Friday, August 2, 2019

Summer Swoon


This was created from 16 fat quarters from a bundle of Sandy Gervais' design 'Well Said'.

The pattern is 'Swoon Sixteen' by Camille Roskilley (Thimbleberries).


I made the blocks in the January summer holidays
and got the quilting finished in the July school holidays. 
Have been waiting for the right day to get some photos.
Here are some close-ups of some of the blocks.













I have realised I completely forgot to add the border around the outside!
Ah well, it still looks fine (and meant I had plenty of yardage for the backing I guess).


For quilting I used free-motion sewing: framed pebbles in the white, 
double echo lines in the centre stars, a double-ended swirl in each of the 'points', 
a fan in the side shapes and curved lines in the corner shapes.
I matched the thread colour to the fabric, so there was lot of changing for some blocks.


The sashing has a loopy side to side motif.



It measures 72"square and I plan to keep this one.
With the cat print in the backing, it seems Rumbles has given his approval...






Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rodzina lap quilt (three of three)

Rodzina (Family) - photographed on the Mataura Bridge, Southland, NZ (looking north-east)
Last year I was fortunate to be given the fabric stash of the belated mother 
of an acquaintance from the town where I grew up. 

Linda wanted her mum's stash to go to someone who would appreciate it and make use of it.  She is a friend of my cousin; as I was growing up, I knew Linda as one of  'the Tarasiewicz girls'.

We both lived on the east side of the Mataura River - I was north of the bridge, 
while the Tarasiewicz's lived to the south of it, near my granny and an aunt.

Among the fabrics Linda gave me were some patched blocks that Mrs Tarasiewicz had already prepared but not been able to complete into quilts before falling ill. 

I decided I would use some of the matching yardage in the stash, as well as some of my own stash and some purchased yardage to create a set of three lap quilts (Linda has two young adult daughters) to gift back to Linda as thanks for the fabric.


While one set of blocks in these red/white/black fabrics was set of nine-patches (see here),
there was also a set of wonky slash-and-sew style blocks -
some with red sashing to the left and some with red sashing to the right (as seen above/below).


They were rectangular in shape, so I added a piece of fabric to the side of each one
to make them into square blocks.

I then used blocks of the same wonky direction to create this lap quilt, which is 50" square.


Linda's dad was Polish, so I used Polish words as the names for each quilt.
Like its sister quilts Matczyna miłość and Wychowanie,
Rodzina has a wider grey sashing to separate the blocks.

The backing is pieced from leftover blocks and yardage.
It has a black tone-on-tone border and a black binding.



The quilting on this one took the longest as I used a variety of FMQ in different parts of the quilt: curly side-to-sides in the grey sashing and mini ones in the red centre sashing of the wonky blocks; echo straight lines within each triangular side of the wonky blocks, and random zigzag lines within the rectangular half of each block as well as the border.





It was an absolute pleasure to create these three quilts as a tribute to Mrs Tarasiewicz 
and to create family heirlooms for Linda and her daughters in her memory.




Wychowanie lap quilt (two of three)

Wychowanie (Upbringing) - photographed on the Mataura Bridge, Southland, NZ (looking north)

Last year I was fortunate to be given the fabric stash of the belated mother 
of an acquaintance from the town where I grew up. 

Linda wanted her mum's stash to go to someone who would appreciate it and make use of it.  She is a friend of my cousin; as I was growing up, I knew Linda as one of  'the Tarasiewicz girls'.

We both lived on the east side of the Mataura River - I was north of the bridge, 
while the Tarasiewicz's lived to the south of it, near my granny and an aunt.

Among the fabrics Linda gave me were some patched blocks that Mrs Tarasiewicz had already prepared but not been able to complete into quilts before falling ill. 

I decided I would use some of the matching yardage in the stash, as well as some of my own stash and some purchased yardage to create a set of three lap quilts (Linda has two young adult daughters) to gift back to Linda as thanks for the fabric.



While one set of blocks in these red/white/black fabrics was set of nine-patches (see here),
there was also a set of wonky slash-and-sew style blocks -
some with red sashing to the left and some with red sashing to the right.

They were rectangular in shape, so I added a piece of fabric to the side of each one
to make them into square blocks. 

I then used blocks of the same wonky direction to create this lap quilt, which is 51" square.

Linda's dad was Polish, so I used Polish words as the names for each quilt.
Like its sister quilts Matczyna miłość and Rodzina,
Wychowanie has a wider grey sashing to separate the blocks.
It has a double border and a 'love' print binding.

I quilted straight lines along the edges of the centre wonky red sashing of the blocks, then did straight double lines, following the straight seams of the blocks, right to the edge of the quilt.


The backing is pieced from yardage and leftover blocks.



It was an absolute pleasure to create these three quilts as a tribute to Mrs Tarasiewicz 
and to create family heirlooms for Linda and her daughters in her memory.


Kia ora to any visitors from Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linkup party!



Matczyna miłość lap quilt (one of three)

Matczynz miłość (Mother's love) - photographed beside the Mataura Bridge, Southland, NZ (looking east)
 Last year I was fortunate to be given the fabric stash of the belated mother 
of an acquaintance from the town where I grew up. 

Linda wanted her mum's stash to go to someone who would appreciate it and make use of it.  
She is a friend of my cousin; as I was growing up, I knew Linda as one of  'the Tarasiewicz girls'.

We both lived on the east side of the Mataura River - I was north of the bridge, 
while the Tarasiewicz's lived to the south of it, near my granny and an aunt.

Among the fabrics Linda gave me were some patched blocks that Mrs Tarasiewicz had already prepared but not been able to complete into quilts before falling ill. 

I decided I would use some of the matching yardage in the stash, as well as some of my own stash and some purchased yardage to create a set of three lap quilts (Linda has two young adult daughters) to gift back to Linda as thanks for the fabric.


The first set of blocks were these red-sashed nine-patches.  
I added a wider grey sashing and a piano key border to make it a 49" square lap quilt, 
which I have called 'Matczyna miłość' (Mother's Love).
Linda's dad was Polish, so I used Polish words as the names for each quilt.


I used red cornerstones in the border; each one is quilted with a double heart.



The backing is made of leftover yardage and the binding is a red tone-on-tone print.


For quilting I used a large stipple inside each block, with wavy lines in the grey sashing. 


The piano key border is quilted with diagonal lines to make X's).


You can see the other two in the set at these links:    Wychowanie      Rodzina





It was an absolute pleasure to create these three quilts as a tribute to Mrs Tarasiewicz 
and to create family heirlooms for Linda and her daughters in her memory.