Sunday, 30 October 2011

QUILTING QUILTING QUILTING AND OTHER STUFF

How terrible, I have been neglecting my Blog. All in a good cause I can assure you. I have been quilting, quilting, quilting, and then quilting some more. I just love doing it. I'm sure I have been doing other stuff too, but as you can tell quilting always comes first...with me anyway. 
So exactly what have I been quilting you ask? Well, do you remember I did a special give away a while back. I offered to quilt a quilt for someone in the UK and make a bag for someone overseas. Katy won the quilt bit and Erin won the bag bit.
I received  the quilt from Katy, she didn't actually have one done, so she just made a small Welsh style Quilt...

complete with wadding and backing it arrived...
 here it is opened out, well done Katy, it is lovely, looking forward to quilting this for you...
Katy had told me I could do what I wanted on it quilting wise, but I decided to search out some Welsh style quilting designs as she had gone to the trouble of making one. My friend Di rang the Quilters Guild as she is a member and found out the Welsh use toned threads for the quilting, good job she found out I would have used good old black!!!! 
I have to tell you it is only small though, about 29" square actually. Oh well, maybe next time I will get a bigger one, if there is a next time!! Anyway, I have finished the Quilt and have returned it to Katy, who likes it, hahaha the message I got was really funny, I will have to ask permission to put it on here, it made both me and hubby laugh out loud. Katy you are so funny.
Just to remind you I do all quilting freehand, I never mark the fabric, I just go for it, so if the patterns are sometimes a tad 'wonky' that's me done that. No apologies, it's the way I quilt.
Here it is then, finished - sorry, lots of photos....
close up of centre, using Welsh style designs...
 close up of final border-the black one - which is my own design...
 the whole thing...
 close up of the back outer edges...
 partial centre...
 centre of quilt...
 complete thing finished - this is the back of course,
can you spot my signature? Wonder if Katy found it!
I was extremely pleased with the way this turned out as before this I had never done any Welsh Quilting, I do like their designs, even if I did kind of alter a few here and there. Oops!!! hahahaha

So that is one down, one to go. Yes I have done the bag for Erin, it is as I type winging it's way across the Pond to her. When she receives it I will put the pikkies up on here only fair she gets to see it first.
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So that is that part done, hmm what else have I been doing, oh yes I have been trialling patterns for Geta, made a quilt with one of the patterns I trialled for her, picture tomorrow as wahey it is all done, put the binding on it tonight.
Which reminds me....DID YOU REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS BACK FOLKS????
I have also made a few Postcards for some swaps I am in. Again no pictures until they are received other end. Sorry.
I can put the pictures here though of the ones I have received...

HAPPINESS Postcard swap from Margaret - lover it, thank you so much...
 More new threads, I cannot resist...
 the final block for the Underground Quilt with Tessa on PP Forum -
I can now start assembling the quilt yippee...
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Just look what my friend Liz sent me - isn't it great,
I am known as BattyJan you see, good one Liz, thank you so much, love it...
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 Again on the PP Forum, Ros has been asking us about various things we have in our sewing rooms,
we have done threads - I wont put them all on here again, oh dear, SO many hahahaha,
but this week she asked for our favourite Gadgets, I seem to have found a few...
Safety pins, Rulers, Special machine feet, curved scissors, KandiKane, Small iron, Soldering iron, Heat gun, Chenille cutter and a thread stand for those slippery threads, not forgetting the cutting mat they are all posing on...
 THIS, is my most important foot,
this is the foot I use when I am free machining or quilting on my machine,
doesn't look much does it, but oh boy I would not be without it, no way...

and last but not least - here are a few of the things I have for sale on my other Blog,
http://jansmags.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-10-29T01%3A04%3A00%2B01%3A00&max-results=1
lots more on there, so if you fancy taking a look and see something you like,
please get in touch with me...

Lots of books....

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12 comments:

Leah said...

The quilting is lovely Jan! Just gorgeous!

katyp said...

Hello lovely Jan, I'm still very happy, and now can almost breathe, more from nasty cold instead of hyperventilating. I LOVE YOUR QUILTING, You've transformed my quilt top into something magical! It is utterly beautiful, and I can't stop looking at it. I was going to hang it on the wall, but the back is too good to miss, so I think it will have to go on the sofa to be pointed out to everyone. And yup, I found your signature, and yup you can paste my embarassing message!

Irene said...

Hi Jan, just popped by to say hello and found your wonderful quilting on Katy's quilt - gorgeous!! Didn't find your signature tho'.

Angela said...

Jan your quilting is just beautiful! I wish I could do free-form feathers like you - obviously I need way more practice! And the back is just as lovely as the front - I must be doing something wrong!
Ang x

Noel said...

Hey there my friend...would you consider coming across the pond and teaching me how to sew a quilt...heehee..I just set up my sewing machine and am itching to sew again....starting off with some placemats and a table runner for the our Thanksgiving party...also making a "Give Thanks" banner too....love your work...beautiful as always...I had a friend try and snag your lap quilt you gave me....almost had heart failure....LOL! I cherish my lovely quilt and use it all the time and thing of you my friend! Hugs Noel

Caz said...

Jan, your quilting is gorgeous!! You did a good job of Katy's little quilt.

Cal said...

The welsh quilting if amazing! You completely transformed the look of the quilt. Gorgeous!

e1preininger said...

Hi Jan, I just felt like sending my tops to you for quilting. This quilt is amazing, congrats on such great work! Elisabeth

Rosa-Munda said...

Jan, Your quilting is awesome! I hope you've got time for all those requests you're going to be getting! Love the gadgets too. Ros x

cookie said...

wow. just awesome. And to know its done on your bernina makes is so stunning. Congratulations on the quilting.

Tessa said...

What a great discovery you blog is, it's truly wonderful. I LOVE your Welsh quilt, really superb work. Perhaps in a million years I'll be half as good. Am sure you know the Welsh quilt blogs, if not please ask. Did you know it's believed that Welsh quilting inspired the Amish?

Tessa said...

I LOVE your Welsh quilt, it is superb. in a million years I'll be as good. Am sure you know the Welsh quilt blogs, if not please ask. Did you know it's believed that Welsh quilting inspired the Amish?