Friday, December 28, 2012

2 Amazing Applique Quilts

 Bev Bannard is an amazing and prolific sewer.  Her stitching is always beautiful and her quilts are just stunning.  This is Bev's 'Ann Dagg's' Quilt.  A pattern by Di Ford.  Bev loves cross-hatching and feathers so this quilt has heaps of both.  All applique has been outlined and the centre panel then has a diamond pattern cross-hatch behind it.  The outer border has freeform feathers coming around the red flowers with straight-line either side of the applique. 

 This amazing quilt is Bev's version of the 'Mary Mannakee' Quilt.  The quilt was too large for me to get a photo of the entire quilt.  Bev has chosen the most amazing colour palate for this quilt - it is truly striking.  The background is a highly patterned white and black fabric, and her bright greens, yellow and burnt orange just set this quilt off beautifully. Following Bev's love of cross-hatching and feathers, I have sewn a diamond of very small diamond cross-hatching in the middle of each of the blocks with feathers leading off from them between all of the applique.  It was very difficult to capture a photo of the quilting but I have managed one clear shot below.  Each block then has a some cross-hatching echo and outlined to compliment the block.  I have used the colour co-ordinated threads and sewn the bare minimum onto all of the applique.  This is an epic quilt that is a credit to Bev's ability and patience.


Grove Documentation Quilt

 Clare Cross has made this beautiful quilt.  Clare started a class at Primarily Patchwork in 2005 and her stunning sewing has clearly done credit to this wonderful design.  This quilt lends itself to custom quilting and I have sewn a combination of feathers, swirls and crosshatching throughout to add some continuity to the quilt.  My favourite border is the hexagon flowers,  with a feather winding through the appliqued pieces and straight lines leading into the feathers.  I would also like to congratulate Clare on her use of fabrics, the colours all compliment each other so well throughout the entire quilt.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Jo Botherway has made this gorgeous quilt over this last year, she was after a hand sewing project to work on while at her sewing friendship groups.  The pattern is one by Anne Sommerlad.  Jo has chosen the most divine border fabric to compliment the flowers.  I have used loads of feathers to quilt this quilt, all of the flowers have been outlined and then echoed around then the freeform feathers have framed each flower.  The border is feathers curling around the quilt, we treated the border and setting in triangles as one and this has helped create movement in the feathers as the wind around the quilt.  I have included a photo of the back of the quilt which shows the border design more clearly.  I loved working on this quilt and have totally fallen in love with the border fabric!  such rich colours.

What a beauty!

Roz Dunning is to be congratulated for this stunning quilt.  Roz started her first patchwork class at 'Primarily Patchwork' six years ago.  Roz was in one of the original classes to make the 'Morell Quilt'  and the class started with the instruction to have your backing fabric with you.  It is difficult to see the fabric clearly in the photos but Roz choose a very distinctive fabric that is a light brown check pattern with red and blue dots through it.  She has masterfully co-ordinated the muted tones of the backing fabric and the burgundy/red toned fabrics through the quilt.
The quilting I used was a combination of background patterns from crosshatching, feathers and of course my favourite curls and swirls that highlighted each individual block but used in combination have helped to tie the quilt together.  All applique has been outlined with the barest possible quilting on the applique to help anchor it down.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Many Thanks

I would like to share with you all my very sad personal news.  My gorgeous mum, Brenda Flowers passed away on 20th Sept 2012.  She was an inspiration to many and passed on to me a love of patchwork.  I was lucky enough to receive the first quilt mum ever made for my 21st birthday, this quilt is the most used and loved quilt in our house.  The photos are of my three cherubs, Kyan, Ayla and Dane snuggling under my quilt.  This quilt also inspired me to learn how to patchwork and then to my love of quilting.  Mum is missed by us all every day but we are fortunate to have our warm quilts to snuggle under and remind us of the very special lady who made them.   I would also like to thank all of my clients, friends and family for their support and understanding of me and my family during this sad time in our lives.   Thank you.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

She is finished


Homage to Sally Ann!   The first patchwork book that I ever bought myself was the book, 'Red and Green' an applique tradition by Jeanna Kimball.  I poured over this book and dreamed of the day when I would be a good enough sewer to make the quilts inside this lovely book.  I was then 'blown-away' when the girls at Primarily Patchwork made up a pattern for this epic quilt.  I set to work quickly and while pregnant with my daughter cut out the entire quilt, Ayla just turned 6 in march this year.  Like any project I would have bursts of energy for this project and time away from it and before I knew it seven years have flown by.  The red and green colour combination has always been a favourite of mine and I have loved every minute of working on this quilt.  I have quilted around all of the applique as well as on the larger pieces in co-ordinated thread.  The flower wreath has freestyle feathers that I have then put an echo around.  My favourite curls pattern is behind the flowers and I feel this lifts the flowers out to be the feature.  Behind the corner flowers is  cross-hatching pattern and the central bunch of flowers has freeform feathers and swirls with very tight cross-hatching behind the flowers.   After seven years I am thrilled with my version of Sally Ann's quilt and she now hangs on the wall of my sewing room,  which brings me to my final thanks are for my Alex who did an awesome job hanging her on the wall.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mary Brown

