Thursday, July 26, 2012

Karen's 'House' quilt

I have taken a very LOOOOOOOOONNNNGGGGG time to complete this quilt, mostly because I was having so much fun!

Karen asked for piano key borders - and the rest was up to me!  Music to my ears :)

Unfortunately my computer is currently experiencing a breakdown, so I apologise for not updating my website more recently.  I've been using my ipad but it wont let me move the photos around.  I have resorted to stealing the kids computers when they're at school - sshh!

The finished quilt before borders and trimming back.
Spirals in the sashings
Fillers and detail of the stars.
The heart blocks
The centre block, and centre borders
Close up of the centre block.  Take a sneak peek at the grass!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Karen's Gail Pan Quilt (version 2)

Ok, so those who know me very well know that I am a total perfectionist when it comes to my customer's quilting.

Recently Karen, who lives in Papua New Guinea left 2 quilts with me to custom quilt.  And then I got the FLU - big-time - TWICE!  Between the two bouts of FLU (and it was so bad it deserves capital letters) I spent nearly 10 days in bed over 4 weeks.  Now I know why people used to die of the FLU.  However I got one quilt finished for Karen.  The second one is on my machine. 
Here's the original quilt top.

The original quilt top
Gail, Me and Karen's Quilt.  Sorry about my awful picture - I am NOT photogenic!
Just after one bout of the FLU (still capital letters needed), Button Tree Quilts and Sewing Essentials from Mareeba hosted their annual stitching retreat.  This year's guest teachers were Helen Stubbings and Gail Pan herself!  Of course, I took the opportunity to get a photo of the quilt with Gail for Karen.  Gail said that she preferred the colours Karen had used to those in her original...  Go Karen!!
Much better!  Sorry about your VERY long arms now Gail :)
For your viewing pleasure here are some photos of the finished quilt.
The finished quilt

The three borders - Double echoed feathers, diamond e's and l's and raised scallops

A close up of the applique block filler an double echoes feather border