Sunday, 25 February 2018

Project Quilting 9.4- The Big Pineapple

This weeks challenge in Project Quilting is Mellow Yellow.
I spent a couple of days with no ideas, then started thinking of fruit. A lemon tree appealed, then a pineapple came to mind. A young friend loves pineapples, in fact that was the theme of her 13th birthday.
The quilted item which would work in her life would be a pillow for her bedroom, so my plan was made.

I made a yellow patchwork block for the pineapple and a green one for the leaves.

Pellon was ironed on to the pieces so the pineapple would be raised a little trapanto style.
The shapes were cut out on the angle to represent the outside relief of a pineapple skin.  They were buttonhole stitched on to the background. The background colour was chosen to match the fabric I had chosen for the cushion back- pineapples on a navy backgound.
The pineapple was quilted in gold with echoes each side of the seams and the leaves with just a central vein.
The background was stippled in matching thread. The stipple was very small close to  the pineapple to further accenuate the fruit, and the stipple becoming larger to the edges

It was now time to quilt the back and fit an enclosed zip. 
The yellow 3 inch wide binding completes the project.   It fits a 16 inch pillowform. 

Here is Sophie with her new cushion.

Made rural Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Linking to Persimmon Dreams parade of Yellow projects.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Bold and Brave- Project Quilting 9.3

Sir Ed.

As a New Zealander, our biggest hero when we were growing up was Sir Edmund Hillary. As well as being the first to conquer Everest, on 29th May 1953,  he spent months each year building schools and hospitals in Nepal.
He was always a much admired man who the country was very proud of.

As soon as I saw this week'
 Project Quilting theme, Sie Ed (as he was affectionately known later in his life) came to mind.

I found the image I always think of when thinking of the conquering, and set out to recreate it.
My friend Denny (Instagram name @pondaview) loves making fabric postcards, and learning new techniques. She has always done silhouettes, so I decided I would give that a go,
As I was sewingit a progress photo was sent to Denny. She suggested I add a layer of tulle to give the look of distance to the work.
I love the look the tulle gives to the ice.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Project Quilting 9.2

This weeks challenge is Triangulation.

When thinking about this for a few days, I thought I would do Half Square Triangles in blues, aqua and lime green.
By later in the week I tealised I may not have time to participate this week.
On Sunday, I was up to date on a couple of things, so decided to go for it. Participating is the main thing for me, rather than winning prizes. It was too early in the year to bale out a week already.

I made myself a couple of rules so that I could get this completely finished.
1. It had to use scraps
2. No procrastinating and no changing my mind.
3. No unpicking. If a point is lost-it stays lost forever.
I picked up the first bag of scraps from the bin. Light taupe dot background and fabrics of pink and green. A classic combo.

I laid out the 81 HSTs I had made into a design-and according to my rule-that was it. No changing - No making it less "arranged or changing the design
It went together pretty well, then I quilted it to emphasise the background diamond.
Now the binding. It went on. 
Ugh. Didn't like it. I broke my own rules as it just wasn't right.
Once the binding was hand sewn down it was done.
So here is Triangulations to a Deadline
The size is 20 1/2 inches square.
I am linking up with the other lovely projects

P.S. I just reread the rules and we ate supposed to say whete we are from. I love in New Zealand.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Hometown Proud Challenge.

As soon as I read about the challenge for Season 9 of Project Quilting on the Persimon Dreams blog I started planning it, and I went in to town to take a few photos.

We live a few minutes from the town of Feilding in the North Island of New Zealand. It has a population of about 16,000.

When I was thinking about the challenge two things came to mind. One was  was the fact that Feilding has won the title of Most Beautiful Town many times.

The second was the clock tower, which seems to be used as the towns image most often. 

There are many floral plantings around the town. 

This year there are many different flowers used. 
I decided to look at a simple representation of this planting box. There are several planters with these flowers in one of the shopping streets.

For the red flowers (are they Helenium?) I used raw edge applique to sew on the leaves flowers and buds.

The purple dianthus outer border  in the planter is shown using a purple floral fabric  i quilted it in pebbles to show the round flowers. It doesnt really show up well, but looks great on the inside.

The planter is made from brick. I have used artistic licence to change this to red, simply because it is my mothers favourite  colour. The scrappy red border is quilted in a brick design.
The charcoal binding represents the grouting of the planter.

My mother wanted some new cushions so I decided to make my 16 inch quilt into one.

For the back I used a Cloud 9 canvas from their range designed by Rachida Hale-Coleman. It has a zip opening. 

So, here is my Feilding Planter Box Pillow. This is my first time joining in Project Quilting. 

I am linking up to the other Hometown Proud projects on Persimon Dreams

2017 quilts

2017 was not a very productive year for me.  It started well with the 2016 Bonnie Hunter Mystery being completed quickly. After that it all slowed down.
I participated in several Instagram swaps. This one was for a Flying Geese Miniquilt. It went to Australia.
This was an Easter Bunny mini quilt. It also went to Australia.
This was a Llama cushion cover for a quilter in Germany who loved pastel colours.

These were for a cushion swap using a set of patterns in Make Modern Magazine. They went to the USA.

I joined in with two of Shelley Cavannas Quilt Alongs on Cora Quilts blog. The first one is Beguiling. 

The second one is not quilted yet-but it a completed top. 

This quilt is high on my quilting list to do asap.
The next is a quick quilt I made for my Grandaughter Maisie. She went in to a big bed and needed a new quilt. I didnt have much spate time, so used a Riley Blake Mermaid panel and matching layer cake. 

This quilt is another Elizabeth Hartman Kittens quilt. I used a limited colour palette of pink and green. It is for our daughter Hannah and is to commerate her marriage in August. She has 2 beloved cats and loved the other Kitten quilt I had made.  

That seems to be the sum of my completed quilts. 4. Lea than I thought.
On the positive side I have one partly quilted and 2 others tops from last year ready to quilt. I am determined not to let them go on to my pile of unquilted tops in the cupboard. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Winter Seeds Table Topper

Yesterday a friend sent me the link to the Winter Seeds  Table Topper. The designer, Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter, had used the beaitiful Winter's Lane fabrics.
I had a charm Pack of  Birdie and Co's next winter range-Winterberry, so I couldn't  resist making it. It is such a quick fun project that I had all except the binding done in one evening.
I would love to see how this looked in saturated colours on a low volume background, and would consider doing that if I needed a nice small gift for someone 

En Provence

Every November I start Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt. This year is my fifth one.
I decided to stay with Bonnie's colors this year, which were inspired by  the lavender  fields in Provence.

Bonnie's Quilts have many many small pieces, but the process is broken  into several easy easy parts. I find it easiest to keep up to date with each part, and that way it gets finished in good time.

I free motion quilted this with a swirly Daisy all-over design.
Size is 89.5 inches square.

This is my third finish for the year.