Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Hometown Proud Challenge.

As soon as I read about the challenge for Season 9 of Project Quilting on the Persimon Dreams blog I started planning it, and I went in to town to take a few photos.

We live a few minutes from the town of Feilding in the North Island of New Zealand. It has a population of about 16,000.

When I was thinking about the challenge two things came to mind. One was  was the fact that Feilding has won the title of Most Beautiful Town many times.

The second was the clock tower, which seems to be used as the towns image most often. 


There are many floral plantings around the town. 

This year there are many different flowers used. 
I decided to look at a simple representation of this planting box. There are several planters with these flowers in one of the shopping streets.

For the red flowers (are they Helenium?) I used raw edge applique to sew on the leaves flowers and buds.

The purple dianthus outer border  in the planter is shown using a purple floral fabric  i quilted it in pebbles to show the round flowers. It doesnt really show up well, but looks great on the inside.

The planter is made from brick. I have used artistic licence to change this to red, simply because it is my mothers favourite  colour. The scrappy red border is quilted in a brick design.
The charcoal binding represents the grouting of the planter.

My mother wanted some new cushions so I decided to make my 16 inch quilt into one.

For the back I used a Cloud 9 canvas from their range designed by Rachida Hale-Coleman. It has a zip opening. 

So, here is my Feilding Planter Box Pillow. This is my first time joining in Project Quilting. 


I am linking up to the other Hometown Proud projects on Persimon Dreams

2017 quilts

2017 was not a very productive year for me.  It started well with the 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery being completed quickly. After that it all slowed down.
I participated in several Instagram swaps. This one was for a Flying Geese Miniquilt. It went to Australia.
This was an Easter Bunny mini quilt. It also went to Australia.
This was a Llama cushion cover for a quilter in Germany who loved pastel colours.


These were for a cushion swap using a set of patterns in Make Modern Magazine. They went to the USA.

I joined in with two of Shelley Cavannas Quilt Alongs on Cora Quilts blog. The first one is Beguiling. 


The second one is not quilted yet-but it a completed top. 


This quilt is high on my quilting list to do asap.
The next is a quick quilt I made for my Grandaughter Maisie. She went in to a big bed and needed a new quilt. I didnt have much spate time, so used a Riley Blake Mermaid panel and matching layer cake. 

This quilt is another Elizabeth Hartman Kittens quilt. I used a limited colour palette of pink and green. It is for our daughter Hannah and is to commerate her marriage in August. She has 2 beloved cats and loved the other Kitten quilt I had made.  


That seems to be the sum of my completed quilts. 4. Lea than I thought.
On the positive side I have one partly quilted and 2 others tops from last year ready to quilt. I am determined not to let them go on to my pile of unquilted tops in the cupboard. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Winter Seeds Table Topper

Yesterday a friend sent me the link to the Winter Seeds  Table Topper. The designer, Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter, had used the beaitiful Winter's Lane fabrics.
I had a charm Pack of  Birdie and Co's next winter range-Winterberry, so I couldn't  resist making it. It is such a quick fun project that I had all except the binding done in one evening.
I would love to see how this looked in saturated colours on a low volume background, and would consider doing that if I needed a nice small gift for someone 

En Provence

Every November I start Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt. This year is my fifth one.
I decided to stay with Bonnie's colors this year, which were inspired by  the lavender  fields in Provence.

Bonnie's Quilts have many many small pieces, but the process is broken  into several easy easy parts. I find it easiest to keep up to date with each part, and that way it gets finished in good time.

I free motion quilted this with a swirly Daisy all-over design.
Size is 89.5 inches square.



This is my third finish for the year.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Moonlit Trees

In December 2016 I decided to join in the Honey Pot Bee run by Molli Sparkles.
Leading up to the start,  a block was posted as a "teaser"   It was the Improv Tree block designed by Amy Smart from
I made my set of 2 Tree blocks and I enjoyed making them so much that I kust kept going.  I kept to the blue /aqua colour range with grey for the second block colour.
My blocks started at 8 1/2 inches square.  Once the trunk  was added the blocks were a trimmed down to 9 1/2 inches by 7.


I quilted this using a woodgrain pattern, which fitted in with the trees and with the modern feel to the quilt.


This was a fun quick quilt which I loved making.
The most unusual tree-the Dolphin tree.

The finished size is  64 1/2 inches by 54.
This is my second quilt finish for 2017.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Point Zero

This quilt comes from a Charms Swap with Ms Midge. The designer this time is Lizzy House. When the fabrics were in the album I had thought that this swap might not be so interesting as there were lots of the Pearl Bracelets fabrics. How wrong I was. They only added colour to the mix and were not at all boring.
I started with simple split 9 patch blocks which I was intending to set into a star quilt.
A friend was doing her charm quilt at the same time, and was doing something similar, although achieved with a different method. I therefore decided to change my setting.

After playing a lot with the blocks, this is the one I liked best.
I called the quilt Point Zero as it reminded me of arrows pointing in all different directions.
Point Zero, in front of Notre Dame,  being the place where all distances in France are measured from Paris. It is also the official centre of Paris.

For the background I used Lizzy's Whisper Palette fabrics.  The low volume fabrics from the swap were also added into the background. I am really pleased with how this looks.


The many borders came about because I felt the quilt was too small. The 4 borders takes it to 72 inches square-a more useful size.
The 3rd border came about because I had some Half square triangles left from making the blocks-not enough to go right around. I was thinking of making a partial row of HSTs on each side, but decided to make them into Quarter Square Triangles instead. They make their own design within the negative space, which I  find pleasing.


The quilting started off as just echoing  the triangles to emphasise the direction they are pointing. After that each area was looked at seperately. The negative space all got straight lines in various directions. In the 3rd border the small triangles are outlined  and echoed. The large borders presented the biggest decision making problem. In the end I kept with simple straight  lines. It all looks great on the back,  with lines going in all directions.


This has become my first finish for 2017.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

More 2016 Finishes

With only a couple of weeks left for 2016, I have realised there are some quilts not blogged about. Given that is  a diary of my quilt finishes, I need to fill in

First that comes to mind are the baby Quilts.
I was the only person who knew that Lukes new baby was to be a girl so I could make her quilt.
Seeing the baby wasn't going to sleep in a cot, I decided a full single was a better idea. 
I decided on the Kittens Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. For fabric,  I have a lot of Pam Kitty Morning fabric which I also used for Maisies quilt, and it is perfect for wee girls.
decisions made.
This is Hazels Quilt.


Once baby was named Hazel I had a bit of a problem. I couldn't help but make a Hazel Hedgehog quilt- another Elizabeth Hartman pattern. I had made one before for the Quilt Along held by Gnome Angel. That lives in Australia with Sienna, so I had to make another one. Again I turned to Pam Kitty Morning for the fabric. I made this a large cot size. It can be used as a play mat or whatever they find useful.



My November finish was Summer Solstice. This was a quilt along with Melissa from Happy Quilting.
The fabric is from the Eden range by Tula Pink.  This one is 100 by 100 inches so is a biggie.  I still manage to quilt it on my Bernina without any problem.



The latest finish is Coral Anniversary. This is a row quilt which The Quilt Room held to celebrate 35years in business. One row was completed each month from April to December.
The fabric is True Colors by Amy Butler.