Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fancy Free


This single bed quilt was first patched in 2015 and I found time to quilt it just before Christmas. It is one of my 2017 Finish Along First Quarter goals.

The fabric is a layer cake of Riley Blake Designs' 'Fancy Free' and I used a pattern by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts called 'Kyss Me By The Garden Wall'.

I used a large all over stipple to quilt it.  Of all the fabrics, I love the bicycle design the most...



The quilt measures 60" x 74" and the backing is made with more of the multi-print that I used for the long strips on the front, as well as a panel of  'Passion Flower' by Bella Roo Designs for Fabric Editions (that I pulled from my stash). I used an aqua gingham for the binding.






And I am sharing this at Lorna's very own "Let's Bee Social" quilt party link-up! Hi everyone! And also linking up with Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday party.

Hot Cross Buns...at last!

Well this only took about five years to finish! And then another four weeks waiting for a decent break in the grotty 'summer' weather to get outside for photos!


I first patched this quilt top in 2012, using a layer cake of Me and My Sister for Moda's 'Amelia' design, with a gorgeous white and black polka dot sashing fabric.


I used a Moda Bakeshop pattern by Wendy Poling - very easy to do and so effective. Just after New Year I finally found time (thanks to all the rain that was falling) to sit and watch lots of tennis on TV and get this quilted up.  I used a 'daisy-chain' stipple all over and in the outer border I did a wavy line/vine with leaves. 

It is a single bed quilt measuring 55" x 65" and the backing is a lavender flannel.






And "kia ora" to all my visitors from Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday linky party!

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 FinishAlong First Quarter Goals


2017 FinishAlong info
Joining in with the fun/motivation to get things done...my first quarter goals are:

DONE! The label and binding into this Hot Cross Buns quilt that I started in 2012 - 
I finally got around to getting the quilting done last week!

This Dr Seuss Lorax quilt  (fabrics by Robert Kaufman) 
- needs backing finished, quilting and binding.

Basic Grey jelly roll quilt - version 1: a throw 
- needs backing, quilting, binding.

Basic Grey jelly roll quilt - version 2: a large cot quilt 
- needs backing, quilting, binding.

Basic Grey jelly roll quilt - version 3: a small cot quilt 
- needs backing, quilting, binding.

This Kate Spain 'Fandango' charm squares cot quilt 
- needs backing, quilting, binding.

This queen size quilt top that I made in about 2007 (?) 
- needs backing, quilting, binding - better late than never!!






Saturday, December 24, 2016

French Fancy


I've called this one 'French Fancy' because it is made using a jelly roll of 'La Belle Fleur' (by French General for Moda Fabrics) that my son had given me for Christmas in 2013 and the pattern is the Moda BakeShop's 'Fancy' pattern by Australian quilter Keera Job of live.love.sew




I made the flimsy during the Christmas holidays of 2014-15, and then quilted it up this year, with a soft medium-blue tone-on-tone print as the backing, for my lovely mother-in-law for her 80th birthday present - that was in September, but I had decided to do pebbling as the FMQ design in the negative spaces and it seems like it took FOREVER!!!




So instead Olive will receive it today when we meet up with her for a Christmas lunch before we head on our summer holiday.

It is a single/twin size quilt and I used pebbling in the neutral areas, with a stylised FMQ floral design in the print blocks. The binding is a soft sage-green and tan print.


My mother-in-law has a heart of gold and I found this very apt quote on Google:



I'm pretty sure she will love the muted tones of this quilt, and she loves flowers and gardening, so I think this quilt will suit her well.

Later...and here she is on Christmas Eve, very thrilled with her gift!


With this being the first week of my summer holidays, I have been busy making yummy treats for our Christmas Day celebrations as well goodie parcels for the babies/families in the Southland Hospital Neo-Natal Unit.

After getting all that done and delivered I took a few hours to quilt and bind this 'Kyss Me By The Garden Wall' quilt top that I put together in 2015 (a pattern by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts) using a layer cake of Riley Blake Designs' 'Fancy Free' and some stash fabric for the backing and binding - I'll make a proper blog-post about it when I get back from holiday...


So Merry Christmas everyone! It's summer down here in New Zealand, and we're heading off to camp/waterski/read/relax/be merry in tents at Lake Te Anau in the beautiful region of Fiordland (where a lot of filming was done for the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies). Have a great day tomorrow and a Happy New Year!!

Compliments of the season to my quilting friends visiting via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday link-up!