Friday, December 28, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
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
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
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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.
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.