Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A little Quilt & Merry Christmas

 Hi there everyone ... it has been a long year for me and I am taking a little break over Christmas and January 2012. 

I thought you all might like to see this little quilt that I quilted with intensive background fill for my customer Helen.   This is the second quilt she has made in this pattern and I have loved both of them.   I might have to make one myself!

EDIT to add quilt designer details:    I just knew there was a reason I liked this quilt ... designed by the very talented Kellie of Don't Look Now.  The pattern is called "Jessica's Garden".

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has read and left comments on my blog ... it really is quite uplifting when someone comments and means I am not talking to myself - lol!

So I will see you all in the New Year when I will be back quilting for my customers.   In the meantime here is a little quilt I made with leftover quilted fabric and added a border of Laurel Burch Christmas Trees

Don't forget to check out the AMQF web and blog to see the listing of classes available for September 2012 big event.  

A safe and Merry Christmas to everyone.....Jane x

Monday, 19 December 2011


Yes, you heard me correctly.   Ricky Tims - musical quilter extraordinaire is coming to Adelaide, South Australia for the September 2012 Australian Machine Quilters Festival ... you don't want to miss a whole day with Ricky, learning about his quilty secrets and techniques ... I'm going!

Also ... this picture is a little sneaky pre-view of a project that I will be teaching for domestic machine quilters ... a 6 hour class that will be packed full of my quilting fillers and focus points.    I am looking forward to teaching in Adelaide and meeting everyone.   

Happy Quilting for now ... Jane

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Custom Quilting & Teaching in 2012

I sometimes do Custom Quilting for customers.  These quilts take longer to do than the usual Edge to Edge quilts as the quilting is individual and more often than not, designed by me. Sometimes I can have the quilt  machine tied up with a custom quilt for two weeks at a time.

I do not have a computerised quilting machine - I use an APQS Millennium that is hand guided (this means that I move the quilt machine to create the stitches and patterns - it is all in my hands and head).  I don't use a lot of rulers or stencils.  I call it Freehand Custom Quilting and this allows me to use my artistic and technical ability.  

Next year I will only be doing a limited number of custom quilted quilts, and I already have four booked in.   So if you have something special you wish to be custom quilted by me, make sure you leave plenty of time and book it in well before you need it completed.    This also means that I will have a quicker turn around for Edge to Edge and AllOver quilts ... so call me to arrange an obligation free quote to have your quilt quilted by me here at Purrfectly Quilted.   (Contact: 0438 302 515) 

Also, I have been working hard to bring you a project that you can make using my Zentangle for Quilters style of freehand quilting on your domestic sewing machine.   January 2012 issue of Quilters Companion will feature my project and accompanied by a DVD ... I hope you all enjoy this project and the brief look at Zentangle for Quilters.  

I will be teaching at the September 2012 Australian Machine Quilters Festival, held in the city of Adelaide, South Australia - both a domestic machine quilting class and a longarm machine quilting class - This second AMQF Festival is going to be a fantastic event and even Ricky Tims is coming - don't miss it!

I am also very very happy to say that I will also be teaching at the Taupo Sympostium Fabric Art Festival in New Zealand, to be held in 2013...which is really not that far away.

Happy Quilting for now .... Jane

Monday, 5 December 2011

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt - Parts 1 & 2 done

 Over the weekend I finished off Parts 1 & 2 of the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt.  I just have to cut off all the little ears on those hourglass units.
I was amazed at how much fabric you actually cut off and I couldn't bring myself to throw it away.   There has got to be something I can do with those little tiny bits ... thinking....

So now onto Part 3 ... and I can't believe the next step is 350 half-square triangle units in Black & Neutral - 2 inches that will be 1.5inches finished in the quilt - cute!

I have sewn all of these blocks on my little Singer Featherweight - it is a lovely machine to do straight stitching on, it just purrs along nicely.

Happy Quilting this week ... Jane x