Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Writing is on the Wall!

In between all my hand piecing projects lately, I have been designing and making up a quilt for a friends daughter. My friend had chosen gorgeous British fabrics (her daughter adores London!), in red, white, blue and black/grey. Her daughter is young and a self confessed tomboy (she is a beautiful girl) who wanted her last name on the quilt. I decided to use a brick wall design and try and 'graffiti' her name on, in fabrics of course! (click on pic to get a closer view)

I've never tried fabric writing before, so I don't know that I was overly successful, but I'm pretty happy with it now the quilt is together.

A little harder to see is the 2012 which initially I sewed in upside down and made it read 2102!! Glad I spotted that before I went too much further, so only a little bit of unpicking!

I had some leftover 'bricks', so they went into the back of the quilt.

I will probably quilt this fairly simply, perhaps straightlines across the bricks and maybe some zigzagging across the name and date. It's a fairly large quilt (roughly 87" x 77") so it may take a little while to quilt!

I don't usually go for these colours, but it has been a lot of fun to create something a little out of my comfort zone and to try something new. I hope she likes it. xo

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Museum Medallion Quilts x 4!

I'm loving how these Museum Medallion Quilts grow...from this...

to this...

Only a couple more borders to go.

For a little information on this quilt...Judy Newman (a Very Fine House) created this beautiful pattern based on a quilt made in the early 1800's that is exhibited in a London Museum. When Judy was asked to teach it at Treehouse Textiles, a few of us jumped at the chance to make our own Musuem Medallions (I was also very keen to learn how to hand piece!). What I really love is how each quilt, though exactly the same pattern, looks so very different. Check out three of my friends works of art...

Susan (PatchworknPlay) has used beautiful pinks, yellows and splashes of green to make her medallion sing.

I especially love the 'flower petals' around her beautiful central star and her wonderful yellow and pink borders. See more of Susan's quilt and watch it grow here.

Deb (72 Derwents) is creating her heirloom using a lot of reproduction fabrics, which are dancing on that divine blue spot background and the textural red border.

I love this photo Deb took a couple of borders back...

Beautiful isn't it? You can see more on Deb's blog here.

Michelle (The Quilted Tortoise) has chosen luscious Liberty's of London to make her stunning Medallion (not all but the majority are Liberty's)...

Michelle has even been able to include a Liberty of London selvedge in her quilt...

Very clever! Watch Michelle's blog here for more of her deluxe Medallion.

Each of these three quilts are exquisite and so very different from each other. The majority of these quilts are being hand pieced (I am machine piecing the long borders, all else is hand done)...

I'm quite happy with the black Denyse Schmidt fabric (Greenfield Hill) for this border. It almost looks ethereal. Now to finish hand piecing lots of circles for my next border and get that done.

Have you made or are making a Museum Medallion quilt? Or a quilt you will consider to be an heirloom when you are done?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Winner and a Gratitude!

Firstly, who won two of the beautiful Jen Kingwell patterns? The winner is....number 12...Leeann from Quilt Whangarei in New Zealand. Let me know which two patterns you would like Leeann and I will get them out to you ASAP!!! It was fun to see which patterns everyone loved, I have to say that I think that Georgetown on my Mind had the most likes!

Secondly, of Gratitude! About six months ago I took a plunge and invited some local bloggers to join me in starting up a stitch group in my home. Since then we have begun sharing our meetings though each others homes, and have come to share many nights full of laughter, eating, show and tell, more laughter, and even some stitching does get done! Last Sunday we had our end of year break up out at Treehouse Textiles and wow, what a day we had!!! Firstly we had each made each other a small gift to swap, don't they all look gorgeous sitting here (and check out that amazing view of the lake out the window!)...

Later we shared a more stories and laughter over a divine meal, ooeee this was amazing!

A little walk to check out the lake...I think the ducks had disappeared to the other end with all our noise!

I am grateful...that I am a quilter. That because I am a quilter I can meet up with other quilters and quickly become good friends. I am blessed by this group and thankful that blogging about quilting has bought many wonderful friends into my life. Wow, getting a little deep tonight!!!

In other news, I have actually been doing a little quilting (though not as much as I would like) and will bring some Museum Medallion photo's to show tomorrow. Also, Treehouse Textiles is having an open weekend this Friday and Saturday (10am-4pm). Come and say Hi to Emma and I!

What are you grateful for today? xo

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Patterns & a Giveaway!

Last week I made another trip with Deb up to Amitie to meet a gorgeous friend who was down from Sydney for the day. Amitie seems to be the place to meet interstate visitors for me at the moment, whose complaining?!!! We had a wonderful day and spent a few hours chatting and messing up the fabric!!!

 Can't mistake that gorgeous checkered floor or the beautiful fabric light shades!
That table was clean until we got there and had fun messing it all up!

Of course I had to add a little to my stash while I was there...

I am so in love with Lecien fabrics right now, and Jen has quite a collection of them. Don't you just adore these dots and stripes? They are so soft!

Anyway, the news is that Jen Kingwell (Amitie owner extraodinaire!) has released six new and beautiful patterns, yay! (click on photo to see closer view)....

Jen Kingwell's new patterns
L to R Top: Steam Punk, Broken Glass, Georgetown on my mind
L to R Bottom: Chain Reaction, Chain of Fools, State Fair

Okay, so what is the giveaway? I am giving the chance for one 'drawn out of the hat' commenter to win two (2) of Jen's new patterns. You get to choose the two you want from the above 6. If you want to see better photo's of these patterns, check them out at Amitie. This giveaway is open to all (Australia and worldwide!) just make sure you have a contactable email. I will choose the winner in a week on Wednesday 21st Nov (Aussie time). Simply leave a comment on this post. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Quilt in the Garden

Last week a friend and I took her recently finished Hugs and Kisses Quilt (or Japanese x and +) to Heronswood on the Mornington Peninsula for a photo shoot, we had a glorious day for it...

Kathy has only been quilting for about 18 months, and since then she has been prolific in her quilt making and very happy to take on more complicated designs. This quilt uses a lot of scraps, including many Kaffe scraps, lots of gorgeous dots and stripes, and comes together beautifully to look a little like a stained glass window.

We had fun draping the quilt around the beautiful gardens at Heronswood. I love this shot, looks a bit like something you would see in a Kaffe Fassett quilt book don't you think (forgiving my less than great photography skills of course!!)? Click on the pic to see better.

A lovely photo of Kathy on her quilt. You can see the ocean in the background if you look closely!

The flowers at Heronswood are always beautiful, they had some Bearded Irises in a jar that day, the colours look almost vintage!

I had fun playing with the different effects in Picasa, and decided I like this one the best, now the quilt really does stand out like stained glass...

It was a lovely day and a wonderful setting for Kathy's stunning quilt.

A couple of days ago I had a visitor in my own garden at home...

Isn't he a beauty? I couldn't get a good photo of him on the towel he had landed on, so I let him crawl onto my finger. He posed there for a little while before flying off.