Friday, October 30, 2015

Anne Mellen amazing quilt

I am thrilled to be able to share with you all Anne Mellen's amazing quilt.  This is Anne's first quilt, a truly phenomenal quilt for a beginner.  The quilt is Anne's own interpretation of a Petra Prins pattern - 'Zutphen'.  Anne was guided through this quilt as a block of month with Jenny Bear.  I have quilted each block individually in a variety of patterns with feathers being the main feature.  This is a beautiful quilt and I loved every minute of working on it.  Thanks Anne for allowing me to share your quilt. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sue Forrest - Amazing Reverse Applique Quilt

Sue Forrest has made this amazing Reverse Applique Quilt.  The pattern is a 'Bon Bon Design' called 'Pas De Deux'.  The quilt is a queen size quilt entirely reverse appliqued (aside from the red inner border ;-) which I feel frames the centre block beautifully.  Sue has spent three years making this quilt, I have been working on it and marvelling at the precision and size of Sue's stitching, look at how fine some of the stems in the leaves and flowers are.  The basket is also amazingly detailed.

To quilt this quilt I have sewn along the inside edge of the applique in co-ordinating thread to help the applique stand out.  I also echo quilted around all of the applique to help frame it.  In the outer border I have then sewn the triple cross-hatching lines, the repeated lines help the applique be the feature of the quilt.  In the centre block I quilted freeflowing feathers to help enhance the look of the abundant vase of flowers.  I have always had a soft spot for a red and green quilt and this one is truly striking.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Proud Moment

 I have been visiting the Victorian Quilters Showcase exhibition for at least 15 years now and been thoroughly inspired every year by the amazing quilts that are created.  This year, with the encouragement of family and friends I have entered my own quilt into this exhibition - what a blast to see my own quilt on display at the exhibition.  It was a lovey show and once again I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for quilting - I only bought a little bit of fabric;-)  

Gill Cross - beautiful quilt

 Gill has made this gorgeous William Morris quilt, she has meticulously hand blanket stitched around all of the applique creating this beautiful quilt.  I was so excited when Gill brought her quilt to me and said "quilt it however you want"  I quilted around all of the applique as closely as I could then I had fun quilting in the feathers and cross-hatching - along with a few curls and swirls.  Gill entered her quilt in this years Victorian Quilters Showcase exhibition - what a proud moment to see Gill's quilt on display. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Claire Cross beautiful red and green applique

Claire Cross has made this beautiful traditional quilt.  I think this quilt might win the prize for longest project as it was started 13 years ago at a class at Primarily Patchwork.  Claire completed the 4 central blocks at the class and has created her own border pattern to complement the centre.  This quilt was originally made to be draped over the back of Claire's brown leather couch - we shared a laugh as I also have an unfinished quilt that was started for the same reason although I suspect that I will be replacing my couch before my quilt gets finished;-)
I loved quilting on the white fabric of this quilt, the cross-hatching in the centre compliments the applique and the feather in the centre helps tie the 4 blocks together.  The triangle blocks in the border I have quilted a quite heavily with echo and swirls freeform pattern, I feel that this helps 'lift' the applique so it sits higher and remains the main feature of the quilt.

I have taken some time between posts as this quilt has thoroughly inspired me to create my own white quilt, I have been working on my own project for a while now and want to thank Claire for her inspiration. I will share photos of my own quilt in a future post.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Kaitlin's Quilt

Rebecca Byrne has made this colourful quilt for her daughter Kaitlin, it has Kaitlin's details embroidered into some of the blocks.  I have quilted this quilt with lots of different quilting patterns to enhance each block individually.  Lots of hearts, curls and a flowing feather border.

Happy Bright Quilt

Hi everyone and welcome to 2015 - I cant believe its March already!  The year is flying by.  

This happy bright quilt was made by my gorgeous daughter Ayla and myself.  Three years ago we were on a holiday in Bright - beautiful part of Victoria and we visited the patchwork shop "Sew Bright" and we both fell in love with these fabrics. The pink is my favourite and blue is Ayla's:-).   We also purchased  a pattern by 'Hugs-n-kisses' named 'Phoebe'.  As this was a project for us to make together Ayla has cut out all of the applique shapes with vliesofix attached and helped with all of the colour combinations.  I have quilted around the shapes to secure them all but left the raw edge visible, as the quilt gets washed this edge becomes ragged and soft adding another texture to this quilt.   The centre block was Aylas first time piecing as she has now grown tall enough to reach the peddle, we had so much fun over the three years of making this quilt.