Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cheryl's Quilt

Well over a year ago, I offered to make my good friend Cheryl a quilt if she paid for all the materials.  She was really keen and from there came the hard part to choose a pattern.  I think I showed her nearly every magazine and book I owned but eventually she found something that I agreed to make.  All the effort paid off and at the weekend I finally presented Cheryl with her quilt.
It was quilted by Wild Cotton.  And it looks very good on our bed.
The backing was done in flannel.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tapa Cloth

On Saturday I went to part 2 of Hazel Foot's Tapa Cloth workshop.  There were only 8 of us there this time and we were all at different stages.  Hazel was great and started by showing us some quilting techniques so the two that were up to that stage could continue.  Some of us wanted to do more foundation piecing and continue making blocks.  I really enjoyed this workshop and although I won't have my Tapa Cloth quilt ready for Show n tell at the end of the month, I will get there.
One of my applique blocks
Foundation piecing block
Jake made a bed of the wool batting I cut off the quilt I have nearly finished.

Craft and Quilt Fair

I went to the Craft and Quilt Fair on Friday with a friend.  We spent a long time looking at the quilts and the Creative Fibre Experience.  There was lots to see with the Quilts Aotearoa, AP&Q Challenge, Twelve Project and Made in NZ II.
The layout and light was very good.
The detail was amazing!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Pukeko cushion cover

Two years ago, my mother asked me if I would make something with a Pukeko on it for a friend of hers.
At the time I sourced the pattern for a pukeko through the "New Zealand Quilter" magazine.  I wasn't able to buy the issue with it in as it was from several years ago but Anne Scott kindly emailed me the pattern.

I started it with great enthusiasm and decided to do needle turn appliqué.  It took me a year to complete the pukeko in needle turn appliqué and then put the project aside as I couldn't bear the thought of doing the reeds the same way.

Nearly 2 years later I decided to tackle the project and I  did the reeds using fusible web and sewed them with buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine.  I lightly coloured the bottom with a blue colouring pencil and drew in the stalks with a brown felt pen.  As Mum's friend lives in Australia, I haven't put the cushion inner in it to save on postage.  I free motioned quilted the top and again wanted to keep it for myself.

Bag

I made this bag for a work friend as her partner has been diagnosed with dementia and I felt she needed something nice for herself.

I took the size and dimensions from a bag I was given when I purchased some threads.  It is the perfect size to carry a novel in so it doesn't get tatty.

Once I finished it, I didn't want to give it away but it was worth it when my friend was so thrilled with the gift.