Saturday, 3 October 2015

Harlequin Points

A while back (summer 2014) I started putting together some New York Beauty blocks and some Mariners compass blocks.  Well I finally got them all put together and made into a wall hanging.  I called it Harlequin Points.
You can read about the piecing of the blocks in this previous post.

 It was quilted on my Gracie frame with the Janome 1600P, just before I got my Q'nique.
I used one layer of Hobbs Heirloom wadding.

 Off to a good start here with the outer borders.

I enjoyed quilting this and it was quite a challenge with all those seams.  Very bumpy in places !

 Lots of thread changes made this quite slow work.......

Apologies for so many photos in one post but I hope you enjoyed looking at them.
Back soon with more quilty stuff!

Scottish Quilt Championships 2015

Last weekend was the Scottish Quilt Championships in Edinburgh.  this is my local show and I always enter to support it.
This year I was blown away to have won all this....

Two first place ribbons, two Judges Merits and Overall Runner -Up.  Wow I could hardly believe it!
This is the goodie basket that the runner- up receives.

 Fairyfrost feathers which was awarded 1st in miniature/doll category and runner up.
 1st place in small wall hanging for my Hummingbirds.  Very happy to have won this. A lot of hours of hand embroidery went into this piece.
Starburst Dresden got a Judges Merit.  Happy about that because it was quilted on my Q'nique which I have only had for a short time.
 Judges Merit for my jelly roll quilt which I called Forget-Me-Not.

This quilt is called Subtle Differences by Kay Bell and it won Best in show.  It is a double sided quilt and an amazing piece of work.  The detail and execution is stunning and it thoroughly deserved its title.
Kay has a fantastic post with lots more photos of the show. just click here to take you there.

Close up of Kay's quilting.

These are a selection of quilts that caught my eye.  I had intended to take more photos when i returned on the Sunday to collect my quilts but i forgot the camera.

This is my large wall hanging which I named Harlequin Points. no ribbons but still a thrill to see it hanging up.

This quilt was by Brigit Schueller and won a first place ribbon, for the bed quilt category. 

 This hand quilted piece was by Andrea Stracke and won a clutch of ribbons.

That's the excitement over for another year so I hope you enjoyed the photos , time to get back to quilting now !!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Starburst Dresden Quilt

I love Dresden plate quilts and when I saw this version I just had to make one.
The block is designed by the Missouri Star Quilt Company and you can find the video tutorial here

My blocks finished at a huge 21.5" and I decided to do a 3 x 4 layout.  I used my tall triangles ruler to make the spikey border.........

......... it seemed to take a long time to make this border but I really like it so it was worth the effort.

In the negative space between the big Dresdens I made smaller plates in subtle colours.  I wanted them to blend into the background.
This quilt took a lot of fabric to make and the top was quite heavy before quilting, despite me cutting away the excess fabric from behind the plates.  I used one layer of Hobbs 80/20 wadding.
This is it coming off the frame.
Finished but not bound.
It was all freehand quilted by myself with my Q'nique.

A view of the back.
Small Dresden 

I have entered this quilt into the Scottish Quilt Championships which is this weekend in Edinburgh.
Woo hoo that means I have a quilt show to go to and that can only mean lots of quilty shopping!!! Can't wait.  Hopefully I will also be able to get a photo of the full quilt hanging up.
Thanks for visiting today.  I'll be back soon with a post from the quilt show.
Rhianon. :)
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