Saturday, August 27, 2011

New M'nM APQS wheels

I decided to shout my longarm machine some new wheels.  I have had Edgeriders on it for 18months, and thought it was time I bought the new wheels that APQS now have for their machines.

I was sceptical and did not think they would make much of a difference.

I was wrong.  They make a huge difference to how easily the machine moves on the table.  I had no trouble before stitching feathers, they are now just so much easier to do.
The first quilt I loaded after my husband put the new wheels on was for a customer who wanted flurry of feathers on a hand pieced hexagon quilt.

I really like this quilt top.  Green and beige hexagons stitched together randomly.  There was only one paper left in the back.  Usually there are more.

The feathers quilted easily and smoothly and I enjoyed myself quilting for a longer time than I would normally quilt, as my machine seemed to be working with me.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

2011 EKKA Quilts Across Queensland

I entered three of my Quilts in the EKKA this year.  I enter the quilts so everyone else can look at them.  They are not made specifically for a show, just made for me and I share!

Over the River, which was the Champion at Toowoomba show came second in the Representative Quilts Class.

Spring Diamond and Serenstar both came third in their classes.  Now I will have some more pretty rosettes for my wall.
This quilt top is looking really great with all these ribbons.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Quilting Makes a Difference

Another customer quilt that will be given to a granddaughter.  I thought I would show a before and after picture so you could see the difference that custom quilting makes to a block.

This is the before shot.  I need to pin any unquilted areas as I roll the quilt so that they don't form puckers.

This is the after photo with a background fill behind the kimono girls.  There was also some stitching across the applique as thes girls were quite large.  Without it they puffed up.

I also put a cherry blossom and leaf background fill  behind the butterflies.

The early morning sun through my bedroom window is a good light to photograph with but I get the shadows of the window frames.

Customer Tractor Quilt

It seems most young boys enjoy tractors at some time.  I have just finished  custom quilting a customers quilt for her son.  I think you can guess his name.

I don't know whether he will see the humour in this fabric.

Of course I had to find someplace to put more tractors.