We have been kept very busy during these cold weeks as many of you have been completing work over the winter months. It is amazing to see how prolific some of you are, it is also wonderful to welcome first time quilters, there is some wonderful work being done out there and you should all be proud of yourselves.
We are always happy to be on hand to help with the completion of your projects. We are also working on our own quilts, which tend to spend a lot of time on the back burner but we still manage to gossip our way through the day with cookies, donuts and coffee. We are also very happy when a customer shows up just to chat, the welcome mat is always out.
Now here is the “Blues” bit, sadly we have had to raise our prices, and you can find the basics in the Prices section above.
With each New Year comes good intentions, this year is no exception. We promise to make more effort and keep our blog updated…..watch this space
Wednesday 12th August we will be closed. Day trip to The Cotton Patch to have our machine serviced.
On Wednesday 16th July from 11 – 4 we are holding our second annual open studio.
We invite our customers and their friends to come and join us for coffee and cake.
Look around the studio and see our work.
We will have the longarm machine set up with a dummy quilt so that you can have a go.
This year Daisy Chain Designs will have a stand
and our friend Joy is showcasing her
Handcrafted Genuine Gemstone Jewelery.
It seems like a very long winter this year, and we have been kept busy quilting in our studio. The winter months are the perfect time to finish those UFO’s.
If you haven’t the time or are keen to move on to something new, then bring them along to us and let us do the work for you.
We have also successfully completed two more charity quilts for Lovequilts UK, they are an amazing organization you should really check them out, click on the link on the right under blogroll.
We celebrated spring last week by holding an open morning. We served copious cups of coffee and tonnes of tea, cakes and biscuits were nibbled and a good time seemed to be had by all. Several ladies brought along their husbands who showed great interest in the mechanics of our HQ18 Avante Longarm Quilting Machine.
This was an opportunity for us to show off the machine, our abilities and to let anyone who wanted to have a little go. Our machine is not computerized we do everything freehand and have a few clever aids to help us.
Our newest machine is a Sashiko which sews with appearance of hand quilting, the finish is amazing and we look forward to learning how to produce wonderful works of art with it.
February is the month for Valentines, and here is a quilt we did late last year. It was a shoebox shuffle, some of you may know what that means. Each member of a quilt group puts together a shoebox with patch patterns, fabrics and designs and then swap around for a few months. This way everyone gets to make a patch, the shoebox eventually returning to the owner to put together. A nice touch is when a book is added for the quilters to put notes, comments, weather reports etc., and these make wonderful reading as time goes by.
This single size quilt was simply quilted with a freehand meander and hearts, only through the white open areas, not crossing the appliqués. Very pretty.
We are back on the machine after our Christmas holidays. The weeks leading up to Christmas kept us busy as quilts came in needing to be ready for wrapping and placing under the Christmas tree. We are always happy to help get these quilts turned around in time for special occasions. We also love to hear the stories behind the quilts and will endeavour to share more with you this year. Best Wishes for 2013, happy quilting.
At 47 x 74 this is a single bed size.
Pieced in blue, turquoise and mauves with a white backing.
The client originally wanted blue thread top and bottom, to show the design on the reverse, but this was changed to white which actually helped to enhance the design.
Each spiral was highlighted using a groovy board spiral set on the centres.
A plain meander was used to link each spiralled centre with the next.
A Lap Quilt measuring 31 x 41 in simple reds and creams.
This shows clearly how a very simple design can be enhanced with a feature area.
Each centre was circled which made them pop out from the quilt.
The rest of the quilt was simply meandered which is very popular yet very effective.
No bright coloured thread was used for this, instead going with Sandstorm top and Flax bobbin, letting the fabric colours shine through.