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Pine Valley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings

Making Applique Flowers with turned edges using Freezer Paper templates.

Making Applique Flowers with turned edges using Freezer Paper templates.

Hello Everyone

I hope you have not given up on me as I have been away from the blog for a while. I assure you I have been busy working on new designs and playing with video's too.

The quilt I am working on currently uses beautiful fabrics designed by Minick and Simpson called Grand Traverse bay. The design was sparked by an antique quilt I saw using the 'T' block in indigo blue and white fabrics. I immediately thought of the beautiful Minick and Simpson fabrics I had purchased.

I did some research on the 'T' block and found a big T block I loved, arranging them in a straight set for the center of the quilt. The antique quilt did not have a border and only had 'T' blocks, but I thought my quilt would look better with an applique border. 

I started cutting all the triangles, and arranging the fabrics in various combinations of colour. 

Grand Traverse Bay Fabric | Making Big T Blocks

Piecing the blocks together was fun, not a hard block to make.

Piecing together the Big T Quilt Blocks | Pine Valley Quitls

Arranging the blocks, all the fabrics looked great together.

Big T Quilt Blocks | Pine Valley Quilts

Now on to the applique border.

Applique Flowers with turned edges | Pine Valley Quilts

Making the flowers and stitching the layers before appliqueing them to the border using Aurifil 80 weight thread and stitching invisibly by machine.

Layering and stitching the flowers |  Pine Valley Quilts

Applique Flowers for the border | Pine Valley Quilts

The final design of the finished quilt. The pattern is coming soon .......

Big T Quilt Design | Pine Valley Quilts

If you can think of a name for my quilt, that would be great ! I am always stumped when it comes to naming my quilts.

I have been playing with the video while making applique flowers. I thought you might to take a look at part one of how I turn the edges for the applique flowers.

I would love to know what you think, I am so new to video and to be honest it scares me a little.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

P.S The pattern will be available soon for this quilt. Take a look at my other patterns  available here at Pine Valley Quilts

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New Quilt patterns coming to Pine Valley Quilts

New Quilt patterns coming to Pine Valley Quilts

July has been a month of pattern writing for me..... trying hard to catch up and clean the slate. I have eight new patterns written ! Some of them are still being tested by the wonderful ladies who answered to my blog post calling for testers. I have loved the feed back about the draft copies they have tested for me and I am sure it has made me better pattern writer.

Now just waiting for the weather to give me a nice day to take the cover shots..... we have had such terrible wet weather but it is winter after all. On the nice days it seems there are always other things that take preference. (like my poor husband being struck down with the flu) However I do have a few sneeky shots that I can show you.

The Butterfly Table Runner. This is one of my favorites, made with 'Wild Orchid' range by Blackbird Designs.

Butterfly Runner | Pine Valley Quilts

Also made with this range is 'Wild Orchid' can you tell I have trouble naming my quilts lol

Wild Orchid | Pine Valley Quilts

Union Blues made with the Union Blues range by Barbara Brackman

Union Blues Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Flying Home Quilt Made with a selection of French General Fabrics and a few Minnick and Simpson Fabrics.

Flying Home Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Milly's Garden made with a range by Sara Morgan

Milly's Garden Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Aunt Bessy's Sparkle Table Runner made with the same range with a few other bit's and pieces added in for good measure.

Aunt Bessy's Sparkle Runner Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Pine Tree Quilt, the fabrics are a mix of older fabrics I had been saving and I love how they came to life in this quilt. Living among Pine Trees this quilt reminds me of how they look after the rain when the sun is filtering through the branches.

 Pine Tree Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Baskets Quilt made with the same Sara Morgan range as Milly's Garden Quilt.

Simply Baskets Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Well that's my show and tell for now. The patterns for these quilts will be released soon, I'll let you know when I release them either here on the blog or via the Pine Valley Quilts newsletter.

I would love to know which one is your favorite ? I love them all ! but I am biased lol

Happy Stitching

Sharon

If you are following the pattern BOM's new Blocks for the Simply Red and Winterwood quilts are now available for download.

