OMG Finishes

Friday, January 6, 2017

Start to 2017

I know I'm a few days late but HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my blogging friends.
I worked in my midwifery job again over the New Year and had a New Years Day to remember when I had the priviledge to deliver a set of undiagnosed twins- a healthy boy and girl. We did have a good laugh with the mum when she said 'this only happens in movies! I feel like this is all a movie and we are in it'!!

I have been so impressed reading blogs and seeing how so many have already completed projects in 2017. Well Done everyone. I am not one that makes goals of projects to complete as would rather just go with the flow, so we will see what this year produces.
 I have not spent any time in the sewing room so far this year, but hope that will change in the next week. I have however spent time on my longarm instead ( and that lives in the garage!).

This is the backing of a customers quilt and is rather hard to see but it this is quilted with a lovely pantograph called Whirls and is done in an orange Glide thread called Mars. This is the first time using this panto but I love it so need to make a quilt just so I can use it again.
The front of the quilt is a Jellyroll Race and the photo of that does not show the quilting at all.
The first time I quilted this, it was not until it came off the frame that it was obvious there were alot of pokies on the back so days of ripping followed. There had benn blue variegated thread on top and black on the back. We changed to her second colour choice and all is now good.

On the machine now is a quilt made by my sister, for her 18yr old granddaughter. The pattern is the Disappearing Hourglass from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. It is 75 1/2 inches wide and 89 inches long.
Quilting with pantograph Leaflet by Lorien Quilting and using Glide thread in colour Shadow (both chosen by my sister). Probably two more passes and it will be finished.

Now it's back to three shifts in my midwifery job before I can return to the quilting.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Moving Forward.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and look forward to 2017 and all the quilting fun that will involve.
I hope you all have a great festive season with the ones you love and that 2017 brings you good health and happiness.

I have been MIA on the blog for a couple of months as have been very busy both with work, quilting and playing in alot of Christmas Golf Tournaments and family visiting. Time on the computer has been minimal but thought I would do a quick post before the festive season, in which I will be working and welcoming new ones into the world.

A little of what I have been up to. In November I was a pattern tester for Joanne over at Canuck Quilter for her pattern that she has just released-Tic Tac Who?
The pattern includes the choice of an owl, a duck or a dog. Joanne gave the option of which block to do and we could make either just the block or the quilt. I was lucky that I was able to make the owl and although ther are alot of very small pieces, Joannes instructions and illustrations make everything very clear and easy to follow.
I used my stash to make this blue take on the quilt and used fat quarters rather than yardage. This now sits in the pile waiting to be quilted.
If anyone wants a quilt for a little one I would highly recommend this pattern. I will definitely make another one.
I have been busy quilting some customer quilts and totally underestimated the time it would take to custom quilt one of them but loved it when it was finished as did it's owner. This was the first quilt she had ever sent out to a longarmer so I was very nervous.
Here is a sneak peak until I ask her if I show the whole quilt.
Another thing that has takenn up time is that I have sold my Funquilter- I noe have my Nolting Pro so the Funquilter was not being used. I have new neighbours and her mother is a quilter ( and is now my new quilting friend) and saw the machine and so I said why not come I will show you how to use it. This is her first ever quilt on a longarm-and what a great job she did.

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She loved the machine and has now bought it and it is installed at her house. She lives in the same town as I do, so I have been visiting  and helping  her out and we are having alot of fun.

That is a quick catch up and photos of some of my latest activites.
Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season. Take care and keep safe

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October Finish

My October OMG was to sew these fabrics into a quilt top.
Not only did I achieve that but it is now quilted and bound and although finished  I am not in love with it. Sandra over at suggested it may be that the orange is too bright and until she said that I hadn't seen it but I think she is right. My sister saw it today and thought it didn't pop as the focus fabrics are all too similar so fade together. Looking at it now I think it is both those but it is finished, it is not a disaster and it will keep a little one warm on cold days and nights so all is not lost.
It is quilted with Glide thread in Seafoam, and a Pantograph called Cascade by Lorien Quilting and quilted up nicely.
And of course a Dot Minkee fabric in light green o the back.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Back Again

Oops been awhile but here is a little of what I have been up to on the quilting front. Life, gardening and a little golfing trip away all happened. After weeks of rain the sun is shining  and so it is time for the garden makeover for summer. Yay I love summer!
So back to the quilting-
This gorgeous pile of Batik Charm squares arrived on my doorstep after a long journey from USA-think they must've travelled right around the world to get here as they took a while after posting to arrive.
Going back to before Bloggers Quilt Festival there was a Shadow Block Mini Quiltalong that was run by Janice at Color, Creating and Quilting and while I didn't participate I did comment on a couple of blogs. Then one morning I got an email that I  had won a giveaway-but hey I haven't entered any giveaways so I  thought it was Spam mail!!! It turned out that there were some giveaways for those who commented (I didn't read that part!!) and I won these wonderful charms from Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter and look at the wonderful card that was included as well.. Thank you so much Jennifer and to Janice.

For those who have visited before this may be a 'I've seen that before ' moment but this is the second quilt that I have made in this pattern and colour way (by request) but this one is quilted differently to the first. (it does lie flat just not in this photo)The woman I made it for is about to become a grandmother for the first time and she loves it.
 Nice pink dot minkee on the back
Then this is a peak at the customer quilt that was on the machine for awhile and I can say it is now in the hands of the recipient who let me know she loves it, which always brings a sigh of relief.
My October OMG is now a top (and being quilted) but I can't say that I am in love with it. I have used these fabrics in a Strip Quilt and thought it was great but this design doesn't do it for me. The colours in this photo are a bit washed out and it was a battle with the wind to take a photo.
Soft green dot minkee for the backing and Glide thread in Seafoam.

So that's the rap for now. I'm off out into the garden while the sun is shining. Back to work tomorrow and then we have rain forecast so hopefully I get the garden finished today.
I'll leave you with the first Passionfruit Flower on my vine this season-
I'm hoping for many more followed by the fruit.

Happy Quilting
Thank You for visiting.

Friday, October 7, 2016

OMG October

Getting in just under the wire.
My plan for this month is to turn these  fabrics-left over from other projects-into a Plus Quilt for a baby due very soon.

Friday, September 30, 2016

September Finish

From this-
Which was unsure about to tell the truth.
To this-a finished flimsy-
Like it more now. It measures approx. 74x94 inches.
Not the best photo but ouor spring weather so far has been rain, rain, and more rain.
It will be next on the machine after this clients quilt-
I started off by stitching in the ditch but after ripping that out a few times changed direction and by stitching 1/4 inch either side of the red it still makes it pop.
She didn't want an edge to edge design as she wanted the red strips unquilted. Other then that I could do what I liked. Using Glide thread in the colour Cork.

Friday, September 23, 2016

BQF-Small Quilt Catergory

For my second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival I am entering this quilt into the Small Quilt Catergory. I made this for a colleague who was having a little girl. I can't believe I did not take a photo once I added the binding-which was a dark pink.
 The quilt measures 42 inches square and comes from a design by Victoria Findlay Wolfe in Modern Baby by The Patchwork Place. I made the stars  using half square triangles to form the parallelograms as I did not want to have to deal with Y seams.
Quilted on my longarm I had no set plan when I started but love how it turned out. Backed with a soft pink minkee that has stars printed on it.
I posted this quilt to the new mum and received some great photos of the new little one having floor time on the quilt. It is truly loved by all so what more can we ask as quilters.

Thanks for visiting. I'm off to look at all the inspiration at the festival.