Friday, 7 October 2022

Neptune and the Mermaid

My Neptune and the Mermaid quilt is finished and currently on display in the Quilt Symposium exhibition at the Lower Hutt Events Centre.  

I started this quilt in a class with Wendy Whellum at the Auckland Quilt Symposium in 2019.  We made our own plastic templates and hand pieced each of the blocks.  

Here's some close ups of the blocks for those who can't make it to the exhibition:

I chose to use some gorgeous fabrics called "Neptune and the Mermaid" by Tokyo Milk for Free Spirit Fabrics.  And some Tula Pink too as required.  

I finished the blocks reasonably quickly, but I spent months hand quilting it all with Aurifil 12wt.  I used quilting templates for the first time and I'm very happy with the orange peel design in the borders and sashing.  

you can see the lines I made with my hera marker

I finished this quilt months ago, but I couldn't show it to anyone because I wanted it to be a surprise at Quilt Symposium.  

I can't even remember how big it is now, but it definitely covers the top of our queen sized bed.  

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  I've just realised that the colours of Neptune and the Mermaid fit the peacock theme beautifully.  That's why they call me Mrs Peacock!

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Tuesday, 4 October 2022

My Symposium entries

Symposium is open and now I can now show you the quilts I have entered.  

Gone Fishing by Brandon Mably for Kaffe Fassett Collective

First up are my Fiesta Flags.  This was a great idea by the committee to liven up the Sacred Heart College foyer where the Happy Hours will take place.  Each entrant had to make six double sided flags to the exact dimensions and then thread them on to a 2 metre long rope. 

I wanted my flags to be bright and colourful to reflect the Fiesta theme of Symposium.   So I chose my brightest fabrics and make them even brighter with feathers, ric-rac and baubles from Spotlight.  I had a lot of fun making my flags.  


My second entry is in the 12" x 12" Resene Paint Chip Challenge which will be hanging at the Hutt Art Centre, just around the corner from the Lower Hutt Events Centre.  

Each entrant was given two paint chips to base their mini quilt on - a colour and a neutral.  My colour was a pretty pink called Smitten, and my neutral was Double Dutch White.  

I didn't have a lot of time to devote to this challenge, so when I saw some fabric in my colourway, I grabbed it and turned it into a mini quilt with both machine and hand quilting.  

My REAL entry is my Neptune and the Mermaid quilt that I started at the 2019 Auckland Symposium.  It's in the "In the Beginning" challenge section - for quilts started at the 2019 Auckland Symposium.  

I'll show more photos of this quilt in my usual upcoming Friday blog post, but in case you're looking for it at the Lower Hutt Events Centre, this is what it looks like:

Neptune and the Mermaid

It's hand pieced and hand quilted by me, from a pattern designed by Wendy Whellum.  More details on Friday. 

If you see me at Symposium with my fancy floral head band, do say hello.  

Friday, 30 September 2022

Pine Hill

I think I'm going to call my tree quilt "Pine Hill" because that's where I grew up in Dunedin.  I went to Pine Hill Playcentre, and Pine Hill School. And the trees on my tree quilt look like pine trees to me.

It's really hard to get a good photo of this quilt.  The trees are quite bright in real life, but the whole quilt looks dull whenever I photograph it.  I don't know why that is.  

The brightness of the back makes up for any dullness on the front.  I used a large piece of Kaffe Fassett Diamond Stripe on the back, and inserted some fussy cut Kaffe Fassett Damask Flower to make it big enough.  

I had my quilt quilted at Busy Bee Quilt Shop and I chose an all over meander design.  

I'm going to give this quilt to my son and try and get him to part with this quilt so I can bring it home to wash it:

Picnic quilt

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post below:

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Friday, 23 September 2022

Licorice Allsorts update

I've finished all the hand embroidered blocks for my Licorice Allsorts quilt, so now it's time to start machine piecing the other blocks.  

There's actually one more embroidered block in my cupboard, but how do you fit 10 photos in to a grid!

Here's the first machine pieced block that sits in the centre of the quilt:

It's only 6" finished which is smaller than I imagined.  But I do love these colour combos and am looking forward to making more blocks next week.  

Here's what the finished quilt will look like:

Licorice Allsorts was designed by Wendy Williams and I bought it as a Block of the Month from Material Obsession in Sydney.  I'm so glad I did because I love it.  

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post below. 

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Friday, 16 September 2022

Ruby Star

My Ruby Star quilt is finished! 

I used the Raindrops are Falling on My Head pattern by Willyne Hammerstein from Millefiori Quilts 4. 

I've called it Ruby Star because the fabrics are all from Ruby Star Society.  I had a lot of fun fussy cutting ice creams, rainbows and birds.

I chose to hand piece my quilt, but there are English Paper Piecing papers available. 

Last year I used the same Raindrops pattern to make my Bollywood quilt

I had a bundle of Ruby Star Society fabrics that I wanted to fussy cut, so I decided to make the pattern a second time and change the direction of the stars.  Here's the two quilts together:

Ruby Star is 42" wide x 50" high, so not huge, but once again the size was dictated by the fabrics and the number of repeats in each fat quarter.  

I had both of these quilts custom quilted by Rayna Clinton.

I'll be taking this quilt along to my Millefiori Quilts class at Quilt Symposium on Friday 7 October.  It's not too late to join us if you live in NZ.

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  What have you been working on this week? 

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Friday, 9 September 2022

Tree quilt along

Well, the hand quilting on my Spooky Darlings quilt didn’t last very long because even after the first day I could feel a few twinges in my hands. 

So, I decided to change to machine sewing and I made a few more trees for our Capital Quilters tree quilt along. I still had all the fabrics set aside, so it was quite easy to make some more wonky trees.  

Some Tula Pink Holiday Homes prints

Some Kaffe Fassett Mosaic Circles 

I laid all my tree blocks out and started to think that it looked a bit plain, so I turned to my Kaffe Fassett stash to brighten it up. It was a cloudy day when I took this photo, but the Kaffe fabrics definitely added some life to the quilt.  

I decided to cut narrow strips of Busy Lizzy in Black and I'm now trying to even up my rows and piece it all together.  

It's very liberating to make a quilt that doesn't require precise measurements or sewing.  I've enjoying making these wonky trees.  

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post below.  

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Friday, 2 September 2022


 I've made it through winter and we're officially in Spring now.  My work conference is over for another year and I finally have some headspace to think about quilting again.  

The US Open tennis started earlier this week and I've been enjoying watching that on TV.  The timings work really well for someone with a flexible part time job like me.  The night session starts at 7pm in New York, but that is 11am here in New Zealand.  I try to do my work in the mornings and then watch a lot of the night session during my afternoon.  If it goes really late it can still be going at 6pm here in New Zealand, which is 2am in New York.  

I try to choose one quilt to work on during the two weeks of the US Open.  This year it will be my Spooky Darlings Halloween quilt.  I showed you a sneak peek of it back in July.  It's a very simple design, but I want to jazz it up by hand quilting cobwebs on to it.  

I started by quilting a cobweb into the centre of each diamond, but now I've decided to quilt a giant grid first and get those lines in first.  I was finding it difficult to work out paths to follow because there are so many lines in the design.  I'm using a stencil and chalk pencils to transfer the cobweb design on to the quilt.  

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post below.

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