Thursday, 9 August 2012

Quilting in a hurry!!



Just thought you would like a sneaky peek at 2 quilts of mine that I am trying to get quilted to go in our local quilt show.  As usual, it is an 11th hour job.  I usually have about 30 customer quilts waiting on my rail to be quilted so my quilts have to sit lonely and unquilted in a corner until some deadline looms (show, birthday etc) and I have to get a move on.  Fortunately for me, my husband was away working in Singapore all last week so I was able to do some late nights

The first one is a Dresden plate quilt made using 'Fandango' by Kate Spain and a Moda Bella solid called 'mist'.  I outlined all the plates and the flying geese and then filled in with a mixture of pebbles and peacock swirls.  Once I had done 1 block I was committed!!  There are 24 more to do.  I was staring so hard, and obviously not blinking much, that my contact lenses we sticking to my eyeballs!!  YUK - I also have a feeling that I stick my tongue out whilst concentrating on all the small pebbles too - not a pretty sight!  I think it will look nice once it is done but it is going to take quite some time to finish all that filler.  Pity there are only 24 hours in a day and I need to sleep for some of them!

I have taken this off the machine now and will put it back on at the weekend to do some more.





The next quilt is an 'urban 9 patch' made using the Quick Curve Ruler by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I used some Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket for Moda and a Bella solid in Etchings Charcoal.  Again I have committed to lots of pebbling - more fool me!  My eyeballs won't know what has hit them.  Might need to wear my glasses to sew over the weekend.




I apologise for the poor quality of the photo's.  My camera is not very good.  Now I am officially a 'Blogger'! I will have to put a nice camera on my Christmas/birthday wish list.  I will take some better ones later and also of them finished but just thought you might like to see what I have been up to.  There are some pretty awesome longarm quilter bloggers our there, as well as patchworkers, so if you are reading this - please be gentle with me!!  Most of my work is sewing pantograph patterns so I don't get much time to practice custom work.

Happy Quilting

Chris




34 comments:

  1. Wow! Really beautiful work! Katy (@imagingermonkey) sent me, and I'm sure glad she did! Nice to meet you!

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  2. Yay!!! You have a blog at last! Those 2 quilts are amazing. Love them!

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  3. Well helllooooooo!! About time too :-)

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  4. Wow amazing work, also following from Katy's tweet. I am about to get started with quilting, once I get hold of my new sewing machine, so look foward to all the tips and ideas from you! you can also check out my as well very new blog! natilittlethings.blogspot.com
    Nati

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  5. Sent over by Katy and stopping to say what a beautiful blog you have, even more so given you've only just started. Love the two quilts you have on the frame at the moment and love the quilting you've done for Katy. One day when I'm rich and famous, I'd love to have you quilt some of my quilts! Lynne

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  6. They're some mighty fine looking quilts Chris! I hope the quilt show goes well, and look forward to getting my giant granny squares back from you!

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    1. It's moving forward in the queue! Chris

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  7. Hi Chris,
    Lovely to read your blog, your long arm quilting (and your piecing) looks fantastic. I am in awe of your quilting skill! Look forward to seeing more of your work.
    Hen x

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  8. Wonderful Chris! Such beautiful quilts and quilting and v v pleased you've been bitten by the blog bug so that we can see even more in time to come ...

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  9. Beautiful quilts and quilting! Welcome to blogging.

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  10. Gorgeous, gorgeous quilting! I see lots of your work at local shows and it's great to see some 'in progress' photos!!!

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  11. It's gorgeous!! Can't wait to see when it's finished. :)

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  12. nice blog already, and even nicer quilting! sent from Katy - welcome!

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  13. Oh wow!!!!! Just popped over from Katie's blog - am blown away by all your stitching. Puts my first attempt at free-motion quilting to shame....!!!! Welcome to blogging and I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous quilting :) x

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  14. Great quilts, especially love the circa one!

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  15. Love the quilts and the quilting is Beautiful! I'm so glad Katy mentioned your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Wow, Chris! That quilting is amazing! Nice work!

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  17. Such stunning, stunning work! Welcome to blogland.

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  18. Hi Longarm Chris! Your work is amazing. And what a lovely studio. Hope to see a lot more in the future.

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  19. Hi Chris! Just popping over from Katy's. So glad your arms aren't abnormally long! Your quilting is amazing - to die for! happy blogging! Jxo

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  20. Chris-

    Gorgeous blog you have for yourself! You are certainly a well seasoned longarm quilter. Fabulous designs!

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  21. Wonderful quilting!, keep up te good work.

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  22. Gorgeous quilting! And your garden and studio...I am so jealous! I'll drop back soon!

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  23. Beautiful work Longarm-Chris! And your photos look just fine to me.

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  24. These quilts are beautiful! Cannot wait to see them finished :)

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  25. Beautiful work, and a great studio. Happy that you're in the blogging world now, and I'll be sure to add you to my "favorites" list.

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  26. I am in awe of your quilting! Katy sent me over and I am now a follower and will be a regular I am sure! I dream of having a longarm machine one day! How did you get yours ? x

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    1. I bought it from the USA. (I am assuming that because you have asked this question that you are not based in the USA as they are readily available there) When I got mine there were only 8 in the UK and now there are loads so you may be able to pick up a second hand one over here now. You need a big room for it though!!! Chris

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  27. It's the universal truth, check the homes of any trades person & they are always last on the list. Like a busmans holiday LOL
    Looking lovely, can't wait to see the finished articles.
    Cheers
    Lush

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  28. The fandango dresden is gorgeous! Love the hexagon centre you added. I am your newest fan : )

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  29. Your quilts are beautiful and your quilting is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  30. Awesome quilting Chris! Hope your hands are not too sore for long

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  31. What beautiful quilts! Did you get them done in time?

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  32. You did it! Well done Chris you deserve that ribbon. So proud to call you my friend xxx

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