Friday, August 17, 2018

Mystery Quilt

I have finished the first two rows and quilted them with the embroidery machine using two feathered designs of this set by Embroidery Library and my, what a tedious process it is.  Although the designs stich in a minute, getting the quilt in the frame and lining it up adds quite a few extra minutes.  With the largest frame of 180mm x 300mm I can only stitch 2 designs in a single hooping.

Below is a photo taken after I starting the quilting process.  With the 2 rows combined the beautiful pattern is finally visible.  And what a beauty it is!






Quilting with the embroidery machine is not a fast process at all. These two rows took 5 evenings to complete and with 4 more rows to go, it will be some time before the whole quilt will be done. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Heritage Quilt

It is already two months since I last finished a block, but finally another one is done and only one left to do.

Every element were embroidered separate and then stitched to the block to create the 3d effect.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mystery Quilt

At our last meeting we received the pattern and started stitching the blocks together to form 12.5" blocks in batches of either 2, 4 or 8 identical one's thus reducing the 144 blocks to 36 in 8 variations.



 The next step will be to stitch them together in rows of 6 in order to quilt-as-you-go.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Towels

I can't believe it actually took me the better part of three weeks to finish these towels.  I suppose pushing the sea horses out of the frame after tacking down the applique fabric had something to do with it.  But they are finally done and I am quite happy with them.
The three bathing towels hanging side by side with dolphins, seahorses and whales appliqued above a chevron striped border with a polka dot satin ribbon.




On the guest towel I embroidered cute turtles.


The designs are from A stitch and a half and I just combined the 4x4 and 5x7 sizes into one hooping using Embird embroidery software - the best, most affordable and user friendliest program out there.









Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mystery Quilt - Final Clue

This final clue felt like a mammoth task stitching 72 blocks out of about 500 pieces of fabric.  Not really, but as I was accustomed to finishing the previous clues in 1 or 2 sittings, this one took a whole week to finish.  And remember, we are ironing all the seams open as to reduce the bulk.

After adding the blocks of clue 2 and 3, this is what we ended up with:


Placing them together create another interesting block.




We will be stitching the blocks together at our next meeting.  So looking forward to that.








Thursday, June 21, 2018

Koisan Rock Art

I digitized these embroidery designs a few years back and started stitching them on a whole cloth but never finished it.  That was fortunate as I learned to quilt a few years later and was able to turn it into a small quilt which will do for a birthday present later this year.

Instead of using sasching, I stitched a border between the figures and filled the inside with free motion stitching as shown below on the close-up of the backside.








Thursday, June 14, 2018

Heritage Quilt - Block 12

Another block is done and with only 2 remaining, this quilt is steadily creeping towards the end.  My husband can't wait for this one to be finished.  It is his favorite by far.

 


This one incorporates English Paper Piecing as well as some decorative stitching in addition to the Free Standing Lace designs and a beautiful center medallion.