January 16, 2019

You're Never Too Young (or Old)


My friend Nancy (who runs the marvelous charity Inspirational Quilts) came by last week to pick up some quilts I wanted to donate.  On this trip, she brought her three sons Joshua, Luke, and Thomas with her.

They are delightful youngsters - thoughtful and polite and terrifically curious.  We had a ball introducing them to Laka (our macaw) and answering the hurricane of questions about her.  Then we headed up to the quilting room and each of the boys took a turn at driving the longarm:
Joshua
Luke (with Ang, the boys' dad on the left, my hubby Stephen on the right with Miss Laka, and that's me next to Luke)
Thomas
They clearly thought the longarm is a pretty cool gadget, and took to it like ducks to water.

January 13, 2019

Quilt 133: Pond Life - DONE!

This one is another quilt kit from Patchwork with Gail B.  The shop had the kit in a recent sale - the price was just too good to resist.  It's a very simple quilt, just strips of 6 different prints (3 orange, 3 purple).  I think I may have only spent about 4 hours or so putting it together.
44" x 58" - quilted on the Bernina Q-Matic
Here's the quilting pattern I used (it came with the Q-Matic):
 
The waves and bubbles go well with the goldfish theme of the prints:
The backing is done with the goldfish print that matches one of the prints on the top:
Here's a closeup of the back - and again you can see the waves and bubbles quilt stitching:
I'm really pleased with it - cute as a bug's ear!

January 9, 2019

Quilt 129: Australian Souvenier Quilt - DONE!

At the beginning of last year, I made quilt using a jelly roll that had rainbow colours and some interesting prints.  It turned out very well and I thought I'd like to do another.  Well - then there was a sale at Patchwork with Gail B and wouldn't you know they had those jelly rolls marked down!  I grabbed one in a hurry!

Then, in November, my friend Diane and her 13 year old daughter Allison visited us here in Melbourne for a week.  While they were here, I showed photos of that rainbow quilt to Diane and asked her if she thought Allison would like to have one.  She said "yes!"  So I got that jelly roll out and whipped up one for her.

Here it is:
47" x 76" - quilted on the Bernina Q-Matic ("Panto_Square Meander" stitch design, end-to-end) - bamboo batting
The thing about this jelly roll that made me think it would be a nice quilt for Allison is that some strips in the set have names of places in Australia, including Melbourne.  Here's a closeup so you can see the print:
I used a soft mint-on-white print for the backing and bound it with white homespun.
Here's the quilting design I selected from the Q-Matic library:
That quilting design is a great one, very versatile, and I've used it on several quilts now.

I actually finished the quilt at the beginning of last month and posted it to Allison on December 5.

January 6, 2019

Quilts 130, 131, 132: Houses - DONE!

Sometimes quilting with panels becomes almost like "instant quilts".  That certainly felt like the case with these three.  I found the "houses" panels online and ordered three of them.  The colourful prints are quite large, and after adding a 3" yellow border, 3" green border, and 3" blue border, I ended up with pretty good sized quilts. 
52" x 59" - quilted on the Bernina Q-Matic with the "Row of houses" stitch pattern
 Here's the stitch pattern I used (below). 
On the first quilt (below) I kept the stitch pattern at the dimensions it comes in.  After doing it once that way, I decided it was a little too dense, so on the 2nd and 3rd quilts I expanded the pattern to just over twice it's original size.
 Each of the quilts has a different backing.  The first one is light turquoise (with dark green binding):
 The second one is yellow (with light green binding):
 The third one is deep tea (with lime green binding)l:
I've been VERY productive in recent weeks.  Now having the Q-Matic for quilting, I can quilt one project while I'm piecing the next one.  I can't believe how fast I'm powering through my stash of fabric!  I may start posting more often, as posting once a week has left me with quite a backlog of quilts to show.