Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A large Jelly Roll Lap Quilt

I got this pattern from a Quilting book called " Jelly Roll Quilts" by Pam & Nicky Lintott. Published by David & Charles ISBN:10:0-7153-2863-8. This quilt can be found on page 24 and is called "Garden Trellis". To make it I used a Moda jelly roll and completely forgot to record the name. Typical.....

I used 100% pure wool batting, and the backing fabric I bought from Kornacraft Sewing Centre which is located in Gawler SA and ships just about everywhere.

This quilt is very easy to make and uses the tubular method. I'll say no more about the pattern as it's covered by copyright.

I free motion quilted this in the centre with a large stipple. The borders are quilted in straight lines, using the faint printed lines of the border fabric as a guide. I kept an even spacing simply by using the these lines.

 I don't have an owner for this quilt as yet, so may very well donate it to a raffle for some worthy cause.

Thank you for popping in today.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

HuggiesCrafts: Triple Heart Easel Card

HuggiesCrafts: Triple Heart Easel Card

For those interested in making this card, the original maker and card can be found here: Cardmaking Paradise

Special Anniversary Card

A Very Special Anniversary Card

It this day and age where the majority of things are so disposable, relationships seem to fallen into this category as well. Many don't even bother getting married anymore, citing it as an out dated institution, others say they don't need a piece of paper to cement their relationship, to prove their commitment to each other. I believe we each walk our own path, and make our decisions according to how life pans out for us as individuals, we can do no more.

I come from last century, in many more ways than the obvious one. I believe in commitment, of cementing my relationship with every avenue open to me. I believe in doing the hard yards, hanging in when it might seen so much easier to simply walk away. (This does NOT mean I would ever accept physical or emotional abuse as acceptable)
My own marriage is heading rapidly towards the Golden 50 mark, it will arrive in 2018, and while it's not always been as I would like, would wish and may have dreamt of, we have (I believe) a good solid, happy, (MOST of the time) life together.

When you meet others who have been married even longer, it makes my heart sing, It makes me proud to be part of a dying breed who stick with it regardless of the trials and woes which honestly befall us all at sometime or other.

Last year I made a 60th Wedding Anniversary card for just such a wonderful couple. and I'd like to share it with you here.

It's nothing extraordinary, nothing I consider to be really special. Yes i took more time, and tizzied it up more than I would normally do. But 60 Years folk! 60 long long years, and I consider that to be something worth celebrating.  So here is my celebratory 60th wedding anniversary card.

This is a gatefold card with a Heart embossed and layered over the centre front.
I used my KNK Zing to cut the banner layers, the Numerals, and the names.

 there were a number of paper punches used to cut the butterflies and the flowers. These were all cut out of silver glitter paper. They were finished with rhinestones.
Inside the card was also decorated,with flowers and butterflies, non dimensional so the card sat flat in its custom made box. I can't show you a picture of the inside, I forgot to photograph it before I wrote inside.

I made a box for the card, and die cut a heart from the top which was covered with acetate. a few rhinestone flourishes and a silver and white ribbon around the edges finished a very pretty presentation.


(in my humble opinion anyway)

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Wow! how time flys!!!

February 11th 2016

I can't believe how long it is since I last posted here.
I feel ashamed of myself.

The past year has seen me making a few large quilts, as well as some cot quilts for great nieces and nephews born over seas.

Having looked at my last post, I think it's over due that I post the finished Underground railroad quilt.
So here it is folks in all it's glory. I loved making this and learning the story behind it as well.

As mentioned in my last post, I went on to make a king sized quilt for my eldest son and his wife for their 25th wedding anniversary which was last March.

Here is that finished quilt.

This is laid out on my dinning room floor, it's easier to see the whole quilt if it's not on the bed.
the next photo is a close up. This is the first time I tried stippling.

In my next post, I'll show you some photo's of other quilts I've made in the mean time.
Thank you for visiting my blog.