I love seeing local crafts for sale, and couldn't resist buying this cute cupcake pincushion made from recycled jumpers! "SHRUNKIES" by Amanda Aufenast, makes the most incredible things and her stall was amazing. I went along to The Christmas Craft Fair at Wantisden Valley on Sunday, (it's not far from where I live), and there was a huge variety of crafts for sale, and it was great seeing so many local people had stalls there.
"Journey of a Quilter" was such a beautiful quilt to make. As usual I hand embroidered the labels (I used DMC threads for these ones) and then appliqued them into place on the back of the quilt, also by hand. These stitchery patterns are designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley. This quilt is now on display at my local quilt shop, Kis Quilting Ltd if you want to see it!
The labels for "Leanne's House" have been appliqued into place and the quilt is now finally completed! The stitchery designs are by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley and the words were drawn freehand. Leanne's stitchery designs were initially traced onto paper using a pencil. Once I was happy with the layout, I used a very fine Sharpie pen to trace over the pencil lines. My paper "label" was then put on a light box and the fabric placed over the top and the design traced using a Micron Pigma pen, and finally hand embroidered using 2 strands of DMC thread. The labels were appliqued into place by hand, making sure the stitches didn't go all the way through to the front of the quilt.
Strips of binding fabric were cut along the width of the fabric and joined them together on the diagonal, ready for maching into place. I prefer a wider binding on my quilts, and Janette had trimmed my quilt to allow enough room for a 0.5" finished binding. This was machined into place using a walking foot, the folded over to the back of the quilt and hand stitched using a neutral coloured Aurifil 40wt thread. Next step is to attach the labels!
Last week I collected my "Leanne's House" quilt from Janette, tha wonderful longarm quilter who does the most amazing freehand custom quilting. The pattern for this quilt is by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley, and was bought online from Cross Patch in Wales. I'll post some more pictures once the hand embroidered label is on!
I love making personalised labels for my quilts. This label is for my Fernhill quilt - pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs - I played around with a few images from Lynette's original pattern and added my own words. Once I was happy with the layout, I wrote over the pencil lines with a very fine Sharpie pen...
...this quilt was hand embroidered using Weeks Dye Works embroidery threads, and I used some of the left over threads to embroider the label...
...once the stitching was finished, it was pressed on the wrong side (this prevents the stitches from being flattened) and the label was appliqued by hand onto the back of the quilt. I just need to add a hanging sleeve, and it will be ready to display.
A few weeks ago I'd prepared some stitchery to take with me when I was in hospital. I'd pieced together some leftover scraps from my Journey of a Quilter quilt, and used a pattern "Waverley Bag" by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley...
...the daisies are appliequed by hand, and the hand embroidery uses 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread. This was machine quilted very simply around the daisies and arpund the blocks using Aurifil 40wt thread...
...I like to keep the zipper covered, and used 2 different Tilda fabrics to make the cushion backing. Once the front and back of the cushion have been stitched together, the raw edges are covered with a binding strip, using the same method as binding a quilt...
...and here's the completed cushion, filled with a plump feather pad, ready to post off to it's new owner. I hope she'll be pleased with it!
Here are a few close-ups of the amazing quilting on my Fernhill quilt. I really am very pleased with this and can't wait to hang it on the wall of my sewing studio!
The pattern for this gorgeous quilt "Fernhill" is by Lynette Anderson Designs. This was bought online as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales back in April, and has been an absolute joy to stitch. It was machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread, hand embroidered with Weeks Dye Works threads and hand appliqued. I chose to have it freehand custom quilted by J-Quilts. Hand painted wooden buttons are the final touch which I stitched into place yesterday evening, and a single fold binding was finished this afternoon. I just need to add a hanging sleeve and a handmade label. Finished size is 28" x 28" - I absolutely loved making this one. It will look super hanging on the wall of my sewing studio!
Fernhill, designed by Lynette Anderson Designs, has been given some very special treatment by Janette at J-Quilts, and was waiting to be collected. Janette does the most AMAZING freehand custom quilting, and I was really very very pleased with this cute wallhanging. Once the binding and buttons are all stitched in place and the label is done, I'll share some more pictures.
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