Thursday, November 5, 2009

Icecream Licked!

Deb guessed correctly when she said I would quilt my Icecream quilt 'in ripples or swirls or something icecream like'! (Deb has a gorgeous blog called Needles, Sticks and Hooks, she is creating amazing quilty stuff over there!). And yes, I went with the swirls for quilting my Icecream quilt.

Here is an action shot...(melting in the sun over my mosaic fishpond).


And the flat shot....


A photo of the back. I love using up leftovers in the back of my quilts, and as a lovely friend remarked to me today, it makes the quilt reversible!


A close up shot of the swirly ice-cream-like quilting in the sun....

 
I do all my quilting on my domestic Janome 6500p. One of the best hints I have come across for quilting on a domestic machine is to use a new, good quality needle for each quilt. I make sure I clean the lint out of my bobbin area before I quilt too, takes a little time to do but makes a big difference to the smooth running of the machine!


I had to include a closeup photo of the gorgeous orchids that are still going strong (I haven't killed them yet!). Their colours match the quilt beautifully I think!


This one is a keeper for me, I think I will hang it over the back of my lounge, it will match my aqua carpet perfectly.

So the Icecream quilt is done. What next, I haven't quite decided yet, a few ufo's to finish off, not to mention some BOM's to get stuck into! I would love to hear if you have a good tip for successful quilting on your home machine?

48 comments:

Quiltefia said...

Hi!! What a quilt!! It`s gorgious!! Love it!!Anne:-)

Anita in Florida said...

STUNNING!! Absolutely beautiful quilt and quilting...when you machine quilt that swirly design...do you sew a whole line up and down the quilt or do you work in sections?

Heather x said...

This is so beautiful! I am in awe :0)
*hugs* Heather x

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

So so stunning! Love the finished quilt, and the quilting is so very appropriate. Great pictures by the way, they really show off the wonderful quilting swirls!

Rita

Marit said...

I am so impressed with your quilting, would love to be able to do that, myself. The quilt is so beautiful, and your pictures are a perfect setup. Thank you for sharing about machine quilting. I would love a tutorial...
; )

Deb said...

Hi Kim - just gorgeous - did you do it on Sundae? (he he) All bad puns aside - it really is beautiful and your machine quilting is fab. I must admit I am envying your mosaic fish pond too. And thanks for the mention.

Rafael's Mum said...

Oh Cathy!! That is SOOO beautiful!! I LOVE it!! And the quilting really fits with it too!

You know you have inspired me to start collecting fabrics for this quilt and my little pile is growing.. Even more so now..

This is simply stunning!!!

Chookyblue...... said...

such a pretty quilt.........always fun to take a finished project out for a photos shoot.......

Cardygirl said...

Delicious! It is stunning Cathy...you must be thrilled. Me...well Iam not that confident about machine quilting!

Quilts on Bastings said...

What a beautiful quilt Cathy - your quilting is fabulous and the fabrics just shine.

Jody said...

It is really gorgeous - you should be very proud of that one! I like the way that you chose to quilt it too - I like everything about it!!!! The back is wonderful too.

Christine said...

Oh miss, may I have some icecream too.
Cathy I love your quilt.

cheers
Christine

Di said...

Beautiful quilt - you did a fabulous job! I wouldn't let that quilt out of my sight either.

Amy said...

Your quilt looks great. Love the swirls!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous and fresh. Love the photo with the orchid.

alobsiger said...

FABULOUS! Your quilt is gorgeous -- I just want to reach out and touch your quilting! Congratulations, Cathy! Ah, yes, my ice cream quilt is still just a pile of fabric. :-)

Kaaren said...

Simply awesome, Cathy. The colors and quilting are stunning. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Your quilt is exquisite! The photo with the orchids looks like the cover of a magazine.

Lurline said...

Cathy, your quilt is divine - and your domestic machine quilting is something else again - all so beautiful!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Dee said...

