Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Diary of a Custom Order Quilt

I was recently contacted by Kid Independent to create a custom quilt to celebrate a new arrival.  Indi wanted the quilt to be gender neutral and had an idea of the colours she liked and the pattern she was after.  As soon as she described this I new the exact fabric to fit this custom order.  This is "True Colors" by Anna Maria Horner.  

Of course there needed to be some solids to co-ordinate.  We decided on the pattern Rainbow Fizz, so I set about cutting and stitching up lots of Half Square Triangle units.

Arranging and re-arranging till I was happy with the colour placement and then a little sewing later and ...............

A finished quilt top all ready for pinning and quilting. 

Jemima x x

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Behind the scenes

At the moment I feel like the rough water beneath the boat.  All looks calm on the top but here - behind the scenes I have been madly sewing and stitching working on lots of upcoming projects.  There are a lot of projects that I work on for the Magazines and other Publications that I can only show you sneak peaks and I have to keep things under wraps -  I love sharing and only showing bits and pieces kills me!

This big pile of projects left the other day - can't wait to share with you the actual fronts and all of these projects later down the track.  

Anyway something I can show you is a project that I have just started (in-between far too many other unfinished projects).  Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell has been around for a little while and I have seen several interpretations of this pattern - all stunning.  Some people have hand sewn the whole project using the templates but I have decided to mix it up and machine sew some blocks and hand sew others using techniques that I like and are far more familiar with.

I started with a Starter Kit from Westwood Acres Fabrics for this quilt and then went through my stash pulling fabrics that I thought show off the types and colours of fabrics that are my favourites.  These are my blocks so far and I am pretty happy with how it is all coming together at the moment.

 Propellar Blocks

Berry Basket

Drunkards Path

Double Pinwheels
(which despite unpicking twice are still sewn together moving in the wrong direction)

Churn Dash


Anyway there are a few custom order quilts which I am about to start that I can share with you as I go - so looking forward to not being so secret squirrel about all that I am working on.

Jemima x 
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