Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Post 3

I had good intentions this last week, but only managed to make 35 chevron blocks....but onwards and upwards. Bonnie posted clue #3 last Friday so Monday I cut all of the fabrics for this clue and strip pieced enough (8 strips) to make up 20 blocks...only another 100 to go, then I'll go back to clue #2 and work on those other 65 chevrons....well, in the rule of thirds, I've past the first third mark, that's a threshold I stepped over so working to the next threshold should be easy.....right???

And yes, I know my colours are a little different, it's my quilt!







On a good note I did finish up all of my promised Client quilts today and moved on to a special Christmas gift quilt, it may take me the rest of this week to finish this one and it needs binding before gifting too. Did I say I have yet to write Christmas cards or wrap gifts....better get organised!

Linking this post to Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Monday link up

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Post 2

Clue # 2 was released on Friday, Bonnie gave 3 options to receive the same outcome. I tried all three techniques and even a fourth using post it notes.





Bonnie's third option is to me the most consistent and we all know that Bonnie likes to keep bonus triangles so this is obviously the technique she uses.


So, trying out the different techniques took a little more time but it's best to make up test blocks to ensure your blocks turn out the correct size and your points aren't cut off, those points are suppose to meet in the middle, point to point. I now have all of my squares marked to follow option three and will work my way through this clue over the next few evenings.


16 blocks done 84 to go....this block makes up a pretty good design all on it's own.....

Catching up on 'quiltcam' while piecing....

I'm linking this post to Bonnie's GIMQ Monday linky over on http://quiltville.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-2.html


Monday, 8 December 2014

Variety is the spice of life....

As a Longarmer, I'm lucky to have many wonderful Clients who allow me to quilt for them and see an array of fabulous quilts and fabrics. I had a few quilts that went home recently, the first, this table runner was already finished and stitched in the ditch. I was asked to add just a little flourish to the blocks to finish it off. Continuous curve in the blocks and a little motif gives the look of flowers and that's all that was needed.....






These lovely fabrics are from a jelly roll brought home from Canada as a souvenir, Eleanor made up the pattern, if I'm not mistaken this is the Jaybird Quilts pattern 'Science Fair'. Eleanor chose Sherry Berry by Anne Bright as an edge to edge design, it's on the pantographs tab at the top of the page.


Another beauty from Tania is this lovely Kimono quilt wallhanging destined for a gift I think. I quilted a 'blowing grasses' edge to edge design with black thread which only really showed in the border as the fabrics and the backing are very busy....this will look fabulous once bound and hung.....

Later this week, I'll be able to show you a quilt that has already crossed the North Sea twice, I'm waiting for my Client to reveal the quilt first but it is a stunner and worth waiting for so check back soon....

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Post 1

I didn't intend to do it, never planned, don't have time, honestly I don't have time!

But you know what, it's good for me to jump in and start something without planning. I'm a strange old fish, for me starting is the worst part of a quilt . I procrastinate at starting, I'm one of the very few who like the middle and absolutely love to finish a quilt, maybe that's why I'm a longarmer?

While surfing the Internet last Friday night there were lots of references to Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt, (you can find the link in the side bar on the right). So late that night I took the notion to go pull some fabric, all from my stash.  I knew I didn't have time to fuss, I had to make a snap decision else it would be a no go area. I have made a few quilts from Bonnie's patterns but never one of her mystery quilts, it's not a good time for me but I'm not whining at all. Bonnie herself has said that this years mystery will be less intense than previous years so maybe I'll be able to keep up alongside my day job of longarm deadlines for my customer quilts leading up to Christmas, I know I will be up against the wire with those so maybe a little extra curricular activity will spur me on, we will see? If I fall behind before Christmas I can always catch up again in the new year, either way I'll finish it!

Here's a photo of Bonnie and Myself at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, August 2014. Bonnie came to visit us on our APQS longarm stand, Bonnie has her own APQS Millennium to quilt her own quilts, love my Millie.



I do have a scrap system, but decided on using yardage in constant colours, I thought it would be a quicker, easier choice just now, these were my choice following Bonnie's own colourway.



That's all of the half square triangles (hst) sewn and squares cut for this clue, yes, I've already changed out some fabrics, I didn't like the yellow, the colour was OK but the fabric wasn't of the same quality as the rest so I swapped the green into that position, it is greener in real life....honestly, try taking photos at 1am.




So today I'm linking up this post with Bonnie's first linky for the  Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt  pop over to check out more fabric choices...




Sunday, 16 November 2014

In the Red....

Catching up again, I had a run of red quilts.....although my camera is refusing to show the true colours. My trusted to do the right thing camera is at the moment unreliable so am having to fall back on a previous purchase.....not the same.....

My lovely customer Anna sent me these beauties....

A smaller topper or lap quilt with a star centre....... lovely colours and fabrics.....custom quilted....





Another with strips, another beauty..... this time edge to edge quilting with a Surf pantograph.....



Lastly a beautiful improvised star quilt, again custom quilting using both freemotion and Quilt Path motifs.






All are beautiful Anna.....



Although this quilt isn't strictly red, in real life it shows more red, it does have a red border and it was made for the Ruby Wedding Anniversary of Linda and her husband...All kinds of everything in this quilt just like life......




A wonderful tribute to forty years of marriage.....


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Moving right along....


I've had to put a hold on some of my own entertainment, pressure of work and all that. I did however manage to finish up my second Needlestar block Paula Nadelstern style.

I have also been playing with these blocks and now just have the borders to add....it's a big one, my design wall is otherwise occupied and the vacant floorspace isn't big enough.  I'm nearly done but who knows when it will be quilted...into the queue with all the others it goes....


I've been working on another deadline, but that is nearing completion and will be unveiled in the new year. So, following are a few customer quilts....


 The first is a soduko quilt hand pieced by Jean and quilted with wildflower edge to edge....




Another two for another Jeans Grandsons, quilted with Surf, such a wonderful design it looks great on a variety of quilts...




And while we still have a few leaves swirling around this is a fabulous autumnal quilt by Barbara quilted with 'botanical garden', love the purples, reds and oranges all together....

On Friday at Borderland Fabrics, Jedburgh, I was lucky enough to win four batik quilt tops in a Silent Charity Auction to raise funds for a young man to enable him to take part in Disabled games in Poland....I got ready made hand pieced quilt tops and Margaret raised some funds for her Grandson, good job all around...


We had a little 'Cheese and Wine' party while waiting for the count down to see who had won the fabrics...


Sneak peak of what's on my frame just now....I'll be gone awhile.....#Stonefields