Could the ice cream quilt melt itself into the ocean and float over here? LOL It's absolutely gorgeous. One of my favarites right now! Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day!

Joanna said...

Another gorgeous quilt from one of my fav Aussie quilters!!! I love the circles - I do them on almost all my quilts. I'm stuck in a rut, but they really work so well on almost everything!!

OK hints - well I think you've got it covered pretty well. I think the best thing I did was to move my quilt desk into the left hand corner of the room. The sides of the desk are butted up to the wall behind it, and to the left of it. This way, when I quilt larger quilts, they don't hang off the desk and create drag.

wishes, true and kind said...

So, so gorgeous. It makes me happy just looking at it! Beautifully quilted!

imquilternity said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm....gorgeous! You did a wonderful job on the quilting. It's just the perfect complement to your lovely quilt! I'm glad you're going to keep it. You do such lovely work!

Jo said...

Really lovely quilt - and your quilting is amazing! Do you put your machine on a frame, or work on a tabletop?

Jo

paulette said...

Cathy, your quilt is stunning! Absolutely love it!
Paulette

SewCalGal said...

Delightful quilts. I love the colors and fabrics you used. And your swirl quilting is perfect.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

Gorgeous. Love how you blended all those pretty floral fabrics.

Kate said...

I would echo everyone's comments. Simply delightful! It makes me long for summer days again. Where I'm from, we are just heading into the middle to autumn with winter not far behind!! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE the swirls. I'll have to try that pattern next. :)

Jenny said...

oh, i want my own bowl of your swirly ice cream quilt! so inspirational!

Claudia said...

Cathy, this is truly breathtaking! I love the swirls, they really compliment the soft florals.

Rebecca said...

What a amazing job you have done, it looks great love the colours and the quilting. Hugs Bec

Stina said...

Oh.. I love it...and your quilting is so pretty... how is all I say??
Practice .. I know...;o)

Catherine said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog,found it via Rafaels Mum. Gotta say I love this quilt especially the lovely swirls of quilting. Perfection!

Andi said...

Absolutely gorgeous.
Your quilting is amazing. Hard to believe that was done on a domestic machine.
Thanks for the little tips too!!
Andi :-)

Karen said...

Excellent! I love the swirly quilting.

One Flew Over said...

Another fantastic job Cathy! The quilt and the quilting look fantastic!!

sewpam63 said...

Fantastic, Cathy!!! LOVE the swirly quilting you did. ; )

clare's craftroom said...

I'm speechless , yes rare for me , but that is the most beautiful quilt , really, really love it !

Donnelly said...

Fantastic!
Have a great weekend!

Kathleen said...

this might just be my favourite ever of yours kathy...just stunning!

and aqua carpet....what fun!

Sue said...

stunning!!!! I love it, it's a very summery cheery quilt.

Kelly said...

Another stunner Cathy! and yay for the Orchids they look beautiful!!

Bronwyn said...

Love the swirly quilting and the actual quilt is way better that the one in the book!! Always an inspiration you are!

Rae Ann said...

Cathy, I really love your ice cream quilt. The colors are so soft and beautiful. Absolutely a gorgeous quilting job as well. Can't wait to see more!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

It looks GREAT! :) Love the quilting you chose! I checked out your machine. You know the more I check out different machines online, the less I like the Pfaff website (the brand I have). They're very vague...

Gep said...

Your icecream quilt is so beautiful! Love it!

Jenny M said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt!! Love the colours, love it all. Would love to make this for a special friend. Do you know if most of the fabrics are still available?

Cathy said...

Hi Jenny, I really hope you come back here, your comment came through to me as a no reply and you don't seem to have a blog. A lot of the original fabrics for this quilt will be gone now, but if you check the link, Liza at Glorious Colour has put together a new fabric pack for this gorgeous quilt, it will look v similar to this one. http://www.gloriouscolor.com/store-detail.php?cat=262&ID=2
I hope this helps, Cathy xo