Friday, 20 July 2007

My Quilts

These are a few things I have been working on ... The white quilt is a small version of a wholecloth - similar to the one I have entered into the Australian Machine Quilters Exhibition in Melbourne on the 27th July 2007. Along with my red and white strip quilt....I can't wait to post pictures. Wholecloth quilts are one of my favourite types of quilts - there are so many possibilities with them.

This very colourful quilt was made to show my pantograph skills - I quilted the pattern "flower star" over it - very hard to see though in the picture. I loved making this quilt - the placement of dark and light value fabrics was a bit of a challenge - some were medium and I had to make a decision on what group to put them into. This was fun - and I ended up making enough blocks to make two of these quilts - so just have to put the other 12 blocks together and think of how to quilt it - I might custom quilt the next one.

I only used 26 fat quarters plus the border fabric for the top.

Inchies - My blue Garden

These little babies are part of an art challenge called "Inchies". Each block is 1 inch square (or thereabouts). There were no rules in this challenge other than using the colour blue. I quilted my squares on my longarm and then embellished them. Just loved making them. The inchies were put into Artist Sets ......

Six of the Sets were then sent on for swapping - I kept the remainder to make up an even set. This was a lot of fun and a good way to use all those beads and things I have been saving over the years!

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Blue & White Nine Patch Quilted

Well, the quilting has finally been done. I decided to put a fine blue border and then a wide white border (using the Fibonacci numbers to determine the proportions). I am really happy with this quilt - It took me about 5 hours to machine quilt with my own freehand pattern. I cannot take all the credit with the placement of the blue and white 9 patches though - James (my DH) spent a lot of time with me on the lounge room floor putting them in different configurations

It looks so much better in the "cotton" (read "in real life").

This is one of the corners - I only have about 15 inches left to slip stitch onto the back - in these photos the back is only pinned.

This next pic is a close up - obviously!

And this next one is a view of the back - I have used Bottom Line Superior thread on both the top and bottom of this quilt - I just love the look it gives my quilting.

Now - what to make next!! I have some 7inch 30 fabric squares that I might want to make into Ohio Stars and some kids prints that I would like to make a simple block so I can showcase one of my "kids" pantograph all over patterns.
So many little time!
And with my two quilts going to the Inaugral Victorian Machine Quilting Exhibition at the end of July - I don't have much else to show people.
I will post pictures of my red and white strippy quilt that I have done a pantograph on, and my all white wholecloth with large scalloped edge, after the show!!
And now - I should go back to bed because it is 3am and off to work tomorrow!