Thursday, May 9, 2019

Time Flies! Caity is 21!


Wow! I cannot believe twenty years has gone by since we first met Caity Kenny as a cute little one year old when she and her parents returned to NZ and her mum Kath began teaching at my school; she has grown into a lovely young lady with her whole future ahead of her!

Halfmoon Bay (Oban township) - Rakiura National Park/Stewart Island, NZ
Last weekend we travelled over to Stewart Island to help Caity celebrate her 21st; of course, I had to make a quilt for the occasion - luckily, she LOVED it.


I made it in under two weeks (thankfully had school holidays to give me time). The pattern is Moda Love (layer cake size) - it finished at 72" square. The pattern is super easy to sew together (I think working out the colour layout took longer than sewing it LOL!)


I had the perfect layer cake in my stash of Riley Blake Designs 'Flora and Fauna' by Amanda Herring, just waiting to be used for the right person and the right quilt. It has such pretty colours and a nice mix of florals and prints - aren't the deer cute?







For the batting I used a white flannel as the backing is a lovely grey minky - super soft and snuggly! And the binding is a cute dotty print.


The quilting is just simple stitch-in-the-ditch, with half inch echo lines, along all the seam lines; holds it all together nicely without being too dense and stiff.

We all had a wonderful time on the island - it is a unique and special part of New Zealand. 
Bri and I stayed the night in Horseshoe Bay:




Sharing my latest finish with my fellow-crafters 
- kai ora tatou!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sundrops for Sue


I began making this large lap quilt (59"square) last year, not sure who would end up with it, but knowing I would figure it out eventually; I got it to the binding stage in January...


...then, with the passing of my Uncle Alister this March, I knew straight away 
that this would become a gift for his wife, Aunty Sue. 
I spent a LOT of time at their house as a child - it was pretty much a second home - 
so I wanted to give her something special.


The prints are from a layer cake of 'Sundrops' by  Corey Yoder for Moda. 
The prints are a mixture of florals and polka dots in a range of corals, greys, lemons and greens.
This is a 'sister' quilt to the auction quilt I made last year.


The pattern is 'Cake Slices' by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs.
I quilted a mixture of ribbons, echo diagonals, and straight lines.


The binding is a gorgeous coral fabric, with the backing being pieced from 
a white/grey eyelashes print and a soft green words print.




Aunty Sue was really thrilled - it went straight onto her bed!
'Kia ora' to all my visitors via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linky party
Have a lovely Easter!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Summer Day - Lake Te Anau


So excited to share this wall-hanging - it has been selected by Aotearoa Quilters 
to be exhibited at the Ailsa Craig Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival in Ontario, Canada!

The sky is a blue poly-satin with a baby blue mesh overlay and
a couple of scraps of white netting.
I did not quilt it as wanted it to stay smooth like a clear summer sky.
I entered the wall-hanging in the 'New Zealand Through Our Eyes' challenge for Aotearoa Quilters. We had options of sizes/layout and I chose the 18" x 8' long option as I wanted to share a slice of the colours of my favourite part of NZ - Fiordland.

The forest on the mountain-side is made of roughly cut rectangles of various shades of muted greens to
represent the native beech forest that completely covers the hill-sides down to the western shore of the lake.
I free-motion quilted curves over the shapes with a thick quilting cotton to soften up the edges.
I had been pondering the theme of the challenge for a few months, but was pretty sure I wanted to showcase our landscape - this was confirmed for me while camping at Te Anau between Christmas and New Year...

The water is reverse-appliqued, using three layers of blue poly-satins or dress lining.
I quilted the ripples and then cut away some sections to reveal the darker colours.
This is really close to how the lake water looked as it moved on the day that we were crossing in the boat,
so I am super pleased with how it turned out!
...while in the boat as we crossed the lake one day, to go water-skiing at Brod Bay, 
I sat looking at the scene directly in front of me: lake, mountain, sky. 
I knew that was the scene I wanted to create in my wall-hanging.

Pre-trimming - all layers complete.




The wall-hanging was sent away at the end of January and exhibited at the Great NZ Quilt Show in Rotorua, before then heading to Canada. I look forward to seeing it again on 
show at the NZ Quilting Symposium in Auckland in October.

'Kia ora' to all my visitors via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linky party!
Have a lovely Easter!

Mix and Match


I created Mix and Match out of the leftovers from my Starlings of Summer quilt, 
made with a set of Art Gallery 'Imprint' fat quarters that had been in my stash for a few years.


When making Starlings, there are a lot of cut-off triangles, so I decided that I would randomly piece them together to make some improv blocks (rather than stuff them into the scrap boxes for 'later').

It was so satisfying to have a second quilt made so quickly; it measures 29" square.
At the moment I have it hanging on my sewing room wall; not sure what I will do with it.

For the quilting I used some random zig-zag lines, inspired by walking foot designs 
in Jacquie Gering's 'Walk' book.





The backing is a grey/white flannel.



'Kia ora' to all my visitors via Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linky party
Have a lovely Easter!