Saturday, March 23, 2013


My machine is currently in hibernation as I have my almost 4 year old grandson, Cooper, staying with me until Easter.  His two hour afternoon snooze just metres from my sewing room means I don't want to disturb him.  Instead I have been piecing another Judy Niemeyer Glacier Star.

I must admit the first half hour of his snooze I take a "me break",  he is full on, but adorable! 
Haven't completely forgotten what I love to do.  This easter egg looked good with crayon feathers.

I have also chosen the threads I will need to complete this Pony Club Sampler.  It is to be full on custom, so I know I have quite a few days of April to invest in it.  I am itching to start. 

Maybe this week I will get it loaded as my husband is taking some of his holidays so he can spend time with Cooper too.  If the fact the Cooper follows my husband around the house as soon as he gets home, is any indication, then my husband will be relishing snooze time too.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Busy with Customs for customers

 Sometimes a quilt really needs  to be custom quilted to bring out the best in the piecing or appliques.

In this top there is a feathered cable in the outer border.  This needs to be marked before it is quilted so time consuming.  But the end result looks great.  A fluttery fill behind the butterflies adds to their movement.

The greenish grey block is actually from the back of the quilt top.  The top itself was made with asian fabrics and embroidered cranes, since it will be hanging in a show later this year I won't show any  of the front.

 Different sashing quilting in each different coloured sashing strip on a blanket stitched applique quilt.  Each of the appliques were stitched around the outside,  rather than SID (stitch in ditch) around the outside of the block  a wavy line was used.  There wasn't much room for a fill behind the appliques so none was done.
These gorgeous tortoises received different background fills, SID and the sashing was filled to replicate the different surfaces they were standing on.

They might have got lost with overall quilting.
This customer is very prolific with her quilts, so she has some very lucky family members.