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Pine Valley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings

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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Sewing room re-organizing | Freindship Star Quilt

Sewing room re-organizing | Freindship Star Quilt

Where to start !... I have spent the last two days purging and cleaning out ALL of the quilting stuff I seem to have collected over the last twenty years of my quilting lifetime.

Why? My Son is moving home for a while, which I am really happy about, BUT all my quilting stuff is in his bedroom cupboards so............... I have had to move it all. After taking a good look through all that was in his cupboards I decided it had all been there for a very long time and I had not even given it a second thought, never needing to go and get something that I could not live without...... the reality being I actually could live without most of it. 

Also I have repainted my sewing room, it's so nice and fresh and well organized. I have decided that what does not fit in my sewing room and the cupboard I have for storage does not need to be here. The reality is I have a small space and storage is a minimum so I have to learn to be realistic. The other reality is that I am not getting any younger, so the quilts I make and fabric I use will be what I really love..........

I can hear you all nodding and realating to what I am doing. I bet many of you have been doing the purging and cleaning out too. Do you have any storage tips to share ? My best tips I have discoverd while doing all of this is NOT to tuck fabrics and projects away in seperate little bags lol You would not believe the gorgeous fabrics I discoverd tucked away with UFO projects that will never be finished...... If I had not gone through everything I may of never discovered the fabric. That's the other thing, my taste has changed over time, and some of the projects were from classes and things I wanted to learn at the time. I know I will never finish them, so I have no guilt in passing them on or even (heaven forbid) putting them in the rubbish. That's a real monkey off my back I tell you.

Now that I have a clean and organized space with only the projects I want to work on and the tools and fabrics I need I am so excited about getting into sewing someting fresh. I have made a pact with myself to purge regularly, and not to hoard things. 

Here's a picture of my room after painting, I have my sewing machines and cutting table back in place. I have a peg board ready to go on the wall above the cutting table where I can hang all my rulers and cutters etc.

Sewing Room Makeover | Pine Valley Quilts

One of the treasures I found while going through everything were a pile of freindship star blocks, which were made by freinds in the Reproduction Fabrics Yahoo Group in 2012. I was only new to the group but decided to participate in my first and only block swap, I had no idea how it all worked but so glad I did. Reading the names on the blocks, I now realize that most of these ladies are freinds with me on facebook. I can now put a face and person to the name, such a treat. These blocks will be the first project I am going to work on now that I have a lovely clean and unclutterd space to work in.

Freindship Stars | Pine Valley Quilts

I have sorted through them and I have twenty blocks altogether. I have decided to set them with a plain alternate block.

Sorting Freindship Star Blocks | Pine Valley Quilts

Then this happend !

Benny | Pine Valley Quilts

Benny has claimed the cutting table, he loves to sleep here everyday and keep a watchful eye on my progress.

Benny and the cutting table | Pine Valley Quilts

I have'nt got the heart to move him, so I work around him.

I am loving working on this quilt, I feel like I am being cheer on by all the freinds who made the blocks. 

I have more painting to finish this coming week, but between coats I will be happily working on the Freindship Star quilt.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

 

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Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM Rosette Block

Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM Rosette Block

Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM Rosette Block

Rosette is block Ten of the Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM.

The Rosette block uses four red fabrics and one background fabric. A simple flower borderd by half moon shapes. 

I love making the flowers as a whole unit before stitching them to the background. My Simply Red Applique blocks are stitched with a turned edge invisiblely by machine, you can find out more about how I do my applique here.

Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM | Pine Valley Quilts

I would love you to share your blocks.... you can post them to the Pine Valley Quilts Facebook Group.

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Simply Red BOM | Block Nine | Aunt Dinah

Simply Red BOM | Block Nine | Aunt Dinah

Block Nine 'Aunt Dinah' for the Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM is now available for download.

Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM was inspired by the Red fabrics I have collected. After sorting my fabrics by colour I found that the colour I had the most of was Red. (definitely a favourite colour)

Simply Red Quilt has a combination of (7) pieced blocks and (7) applique blocks including outside border block, with the sashing's made from pieced blocks.
The pattern for the Simply Red Quilt includes directions for quick piecing methods, invisible machine applique method that can also be stitched by hand.
Simply Red is a 15 month BOM

Finished Measurement: 62 inches x 62 inches

Simply Red Quilt Pattern BOM | Pine Valley Quilts

It's not too late to join in the fun with the SImply Red Quilt Pattern BOM. All blocks for the Simply Red Quilt are avaialable on the Pine Valley Quilts website. If you are thinking of starting this BOM the blocks will be always be available to download individually.

You can find the current eight blocks here

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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Euphemia's Quilt

Euphemia's Quilt

Euphemia's Quilt

Who is Euphemia ? 

Euphemia Ballinghall Maxwell came to New Zealand in 1865 to live with her sister at the Elms Mission Station Home in Tauranga. Euphemia came from Aberdeen Scotland, (also where my family heritage is from ) via Australia. You can also veiw a selection of photos of the original quilt on the Elms website.

