Here's my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt (pattern by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley) that I collected earlier this week from J-Quilts. Janette has worked her usual magic with free hand custom quilting and it really is very pretty The binding is now on, and this had it's first reveal yesterday evening when I was doing a "show and tell" at a quilting retreat I'm on...
...and here are a few close up pictures of the freehand custom longarm quilting. If you click on the pictures, you'll enlarge them and see the amazing work that Janette does. And all of this freehand too! I'm absolutely thrilled to bits with it. The kit for this quilt was supplied from Cross Patch, (an online shop based in Wales here in the UK) using fabrics from the Katie Jane collection by Makower UK. The hand embroidery was all stitched with Lecien Cosmo stranded embroidery threads.
So this evening I'm hand stitching the binding in place on this beauty that I recently collected from J-Quilts Longarm Quilting. Janette has been working her magic with freehand custom longarm quilting, and it it lovely to have my quilt back home again. This Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt is designed by the Australian designer Leanne Beasley and is made with a variety of techniques - machine piecing, hand applique, EPP, and hand embroidery. I've used Cosmo embroidery threads for the hand embroidery - these threads have a beautiful sheen to them. Most of the fabrics used for this quilt are from the katie Jane collection by Makower UK, and were supplied as a kit from Cross Patch, an online shop wased in Wales, here in the UK.
This was the perfect project for stitching while I was travelling to Scotland for my hols. "My Stitching Things" pattern is by the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs. Before I went away, I traced the design using a lightpad and a very fine tipped Micron Pigma pen (my favourite sized nib is 005) and fused some lightweight interfacing to the back. I used a spool of Presencia Finca perle thread for the hand embroidery - although the no 16 was a bit too fine, so I just doubled the thread. I'm really pleased with how this looks - and now I'm back home, I can get this project finished. I'm off on a quilting retreat next weekend, so this project will definitely be in my sewing bag. I'm going to take a few smaller projects with me, rather than a large one, as there will probably be lots of chatting and catching up with friends that I haven't seen for ages, which might distract me from stitching anything too ambitious!
My latest project is finally hanging on the wall of my sewing studio. This pattern is "Bountiful" and was designed by the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs - and as usual, this supplied as a kit from Cross Patch, an online shop based in Wales here in the UK. Julia, the oener of Cross Patch, always puts such gorgeous kits together, and this one was no execption! I used an 50wt Aurifil thread in a mid grey colour for all the machine piecing, and as I showed in a previous blog post, this was machine quilted very simply using an assortment of quilting threads - including a mid grey Aurifil 40wt thread, a variegated blue and a variegated gold King Tut thread and a variegated cream Gutterman Sulky thread. This was hand appliqued using Apliquick tools and applique paper - if you're not familar with this method of applique, there are lots of videos on YouTube that you can watch.
I've been busy sewing today with a group of very special friends. Today's project was my Bountiful quilt (pattern is by the Australian designer Gail Pan, and thiese fabrics were included in a gorgeous kit which was supplied by Cross Patch in Wales), and I've been busy free motion quilting a few feathers and plumes in the outer borders. The inner borders had already been machine quilted very simply. I've used a variety of threads for the machine quilting, and today I was using a Gutterman Sulky quilting thread in a variegated cream colourway.
Here's a spooky little corner of my lounge today - this Halloween themed table topper is the "Spooky House" pattern by Lynette Anderson Designs. This has been hand embroidered using a mix of DMC embroidery thread and variegated Valdani Threads. The hand applique is a mix of cotton fabrics (also by Lynette Anderson Designs) and wool felt. I'd made this table topper back in 2015, and love having it on display in my home.
A couple of weeks ago a parcel of loveliness arrived in the post from Cross Patch, and included this festive pattern "Christmas Collage" by the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs. It's been my evening sewing project this week, and it's been such a pleasure to stitch. I've traced the design using a very fine Micron Pigma pen (nib size 005) and used a variegated Valdani perle thread (shade M57) from the Cross Patch Favourotes collection. Now I just need to gather together a few festive bits and bobs to embellish it with, and it'll be another project ticked off my list!
When I'm machine quilting, I really love using variegated threads, and I've got quite a large collection! This morning I've got a couple of hours to spend in my sewing studio, so I'm busy choosing a selection of threads for my Bountiful quilt. I'm not normally keen on Gutterman thread, but the variegated Sulky ones are rather nice, and King Tut by Superior Threads are absolutely wonderful for machine quilting. Well now I've poicked out a few colours I'll make a start with some simpole straight rows and stitch-in-the-ditch quilting before I save the free motion flourishes for another day!
My larger quilts get sent to the longarm quilter, but this small wall hanging will be easy enough for me to manage! I'd bought some pretty blue and cream fabric from KIS Quilting Ltd in Ipswich that was just perfect for the backing, and I made sure I'd bought enough for the quilt sleeve too! I tend to spray baste my smaller quilts rather than pin basting (except for baby quilt, obviously) and had bought this can of June Tailor quilt basting spray several months ago (also from KIS) - it seemed more powdery and not so "wet" as my usual one is, and I actually preferred it to my usual brand of 505. Now it's all ready for some machine quilting, I just need to delve into my thread boxes and decide which colours I'm going to use!
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