Saturday, 1 April 2017

B&W With a Touch of Blue

I have reached a level of confidence in my quilting where I’m comfortable in changing elements to suit myself. I have even designed a quilt of my own, very basic, let's not get too excited here.... a simple 4 patch for a very fussy granddaughter who despite looking through my dozens of quilting books, and even more quilting magazines, was unable to find a design she liked.
After a lot of questions, I did eventually get an idea of what she would like, and the B&W touch of Blue was born. Since it’s a simple 4 patch, it didn’t take long to both design cut and piece.
For the quilting, I used one of the Westalee Rulers called ‘Circle on Quilts, Wreath 15 COQW15’. If you're interested in these rulers, which are becoming quite famous, you can find them at   Judy has worked closely with Bill and Leonie West who developed and produce these rulers, I have participated in two on line courses  in the use of these rulers, and there are now a myriad of You Tube videos showing how to use them.
Other places to purchase these rulers are Cynthia's Ark and Kornacraft.
These rulers are for guided free motion stitching, and do take a bit of practice to get used to, but let’s be honest, if I can do it, then anyone can. Some people have natural talents, my humble skills are born of sheer persistence, and a refusal to be beaten till I’ve given it my very best shot.

That quilt is long finished and here it is.

Jaime-Leigh's colours of choice were black and white with a touch of blue. hence the name 'B&W Touch of Blue' I believe she really likes it. It is what it is, made with love just for her.

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Happy crafting, Sewing etc.......... and remember, 

Life is too short to fill it with things which don't satisfy your soul, Quilting is one of mine, housework is not! fortunately for me, I have a very lovely husband who takes care of all those mundane things for me. Yes, I know, I'm truly blessed.  (and I do help occasionally)


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Cynthia's Ark is a small quilting business, mainly on line, but Cynthia does have a shop in Mallala here in South Australia.
I've known Cynthia for quite a few years now mainly though a mutual friend, but more recently I've attended one of Cynthia's uninterrupted project weekends, and later this year we are going on a 3 day retreat in the Adelaide hills for Project Uninterrupted. Here is a link to Cynthia's Ark should to wish to go visit her online shop.
Anyway, the reason I'm mentioning Cynthia, is because that is where I bought the kit for the quilt I'm sharing with you today. I did however slightly change it, I turned the image panels into picture windows because that is what I wanted.
Having reached a level of confidence in my quilting, I now like to make changes, to individualise my quilts, to make them 'mine'.
This lap quilt, as I said earlier came as a kit, I bought extra fabrics to do the looking through a window effect. I also, added the words which are appliqued in black fabric.

I did a lot of free motion sewing to give dimension and accent areas of the tigers.
This quilt was for my Daughter in Laws birthday, she has a passion for Tigers so was perfect for her.
Thank you for visiting today.

Happy crafting.
Live, Love, Laugh, life is too short to do anything else.