There is a very good picture of the original quilt in the  book on the history of quilts in New Zealand by Pamela Fitz Gerald 'Warm Heritage' on page 110.

If you have any information to share about Euphemia or the Elms please get in touch.

I am very excited about making my own version of this quilt, in fact more inspired about making a quilt then I have been in a long time. Maybe even since the first initial thrill of making sampler blocks in my first quilt. Although my quilt designs are based on antique quilts that have inspired me in some way, I have never taken a quilt and its history then used it completly for imspiration in this way.

I am sure Euphemia would have been amazed at the range of fabrics we have have to choose from, and tools available to make quilts now. 

I will be sharing my progress along the way, and hope to visit the Elms mission in Tauranga soon to view the quilt in person.

I have made a start on the centre of the quilt, here are a couple of pitures of my progress to date. Slow..... but oh so much fun !!!

Euphemia's Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Euphemia's Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

Euphemia's Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

This is just the begining ! I am looking forward to sharing this journey, and would love you to follow along with me.

Happy Stitching 

Sharon

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Welcome to 2017 | Quilting Simply Red Quilt

Welcome to 2017 | Quilting Simply Red Quilt

Welcome to 2017 ! I love the begining of a new year fresh with possibilities. I have been reading many blogs where they are foccussing on a word for 2017, this is not something I have done before but after giving this a little thought I think my word would be 'Happiness". Making time for what makes me happy.

Things that make me happy are: What makes you happy ?

Family | Freinds | Making Quilts | My Garden and Home | these are all things I have always done but this year I think I will try harder to apreciate that I get to do at least one of these things each day.

Looking back on 2016

For the next few blog posts I will focus on each quilt that I made for 2016, starting with Simply Red. The Simply Red Quilt is now hanging in my home, looking fabulous ! Such a treat to have your own handmade with love quilts hanging in your home for everyone to enjoy.

Simply Red is a BOM Quilt, block eight that will be published on the 10th January 2017. You can find all the info and past seven block patterns here.

Simply Red Quilt Applique blocks are made using an invisible machine applique method, the pieced quilt blocks are made using simple piecing techniques that are explained in the pattern instructions. 

The amazing Longarm quilter Leeanne from Quiltmekiwi basted Simply Red Quilt and stitched in the ditch, making it a pleasure for me to finish quilting the quilt. I decided on simple quilting designs on the Simply Red Quilt I wanted to keep the quilt soft and open, and not to detract from the design of the blocks.

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley QuiltsSimply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

Simply Red Quilt Pattern | Pine Valley Quilts

I hope you have enjoyed my photo spread of the Simply Red Quilt blocks and the quilting detail, although it is hard to get good photo with white thread on white background fabric.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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You can find more information on the applique technique used in Simply Red Quilt in the E-Book Applique ! 

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Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM Block Two

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM Block Two

 Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM Block Two was a delight to make ! 

The warm browns and bright reds against the taupe/light background is a cool crisp colour combination. It was winter when I started making the Winterwood quilt, playing with fabrics that would play nice with the crisp reds in my mainly reproduction stash was proving a challenge. The brown reproduction fabrics I had been collecting over the years worked a treat, giving the quilt a coolness that looked like the winter days outside. The Camellia flowers were in bloom, inspiring the large red flowers in my quilt. They also inspired me to create bigger applique leaves in the quilt and this gave impact without being complicated. They also make the applique easy to work on and quick to complete.

At this point and time I have not got all the blocks together in the quilt top. I am still working on the borders, so I have done a temporary mock up of the design so you can see where I am headed with the Winterwood Quilt.

Winterwood Quilt Pattern BOM/ Pine Valley Quilts

If you would like to join along the fun making the Winterwood Quilt, you can find the block patterns here.

The Applique E-book has all the information on the applique technique used to create the Winterwood Quilt blocks here.

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Little Ditty Quilts

Little Ditty Quilts

A lot has been happening in my sewing room this week. I have been playing with a selection of gorgeous fabrics mostly collected out of the scrap bin. Left overs from the basket quilt I have been making with a few more added in. What fun!!!

After making several basket blocks I thought it was time to decide on how to put the quilt together and came up with a traditional on point setting with sashing strips. The boders are yet to be revealed but just so you know I am having loads of fun planning and playing.

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Little Ditty Quilt | Pine Valley Quilts

While making this quilt I had made quite a pile of scraps, that was what sparked an idea, so with the half square triangles that were left over I started randomly making blocks and came up with this little ditty quilt layout, I added some simple applique for good measure. Just the quilting to go on this one.

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Well I could not stop there ! I had another idea log cabin blocks, well court house steps to be exact. I am still playing with these.......... too much fun!

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley QuiltsLittle Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Last but not least a little applique number.

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Here is what Benny thinks of all this sewing going on.........LOL

Little Ditty Quilts | Pine Valley Quilts

Well thats it for me, I hope to have more quilty goodness to show you next week. I hope you like my little ditty quilts, keep a look out or sign up for the newsletter to see when the patterns will be available here at Pine Valley Quilts.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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