Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mastering the art of McTavishing

Back in March, I saw a photo of Karen McTavish new McTavishing desing on Instagram. I totally fell in love with it, and I had so much fun trying out the quilting design on the quilt I made for Helen Stubbings
Karen was so nice and gave me some tips how to do it, and she told me that she was about to make a new book with this design. I've used my version of it in a few client quilts, and it is for sure my very favorite background filler!

It's perfect for quilting areas around appliquèd pieces. Either in just some areas, or on the whole quilt.

This is a quilt made by a lady in my local quilt guild. It's a gorgeous wallhanging made by using the paper piece method. 

 Yesterday I finished the beautiful quilt made by another lady in my quilt guild, and I have to admit I just love it! I had so much fun quilting this too!
It's a pattern by Sue Daley and it's called "Sunshine lollipops and rainbows". 

Some photos from the quilting progress:

I spent almost 30 hours quilting this, and about 14 bobbins of Superior's So Fine thread. I used the same thread on top too.  

I took some better photos in daylight today, so the design shows up better in these:

I just love the colors of these fabrics. So happy and bright! I think this blue one is my favorite :oD

I just love the look of the back! 

If you like this quilting design and want to try it out, you can preorder Karen McTavish new book over at On-Word bound books. And if you do so before June 4th, you'll receive a signed copy! I can assure you I've already made my order :oD

Karen McTavish new book includes TWO detailed DVDs of Karen teaching the process, step-by-step, of adding and using McTavishing in your quilts. Contributing quilters are longarmers (stand up quilters), domestic machine quilters (sit down quilters) and hand quilters.
So this is also a book for those of you who quilts on your domestic sewing machines :oD

Wish you all a great and creative weekend,

Friday, May 2, 2014

A little update

 I have been neglecting my blog... again... But here are some updates about what has been going on the last weeks.

During Easter Holidays I planned to do so much sewing and quilting, but we ended up spending the days outdoors cleaning up in our garden after cutting down three super large trees. We made a nice pile of wood, which is perfect for next winter :-)

The week after Easter I did finish a client quilt using a panto with daisies and loops. The quilt was in "my colors", so this one was hard to give back to the owner ;o) Anne, who made this quilt, made this as a gift for a very lucky girl!

A while back I got a question from Wenche Wolff Hatling, the owner of Northern quilts, about a helping hand to get a few quilts quilted. She just made her second fabric collection, a gorgeous fabric line called "Artic Kiss". The fabrics are just gorgeous, and I love the colors she used in it!

Wenche seemed to enjoy the quilting prosess, and I enjoyed so much to have her over!

She is finishing up the quilts to show her new line at the Quilt market. I can't remember where, but if you pop over to her blog, I bet you'll find more photos of her fabrics soon, and info about where she's headed with her quilts :o)

While Wenche finished some of her new quilts, I digged out a wallhanging from my UFO bin. I finished it a couple of years back.... It only needed a few hand stitches to attach the hanging sleeve, so it finally ended up on the wall in my kitchen corner :o)

These days a gorgeous wallhanging, made by a lady in my local quilt guild, loaded on my longarm frame. I'll share photos of it when it's finished. Some of you have already seen progress photos I've been posting on Instagram and Facebook, but I will share the finished one on my blog. 

I wish you all a great weekend, and hope it will be a creative one! Over here it's snowing again, and it's cold! Perfect weather to stay indoors and be creative :oD



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