Sunday, 11 December 2011

I DID IT MY WAY- - QUILTING THAT IS

Where does the time go these days? I cannot believe I have been so tardy with my Blog of late! OK, so I didn't win on the competition I entered the quilt in - see last post - but I was pleased with the votes I received, good thing I don't expect to win or I would be sobbing in my tea!!
So what have I been up to? Well I have tried - unsuccessfully yet again - to sell some of my quilts on Ebay. Hmm think I will forget about that completely, I thought I had priced them reasonably with free postage too, but all to no avail, so I have come to a decision, wasn't easy but feel I have to do something as we are being overtaken by all the quilts I make. My decision is that I will no longer start any new quilts for myself, I will finish all the UFO's I have in cupboards and various places, yes I do have a few laying around, this I feel will keep me busy for possibly the next year or two depending on just how many I discover lurking in their hideyholes....After that I will have to decide what I shall do in the future. As you understand this has been a difficult decision for me to make as I just love quilts so much, this is why we have an enormous amount of them in the house. So thank you once again Frank [Sinatra] for letting me say yet again, I did it my way.

On another tack.....
I have started doing quilting for others as you may or may not know, and just this week have finished two for a friend of mine - Marian - wemet on the PP Forum and have become great buddies. When I suggested I was going to have a go at quilting for others she got in touch with me and asked me to do TWO quilts for her. One being a Dinosaur Quilt, the other s Space Quilt. How unusual they sounded but I accepted the commission gladly and have completed both this week. I have to say the Space one is my favourite, I love it to bits, they were both a joy to Quilt as MArian is so good at her sewing. I also managed to finish another UFO for myself, oh dear, another blooming quilt for the pile....hahahaha.... anyway here are some pictures of MArian's quilts, she has given her permission for me to show them, this is before she has received them herself, I sent her pictures first though. I hope you enjoy them...
The DINOSAUR Quilt - Front...
 close up showing the fabric, how great is that...
 the back of the Dinosaur Quilt...
 close up of the back...
 Blocks were done Quilting in the Ditch,
in the border I stitched round some of the dinosaurs amongst the vermicelli quilting, Marian didn't want a lot of quilting on them as she wanted them to stay 'puffy'...
 back view of block quilting...
 can you see the dinosaur?
 The SPACE Quilt - front...
 the centre panel blocks...
 close up of borders...
 Back view of full quilt...
 close up of back showing quilting of the centre blocks,
once again not a lot of quilting done on them, to keep them 'puffy'...
 front view close up...
 can you see the stars and spaceships in the vermicelli quilting?
 and small stars linked together in the thin orange strip....
 I had to make sure all the spaceships were orbiting the same way...
I love this Space quilt, they were both a pleasure to Quilt but I have to admit the Space one does it for me. Thank you Marian for trusting me with them, I look forward to doing the next one for you.
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7 comments:

Vesuviusmama said...

Wow! You did a fabulous job! If postage weren't such a load, i'd send you some of my quilts to finish!

Tonya said...

your quilting is amazing....i love it to pieces....great work

Caz said...

Great work on those quilts Jan! Can hardly believe that the quilting is done on your normal machine!!! X

Judi said...

They are both lovely, really on an ordinary machine, that is so clever!

QuiltandPatch said...

Jan, your quilting is lovely as always. I love the space one, I have the panel myself but haven't done anything with it as yet! Maybe you can get more work then you won't have to worry about making your own quilts!

jan said...

Erin, I would love to do one of your quilts I would be truly honoured...
Tonya, you are so good for my ego...
Caz, good machine though isn't it...
Judi, yep my little Bernina 1090s...
Liz, lucky you I am going to look out for it...
Thank you girls for the kind comments, I always appreciate them.
jan xxxxx

Maggi said...

Fabulous quilting Jan. Marion must be delighted.