Yuma QAL – My finished quilt.

quilt centre RSLSo yesterday I shared with you all the making of my version of the Yuma quilt pattern for the Gotham Quilts Yuma QAL Today I can share with you the quilting of said quilt and how much fun I had using a reasonably simple pantograph quilting design.

I am a long arm quilter and as much fun as it is to make a quilt, I probably lean towards making a quilt so that I can quilt it. I had grand plans for the quilting of Yuma but I am also mindful of the fact that fabric plays a big role in what type of quilting I would put on a quilt.Yuma fabrics cut RSHere’s a recap of the fabrics I chose from what I had in my studio to make my Yuma.  Red is a favourite colour of mine and the rest are part of the range so they all tone really well.  However they all have pattern and detail and unless I was going to quilt in bright yellow, it was going to get lost in the print detail.

Pantographs are often a quick way to add some interest to a quilt with quilting design but can also be quite simple and more functional in nature.Tannenbaum panto RS

It might sound silly to some readers but I was ridiculously happy to find that the panto pattern called Tannenbaum by Lorien Quilting ‘fit’ this quilt perfectly.  The triangular shape accents the triangles in the piecing and the spacing fits the triangles also.  I will attempt to show you what I mean in pictures.pattern matching 2 RSL

You may notice all the stars at the top of the ‘tree’ line up really well across the quilt and fall in just the right place to be in the centre of a smaller triangle or at the top of another triangle and so the ‘tree’ is in the centre of the shape. This good fit happened all the way down the quilt. For me this was a good thing and made me happy. placement of panto RSL

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The thread colour I chose is a lovely sage green by Rasant.  As I mentioned it’s not obvious in most places as I did not choose a bright yellow colour, but it adds enough to finish the quilt and lets the piecing and fabric choices be the feature.  Sometimes as a quilter my job is to know that this is all a quilt needs.  Had I made Yuma in plain or tone on tone fabrics, then the quilting would have been vastly different.green triangle RSLred triangleThe binding on my Yuma quilt is in the same red print as the background fabric.  I do like the finish in red.  If you would like to see how I do binding then please go to Sunflower Stitcheries to the binding tutorial I have written.

And a small section of the back for those who like to see the back of quilt, I am one of these people.quilt back RSLNow I mentioned yesterday that Gotham Quilts is giving one of my readers/commenters a prize. You’ll need to leave a comment on this post to be considered and if you comment on yesterday’s post I will add your name to the hat a second time. The prize will be awarded on the 12th August. The prize is a $25 voucher to spend at the Gotham Quilts website  and there are some great things to find.  Be sure to leave your contact details so I can pass that on to Gotham Quilts to contact the recipient of the voucher.

Gotham Quilts have recently moved premises and if I ever get to New York, I will be putting a visit on my to do list. I would like to thank Gotham Quilts for their prize and in particular Ivete for being so lovely to work with.

If you have yet to visit some of the other creative people involved in sharing their Yuma story, here’s the list again with dates.

June 17 – kickoff blog post on Gotham Quilts
week of June 22 — Made by Chrissie D
week of June 29 — Faith and Fabric
week of July 6 — Daydreams of Quilts
week of July 13 — Lisa in Port Hope
week of July 20 — Sunflower Quilting  (very excited to join in)
week of July 27 — Roar Haus
week of August 2 — Gnome Angel
August 10th — Life Under Quilts
August 12th – closing blog post on Gotham Quilts, start of linky party
August 19th – winner(s) chosen from linky party

If you have been wavering, do I want to make this quilt or not?  It was easy to make and quite quick really.  There are sections that can be achieved in blocks of sewing, that’s what I did.  And the cost of the pattern you can’t argue with – it’s free.  The other things you find to purchase on the Gotham Quilts website I am not responsible for, but have fun looking.

Happy Quilting.


Swoon wins a blue ribbon!!

28/1/2015 – I started this post last year and it never got finished so you could see it.  But I really felt the need to share the story of this quilt.

The lovely Jo is one of my clients.  She makes beautiful quilts and dropped off her version of Swoon by Camille Roskelly of Thimbleblossom.  I have this pattern and one day I’ll get to make it.Swoon by Jo RS

As the date for entries to the AMQA Inc. Quilt Show drew near I thought this would be a perfect quilt to enter.  A bit of a risky move but I entered Jo’s quilt. Then I rang Jo the next day to actually ask her permission to enter her quilt.  Jo said she had never entered a quilt into a show but thank goodness she was happy for it to be entered.  I could have withdrawn the entry but seeing as it now has a blue ribbon on it I am SO glad we sent it in.

Jo and I decided on the Baptist Fan quilting design which is like the original quilt by Camille.  It creates a great overall texture on the quilt.  The Continuous Baptist Fan is a pantograph by Lorien Quilting.  The thread colour we used is…… which meant it would blend with the background of the blocks and the Rasant thread is thin enough not to take over on the blocks themselves.Swoon by Jo at show RS

Jo has used fabric from the same range for the binding. I really like the way a diagonal print adds a little bit of interest.Swoon border detail by Jo RS

Thanks Jo for trusting me with your creation.



Very Hungry Caterpillar

Earlier this year I was asked by a friend to quilt her VHC quilt that she had made for her young daughter.  The fabric in the VHC range is bright and cheerful and makes a wonderful I Spy type of quilt.  Where’s the chocolate cake?

I had a search and found the pantograph pattern be Anne Bright called Hungry Hungry.  This pattern has many of the food elements from the story and I was able to enlarge it to be a suitable size for the single bed size quilt that Linden made. You can find the pattern here; Hungry, Hungry b2b

Very Hungry Caterpillar - by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Linden

We decided on an apple green coloured thread which shows up lovely on the white background but does not create too much contrast on the coloured areas.

Very Hungry Caterpillar quilting detail leaf - by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar quilting detail leaf – by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar strawberry with quilting detail, by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar strawberry with quilting detail – by Linden


Linden used the dots from the fabric range for the backing, perfect.

Very Hungry Caterpillar butterfly and backing by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar butterfly and backing by Linden

Linden’s small girl is now enjoying her quilt.

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Great job Linden.

You can see more of Linden’s quilting adventures at http://vinelinesquilting.com/





January 2013

Now that the website and blog have been updated so I can work on them much more easily myself I really would like to share some quilts I’ve quilted this year.

Here are some quilts I worked on in January  To see the pictures in larger format please click on the smaller image.

To start is a quilt Chris made for her grandson.  Chris used black embroidery thread to blanket stitch all the designs, her hand work is so neat.  I’m sure he is enjoying this great boy quilt.

Next are two quilts by Lynette for her Mum and Mr. E.  They are the same pattern and are also quilted with the same pattern, Twofold Feathers by Lorien Quilting.  Then another quilt for a grandson, Trains by Donna, quilted with Cloud Nine by Anne Bright using some fabric won at a guild meeting. Finally a quilt using some terrific Japanese fabrics and quilted using the ‘Happy Times’ pantograph by Lorien Quilting.

Well that was January, it seems such a long time ago now but I’m missing the warmth right now in Canberra, tonight is expected to go below freezing.  I am quite thankful for my electric blanket, must go turn it on now.

Happy Sewing