Well summer is finally here however here in Victoria we had warmer weather in April and May than we are having in June. It’s not that it’s cold it’s just someone got the month’s mixed up. The weather we normally have in April is happening now and April’s weather was hot and dry like it should be now. Oh well!
My partner came home early from work on Friday and we decided to go out for a late lunch and headed over to Willows Galley Fish and Chips in Oak Bay and take it to go and sit on Willows Beach and have a picnic. To get to this area of town from where we live it is a 30 minute drive so this is very much a destination trip for us. The weather was breezy but sunny, if you got out of the wind the sun was nice and warm. Willows Galley Fish and Chip shop is used to people grabbing their meals to go and have a picnic on the beach so they package the food up so that it is easy to take and eat picnic style. We found a log that sheltered us from the wind spread out a blanket and enjoyed the sun, scenery and our lunch. The beach wasn’t packed but there were lots of people there enjoying the day, what surprised me though was how many were in swim suits!!! Seriously! Now granted I am cold blooded but even out of the wind I still had a sweater on. It’s not like anyone was going to be swimming in that cold water so not sure what the deal was with that.
Here is a picture of Kevin enjoying his lunch (he always gets the cod, I am a halibut person myself). Now Kevin doesn’t get near as cold as I do but notice he is wearing a warm vest which he kept on the whole time we were there.
This was a view from where we were sitting. Now in much warmer weather this beach will be packed to the point where I couldn’t have taken this picture without getting a few bodies in the picture as well. You can see one couple there at the water’s edge. You can’t tell in this picture but they were wearing swim suits, I guess trying to get an early start on their tans. Oh well, whatever floats your boat. I was happy in jeans and sweatshirt and staying warm well enjoying my lunch and the view before heading home and back to work.
I finished another client quilt. This client’s quilt was a sheer joy to work on. I have never seen such beautiful piecing. My quilting group teases me about how precise and clean the back of my quilt tops are but this client literally put me to shame. I didn’t take a picture of her seams but should have. Actually I have another one of her quilt tops downstairs so I will take a picture of that one later so you can see what I mean.
Isn’t this beautiful. It is such a simple design but the colours in the batiks just make it sing. The client asked for an allover meander style. I went one step further (with her permission) and added a leaf design as leafs were a predominant theme in the batiks and quilted an all over loop and leaf design with some curls thrown in.
Here is a closer look at the quilting design. I think the curves of the loops and leaves really soften up this very linear design. As in the last quilt I quilted I used Superior Threads King Tut thread on the top. I used colour 913 Jewel of the Nile as it has all of the colours represented in the quilt in the thread. I used Bottom Line in the bobbin colour 608 Periwinkle as she had a light purple backing which I just realized I forgot to take a photo of. I really loved how this turned out.
I found a list of quilting quotes which I really like so I will end this post with one of them.
A day patched with quilting seldom unravels.
I have been busy making more Inspiration Journals. This time I was asked to make a tropical one. I checked my fabric stash to see what I could come up with. I had some nice fabric with tropical scenes on it that I picked up in Hawaii a few years back and another with a Hawaiian sunset scene and some classic cars but it didn’t really do it for me. I finally dug up some fabric that had hibiscus flowers on it that I had picked up in Papeete Tahiti. This was more like it. I only had one issue with it and that was the flowers were spaced quite far apart. I fixed that by cutting out individual flowers and used raw edge applique to fill out the flowers.
I then thread painted the flowers and the leaves. I do this before I put the backing on the journals as I don’t want all of the thread to show. I really enjoy thread painting. It is very relaxing as you just move the piece back and forth. When I am thread painting I use up lots of old bobbin thread. I am normally a very organized person but not so when it comes to bobbins. My bobbins are all in nice bobbin cases but I have no idea what thread is wound on which bobbin. When thread painting it doesn’t really matter if the thread is the exact same as the top especially if you are using variegated thread which I am usually using.
I like the way the journal turned out. I sewed seed beads onto the hibiscus stamens as an embellishment. The journals have plain paper inside and also some pockets made from scrapbook paper so you can add pictures cut out from magazines or maybe drawn or doodled on other paper.
I took more pictures this time as I was assembling this one so I will be writing a pattern soon. Well onto complete more sunflower ones.
Well the weather here in Victoria has turned windy and chilly the past few days. I look outside and am not really thrilled that Cocoa needs to go for a walk but that is what is next on my agenda after I finish up this blog post. Poor guy loves to go for a walk but right now he is feeling the chill as well (being a Chihuahua he likes it hot) he is in the den with me as I am writing this. He walked over to his bed and grabbed his blanket and moved it around so the blanket was over him lol. Unfortunately I didn’t grab the phone fast enough to get a video of it.
Last week was nice though and Cocoa and I had some lovely walks. There are many nice trails right around where I live and it’s so nice to be able to get out in nature without having to go for a long drive. Sometimes if I have errands to do at a mall near where I live I take Cocoa with me (if it’s not too hot and he will only be in the car for 5 minutes or so while I complete the errands) as there is a really nice park right behind the mall where there is a small river and woodland trails. It is a wonderful oasis smack in the middle of an urban area.
Above is some sample photos of the trails and the small river. I love walking along these trails and listening to the birds singing, it reminds me to slow down and enjoy the moment.
Well windy or not I should get out and take Cocoa for his daily walk. One thing about dogs is that it forces one to get out and get moving.
I just finished quilting a quilt for a customer. It was a fun quilt to do. I believe the quilt is to be a wedding present and the couple requested red and green. My customer used a variation of the yellow brink road pattern and I think the quilt turned out to be beautiful. My customer wanted an allover design quilted on it and I thought it could really do with leaves as there are many nature fabrics used in the quilt top. The border is a green forest and there are many fun fabrics included throughout the quilt.
I personally love using Superior Threads King Tut line of variegated threads for these types of quilt tops. There is so much going on in the quilt top design that the thread is able to move and blend with the different fabrics but still be visible without getting lost in all of the different fabrics. On this quilt I used 987 English Ivy on the top and for the bobbin I used Superior Threads Bottom Line 613 Sage.
I don’t do a lot of pantograph quilting designs as I do prefer to work from the front of my machine. On this quilt I used a variation of a design from the book Meandering Magic by Suzanne Earley. I first saw her demonstrate this technique on QNN video a few years back now. Even though I took my inspiration from the book the quilting always ends up looking different. I love that about free hand quilting. Everyone has their own signature style just like everyone has their own unique handwriting.
Here is a look at the quilt top, I couldn’t get it all in as it was raining today and so I had to take the pictures inside.
You can’t really see the quilting in this photo however it does show off the design of the quilt top nicely.
This picture shows the quilting better. I am really happy with the way it turned out and I am hoping my customer will be too.
I have heard Angela Walters say in the craftsy classes I have taken of hers that if you make a few mistakes or some bobbles that are OK but not perfect when you get the quilt off of the frame you will never notice them. I have found this to be so true. When you are working on just 10 inches at a time you are so aware of every stitch that is just not quite as perfect as you would like. Once you get the quilt off of the frame and you look at the overall effect it always amazes me of how wonderful it always turns out.
My client choose an Ikea fabric for the back and I think it is budgies. It looks really cool though and you could almost use this as a two sided quilt if you so chose.
Well on to the next quilt which will be leaves again but this time quilted in purple. I haven’t decided whether I want that one as meander quilting such as above or something a little looser like a leaf with a loop de loop. I will figure it out once the quilt top is on the frame.
Meanwhile happy quilting!