Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dissappearing 9-patch

I have been spending so much time quilting lately maybe just MAYBE I had better do some gardening now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Two cats testing my quilt!!!!

Lucy is testing my quilt just after the basting stage, take note of the backing fabric I have quilted around those feathers from the back in green thread. For the border I have used pink thread but quilted it from the front. Below is Oliver testing the quilt before the binding is done.
Tomorrow I hope to bind this quilt and take better photo's outside which will hopefully show up the quilting!!!!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

FMQ cushion. Made on a treadle sewing machine

Today I made this cushion cover on my treadle sewing machine!!!! I tried to upload a short video clip of me FMQuilting on the treadle but it was taking forever so I gave up maybe I will try again another day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Oliver testing a new quilt


Today I started to quilt this disappearing nine patch quilt, I had planned on doing simple quilting then I decided I needed more practising FMQ feathers. So I have used variegated thread to do feathers in the black fabric. By about 9pm my shoulders were aching so thought I would leave the rest until tomorrow, laid it across the couch to admire it and guess who had to test it!!!!
His name is Oliver!!!!!!!


I have now finished the quilting, I have quilted feathers on the outer border in black thread. You will notice on the closeup photo some little bugs have escaped from the quilt WELL!!
I just love the saying " There is no such thing as a mistake! it is an artist opportunity"
while stitching on the border I found a small hole in the fabric OK so unpicking is something I just do not like to do! But really I think it adds interest to the quilt and a talking point.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Feather stitched on a Treadle Machine

I just have to challenge myself a little more, this is so if we ever have a power cut I can still quilt if I want to!!!!!! I must admit it was a bit tiring FMQ on the treadle. Straight sewing is not so bad, I find straight sewing on the Treadle quite relaxing.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pink Feather Quilting

Here is my Free Motion Feather Quilting on my sample quilt!!!
Below are photo's of FMQ sample on a treadle sewing machine, I will be making them into a rag type quilt when finished all the samples at the end of the year.
Today I did not go for my usual walk BUT I made up for it by treadling feathers on the treadle sewing machine. I had stop every now and again as my legs got a bit tired.
Tomorrow I will fill in quilt around the feathers!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

FMQ Feather samples

Here are my first samples for the FMQ Challenge run by SewCalGals. Feathers taught by Diane Gaudynski. I still have to do my sample on my SAMPLE quilt! I have also decided to do some of these samples using one of my treadle machines, I have already done the leaf on the treadle and will post photo's after I have done some more feathers. JUST LOVE FEATHER QUILTING!!!!!

I have made this sideboard runner for myself it is made up using many different techniques
Stencilling using shaving cream learnt from LuAnn Kessi from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full
Plus Marbling using Shaving Cream
LuAnn Kessi from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full.

Feather quilting using
Diane Gaudynski method and Frances Moore's Leaf quilting