So here is the finish-not the best photos but with all the wet weather we have had it had to be indoors
And the back-Pink Dot Minkee-I love that fabric for backings and it shows the quilting beautifully.


Working on a commission quilt - a quilt for a first grandchild of a co worker

This blog is currently under construction as I move more of my Longarm quilting projects from Cats and Capers where I have been blogging. As I get more into quilting for others I thought I would concentrate my blogging here.
So on the Longarm today is a cute baby quilt-



First Finish for 2016
Happy to have my first completed finish for 2016-


A simple strip quilt that is cot size and I make using the pattern from www.maryquilts.com. It uses up stash fabric and I get the chance to practice FMQ designs.


Swirls, wishbone and ribbon meander. Glide thread top and bobbin.


I seldom use solid  backing as I don't feel confident having my quilting showing this much but have to say I am pleased with how this turned out.
The quilt does not have a home to go to as yet but it's a good finish to start a hopefully productive year.
Well for us here in New Zealand today is the first day of spring and we woke to pouring rain, news of flooding and road closures and then by lunchtime the sun was out. Typical of our unpredictable spring weather. I am truly a summer girl so we are heading in the right direction.

I am happy to say it may now be time to fall in love with my longarm machine after having a love/hate relationship with it since I purchased it five years ago. I have struggled with the tension. the stitch regulator had issues, and basically it never ran smoothly but now!! It has a new motor, new hook assembly, stitch regulator and laser beam. Once it was set up again on it's return it took a little bit to get it's tension right, but I quickly put together this Strippy Baby Quilt and gave it a test run. What a different machine and one I had always thought it should be. So I think it needs a name - maybe Rocco due to it's rocky start and maybe it's future of sewing like a rocket!!

After my last post with having trouble with loading pictures I put this one into  Picasa Web Album and uploaded it from there and it looks better. Yes, that is my car in the background-I quilt in the garage, usually with the door open, and the car lives on the driveway!!

Help Needed-If anyone who may read this uses blogger and has tags/folders just under you title page how do you create them?? I have tried but am obviously a bit challenged inthis as I can't work it out. Thank you in anticipation.







That was a longer break from blogging than I intended but sometimes things in life just go that way. Let's get back into it again.
While I was making this quilt for my sister last year-
my neighbour, who I share a driveway with, and who keeps his eye out to make sure I am ok, kept asking when I was going to make him a 'blanket'!! He is a large man and so said it had to be really big!! No problem I said over and over as he kept asking,  then decided I better get sewing.
I used all the left over green fabrics from my sister's quilt quilt and some plain black Kona and a pattern called Wiggle Time by Cynthia Brunz of Quilting is More Fun than Housework blog.
This turned out to be approx. 115inches by 118 inches. (colours in this photo are a lot lighter than in real life)
                           
This is an easy pattern to sew and I can see more to come, but maybe not this big!!!
When I loaded it on my longarm I wasn't paying attention and whoops-a rip on both the top and bottom from a broken needle, but I wasn't looking and kept sewing!!! I did wonder why the noise wasn't quite right and then I looked. Luckily it was the edge of the quilt so was able to cut the width by about 4 inches.
Oops!!


I am having trouble with loading photos and they all look out of focus. This is the first time I have posted since loading Windows 10 so wonder if Picasa and Windows 10 don't like each other???
Think I will give up showing more until I can work this out-maybe have to go back to the old laptop for blogging.

After a non-love affair with my longarm machine since indeed I purchased it, it has been diagnosed as needing a new motor and so is away getting attended to and I hope to have it back tomorrow and I can't wait. Fingers crossed it will finally run smoothly.
Will be back soon if I can get this blogger to work properly.

Happy Quilting
















Well the evil one moved and the binding is now sewn down. I had a teal shot cotton in my stash that matched perfectly.
Not the best of photos with the wind blowing and the colours are a bit washed out.
I am going to take the plunge and show a close up of the quilting-I know it's not perfect but I'm happy with the way it turned out.
And the backing fabric-


I forgot to take a picture of the finished Plus quilt that I showed in the last post but it was well received by my sister and I got to sleep under it during my visit. Melbourne had the coldest start to June in 38 years and it chose my visit for that record!!
One of the sights used in publicity about Melbourne are these very colourful beach huts that are walking distance from where my sister is living so there were a few visits to take photos-along with all the other tourists!! They were amazing and I can see some Beach Hut blocks in the future.

 
Loved this photo I managed to capture of a Pelican on the walk-

Also impressive were these birds that we saw on a bush walk- Crimson Rosellas
Tomorrow it's off to Wellington for 5 days to attend two separate conferences so the winter woollies are packed.
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