Friday, 14 August 2015

More Quilting with the Q'nique

Hello
I'm a bit later with this post than planned but better late than never!
I have been busy playing with my new machine - the Q'nique 14+.
What a great time I'm having - it more than makes up for the disappointing summer we have had here in Scotland this year.

 This was an orphan star block which I added some borders to and quilted.




I decided to make it into a cushion.  It measures 16" but I used an 18" cushion pad to make it nice and plump.  It is backed with a soft blue fleece.


Next project, I quilted this little piece of gorgeously dyed ( by my quilty friend Irene) fabric.
I just filled the whole area with feathers.


 My daughter had her eye on this for a pencil case but I made it into a pincushion and thread catcher for my workroom.  I love it and it is already in constant use.  I should've had one of these years ago.
Click this link for the excellent tutorial I used if you would like to make one yourself.
 Of course, now I had to make a pencil case so my daughter chose this fabric.
Here is the finished result, not bad considering i am not very good or patient with putting zips in.


Also this week, I finished a customer quilt.
Isn't it a great pattern?
Christine, my customer did a fantastic job at piecing this beauty and made it a joy to quilt on.

 The two outer borders........

 For the main background I worked chunky McTavishing......


......and only lightly quilted within the trees.




 The curviness of the McTavishing is a nice contrast to the sharp angular lines of the trees and creates movement and softness. I was very happy with how it turned out and I know Christine was too.


   Quilt back........


Next up was small tumbler lap quilt I made for my father in law.



Light quilting for this as it will be in constant use. It was just fun playing with my new machine.
I absolutely love it.
Sorry I have not written my review of the Q'nique yet but I will get around to it.
Wishing you a great weekend.
Happy stitching til next time
Rhianon.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Me and my Q'nique

A couple of weeks ago my husband surprised me with an extra special gift - the Q'nique 14+

Here I am looking like the cat that got the cream!

I had a couple of practice runs, getting the tension right and just getting a feel for the machine.
Then it was time to quilt something that looked like a quilt.

I pieced this Union star quilt a few years back before I even owned a 1/4" foot and as a consequence there are a few points missing but it is good enough to practice on.

Isn't she a lovely looking machine ?
I will be doing a review of the machine in a future post as I have had many people asking me about it.
So far I love it!!
On with the quilting now......enjoy the photos.














I will be keeping my Janome 1600P for piecing and free motion quilting smaller pieces on the table top.
It's still a great workhorse of a machine that has served me well.
Have a great weekend whatever you are up to and thanks for visiting today.
Rhianon :)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Hearts and 9 patch Quilt and Cushion.


Hi
I finsihed this little set the other day.  I had already made the heart blocks ( I'm on a mission to use things up this year, scraps, orphan blocks, you name it) and made some 9 patches to go with it.


 The quilt measures 39" x 41" and i used one layer of Soft & Bright wadding.

A small stipple makes the hearts pop.  I used Bondaweb for the applique and no other padding (trapunto)



The back.......

I had one heart block left over so thought a little cushion would be cute.  It measures 18" excluding the ruffle.




This set is for sale for £90 plus P&P.  Get in touch if you are interested.

Much excitement for me this week as my new quilting machine arrived on Monday. It is the Q'nique 14+ made by the Grace company.
We have spent the week getting accquainted.  More about that in my next post.
See you then
Rhianon.

* UPDATE : This quilt has SOLD.
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