Thursday, 8 January 2015

Quilted Satin Cushion


This cushion was another gift I made for a friend at Christmas.
I used a piece of dusky pink satin and this time the quilting was done on my frame.











Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Grand Illusion Parts 3, 4, 5 and the Reveal

I failed to get my parts of Bonnie's mystery quilt posted to the linky party lately.
So here are parts 3, 4 ,5 and the reveal all in one post.


                                                  Everything measuring up nicely.



                                                                               Part 3
                                                                         Part 4


Part 5


                                                             


I am doing a 3 x 4 layout which means I will have to add an extra border to make the pieced outer border fit.

This is as far as I have progressed but it will be finished and loaded onto my frame ready for quilting by the weekend.    As for how I am going to quilt it -  I'm undecided.  Fancy quilting is hardly going to show as the pattern is too busy so I am thinking of an all over design.  My extra border will give me the chance to sneak in some feathers I hope.
I will be keeping this quilt for myself as I have done with the last 3 mysteries.  Love Bonnie's quilts.
Why not head over to the linky party and see all the Grand Illusions.  There are some brilliant colour variations going on.  I've enjoyed looking at them all.
Now, back to the borders.............
See you next time.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Butterflies and Feathers Cushion

This was a gift I made for a friend over Christmas.
I fussy cut the butterflies from some gorgeous fabric and machine appliqued them to the background.
I did the same with the leaves.
The flowers are 3D made from Suffolk puffs and were sewn on by hand at the end.



 Basted and ready for the free motion quilting which I did on my Janome 1600P on the table top.
I used one layer of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 wadding.


 I used a polycore cotton thread made for machine quilting by Empress Mills, a family run UK manufacturers.

 I was really pleased with how the quilting turned out on this.


 I finished it off with a ruffle in a slightly darker shade of blue.



A little pearl bead finished off the center of the flowers.


 Cushion measures 13" x 18" excluding the ruffle.







A little sad to see this one go - turned out so nice.  I must be on a roll !
Thanks for visiting today.
Rhianon.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Some Christmas Decorations


I saw these on Facebook and thought they looked fun to make - and they were.



 This is the tutorial I used from You Tube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdU7dliAdMo

The two bigger balls I used were 4" and the smaller one 3". 
I also used a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon and bow on the top.  The pins were just not strong enough for the weight of the finished ball.

They are quick and easy but I did have to use my thimble sometimes!

I also made the Christmas tree - same kind of idea.


Here's the link for that one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1YVvxYTBBE


This one is for my Mum who has a white tree with lilac decorations.


I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas when it comes.  Hope Santa is good to you!
Rhianon.
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