I’ve now included all the photo’s of my quilts, enjoy!
This is the first brodiere perse block, hmm suppose it was easy as I just cut these flower paisley shapes out and needle turned them. I have played around with some other ‘cut outs’ but really not sure about them. Might get you all to decide if they should go in the quilt or not (when they’re done).
Finally found a blog theme that works for me … so now I’ve included pages for a few WIP’s. Namely the Morrell Quilt, Dear Jane, a Christmas BOM and my general Quilts. Hope you enjoy browsing.
Blocks F12, K12 and M10 are now complete!
This is my “Dear JaYne” journey…
Early 2008: I attended a DJ starter class at SomerSet Patchwork with my friend Vikki. My idea was originally to do civil war fabrics close to the orginal DJ, but then decided I would do pink & brown civil war fabrics starting pale in the middle and deeping out to the edges to red and chocolate. The cones would be a mix of the fabrics used in the blocks. I never said I would do the “whole quilt” …. just see where I end up. This quilt will be my “in between projects Project”!
Now I’ve been playing with the blocks again for my blog I’ve got the urge to make a few more …. and even thinking about getting the DJ software!
Tips I’ve picked up:
- Take you DJ book to OfficeWorks – have them cut off the spine, then bind it with clear pastic covers for the front and back covers. This enables you to have book flat when drafting patterns.
- Copy and/or enlarge the chart in the book (page 12) if you are not using the DJ software. Cut out squares of your fabric and glue on the sheet for planning colour/fabric placement.
- When constructing the quilt top, divide the quilt into a nine patch and stitch blocks in groupings, then put together as a large nine patch.
Blocks done to date:
A3, A6, A7, A8, B3, B4, B8, C9, D6, D7, D8, C7, H6, H13, I11, J4 AND another 10 cut ready to sew.
Here is a collection of my quilts made to date, or in progress….
2008/09 “Morell Quilt” I’m attending classes over a 6 month period for this quilt designed by Di Ford, she is teaching at Needles & Pins in Warrandyte.
2008 “Makara’s Quilt (#2)” made for her single bed. The block construction was made from a pattern (name?) from Somerset Patchwork. I added my own touches with embroidered “M”s and embroidered words and hearts made of little embroidered flowers – needle turned flowers are also scattered through the blocks. The border just needs to be done, this will be scalloped and have needle turned flowers on it too.
April 2008 “Makara’s Quilt (#1)” is an original design of mine and made for my daughter Makara, a cot size quilt. The flowers are blanket stitched applique and the border is machine pieced. I hand quilted it using pearle thread, which was really great to do.
2008 BOM “Joy of Life” by Rosalie Quinlan. Machine pieced and needle turn applique. Still to be quilted.
Early 2008 “Dear Jane” was started – see this quilt’s own page!
2008 “Autum Leaves” charity quilt. This quilt was made jointly with my friend Vikki and a group of ladies that I worked with at Maroondah City Council. Many of the ladies hand not sewn before, and they did very well. I machine sewn all the blocks together and quilted in the ditch. The quilt will be donated to a local CFA for their fundraising.
2007 “Stars & Hexagons” another quilt that was started with no end in sight! The pattern is from Somerset Patchwork using their templates. I’m just got to finish the border triangles!
2006 “Double Wedding Ring” was started in a class held at Michelle’s Sewing Basket. This was very challenging, but made little easier using visoflex for the foundation piecing method. We also used the curve-master foot, mine broke and so did a few others in the class, so I continued with a normal foot. This is still to be completed, but I have revised the size of the quilt – downsized definately!
2005/6 “Grandmothers Garden – #2” again, couldn’t get enough of those little hexagons! Another quilt started as a little project that kept on going and grew into a decent sized quilt. This was hand pieced, and is waiting to be machined quilted.
2004 “Grandmother’s Garden” started out as a little hand project for the drive to a friend’s engagement party in Bathurst. I enjoyed putting the hexagon’s together so much I couldn’t stop when I got home. Made of more Robyn Pandoloph fabric! This is still a hand quilting project in the works.
