Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Flower Gardens Show and Tell

Hi Everyone, and a special welcome to those who have found my Blog through the Quilting Gallery website.
I have spelt my blog address correctly this week after leaving out the l in blog last week LOL.
Thanks  Karen for letting me know, and thanks everyone who voted for Mum's special quilt Peaceful Pathways. Mum is so thrilled it won but says she always knew it would!!!

Thanks for wanting to view closeups of my entry this week.

Forget Me Not is a now finished 12 month BOM for Esther Aliu's  group.

Two blocks were released each month and we had the choice of which one to make.
I, like a couple of others made all 24 blocks so we have 2 beautiful wall hangings.
This one is my peaceful version, the block backgrounds are a semi sheer curtain fabric which I stabilised with iron on interfacing to keep the stripes straight and the trims are satin also stabilised with interfacing.
the "wallpaper" background is a fabric of my late Aunt's circa 70's / 80's

I am a beginner at FMQ and this has been my first attempt at a quilt this size so I kept it as simple as I could.
Here are closeups of my blocks. I have not done any quilting within the blocks themselves at this stage as my flowers were all padded before being machine appliqued and the blocks have "popped" beautifully from the frames and may not need anything extra.




Bleeding Hearts and Daisies


Forget Me Not


Pansies and Violets



Morning Glory

Wild Rose and Lilac

Have just added my binding, same fabric as frames, still to be hand stitched.

This quilt has been a joy to make and I would so love your vote

For those who might be wondering about my second set of blocks, I wanted a quite different feel and went for a retro 70's  in your face quilt. Again my late Aunt's background fabric was my inspiration.

I am about to start the quilting on this one.
These 12  flowers are  Calla Lily, Hibiscus, Banksia, Columbine, Scotch Thistle, Tulip, Sunflower, Poppy,
Sweet Pea, Jacob's Ladder, Crown of Thorns and Daffodil.

The patterns for these blocks are available for purchase at
Block sets are available at the moment, but in a few weeks you will be able to purchase the entire pattern set.

Cheer's Everyone, enjoy your day whatever you might be doing and please remember to vote.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Tuesday 7th May

Hi Everyone,
This is Work on Tuesday as it is raining today and Wed is  meant to be fine and I need to get outside for garden cleanup before winter really sets in.

I have just finished stitching my frames on Forget Me Not.
I smiled a lot to myself while I was manipulating the fabric around my machine. How careful I was handling these blocks when I made them - and here I was hold, pull, push without  any regard for the blocks themselves. They survived it all LOL

It was only when I had to find somewhere to hang it to take a photo,  the true size of this "wall hanging" became real to me. And I have 2 of them!!!!

I like the effect of my stitching on the frames but what to do next I am not sure.
My Bernina has a computerized stitch regulator foot for free motion, I have used it before but not on anything this size. Will have a playf or a while and see if  I become confident enough to make a start as Esther's new BOM's are starting soon and I don't want this to become a UFO, plus there is the second top as well.

To other things in my quilting week.
My Oriental Expressions came mid field in the Quilting Gallery show and tell and I am  happy as there were some wonderful quilts on show last week.

This week I would love to do better though
Not for me, but for my Mum.
This weeks theme at quilting is Quilts for Mom and my Mum so loves her Peaceful Pathways Lap Quilt that I made from Esther's quilt pattern of the same name.

I am filling the rest of my Blog this week with closeups of what my Mum thinks is the most beautiful quilt I have ever made. Happy Mother's Day Mum - I Love You!!!

This is the Center Portion of Esther Aliu's Beautiful Peaceful Pathways Design for her BOM group.
My Mum is 93 and moved to a rest home when she lost her mobility 2 years ago.
As I live in Whangarei and she is in Christchurch I really wanted to send her a little bit of me to be with her.  She has 4 sons but I am her only daughter and though we talk every day I only see her about once a year.
The name of Esther's design called out to me and said just add her favorite flowers and it will be just for her.
Mum was always a keen gardener and embroiderer and this is a peaceful walk through her garden.

In this block the Iris and the Butterfly are from Mum's Embroidery pattern's

In this block it is the Waterlily and the Bridge and Willow Tree.

In this block Mum's pattern's gave me the Peony and the Bird with Cherry Blossom.

And in this block Esther's Waltzing Pink came to life.

All I can add is Thank You Esther for giving me a wonderful background for a quilt my Mum Loves.

Please visit and vote for me and Mum's Peaceful Pathway's
The link is on my sidebar.

Cheers Everyone

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Work on Wed 1st May

Have had 4 days off so have been making slow but steady progress quilting my FMN.
Ditch stitched all the blocks including the block trim. Decided just to echo stitch around the frames to give mitered corners similar to a wooden picture frame.

With 2 blocks done I was happy but there had been some unpicking as I came to terms with maneuvering the bulk of fabric around, this has got less with practice thank goodness.
I measured my frame width before I started and after stitching a sample discovered that by offsetting my needle as far as possible, my walking foot gave me an almost perfect guide for 5 rows of stitching

I marked my mitered corner with chalk and started at the outside. For 1st 3 rows the outer edge of my walking foot guides me. The last two rows I use the inner edge as I know that is straight and an uneveness shows more against a straight edge. My DH has always said the eye can only take in so much at one time.
Now with 8 Blocks stitched I am  thrilled with how the Blocks themselves are popping out of the fabric.

The middle 2 that I was so worried  about  were the easiest of the lot, the even spread of fabric around me  was a pleasure to work with LOL
Don't think I will be edge stitching all my applique but will just look at each block and see where some stitching will enhance the overall lift.

Many thanks to everyone that voted for my Lilies Wall hanging, I came 3rd  in the viewers choice and I was so thrilled with there being 67 wonderful entries.
It is like being able to visit a gallery of quilts based on a theme so once again I am putting up an entry this week - The theme is applique and possibly the only theme this year that will allow me to show my Oriental Expressions, so here is a detailed preview for those who are new visiting my blog,
Apologies to those who may have seen this before.

Held up by 3 girls from my quilting group it is 77 x 78 inches and once our bedroom is redecorated it will take pride of place on our bed - but not to sleep under LOL
This is probably the most difficult quilt I have attempted. Although the applique is relatively simple there were so many different elements, foundation piecing the great wall around the center, 33 different fabrics all charm squares from Trademe, and working out how to do my calligraphy blocks - not part of the original pattern by Yvonne Morris  over 3 issues of APQ magazine. I tried reverse applique but my gold satin fabric shredded at the edges so I went back to traditional raw edge applique.
The blocks read clockwise from top left Happiness, Peace, Dream, Love, what more can anyone want!!!
The block backgrounds are all fairy frost fabric's, the burgundy borders are Satin and also Burgundy Satin with a black/gold mesh overlay for the sashes.

The fans are backed with gold satin and hang free from the sides of the quilt.

The Kimono's are fabric Origami and this took several practice folds to get right
the Blue border fabric is an oriental brocade of my mother's and this fabric is what inspired me to make the quilt.
Again I give huge thanks to John Neilsen for his outstanding custom quilting for me.
I would love you to vote for me - not for me to win - just to show you like my work.