Monday, 1 February 2010

Quilting fun!

Well as promised I have the photos of some of the things I have been working on over the last few months. I am joining Nan at Moms the word for the first time in a long while!

I feel really shy about putting my handiwork on display but I do want to share with you all. I want to encourage others to try their hand at something completely new! It really gives you a sense of accomplishment! I hadn't used a sewing machine for years. The one my mum gave me was damaged in the flood in our house so I was thrilled when Colin allowed me to buy a very small machine. I love my Janome sew mini! It is small but cute and perfect for piecing together fabric. It won't do much with heavyweight fabric but I don't work with that just now anyway!

After making a few gift quilts Colin demanded a large quilt of his own! So I have been working on this since December. The hand quilting is the time consuming part but I really enjoy quilting by hand. I used the machine to piece the blocks together and then decided on a pattern and began hand stitching. My template for the pattern was very hi tech! A plate for the circle and a paper leaf shape drawn round with chalk! It seems to work fine for me! The blue and brown backing fabric is much darker, my camera plays up lots and the flash wouldn't turn off!

I made this Amish star block just to try something more complicated! I followed the instructions found at McCall's quilting, an excellent site with many blocks and instructions to try at all levels.

And finally this is the charm pack that I am desperate to start on with lots of crisp white and printed pinwheels! This fabric is gorgeous and will look great against white.

If I can quilt then anyone can! I encourage you to give it a go! If you are interested in the process then I am happy to share it with you (mistakes and all), as I tackle my first pinwheel quilt. Let me know if you want me to share the process? Hope you enjoyed looking!


  1. Very pretty! I love the colors!

  2. Wow!! You did a great job on those!!

  3. Pretty! I bought my daughter a sewing machine for Christmas. I haven't sewn since high school. I need a refresher, so that I can teach her to sew.

  4. I think your work is lovely! You are brave to hand quilt a large quilt, but it is good experience. I started out by making smaller quilts and hand quilting them, and gradually increasing the size until I hand quilted a queen size bed quilt. Now, I usually just hand quilt smaller ones. You are doing a great job with your piecing and quilting! I also enjoyed reading your testimony as I am a Christian also. I have some Bible teaching sites listed on my blog. Les Feldick's programs can be listened to on our computer, as can People to People (our church).

  5. Hi Collette,

    Your quilts are all lovely. I WISH I had the the ability to make some of my own. I'm not at all handy or crafty, unfortunately. Although my daughter and I did take crocheting lessons together last summer, which was fun.

    I commend you for stepping out to share your quilts and for encouraging others to try something new.

    Have a blessed week!

  6. what a great job you did...
    i like your little machine too
    i've got to get mine out and start on my daughter's senior quilt...i'm going to do a t-shirt quilt from all her old softball uniform shirts and tshirts :)

  7. Amazing! Really, your seams line up perfectly and the hand sewing is great. I am very impressed. I can't wait to see that pinwheel quilt!

  8. Very pretty! How awesome to have something like that and know that you made it. A friend of mine is a quilter and she absolutely loves it. She finds it very relaxing.

    Have fun with the pinwheel and thanks for linking up!

  9. OMGosh, that is gorgeous! You quilted it all by hand? That is super impressive. You should definitely be proud of yourself and stop being shy about sharing it with us...we want to see and be inspired by friends' work!

  10. What great quilts!! You definitely have it going on!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us!!

  11. Wow- very pretty. My daughter has been sewing some, she has even started a quilt. This is funny to me because I can not even sew.

  12. oh my, Collette! Beautiful creations! I have missed hearing from you. Have you seen my last 2 Psalm Saturdays?
    Thank you for your comment on my new blog design.I just realized it's the same colors as yours!

  13. I love how you quilted your quilt and the Amish star is beautiful!

  14. They are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!


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