Monday, 18 May 2015

Blogger's festival 2015 - a mini entry

This is my third year entering Blogger's festival organized by Amy from Amy's Creative Side.  I have always love this festival as I get to view many different genre of quilts out there and in addition make some new friends via visiting their blogs.  This year I am going to enter a baby Glamclam quilt that was made for a customer for the festival.

You can read and check out more photos about this baby Glamclam quilt here.
I hope you'll enjoy browsing through the content.

Here's the link to Blogger's Festival 2015
Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the festival xx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cats and Clam Shells

clam shell quilt

 This is a commissioned quilt that I was really excited to make.  Since stepping out of my comfort zone in sewing curves from the Flowering Snowball Along Quilt, I have wanted to step it up with the confidence I had gained from the sew-along to make a clam shell quilt.

clam shell quilt

 I fell in love with the clam shell quilt when the 'Glam Clam Quilt' by Latifah Saafir burst into the quilting scene a couple of years back (I think it was a couple of years back).  I was dying to make one however, I was not ready to face the dreaded curves back then.

cat nap lizzy house

I was very lucky that I had a friend that wanted a clam shell quilt and she had commissioned me to make one (all about timing they say!).  If you are interested in making a Glam Clam Quilt, you can access a free tutorial here. 

lizzy house

I decided to use the 8" clam shell template as I thought the 12" block might be too big for a baby quilt.  I also think that 8" is a better size as I like small and intimate blocks but a 12" block would look just as amazing!

cat nap fabric

We decided on Lizzy House Catnap Bundle which in my opinion has the loveliest fabric prints.  I have used mainly the coral, grey, mustard and pink fabric as this was for a baby girl and mixed them up with an assortments of grey fabrics and solid white.

cat nap fabric

Catnap is a fun and cute fabric bundle with addition of simple geometry prints to compliment the bumdle.  I especially love the mice print that is quirky and funny.  Together with contrasting deep dark chocolate and bright pink super cute cat faces added interesting and playful quality to the quilt.

cat nap

As for the quilt backing, the client wanted something playful, so we decided on Flamingos which went extreme well with the rest of the colour way and feel of the quilt.


When it came to the quilting process, I was a little unsure on how to proceed.  I knew my domestic sewing machine and I was not up to quilting curves and I only do straight line quilting for now!  So I thought I might try the waffle quilting look and hope that it would compliment the elegant curves.  I am so glad that it turned out great!  The lines are quilted an inch apart.  This generated a lovely texture and a beautiful draping effect to the quilt.

glam clam


For the binding, I have opted for a simple stripe binding.  The coral matched really well with the rest of the colour way.  It also added a good contrast to the curves.

cat nap

Quilt facts:
Quilt design: Glam Clam Quilt 8" block by Latifah Saafir
Quilt size: 40" x 52"
Fabric: Catnap Fat Quarter Bundle by Lizzy House, Silver Tarnish Bundle from Westwood Acres Fabric, Kona Solid in White
Backing Fabric: Lula Flamingo in Orange from the Lula Magnolia Range by The Quilted Fish
Binding: Little Coral Clown Stripe by Michael Miller
Batting: 100% Cotton batten
Quilted using Auril Thread

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Quilting!

Jacqueline xx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Picture finished 2014 - Part 2

The last of my 2014 finished quilt is a riot of colours.  This was a commissioned quilt for a friend who will be gifting this quilt to one of her close friend.  The theme was bright, bold and colourful with a dash of leopard print in the quilt.  I knew immediately that I wanted to use fabrics from Anna Maria Honner.

Field Study quilt

I have longed admired fabrics designed by Anna Maria Honner and was looking for a project that I could use bright and bold prints.  I am so grateful that this commissioned quilt came into my path and I have enjoyed every moment piecing this quilt together.

Flying Geese quilt

I have opted for a no binding finish which I absolutely love and hope to do more quilts in this way. Wool tassels has been added as embellishment to the quilt making it feel like a flying magic carpet.

flying geese quilt

A close up of the quilt will reveal cheerful and bright saturated colours.  I have added some flying geese in orange, red and raspberry solids, and polka dots in black with gold and bubblegum provided interesting details to the simple quilt.

flying geese quilt

Majority of the prints are from Field Study with some Pretty Potent and Loulouthi prints mingled among it.

Anna Maria Honner

The quilt is kept secured between layers by hand-stitched tiny X's at regular intervals.

flying geese quilt

I have enjoyed designing this quilt from pattern to finish and  I hope you have enjoyed this picture finished blog post.

Happy Quilting!

Quilt facts:
Quilt pattern: Bind Quilt
Quilt finished size: 48" x 60"
Fabric: Field Study, Pretty Potent & Loulouthi by Anna Maria Honner; Confetti Sparkle in Black by Dear Stella House Designer; Dark Raspberry & Orange solid by American Made Brand Cotton Solids, Red solid by Hawthorne Hues and Small Spots in Bubblegum bu Robert Kaufmman.
Backing fabric: Summer Totem in Tart, Loulouthi series by Anna Maria Honner
Tassels: Hand made wool tassels in burnt orange.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Picture finished 2014 - Part 1

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!  My apologies for the late wish but better now than never.  Before I start blogging for 2015, there are two quilts that I have finished in 2014 that I haven't had the time to blog about... although I hardly ever blog but I do like putting a body of work in a blog that I have achieved throughout the year albeit slow.

This quilt design is from Material Obsession 1 by Sarah Fielke.  I made this quilt back in 2012 which you can read about it here.  I was commissioned to make this quilt by a friend as a gift for her niece.

baby quilt

Quilt Facts:
Quilt design: Candy Shop by Sarah Fielke
Finished size: 52" x 52"
Fabric: As Sweet As Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabric
Quilting finish: Hand quilted with Perle Cotton 8

sarah fielke

I have hand stitched the motifs of flowers, sunshine, bee, butterfly, bees and honeycomb and etc. referencing to the fabric bundle I have used for this quilt.

sarah fielke

art gallery fabric

Sarah Fielke

Art gallery fabric

As sweet as honey

It is a lovely pattern for a baby quilt though it does take a while to hand stitch the motifs.  However, the end result is worth it.  The objects, animals and plants can be used as a picture tool for stories and identification as the baby grows up and start taking in things surrounding its environment. 

Art gallery fabrics

I know that my niece who is 3 years old still loves conjuring up stories with the motifs on her quilt and it has been a source of learning for her when she began to identify objects around her.

Art gallery fabrics

Thank you for stopping by and happy quilting