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  • The Road Home Row Along - Reveal
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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.

The Road Home Row Along - Reveal

The Road Home Row Along - Reveal

The Road Home Row along / Pine Valley Quilts

When Marian from Seams to be Sew asked me to participate in 'The Road Home Quilt along' I was delighted ! Although a little daunted as this is not the kind of quilt I normally design, so it has also been a little bit of a learning curve. To come up with the design I thought of where I live in NZ on the Kaipara Harbour in North Island New Zealand. I live on the South Head peninsula, we have a small farm planted in Pine Trees, with sheep grazing under the trees. Our house is on a hill that overlooks a dairy farm and the Kaipara Harbour. On the other side of South Head ( behind our farm ) is Muriwai beach, an ocean beach. The native birds are plentiful here, we have wood pigeons and the Maori name for them is ( Kereru ), Tui's, fantails and of course Kiwi's. The group of stars that I have in my row symbolize the southern cross, I see this beautiful group of stars in our night sky, and they are also on our NZ flag.

The 'Road Home' Row along is hosted by Marian from Seams to be Sew and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Please take a look on Marian's blog seams to be sew for giveaways !!!!

Visit the other blog featured today. 

 Tweety Loves Quilting

 Quiltscapes

Seams to be Sew

 My process while making my row...........

 Choosing fabrics:

I started with the fabric choices, thinking of what I had that suited the various animals and trees. My fabrics are not art fabrics as I mostly make traditional applique and pieced quilts, so this was a little bit of a challenge. I was sure I could find fabrics in my stash rather than purchasing fabrics specifically for the project.

Where to start? I made the decision to start with the smaller parts, (birds) then create the background. Mainly because of fabric choices, I wanted to get the birds right then I could co-ordinate the background colours.

As I progressed through the various birds etc I made decisions as to what technique would suit each part. Adding in embroidery, beads, buttons etc for the smaller parts and also using steam a seam for the Sun to get nice sharp points easily. I also like the texture and dimension the added thread gives when using satin stitch and embroidery threads.

The Kiwi was the first bird I made, I found the perfect fabric and created the circles for the bodies using my favorite method with freezer paper templates.

Cutting Applique Templates / Pine Valley Quilts

Applique Circles / Pine Valley Quilts

 

Turning Applique Edges /Pine Valley Quilts

 

Applique Circles / Pine Valley Quilts

 

The photo's show how I cut my templates from freezer paper. I always print an extra copy of the pattern. I use the extra copy to save drawing the templates. Layering the freezer paper and stapling the layers together with the printed template on top to cut the applique templates.

I turn the edges over with a small iron onto the sticky side of freezer paper. Stabilizing the freezer paper onto the wrong side of the fabric with a pin, I like the flower pins as the flower makes a good handle.

I progressed with all my larger pieces using this method. Then added the beads, buttons and embroidery where necessary.

Making the Wood Pigeon (Kereru) The tail feathers for this bird are too fine to turn the edges so........ I used steam a seam lite, stitching them in place with satin stitch.The Sun will be made in the same way.

For birds and parts of the quilt that have layers, I like to trace the bird ( piece) onto tracing paper and use this to layer the pieces with water-soluble basting glue before stitching them to the background.

Tracing paper used for applique placement / Pine Valley Quilts

Wood Pigeon / Pine Valley Quilts

 

Fantail

With the Fantail I have turned the edges of the body, but for the white ovals in the tail I used steam a seam with a satin stitch.

Fantail / Pine Valley Quilts

Cows / Pine Valley Quilts

The legs for the sheep and cows are made with a 1/4 inch bias stem maker, the chimney and tree trunks are made with a 1/2 inch bias stem maker. I have a tutorial on using the bias stem maker here. Although I cut me strips on the straight of grain for The 'Road Home' Quilt.

 I must say that I procrastinated over making this row ! Mainly because I don't usually make this kind of quilt, and that was stuck somewhere in my subconscious. But....... I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of making this row, once I started it all seemed to go together easily and I was engrossed with every step. I hope you will enjoy making this row as much as I have. 

To see the complete list of bloggers and dates for the Row along click here.

You can find the Pine Valley Quilts Row here 

Happy Stitching

Sharon

 

 

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    Sharon Keightley

Comments on this post (88)

  • Sep 21, 2016

    Your row is simply adorable. Great job!

    — Theresa

  • Sep 20, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your lovely row!

    — Nicole Sender

  • Sep 19, 2016

    I am not familiar with your native birds. Thanks for writing about them and putting some of them into your row.

    — Nicole Sender

  • Sep 19, 2016

    Nice row. Lots of hand work and I do love to embellish my items. I look forward to creating my version of your row.

    — Mary D

  • Sep 18, 2016

    What do you plan on quilting next? I can’t wait to see it.

    — Nicole Sender

  • Sep 17, 2016

    Thanks for the pattern I love all the birds.

    — Nicoline

  • Sep 17, 2016

    Your farm sounds so idyllic! I have always wanted to visit New Zealand. I’d love to knit with some of your great yarn!

    — Nicole Sender

  • Sep 17, 2016

    Thanks for the cute row by row block.

    — Marti M

  • Sep 17, 2016

    Thanks for this lovely row! I would love to live in your part of the world.

    — MoeWest

  • Sep 16, 2016

    Nice row thanks for sharing

    — apple blossom

  • Sep 16, 2016

    Sew cute! That could totally be our mountain valleys with lakes here in Utah! (Check out Deonn’s post at Quiltscapes).
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    — Rachell Reilly

  • Sep 16, 2016

    Delightful row. thanks!

    — Sally

  • Sep 16, 2016

    So fun, I love your row, and thank you for pictures of your process.

    — Sonya Fetch

  • Sep 16, 2016

    Delightful row! download didn’t work so I guess I’ll have to wait for the email. thanks so much!

    — Sally

  • Sep 16, 2016

    What a cute row! I doubt I’ll ever visit your part of the world but I can enjoy your version. Thanks.

    — Mary Furber

  • Sep 16, 2016

    Your block is fantastic!

    — Donna W

  • Sep 15, 2016

    Your row is outstanding! The birds are so cute!

    — Nicole Sender

  • Sep 15, 2016

    What a darling row! Love the way it looks. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful row.

    — Terri Drake

  • Sep 15, 2016

    So cute—love the sheep the best!

    — Karen Martin

  • Sep 15, 2016

    Your row looks really adorable!! Thanks for sharing!!

    — Alida

  • Sep 14, 2016

    What a great row! I particularly like the sheep and kiwis – a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing them!

    — Plum Cox

  • Sep 14, 2016

    I love your row. Thanks for the tutorial.

    — Chris

  • Sep 14, 2016

    I love your row, especially all the cute little animals. Thank you.

    — Diane S

  • Sep 14, 2016

    Thanks so much for your row, it’s just so cute I can’t stop looking at it and smiling.

    — Rina Mason

  • Sep 14, 2016

    Your did an Amazing job! LOOOVE it! Glad you did it..and shared with all of us! Great details & fun picture (Row..)

    — Lori Morton

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