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Pine Valley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings

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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Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern

Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern

Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern

Berries and Blossoms Quilt was made approx three years ago now, I remember having a deadline line on this quilt and the quilting seemed to have a life of its own stretching out the time it took to finish it meaning many late nights.

I guess after pushing myself to the limits with the quilting, the joy of finishing the quilt had been diminished...... But looking at this quilt in the morning light this morning I have fallen completely in love with it all over again. Looking at the quilt the first thing that I see is the way the fabrics work so beautifully together. I only had a small piece of the green leaf fabric and it was just enough...........any mistakes and it would not have worked.

Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

The quilting was done randomly with 100 per cent cotton batting, I used YLI silk thread top and bobbin. I love the subtle texture that has been created with the quilting, even with a cotton batting.

Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Looking back now I can see that the random style not only of the quilting but the random placement of the background fabrics behind the applique design shows the design style and path of my more recent quilts. Always Interesting to look back !

You can find the Berries and Blossoms Quilt Pattern here

I hope you have enjoyed my show and tell with the Berries and Blossoms Quilt

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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Wildflower Pattern giveaway winner

Wildflower Pattern giveaway winner

Wildflower Pattern giveaway winner !!

Yay! The winner of the Wildflower PDF pattern giveaway is Joy Meetis

Congratulations Joy......

I loved reading all the comments, it's fun to see what part of the quilting process you enjoy. Quilt making has something for everyone.

I have many favorite parts...but the part that gets me really going is the design process. I love to play with ideas, work with colour and fabrics, sometimes the quilts come out completely different to the image I have in my mind. They seem to take on a mind of their own lol. The process of making decisions along the way is the fun part, sometimes a quilt needs a little rest before I decide on the final outcome. I also find that the more I have learnt about the techniques I like to use the more confidence I have when it comes to making those design decisions. I love to incorporate applique in my quilts, but there are quilts where I have not needed to and I love them just as much. I also love the piecing process and love small pieces as much as I love larger pieces, learning to piece with an accurate 1/4 inch seam and quick techniques for pieced units has helped my enjoyment of the piecing process. Then there is the quilting......daunting tho it might seem, once I get into quilting a quilt I can not stop. Learning to quilt my own quilts has been one of the greatest pleasures of quilting. I use my domestic machine and all tho there are times when I am daunted by the thought of quilting a large quilt, I have learnt so much by perseverance, trial and error, and dogged determination. 

I hope you enjoyed sharing your stories !

Happy Stitching 

Sharon

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Machine Quilting Friendship Stars Quilt

Machine Quilting Friendship Stars Quilt

Machine Quilting Friendship Stars Quilt

After Basting the quilt I am now ready to begin the quilting. I never know what quilting design I am going to use, I always have a vague plan. If you could call it a plan.........

Machine Quilting Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

For me it usually involves feathers and a few circles and other random designs thrown into the mix. After stitching in the ditch around the applique I have started adding a few feathers, filling in around them with random sized circles. This always lays a good foundation for me. 

Machine Quilting Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Then I have to give some thought as to where I am going next...........and what I am going to quilt in that space........more feathers and circles ? Well I will post more pictures next week when I know the answer. Until then take a look at the fabulous Wendy Sheppard she always has so much amazing inspiration on her blog here.

I am using Aurifil 50 weight thread top and bobbin, the fine thread lets me backstitch on my feather designs without too much build up. My sewing machine loves this thread and I love the look.

While I'm busy thinking of my next move with the quilting, Benny has decided it's time I stopped quilting and let him have a well deserved rest.

Machine Quilting Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

I think that may be an excellent idea...... it's time I had a rest too.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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  • Wildflower Quilt Pattern Giveaway
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    Sharon Keightley
    I love to design my own quilt patterns and share them. I am a confessed lover of vintage and reproduction fabrics, my favorite thing to do is applique.
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Wildflower Quilt Pattern Giveaway

Wildflower Quilt Pattern Giveaway

Wildflower Quilt Pattern Giveaway

The last giveaway for the Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Kit was so much fun ! I loved reading all your stories.........

This week I decided we should do it all again. The Wildflower Quilt PDF Pattern is this weeks giveaway!!!

It was so great to share with you all our stories of how our quilting addiction began, I am sure you all loved reading them. For the Wildflower quilt giveaway you will need to comment on the Pine Valley Quilts blog sharing what your favorite part of the process of making quilts is....... you all know what my favorite part is.....`Applique' LOL Oh but I do like to mix it up with some piecing too.

You can find more of my patterns here

Read next weeks blog post on Monday 10th April to find out the lucky winner ! 