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Winterwood Quilt Finished

Winterwood Quilt Finished

The Winterwood quilt is now quilted and the binding sewn down. I am absolutely thrilled with this quilt.I love the texture of the random quilting using beautiful 50 weight Aurifil Thread. I love how the scrappy background fabrics add to the quilt. I loved every minute of working on this quilt, it's funny I am now missing spending time working on it. I will let the quilt speak for itself with all the lovely photos I took this morning. I apologize that there are no full sized pictures yet, the weather is dreadful, wet and cold. So as soon as we get some more sunshine I will take the quilt outside to get a lovely full sized photo.

This first photo is of the latest block added to the pattern BOM on the Pine Valley website, see more details here

Winterwood Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

 I have so many more photos that I will be sharing on instagram. I hope I have inspired you to take the plunge and make a start on your Winterwood quilt blocks, if you do please share your photos with the Pine Valley Quilt facebook group I would love to see them.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

You can find all Sharon Keightley Designs Patterns on the Pine Valley Quilts website here

 

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Applique Class at New Zealand Symposium

Applique Class at New Zealand Symposium

Applique Class at New Zealand Symposium

I am teaching applique at the New Zealand Symposium held in Christchurch in October. There are three classes all with a different technique, over my years of quilt making I have played with many different ways to applique. Fusible, freezer paper, needle turn, starch, glues etc etc...... through all that trial and error I have now found the techniques that suit me. 

I now do most of my applique by machine, but you would not know it when you look at my quilts. I love the look of turned edge applique, but after the beginning of RSI in my hand I had to find another way. I love how the machine can make my stitches so even and stable. Without taking anyway from the look of what had been created by hand. 

All the methods I use can also be stitched by hand, giving you the option to choose.

The classes I am teaching are :

Creative Machine Applique this class will teach you how to create applique by machine and then to add subtle embellishment using your sewing machine.

Abundance Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts 

Invisible Machine Applique

This class will teach you how to do turned edge applique by machine or by hand without the use of starch or glue, using only freezer paper. You will learn how to make circles simply and quickly. Turning points and making bias and straight of grain vines. How to place your applique pieces onto your background fabric accurately> How to layer flowers and shapes. How to stitch your applique by machine or by hand.

Applique Class | Pine Valley Quilts

Applique Class | Pine Valley Quilts

Turned Edge Applique by Hand or Machine

This Class will teach you how to do turned edge applique using Spray Starch stitched by Machine or Hand. You will learn how to layer your shapes, make circles and stems and stitch by machine or hand. 

In all classes there will be tips on selecting fabrics, needles, threads, placement and layering of flowers and shapes. Along with any other useful information I am happy to share.

The classes above will give you the tools to create any applique project you desire.

Applique Class | Pine Valley Quilts

Applique Class | Pine Valley Quilts

I would love to have you come and enjoy time learning to applique, to come the class you can sign up here

I look forward to meeting you all and sharing the joy of applique with you.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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Pattern Giveaway ! Woohoo

Pattern Giveaway ! Woohoo

Pattern Giveaway ! 'My Little Boho Quilt' is the giveaway PDF pattern.

This month has been all about creating new patterns ! Playing with fabric ranges, piecing and applique. To enter the giveaway leave a comment with an answer to this question.

Do you prefer piecing or applique ? or both ?

You can find the pattern for 'My Little Boho Quilt' here

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Pattern Testers Wanted

Pattern Testers Wanted

I'm in search of building an email list for people who want to become Quilt Pattern Testers for Pine Valley Quilts / Sharon Keightley Designs Original Patterns. I have been busy creating some wonderful new patterns for the Pine Valley Quilts Website. 

If this interests you I'm looking for people that consider themselves a Intermediate/Advance skill level. Most patterns are both applique and pieced.  What I'm looking for is virtual testers that can meticulously proofread, comment on flow and ease of the instructions, test the math, etc. There is no need you don't have to make the blocks, although you are most welcome to do so. I will supply you with a full detailed list of what I'm looking for when I email a pattern testing request.  There will also be a time limit of one to two weeks, depending on the pattern.

Take this chance to learn a few new techniques as well as provide your feedback on processes or steps that just don’t work. It’s a collaborative process which makes the final pattern just that much better!

In return for your help you receive a Free final copy of the published pattern. Your help is greatly appreciated and I look forward to working with you as a pattern tester.  

If you chose to make the actual quilt I’d love to feature it on my blog and Facebook pages so please share photos. Your name and link to your blog or social media platform would be included. The best part of being a designer is to see the finished quilts everyone makes with my patterns!

Please leave a comment with your contact details if you are interested.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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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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