Friday, 14 November 2014

Patches and Pinwheels Quilt

 Way back in February of this year I decided I wanted a vintage sewing machine so I bought one from Ebay.
Its an old Jones, 1929 and is called The Royal Ruby.

Isn't she lovely?  After some initial problems with the tension, my clever husband got it sewing beautifully.  I find it very relaxing cranking that handle.

Of course I had to make a quilt on it..........

I was very kindly given a lot of batik scraps which I couldn't wait to use.   Where do you go when you want to make a scrappy quilt ?   Bonnie Hunter's website of course,
She has lots of free patterns and Bonnie is the Queen of scrap quilts.

This one is Patches and Pinwheels.

I used scrappy neutrals as a contrast to the batiks.

Here I am playing around with borders.

I made a stack of batik string blocks but decided not to use them.
So, onto the frame now......

I had a bit of a break from sewing over the summer so this was my first quilt on the frame for around 3 months.  For anyone who doesn't know, my set up is a Janome 1600P on a queen sized Gracie frame.


It was quite a slog finishing this one with all the small feathers but I got there in the end.

Now it is waiting to be trimmed and bound.

I'll be doing Bonnie's Grand Illusion mystery quilt this year but I am doing it half the size.  I don't often make other quilters designs but I love the way Bonnie constructs a quilt and she is a master piecer. If you'd like to improve your piecing skills, then do a Bonnie quilt.  She makes it easy and fun!  I'll be posting here regularly and joining in with Bonnie's linky parties.
I'm working on a couple of cushions just now and will get them finished before the start date.  Might even get Luna's quilt finished!!

This just happens to be another Bonnie design - Blue Ridge Beauty from her Adventures with Leaders and Enders book.
Off to sew for the day now.
Have a great weekend. See you next time

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Hi everyone.
I was very happy to find out that my Owl Baby quilt won 1st place in the Bloggers Quilt Festival, superbly organised by Amy from Amy's Creative Side.  It was in the home machine quilted category.


Thank you to everyone who voted.  The standard of entries was very high and I feel very happy to have won.
Congratulations to all the winners and if you would like to see the full list, click here.
Here's looking forward to the next one in spring!

Thanks for visiting.  Back soon with more quilty stuff.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival -Fall 2014

 My second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival is my Breakfast at Tiffanys quilt and I am putting it in the Original design category.

 It is a lap sized quilt which I designed myself.  For the center I used a charm pack ( called Breakfast at Tiffanys) and the disappearing 9 patch block.  Wide cream borders gave me lots of room for machine appliqued flowers and feathers.

I quilted this one( freehand with no stitch regulator)  on my Gracie frame with a Janome 1600P .  I was very pleased with the quilting as my machine only has a 9" arm space which is not very big at all!

                                                                       Center section

                              Quilted feathers in the border with McTavishing and pebbles.

 The flowers/feathers were machine appliqued with a blanket stitch on my smaller Janome 601

 In opposite corners I added some prairie points just to frame the quilting.

The quilt has dusky pink binding but I can't find a photo.  I'll keep looking and come back and add it.

If you would like to vote for my quilt then click this link.
Thank you if you do give me your vote and also for visiting today.
Enjoy the festival.

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2014

Its that time again!  Over at Amy's Creative Side, the twice yearly competition is just about to get underway. It's always a feast for quilters eyes.  A huge thank you to Amy and all the sponsors.

  Click the link or the logo in my sidebar to take you to the action!                                                                  

My first entry this time is my Owl Baby Quilt into the Home Machine Quilted category.

I made this in the spring of this year and it is all my own design.  The owls, leaves and tree are machine appliqued.  It has been copied so there may be other versions floating around on the internet but I did the original design.

It is all freehand free motion quilting done on my domestic machine, a Janome 1600P

If you would like to vote for my quilt click HERE.  Thank you if you do decide to give me your vote and thank you for visiting today.  Enjoy the festival!!!
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