2004 “Waiting for a Girl” quilt was made out of the desire for something girly – an original design. The dresden plate were hand needle turn applique, I also add prairie points as part of the binding. My obsession with Robyn Pandolph fabrics continued.
Winter 2003 “Dad’s Quilt” this was quick scrappy quilt I made for Dad, I tied the quilt instead of machine quilting it. Funny, Dad preferred the back of the quilt to the front! The back has a very wide stripe of purple fabric with a strip of green either side.
2003 “Ring a Round the Rosie” pattern designer unknown. I hand appliqued and hand quilted this wall hanging. It was the start of my obsession with red and quilt quilts. Little did I know that I was to have that “girl” I was waiting for!
May 2003 “Ethan’s Quilt” was made using Rosalie Quinlan’s pattern “Rebekah Amy’s quilt”. I bought the fabric in the middle of 2000 when I was pregnant with Ethan not knowing I was having a boy! It was the Debbie Mumm ‘Noah’s Ark’ range of fabrics. I machine pieced and quilted it all in one weekend! It was the quickest quilt I’ve ever made.
2002 “Snuggly Flannel” an original design, I want a quick simple project and used flannel for the first time. I cut up my husband’s flanlette shirt I hated on him – but love in the quilt. This is the quilt I always take camping because it’s the warmest having the following sandwich: flannel, cotton wadding and polar fleece backing. The quilt was machine quilted by Jules Quilting. It’s also my son Ethan’s favourite.
2002 “Flower Quilt #51” a wall hanging pattern by Bareroots, a variety of stitchery blocks. I recently gave this to a friend as it no longer suited by decor, you know how your style changes! . Mines gone from country to new country/shabby chic/french provincial!
Christmas 2001 “19th Century Baskets” a pattern by Di Ford of Primarily Patchwork (no long around). My christmas present this year was all the facbric to make this quilt for our queen size bed. The four centre blocks are 40″ square each, they are surround by a saw tooth border then a very large elaborated aqpplique border of vines, flower and way too many leaves. This one is going to take a long time, but I just loved it. As at Jan ’09 it’s still a work in progress!
June 2001 “Civil War Strippy” was made in a class held at the Craft Cottage (now Somerset Patchwork). The flying geese are machine foundation pieced and the quilt was professional machine quilted. The fabric was from the ‘Rosehill Manor’ range by Robyn Pandolph.
Aug 2000 “Chooks in Clover” was made from a Chook Shed pattern for my sister Sharron for her birthday in Feb 2001. Machine pieced and blanket stitch applique, and very simple machine quilting by me.
Feb 2000 “A Quilt for Grey Days” was made in a class at a local shop (can’t remember the name – think the owner’s name was Jenny) in Brentford Square, Forest Hill Vic. (shops no longer around). The quilt was all hand applique, first time I used freezer paper. I hand quilted the majority of this quilt, but being a stabber quilter my shoulder became quilt sore! So I had it finished off by friend Jules in August 2007. I just love it and the kids can’t use this one – but my husband can when he sleeps on the couch! (only when the kids are in with me of course!).
April 1999 “Grandma’s Old Lace” was made from a Quilters Barn pattern on a retreat weekend. I stayed at Julie’s barn just before the shop was up and runing with a girlfriend Kate and her family +inlaws that were all quilters. It was the first time I used foundation papers – it was very quick to make and the accuracy was great with the papers. Unbeknown to me I was around 3-4 weeks pregnant with my first child (Ethan). The quilt top sat around for years before I had my friend from Jule’s Quilting machine quilt it Sept 2007. I then decided I really didn’t like it an ended up selling it to a lady I worked with for her son’s engagement present.
Christmas 1999 “Flowers in Mum’s Garden” was made for my mum as a christmas present. The pattern idea came from a pattern called “Shower of Flowers” by Pepper Lane Designs. Hand applique, machine pieced and hand quilted.
Winter 1999 “An American Sampler” : my first quilt was made in a class at Primarily Patchwork (no longer around) designed by Di Ford. I hand pieced and hand applique’d and hand quilted.
I have nearly completed uploading photo’s of all my quilts completed and those still in progress. I’ve also created a seperate page for my Dear Jane (Dear JaYne) quilt. Next might be a page on my bag collection!.
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