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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  • Birds in a Bluebird Tree Giveaway Winner
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    Sharon Keightley
    I love to design my own quilt patterns and share them. I am a confessed lover of vintage and reproduction fabrics, my favorite thing to do is applique.
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Birds in a Bluebird Tree Giveaway Winner

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Giveaway Winner

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Giveaway Winner !

Such a lot of wonderful stories. I have had such fun reading them all.                                                                                     It always fascinates me how quilting seems to grab you once you start you just can't stop lol. There are so many reasons to make quilts........... I started because I wanted to make a quilt each for my two boys, they would take the duvet cover off the bed in the mornings and snuggle up to watch cartoons on the Telly. I was a little fussy and hated that the beds looked bare, not being able to make them before the day got going always frustrated me. (Must be the control freak in me lol) I had not long purchased my first very own sewing machine, up until then I had to beg, steal or borrow a machine in order to sew! Quilting or Patchwork as it was more commonly called at that time always intrigued me. I had a copy of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine, the cover had a picture of a beautiful quilt. So I decided to make one each for my boy's........... Well I did not know anything about patchwork, only a little hand stitching lesson I had taken years before. I did not know about quarter inch seams....... but I was happy with the first quilt. I knew I needed help, I was keen to know more about this craft and the process. I signed up for the local quilting class in the local quilt shop and the rest is history. That was approx twenty five years ago and I am still learning today and loving it.....with many more quilts yet to make. Enough rambling from me ! I want to tell you who won the giveaway.

Karen Waite is the winner of the Birds in a Bluebird Tree Kit.                                 Congratulations Karen !

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Kit | Pine Valley Quilts

Thank you for all the wonderful stories, if you missed out on the giveaway you can still get the Birds in a Bluebird Tree Kit here or the PDF Pattern here

Happy Stitching

Sharon

 

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Flying Home Quilt in latest Quilt Mania Magazine

Flying Home Quilt in latest Quilt Mania Magazine

My Flying Home Quilt is in the latest Quilt Mania Magazine issue No: 118

How exciting it is to see my quilt in this beautiful magazine.

You can find the Quilt Mania magazine here or at your local quilt shop.

The Flying Home quilt is a very special quilt to me. I made this quilt from a selection of French General Fabrics and a few fabrics from my stash scattered in the mix. I had not long arrived home from a fabulous holiday with my two son's, my youngest son had was currently living in London and had been there for three years. We toured together and visited Paris for a week, as well as Ireland and parts of the UK. My youngest son was returning home to live later in the year and was touring for three months on the way with his girlfriend. My inspiration was to use the French General Fabrics in honor of our fabulous visit to Paris and use the birds in the air block as I thought of my son and his girlfriend flying home. I wanted to use mostly neutral fabrics, using as many neutral fabrics I could find in my stash. I fell in love with the sashing fabric, this fabric gave the quilt the lift it needed.

Read more posts about the Flying Home Quilt here and here and here

Flying Home Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Flying Home Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

This issue is not yet on sale in NZ, so I am looking forward to receiving my copy. I will be sitting with a lovely cuppa tea with my copy of Quilt Mania.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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Friendship Stars Quilt

Friendship Stars Quilt

The Friendship Stars Quilt has gone together without a hitch ! It is as if you were all there cheering me on. Decisions on fabrics to use worked first time ! No fussing around trying all kinds of colours and prints etc. It just worked ! I am thrilled with the outcome and loved working on this quilt. I can't wait to make a start on the quilting, so I can snuggle under it this coming winter.

A few pictures, so you can see what I have done. I hope you can see your name on the stars. Sorry for the crooked quilt lol It's not easy taking photo's in my small sewing room.

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Friendship Stars Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

 

I added the applique center, to work in with the blocks and increase the size of the quilt. You know I love applique ! So this block was such fun to do, I love the bird fabric. I have had it only for a short time, this was the perfect place to use it. The border fabric has been in my stash for years......... waiting waiting for that special project. Would you believe I only just had enough of the border fabric, it fitted like a glove. ( It was meant to be...)

I hope you like my Friendship Stars Quilt. I just love it, so glad I found these special blocks tucked away in that safe place. Lol..........

Do you see your star ?

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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Quilt Kit Giveaway | Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt

Quilt Kit Giveaway | Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt

Quilt Kit Giveaway her at Pine Valley Quilts ! Wow a fresh start after the big clean up. The giveaway today is for the Birds in a Blueberry Tree Quilt Kit.

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Birds in a Bluebird Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

All you need to do is leave a comment on the Pine Valley Quilts Blog telling me when you started quilting and a little bit about your quilting process. Let's get to know each other and share our stories.

The draw will be completely random and I am happy to post Internationally.

If you love the Birds in a Blueberry Tree Quilt you can also purchase the PDF pattern or kits while they last.

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