Thursday, February 15, 2018

Roadtrip SH8: Lake Tekapo

Inspired by scenes on our October 2017 road trip from Christchurch to Edendale, mostly travelling along State Highway 8 (after first travelling through Geraldine), I drew up some sketches with a plan to create a series of little art quilts.

I had just attended the 2017 NZ Quilt Symposium and was very motivated by the various classes I took; I could see potential art-quilt or abstract quilts in every landscape.

Lake Tekapo is a beautiful sight in October - gorgeous deep blue water, reflecting the Spring sky, surrounded by mid-Canterbury-brown hills with snow still covering the tops. I can't find the photo I took when I made my husband stop by the side of the road but this photo is similar to  what we saw...
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A bit closer up: I used three blue shades of machine embroidery threads to
stitch in the water, and white thread for the snow.
The motivation to actually make the quilts came in January, from one of my Symposium tutors, Brenda Gael Smith, who is running a Monthly Art Project challenge via Facebook - so I signed up.

My plan: to create small quilts, about 8-9' square in size, using a mixture of piecing, applique, quilting and embellishments.

I really didn't know just what I wanted to do for finishing it off...I considered facing it, and then saw a tutorial for a perle cord thread finish, but have no perle cord to do it with. So I decided to try a serged/overcast edging. Not sure I like it really. I think I might make sure to get some perle cord and then I can try it out, as I do think it looks smart when done like that.

Sharing with my quilting friends at Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday and Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday linky parties. Hi everyone!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Charmed Pillow

A 14" pillow/cushion made from a mini charm pack of Bonnie and Camille 'Vintage Modern' fabric, and the first completion from my goals for the first quarter of the 2018 Finish Along challenge.

The charm pack was a complementary freebie when I ordered the backing kit for the 2012 Moda Designer Mystery BOM Sampler quilt that I had made. I patched the squares a couple of years ago and last week I used it to practice the quilting design for my current laptop project. Then I made a backing of some leftovers from the BOM kit.

On the front I was using a circles design (is it sometimes called an 'orange peel?) and for the back I just used straight lines.  It has a 12" zip at the bottom.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

#2018finishalong - Quarter One Goals

FinishAlong info

I know life will be busy-crazy again once school starts on the 31st Jan, so am only going to put my most current projects as I hope to get at least two of them done before then while my days are still running on 'flexi-time'...

I am making a new set of decor items for our lounge - using this seafom and grey colour scheme:

1. Quilt and bind this Buzzcut lapquilt for one sofa

2. Piece, quilt and bind a Hashtag lapquilt for the other sofa

3. Make four accompanying cushions - two scrappy/modern style, and two applique - using the scraps and leftover yardage.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Peek-a-Boo Bears

This is a baby/cot quilt I have made using Leah Day's tutorial for the Disappearing Nine-Patch. 
I discovered the minky teddy bears (used for the backing) at Spotlight and selected greys, teals and blues in the same colourways for the front.

The pattern was very easy to follow and put together. I decided to keep the quilt to cot-size (but can't find my final measurements and the quilt is already on its way to be delivered.)

I used a simple straight line echo for the quilting.

Aren't these bears the cutest?! I couldn't resist them, especially when the baby's mum, Jamie, had stated she'd love a quilt in blues and greens with a teddy-bear theme.


Sharing with Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linky party - Merry Christmas everyone! 
See you again in the New Year!