October News

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Flights of dragonflies


When I first seen this lovely quilt of Pauline’s my first thought was of dragonflies.

The beautiful back tone of purple reminded me of the purple luster and shine of the really big dragonflies you see hunting in the garden.

So a quick redesign of my favourite template to make the dragonflies fit into the correct blocks and off I went on the longarm.
Making the dragonflies the main theme for the quilt meant keeping the remainder simple.  Ribbons just seemed to fit the overall look.


Although topstitching individual items means a lot of starts and stops and tucking threads, the finished look is beautiful and well worth the extra time for such a beautifully made quilt.  Very lovely Pauline.
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Strip Quilts


Strip quilts are one of the most effective and simple ways to use up a lot of that left over fabric from other projects.

And as you can see from Ann’s wonderful strip quilt with a little planning and a solid colour as the foundations, strip quilts are beautiful.

The topstitch pattern used for Ann’s quilt is one of my favourites; big daisy like flowers with stylised leaves.
I use this longarm pattern often as I can change the flower design to match almost any fabric pattern by adding points or more or less petals.

The leaves can be converted into feather shapes, long and pointy shapes, or like in Ann’s quilt, double plump leaves.
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Making the back a cuddly garden of possibilities.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Here chick, chick, chickens


How many of us can remember feeding the chickens early in the morning before work or school.

Or of chasing them out of the garden when they escaped the chicken coop?
a lot of lines

I had to think long and hard about what I was going to topstitch onto Pauline’s chicken quilt.

Then remembering that my girlfriend Tracy had given me a package of hexagon paper patterns; it dawned on me, chicken wire.

Although it took a lot longer than I thought it would as I had to mark every hexagon to get it just right, I love it.

What would chickens be without a daisy garden to peck in?


Pauline is going to love this when she sees it. Here chick, chickens.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Kaleidoscope Symphony


This topper is music in a kaleidoscope view.

Pauline did a wonderful job of matching the interesting shapes in this musical fabric.
The pattern made for a perfect 8 petal flower, it was just a natural.

Not much else was needed so a double border was topstitched around the center panel.


Once the binding is on Pauline will have a beautiful centre piece to show off on any table.
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Fat Cats


Panel quilts can be an easy and fun way to give speciality quilts. 

Pauline asked that I leave a few places for her to do a bit of hand quilting so she could add her personal touch.

I kept the topstitching simple to accommodate her and mostly did stitch in the ditch work.

I kept thinking that the hand quilting the wonderful cat faces and a few bits and bites here and there would work great for her.
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This is definitely a fun little quilt to make everyone smile.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Shell work


To keep costs down for Pauline, I organized her quilts so many of the smaller ones could fit onto the already loaded backs of the larger quilts.

Much of the time spent in longarm topstitching is the set-up and unloading time.
You want to make sure everything is as straight as you can make it.

This wonderful and crisp topper is the perfect example of backing and batting sharing.

I just love the continuous shell design around the centre feature of this smaller quilt.


Using a white thread kept the whole look clean and crisp.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Scrappy Lattice


Pauline dropped of a bag of quilts (10 to be exact) for me to do the other day so you are going to hear a lot about her in the next few blogs.

This scrappy quilt was so... much fun to do.
It was a combination of ruler work for the lattice and free hand for the climbing leaves.

The secret to topstitching a variety of styles is to make sure the patterns all have about the same density.



This gives an all-over unity and prevents the push-pull of the longarm stitching.  And as always some rules are meant to be broken and I have on occasion made the sashing and borders a little tighter than the quilt blocks. 

It really makes them pop.
Isn't the back just as pretty?