Sunday, 16 October 2016

Bits and Pieces

I'm always kept busy with something or another.
I had a great time quilting this colourful batik quilt for Gail.

Happy to say Gail loved it!

Here are a couple of other projects I finished recently.
These are placemats for my daughter and her housemates. They are uni students renting their first house this year.

This is a cushion I made for my next door neighbour's birthday.

I am in the process of clearing the decks in readiness for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts which always starts around Thanksgiving time.. Looking forward to that!
see you next time.

Scottish Quilt Championships 2016

Apologies for being about 2 weeks late with this post but better late than never.
The Scottish Quilt Championships was held in Edinburgh and is the main competitive show in Scotland.
I was very pleased to take home a 1st place ribbon for my little butterfly wall hanging.

                                                         Hanging in the show.

Also in the show was a quilt made by my quilt group and we took 2nd place in the group quilt category,
It is called Star Gazing.  All the ladies made a star block and some flying geese units.  We chose a black background and any batik for the stars.  I put it together and freehand quilted it on my Q'nique.
I was thrilled for the girls to win a ribbon, they were tickled pink!
Here are a few photos I managed to take:
This quilt took 1st place in the group quilts and...
this one took 3rd place.

This is my Happy Scrappy Houses, a Bonnie Hunter design,
This one was made by my friend  Louise and was her first ever entry into a quilt show. I thought it looked great hanging up.

The fabulous work of Kay Bell.
 Fantastic hand quilting by Andrea Stracke

Just look at that detail -wonderful!
Another of Andrea's beautiful quilts.

                                                        Tartan Tattoo by Linzi Upton'

Loved the detail of the quilting. Photographs do not do it justice. It was fab!
I was also thrilled to finally meet Linzi in person, We have been FB friends for a while so it was lovely to finally meet up. You can find Linzi's blog here

 I also met Freida, maker of the quilt below and she was lovely too!

A beautiful quilt by Freida Oxenham which won a 1st place ribbon for embellishment.

So unfortunately these are all the photos I managed to take but fear not, Kay Bell has done 2 great posts with lots more photos including Best of Show.
You can find Kay's posts here and here.
I had a great time at the show and am already looking forward to next's years.

Back to creating now.... see you next time.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Star Gazing by the Glenrothes Quilters

September and it is time for the Scottish Quilt Championships.
This year my quilt group decided to do a combined effort and enter the show for the very first time.  Its always good to support your local show after all if nobody enters, then there will be no show.

We decided to go with the theme of batik stars on a black background. Everybody was given the same black fabric and had the freedom to choose whatever colour/design of batik fabric that they fancied.
The stars could be any size as long as they were divisible by 2.

All the ladies made a star block and some flying geese border units, except for me. My job was putting it together and then doing the quilting.
I'm very happy to say the fruits of our labour brought us a second place ribbon in the group quilt category.
Here it is hanging in the show. The lighting was not the best but hopefully you will enjoy the photos I took during the quilting process.
I used Glide thread and black Hobbs 80/20.

I will be back at the show tomorrow and will take lots of photos of the other entries, so look out for another blog post very soon.
It was a good show with an amazing array of beautiful workmanship on display.
Back again very soon.
Enjoy your weekend and thank you for visiting my blog today .

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Customer quilts- Linen cushions and lots of feathers!

These are the second set of cushion covers I quilted for Alison who made the felted coin cushion covers that I posted about in a previous blog. You can see that here.
Again these were made from linen but this time with felt leaves.  Alison gave me free reign to do what I wanted.

 This is a small sketch I did before I started.

 I had to go over the leaf shape several times to get a nice thick line.  I used Glide threads and the wadding is Hobbs 80/20.

 I decided on a pebble background fading into bigger leaves around the edges.

Next up was the second quilt for Gail.  At first glance it seemed fairly straight forward but the blocks in the center were all different and there were two wide borders on two sides of the quilt.
Gail requested some feathers in the quilt.

 I love the autumnal colours of this quilt and the beautiful fabrics.

 I decided to do a continuous feather in the two large borders.

 In the center blocks I kept the design the same for all of them.  A large outlined feather going from corner to corner.

 I love how this quilt turned out. Happy to say Gail was very pleased too!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Be back soon with more quilting!
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