Monday, 11 July 2016

Dragonfly Table Mats

This is the latest commission I have been working on.  A set of 4 table mats.
The brief was something with dragonflies in blues, greens and purples.

First off I had to think of a design and how I was going to work the dragonflies.   I found this little block called Buttercup.  I really like it and may have to do a quilt at a later date.
 I searched for some dragonfly fabric and found some online that was just what I wanted. Thankfully at £16 per metre I only needed a small amount!   Simple squares frame the mats nicely.
I fussy cut the dragonflies and appliqed them with Bondaweb.  Two turquoise and two purple.
Onto the frame for quilting...... using one layer Hobbs 80/20 and Glide threads.
Oh and yes I did pre-wash all the dark colours - didn't want to risk the colours running into the cream.
 All freehand quilting.

 Purple binding to finish.

All done and these will be heading to their new home in Canada.  My client is over the moon with them as they are a gift for her Mum.
Next up, I am working on my quilt group's quilt.  It was made by all of us and I am doing the quilting.  It will be entered into the Scottish Quilt Championships and it is our way of supporting  our local show.
Here is a wee sneaky peek

I have almost finished that and next up I have some lovely customer quilts to do, including 4 linen cushion covers.  I have free reign to do as I wish on all of them.   I cannot wait to get started!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. until the next time, happy sewing.........

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Nessie's Grandmother's Fan Quilt

I recently finished quilting this lovely customer quilt.
  It was made by a lovely lady called Nessie who is 87 years young.  Made up of Grandmother's fan blocks it was a lot of fun to quilt!

Quilted freehand on my Q'nique, I used 3 different colours of thread, all Filtec Glide.

                                                                   Back view

Next time I'll show you my newest commission.  Thanks for visiting my blog today :)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Scrappy Strings Baby Quilt

My mission this year to use up as many scraps as I can continues with this baby quilt.
I used scraps from previous baby quilts to make the string blocks and kept the colours fairly pastel.

Under construction.....

.....onto the frame.....

....and my favourite part, the quilting!

I decided to jazz up the quilt a little with these padded
3D flowers.
 They are very securely sewn down. For this though I used my small Janome 601 in FMQ mode.

I'm very pleased with how this little quilt turned out. Small projects are fun and quick and usually, like this one, completely unplanned. They just happen.
Love my quilting life!

See you next time, thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Table Mats with a Scottish/Canadian Theme

Recently my husband has had an old friend from Canada to visit. They had not seen each other for around 28 years, so I thought it would be nice to make something as a memento of his trip. I decided upon a set of 6 table mats.
 There are lots of bears in Canada, so the bear's paw block was an obvious choice and using red fabric makes it almost look like the Canadian maple leaf.
 For the cutlery part of the placemat, I used a fabric by Lewis and Irene called The Glen.
Very Scottish with stags heads and tartan.  White or cream would have been too stark a contrast so I used two shades of grey.
I pre- washed those red fabrics a couple of times and was very glad I did as a LOT of dye came out!
 Onto the frame for quilting. I used one layer of Hobbs 80/20 and Glide thread.

I finished them off with some light grey binding.
I think they turned out pretty nice and hubby';s friend was delighted!
This week I've been working on a baby quilt of my own design and also quilting a pretty Grandmother's fan quilt for a customer.
Pictures of them next time.

Thanks for visiting today.
Happy sewing.
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