 Merri Garton has sewn this amazing Mary Brown Quilt.  Merri has chosen a lemon background and quite bright fabrics for this epic applique quilt which demonstrates her skill at 'reading' fabric.  I have outlined all of the applique as I feel this helps to define each of the applique pieces, the centre panel then has a feathered wreath with circles in the stem.  The corner blocks were surrounded by a curved feather and swirl pattern and in  the outer border, I quilted a circular pattern in the background.  I feel that the background circles behind all of the outer blocks helps tie the variety of applique blocks together.

Red and White Applique

Bev Bannard has made this striking Red and White Quilt.  My photo's unfortunately do not do this quilt justice, the contrast of colours is wonderful.  Bev has made this quilt from a pattern in the book "Mary's favourite Blue and White Quilts"  by Mary Koval.  The book is full of beautiful blue and white quilts that Mary has found and admired.  Bev took the inspiration and created hers in the rich red and striking white background, we then decided to quilt it as closely as possible as the original in the book - loads of crosshatching!  The result is a truly striking quilt.  It will be on display at this years 'Quilts in the Barn' Red and White Exhibition this year from 5th - 7th October.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Beautiful Applique Quilt

 Merri Garton has made this gorgeous applique quilt.  The pattern is out of the book by Fons and Porter, 'Quilts from the Henry Ford Museum'.  The original picture in the book doesn't have a border so Merri designed one herself and compliments the centre beautifully.  Merri is very bold in her choices of background fabric and this almost mint green colour is a lovely choice.  I did tell Merri that it fits perfectly in my bedroom and if she didn't want to collect her quilt, I wouldn't mind. ;-) 
I have quilted the centre of the quilt with a little crosshatching and feathers stretching out from the centre.  All of the feathersand applique have then been echoed slightly, I feel this helps to enhance the applique.  The border is quilted with freeform leaves and berries and I have repeated the berry design behind the central applique sections.  The applique pieces are very large, so in co-ordinated threads I have sewn different designs into all of the flowers, leaves and flowerbuds.  This quilt is Huge and a testament to Merri's patience and obvious ability.

Strawberry Summer

 This beautiful quilt was made by Debra Welsh.  The pattern is 'Strawberry Summer' by Blackbird Designs.  Debra attended a workshop in Warnambool with the designers and has fallen in love with the freedom of their designs.  She has also used the fabrics that the Blackbird girls designed a range called 'Nell's Flower Shop'.
I have outlined all of the applique on this quilt and used very freeform heart pattern in both the strawberry flowers and the hearts in colour co-ordinated threads.  The pieced blocks have a feather wreath in the their centre with a large circular pattern in the corners, this circular pattern has then been repeated behind the applique blocks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bright dresden plate

 Linda Berry has made this beautiful Dresden Plate quilt.  Linda loves a big quilt and she has hand sewn all of the plates beautifully.   I quilted the plates with a pebble pattern in the orange centre and an echo in the 'petals'  so they resembled large flowers.  The background pattern was a swirl pattern and in the final feather border the same curls were incorperated.(apologies, the photo of the border isn't too clear.)  I loved quilting this quilt and it makes me feel happy every time I see it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reverse Applique Quilt

 Sue Forrest has made this beautiful reverse applique quilt - and I believe it took her 18months of sewing.  The circles have crosshatching in them with feathers and swirls in the spaces between.  The central panel has a feathered wreath with echo quilting and then swirls to highlight the centre.  I like to have the thread match the fabric as closely as possible so that the piecing is not overwhelmed by the quilting.

Clients Quilts


This beautiful quilt was made  by Dorothy Ramage, the quilt is called 'Mary Brown'.  You can view the entire quilt I outlined all of the applique and quilted the background with a combination of freestyle feathers,  curls and swirls. On all of the applique I colour coordinated the thread to then sew stems into the leaves and petals into the flowers.

First post

I am just new to blogging and thought I would show some photos of my son Dane's quilt.  The pattern is 'Saville Rowe" by Judy Newman and I bought most of the fabrics at Amitie in Bentleigh.  Like most projects this one took me two years to complete  with Dane asking me almost every day when would his quilt be ready.  Patience is a virtue and the smallest member of our family now has the largest quilt in the house! (220cm x 220cm)  I love how all of the striped fabrics were fussycut into triangles and sewn into the 'square/circles'.