Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Candlewick Quilt - Custom Quilting

A little bit of what is on the machine this week ... a beautiful candlewick quilt.

A busy week for me ... so happy quilting to all ... Jane x

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Edge To Edge Patterns & Basting

This is a lovely hexagon quilt that I did for one of my customers ... we decided on an Edge to Edge pattern - also called "AllOver".   This quilt is going to a teenager and would be likely to be washed regularly.   The big all over pattern also left the quilt soft and drapable.

This is the left over blocks that I incorporated into the backing (I also make up backings if required)

The overall effect was great.
I also provide a Basting service for hand quilters ... Basting on the longarm keeps all three layers nice and smooth and square.  I quilt with a big tacking stitch in rows about 3.5 to 4 inches apart ... if you are interested in this service please contact me.

I am happily engrossed in quilting again after a few weeks away this month.

I will only be taking a few custom quilt bookings per month from now on ... so if you want me to custom quilt for you, contact me so I can schedule your quilt into my diary.  I am currently booked until mid January 2011.   I am happy to take your Edge to Edge quilt bookings continuously ... I have a 2 to 3 week turn around for these - less if you have pre-booked.

Happy Quilting for now ... Jane x

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Finally Home

 To those of you who travel a lot - my hat off to you -it takes its toll - 39 hours of flying, waiting, flying etc to get home.  I am happy to have gone away and seen and done the Certified Zentangle Training - it was so well worth the trip, but now I am happy to be home and sleeping in the comfort and familiarity of my own bed and home with my family - I missed my boys (although I'm sure everyone knew I would).

This picture was taken somewhere over the International date line - I missed the 17th of October!

I just loved the movement of the clouds 30,000 feet or so.  Beautiful.

This is the Oakhurst Retreat Centre at Whitinsville MA where I stayed for the week - great hospitality - even a cup of tea (not like I have at home  but near enough! - Thanks Terri and Deacon Ed for looking after us all).

So now I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher ... I take Beginner, Advanced and special Zentangle Inspired Quilting for your Domestic Machine classes.  You can contact me on if you are interested. 

A great big thankyou to Rick and Maria of Zentangle for their hospitality, teaching and friendship ... it makes Zentangle even more special now that I have been to Whitinsville.  I met so many people (and they all seemed to know me - am I really that loud on my blogs - lol!) they were all friendly and interesting - so many interesting stories ... I have one to share with you later which will make you all smile - certainly gave me a great laugh!

So I am out of action for a couple of days to catch up, recouperate and generally get myself together and refamiliarise myself with my family (mmm does that sound like I have to do some washing, cooking, cleaning and gerally get those two boys of mine sorted out - one 17 and one 50 - oh and the two boy kitties to hug and play with lol!) ...  talk to you all soon.

Happy quilting for now ... Jane x

Saturday, 9 October 2010

I will be away for a little while

This is the quilt I have finished off this week ... I do like curved cross-hatching and can now do it a whole lot better after taking a class with Raylene Smith at the AMQF last week.  Thanks Ray!
There are still some chalk marks in the pic ... just ignore them.   Anyway customer very very happy with the result.

I will be away for a couple of weeks from blogland as I am heading off to the USA to do the Certified Zentangle Teacher accreditation course with Rick and Maria of Zentangle ... very very exciting as I will be the first Tasmanian/Australian to attend.    So I will catch you all soon.

Happy quilting for now ... Jane x

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Home Again

Hi ... I am home again and have had a wonderful four days over in Adelaide at the AMQF.  Tracey Browning and Sharon Parkinson have done a fantastic job of organising the event, plus all the volunteers, teachers, vendors, and the quilts ... there were some beautiful quilts.  I did take photos but not many.      I must have been too overwhelmed to take too many photos.  

 This the BEST OF SHOW by Rachelle Denenney "Fancy Flutterbys" - couldn't get close as it was up on the stage.

I did a few classes, loved Helen Stubbings class on Colourque - she is a great teacher.  Michelle Turners Wholecloth class was great, Belinda Betts class on using those darn rulers was good - learnt a lot and Raylene Smith's classes were very inspirational - so much so I couldn't wait to get home and get back on the machine to do some custom quilting - thank you to everyone of you - we have some really top class Australian tutors.  My classes on Zentangle went down very very well ... I saw lots of Zentangles being done over the weekend - see you all can draw really well!    I ran into some familiar faces and met a lot of new ones.  I purchased a wonderful Salem cutting mat from Constantine Quilts and it came home with me on the plane - with some other stuff I wrapped up, the weight was 9kg over - and the airline did not charge me for this - WOW - I am very happy about that ... perhaps it was because our flight was delayed for over two hours, which would have made me miss the connecting flight, but it was late about an hour as well ... so I finally arrived home very tired but happy.

I am back at the quilting machine for a few days before I head off to the United States for the Zentangle accreditation workshop .... getting a bit nervous now about flying by myself all that way  but I'm sure it will be okay.

Will show you what I have on the machine at the moment when I have finished it. ..... Happy Quilting for now - Jane x

Monday, 4 October 2010

AMQF A Wonderful Success

The AMQF is finished ... it has been a wonderful 4 days ... a fantastic effort on behalf of Tracey Browning of Constantine Quilts and Sharon Parkinson of Patchwork On Parade - both of SA. A wonderful show full of interesting vendors, lovely quilts and great teachers ... Our Australian teachers have so much to offer and were absolutely wonderful ... I can't say enough about them - loL!  The International teachers were pretty cool too!

So I am travelling back home tomorrow and will be able to upload some photos on Wednesday.

Cheers for now ... Jane x

Friday, 1 October 2010

In Adelaide

Hi .. I am in Adelaide at the Australian Machine Quilters Festival ... the weather is absolutely devine, sunny, warm and beautiful. I am teaching this afternoon at 3pm ... and then a whirlwind of classes and sights to see until I return home next week.
Catch you all next week.