I had a group of high school students over to see my quilting machine. I decided to put on the frame this quilt top which I had made from a panel I was given. The idea was that they would do a wavy line with loops in it. Sometimes this became a little chaotic - as each student had a turn. They really seemed to enjoy it - one student asking if they could get one for the high school... not with in budget unfortunately.
I also quilted up this panel experimenting with chains of teddies in the border. (not ready yet to share a method!!!!) .
I have finished the second giraffe quilt that I designed. This time with a spotted print rather than sewing the spots on individually (much quicker). While the colors are more difficult to photograph well the quilt itself has turned out really well. I did add 2 more borders to make this pattern up to a toddler size quilt. I was also pleased with the African animal print that I found for the second border.
The pattern is available: http://arbeedesigns.com/giraffe-at-kilimanjaro/
This is the original with the sewn on spots for comparison:
Recently I have given away 2 picture "eye spy" quilts to adults. This quilt went to a young dad with cancer - the family chose to have an eye spy quilt for the 1 year old son to enjoy when visiting.
Unfortunately it was raining so the pictures were taken inside and do not show off the quilting very well.
This quilt went to the local hostel for the elderly. They have specifically asked me to include pictures in the quilts. This is more intellectually simulating and may initiate conversations with the carers.
I used the swirls and curls method of quilting this.
I also had a large fairy panel ( see previous post for smaller fairy panels). I liked the idea of these but was not sure about them when they arrived (I have to use mail order).
Firstly the color in the image was greatly improved by the right borders - they looked flat before adding the matched borders - to the colors lifted the fairy out of the image. At first I was going to applique a few small fairies in the larger red border but they seemed to detract from the centre in reality.
Therefore I tried to quilt the shapes of the hawthorn (also known as mayflower) from the image to the borders. I deliberately varied the width of the echo quilting around the leaves I find this gives the feeling of movement. I quilted the fairy along the lines with in the picture. On the face I just quilted around the eyes and mouth. This is the first quilt where I have tried using rayon embroidery thread as well as cotton. I am really pleased with the result.
This quilt is made from the flower fairy selection by Michael Miller. I chose this group because the home it is going to has light grey walls. These panels make a lovely quilt for a baby - the small blocks in the sashing are also provided with the panels. I did find matching the reds in the flowers a bit tricky and made a great mess as I pulled out everything in my stash that might have been suitable for an audition.
The boarders provided a great opportunity to practice the free motion feathers I have been working on.
The actual small panel I chose only to quilt the main shapes lightly so that the had a relatively puffy look.
Elisa, one of our exchange student from Finland, chose to have a photo quilt with Aboriginal art prints as well. At first I could not think of a design that would show both these elements off well - until I made an Irish chain quilt with embroideries - I though why not try Photos?
Each of the Aboriginal prints occurs 4 times - so that I did not get the repeats together I made 4 sections of 4 x 5 blocks each section had only one of the repeat pieces. I then added one more block for the center and pieced them together.
The photos I cropped, simplified the backgrounds and increased the color contrasts so that they printed clearly on fabric.