Friday, November 25, 2011
I am up for working on some more tops if anyone out there wants to send them to me!!! I am only going to be offering edge to edge all over quilting for at least the next year or so because I am confident I can do a good job with that. And, I am starting out with a very low rate too---all the quilts tops I receive before the New Year I am offering to do for you for just $2.00 per square foot. Email me at thequiltingplatypus(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested. I'm likely to be fast too as I am just itching to get quilting:)
By the way, Happy Thanksgiving! We are in the middle of shearing and when that is all over next week we will have our celebration as well!!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Now, I have given it back to the ladies in my quilting group to use for the local show as a raffle quilt. Every two years they have a quilt show to raise money for the local old age home. I hope that by adding my quilt as a raffle they might make a few extra dollars for the cause. It felt like the right purpose for the quilt as the fabric started from there in the first place! I actually do like this quilt a lot even though it is a mixture of polyester and cotton, old shirts, etc. I hope someone enjoys it as much as I do.
Anyway, I am posting some pictures of my very first customer quilt. This particular one is from a friend who attends the local quilting group that I use to go to more regularly and now just stop in to say hello from time to time. The ladies from the quilting group are very friendly, mostly an older crowd who are not necessarily the most advanced quilters on the planet (we don't have quilt police in attendance) but who are all amazing sewers. That is something that I have found here in Australia. Most women have amazing sewing abilities having grown up sewing clothes or learning from mothers and grandmothers and have a great understanding of it in general. When it comes to quilting, my ladies are still proficient, just lacking in modern techniques and tastes. I love to visit with them and to see how they approach quilting even if it is different than the way I go about things. I am not a discriminating person, I just love for people to do what makes them happy and to have a go at things without fearing what the outcome may be.
So, most of my ladies still hand quilt, a few have tried to quilt on their domestic machines and one lady has tried out free motion quilting this past year. I offered every lady in my group to have me do one free quilt for each of them. I am happy to say that some of them are already taking me up on the offer! Last week I received this quilt top from Caron, who did not think she would ever get this quilt done. She was no longer interested in finishing this top with hand quilting and thought it would be her opportunity to have this quilt finished. I picked out this bow edge to edge design to compliment the bouquets wrapped in ribbon in the center panel. The quilt was not square and it was somewhat challenging to get to lie flat, but I enjoyed the process of learning how to deal with that. I was quite pleased with the end result. She was very happy as well as I delivered it to her today! It was a tad bit messy with the black fabric and the bamboo wadding, but that all came off quite easily. I was unsure whether or not to trim it for her or to hand it over to her untrimmed. I left it untrimmed and after I saw her cutting it down with the scissors I showed her how to use a rotary cutting blade! I love that! I could happily teach a quilting class, I think--I didn't realize that I have learned so much over these past years!!!
Any Australians game to have a go and send their quilt tops to me? I am offering Extremely affordable pricing for edge to edge quilting and very likely to get it finished before Christmas. Leave a comment or send me an email and we can talk:)
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
But, today I received not just one but two swap items!!! The top one (from the SewHappyGeek Wallhanging Swap) is from Shannon who was participating in her first swap! Ok, so I don't have feel I need to elaborate how amazing I think this quilt is that she sent me. The bottom line is that my husband and I are fighting where it gets hung in the house as we both want to have it in our working rooms. It is definitely something that inspires me to make an art quilt, I don't feel I will have the skills to make such an amazing piece for a long long time yet. I love it and the picture does not even do it justice. There is so much more depth in it when you see it in real life. I particularly love the tree trunk on the right side. She also sent me a pouch which is an amazing piece of work in itself! I am the luckiest swap partner!!
The second swap item was part of the Denyse Schmidt Quilts Doll Quilt Swap and mine was received from Elaine who sent this soothing quilt called "Across the Sea" with some awesome blues and greens. She also sent a beautiful pouch to go along with the quilt. I love them both! Thank you so much. I am hoping to participate in future doll quilt swaps and have a dedicated wall to hang them all up collage style. This one will hang in the number one spot as it was my first time doing a doll quilt swap.
So, I know that there are a couple of people (my dad for one) who is waiting to see some pictures and a post about my new machine. Hopefully that will come soon and I can show you the machine in action:) I did have a break down over the weekend, but a call to my dealer and some video Skyping, some elbow grease (not really, just some crawling around in tight spaces and messing around with tools and such) and we had it fixed. Thank goodness! I am learning and you can see a picture of my very first finished quilt on the long arm in the third and fourth pictures. That is my Wonky Cross quilt I made with Urban Chiks fabrics from their Hullabaloo line. I wanted something a little modern looking so I chose a quilting pantograph called Modern Mayhem. Like it? I think it turned out ok for a first go... Stay tuned for more...
Monday, November 7, 2011
|Ok, so you've seen this part of the room previously, but now I'm going to show you the rest of the room... This is the sitting area/tv entertainment portion of the room.|
|Here is looking towards the area where the long arm will reside -- tomorrow!!! Notice the empty shelves on the bottom, I have small toddlers...|
|This is my treasured sewing area...|
|I got these bins at Aldi last week as I needed a system to deal with my endless scraps!|
|Box for rulers and case for thread (at the moment).|
|Close-up of fabric|
|View towards future long arm...|
|View out of sewing room window. No landscaping yet, but one day... (soon, I hope--waiting for those grapevines)|
|One more look---I put up the design wall today (on left side), but still needs attaching to wall.|