Memories of Alex

In 2005 we lived in Geneva and our children attended the International School. One of my daughter’s closest friends stayed with us for a few months so she could complete her International Baccalaureate. As a thank you gift she gave me a beautiful delft plate. This was the inspiration for my latest project, ’Memories of Alex’.
I love how all the beautiful shades of blue create depth in the design.

Raw edge machine appliqué was the obvious method to use as all the shapes had many curves and points.
All the blue fabric came from my stash, using up those small pieces left over from previous projects. The appliqué pieces were machine sewn using a double blanket stitch in a colour to match the fabric. I then outline quilted the design with a dark blue to highlight features such as the veins in the leaves and petals.

The background is free motion quilted in a cream thread in a pattern that enhances the appliqué and extends the floral design.

Memories of Alex

Back to school

Well holidays are over and everyone is getting back into routine with school and work. If you are like me, the grandchildren are getting ready for a new school term…… can you please take up the school uniforms, make some new library bags?

Here is my attempt at library bags. Made from calico with the images outlined in black sharpie then coloured with fabrico markers. The designs are from Helen Godden’s alphabet collection……Z for Zoe and C for Charlie, my two grandchildren.

The Fabrico markers worked well and give a nice even colour to the designs. Outline quilted with black rasant thread over the black sharpie outlines.

12 Days of Christmas

I have completed another design by Helen Godden, the 12 Days of Christmas.

The designs were drawn into cotton fabric using a black sharpie, then coloured with Inktense Pencils. I used a textile medium to release the colour so that bleeding would be minimal. Some ’bling’ was added with the gold lumiere paint in the striped frames and number outlines.

All the blocks were sewn together, adding sashing and borders before being quilted. The designs were outlined and detailed with black quilting, then the backgrounds and sashings were quilted with a cream polyester.

12 Days of Christmas
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Another pleasant surprise

I entered a quilting Challenge run by River City Sewing Centre in Queensland. It was to quilt the ’Sunshine Soul ’ panel, called ’Flowers of Eventide. I was so surprised to win the award for hand guided quilting. The photos were judged by a panel of international judges, blind without reference to the quilters name or the machine used. Thankyou to River City Sewing Centre and Bernina who sponsored the award. I outline quilted and added details to the image in black, then quilted the background in cream. I extended the design into the background negative space to create texture and interest. All the quilting was done on my Sweet 16.

Another ‘Garden Trellis’

Here is the second version of ’Garden Trellis’ using up the Floragraphix V range by Jason Yenter. A slightly different colour way . I quilted it with the same all over hook and feather design. I am really happy with how both quilts came together.

The pattern is called ’Jelly Weave’ by Cluck Cluck Sew.

Garden Trellis 2