety is the spice of life !

Take a look at my progress so far......

Cutting out and turning the edges of all the applique pieces for the border.

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM | Pine Valley Quilts

Stitching them all to the background fabric invisibly by machine.

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM | Pine Valley Quilts

You may notice I use flower head pins to secure the applique pieces. I like to use pins, this helps when an applique piece needs to be readjusted before stitching in place.

I now have all my blocks sewn together, with the borders pinned in place on the design wall to take a look at how it's coming along. The top border still need applique pieces added but you get the general idea. My sewing room is small and my design wall is not quite big enough for a quilt this size. Not complaining......

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM | Pine Valley Quilts

I am looking forward to finishing the Winterwood quilt top.

This is the latest block six you can find it here.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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My Home Town Quilt Pattern Giveaway

My Home Town Quilt Pattern Giveaway

My Home Town Quilt PDF Pattern Giveaway ! 

It's time for another giveaway, and this time I have am pleased to share the 'My Home Town Quilt Pattern'.

Leave a comment to win with your answers to the questions below......

Lately I have been busy finishing my Friendship Stars Quilt which was a block swap quilt. I thought it would be interesting to know if you have ever participated in block swaps ?

What do you make with the blocks ? Is there a pattern supplied.

Have you joined a block swap with you quilting group or via an internet group ?

If you have not joined in a block swap is this something you would like to do ?

 How fun to read all your comments, looking forward to reading about you block swap quilts.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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A finished Quilt | Friendship Stars Quilt

A finished Quilt | Friendship Stars Quilt

A finished Quilt | Friendship Stars Quilt 

The Friendship Stars Quilt has been a pleasure to make from start to finish. It has been one of those quilts where everything fell into place without a hitch.

With the quilting I decided on overall free motion feathers, will a few circles and swirls thrown in here and there to mix it up a bit. I am really pleased with the outcome.  

 I hope you like it too..........

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

The conclusion I have come to after joining in on this block swap and making my friendship stars quilt is that a block swap is a fabulous way to make a quilt! And fabulous new friends........
Thank you to all the lovely quilters who made the star blocks in my quilt....
Read more posts on the Friendship Stars Quilt here and here and here
Happy Stitching 
Sharon
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