Monday, July 7, 2014

June 2014 pattern - Baroque Wholecloth

It's proving difficult to get an acceptable photo of the wholecloth quilts, there just isn't enough space in our workroom and the lighting is all wrong.  I'll keep on trying though.

 The pattern for this wholecloth quilt started in about 2002.  I was giving a workshop on how to adapt patterns so that they could be stitched on a shortarm machine, and designed this to be quilted in a series of 6" passes, so that I could stitch it all on my Gammil shortarm.  It worked well, except that I ran out of time to finish it, and showed it to the class with the side borders and the centre uncompleted.
 It illustrated the point that you could achieve just about anything if you adapted patterns to work within the limits of your quilting setup.  However, after the class I had even less time, and no real incentive to finish the quilt; there just wasn't a viable way to market it as a pattern at that time, so it all went into a cupboard and I ignored it for a long while.

The unfinished quilt took up just as much room as a finished one would, and this year I got sick of shifting it from one storage spot to another, all the while thinking, 'I must finish that one of these days....'  Now my Statler offered the possiblity of a quick finish, so I set about adapting the pattern yet again, to allow for the bigger throat space of my Gammil  Classic.

Once the patterns were finished I tested it by stitching it out at 42", so that I could use a single width of fabric while I was testing it.   The first test quilt is going to be a dog bed, there were quite a few issues caused by the fabric moving as the heavy quilting caused it to shrink inwards.  I experimented and changed the order the patterns stitched, and had no problems on the other quilts I did.

This is the second 42" quilt, on gold fabric, and it stitched without a single hiccup.

I love the small scale of this, the patterns look wonderfully intricate, yet it was the easiest of the three quilts that I did.
 The 85" lilac one was easy to do too, and I turned the quilt so it was a breeze to do the borders. The centre section is 59", and it fits the top of my QS bed exactly, so the borders hang over the sides.
I really enjoyed this, it was wonderful to see the patterns come to life on the fabric, and for them to stitch out exactly as I'd planned.  I did make a small mistake; when I made the patterns for the borders I eliminated a small 1/2" border around the centre designs; it makes no difference really, but it's not the same as the cream or gold quilt. The files in the download have the correct number of borders.

Once I had the patterns fine tuned, it was time to pin on the old cream quilt and add the missing patterns.

It all went really well, though the computerised stitching made my hand-guided stitches look rather odd.  Never mind, it's all part of the history of this particular quilt.

I adapted the centre design to make it easier to fit into the blank area in the middle.  I made the radiating lines stitch from the centre out and back, so that I could trim them off at the edge of the existing quilting.
 You can see the white area at the top is where I trimmed off the lines; that worked really well, as my  hand-guided stitching was too uneven to allow me to distort the quilting pattern to fit, not without a lot of trouble and time.  In this case, the easy way out was also the best way. (The observant ones amongst you will see I still had one line of stitching that went below the straight line of my boundary; I did correct that before I stitched it, just divided the black circle of arcs and toggled the lower part sewn.)

So after more than a decade, my wholecloth quilt is finished, ready to be bound and go onto a bed, not back into a cupboard.  It's a good feeling.
The pattern for this is up on the website here and there is a 22 page pdf of instructions and diagrams.  I am having a sale at the moment and the pattern is discounted by 33%, and the rest of the site is 50% off.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Bella Feather

This post contains info for the Bella Feather set, 12 patterns overall for $40, including a pdf file showing all the patterns and ways to use them.  (one triangle pattern is not shown below, as it's just a mirror of the simplest one.)  You can purchase the set from my website here.
  If you like having jpgs of patterns you can save them from this blogpost.
 I designed the panto first, to be a P2P that could go over Log Cabins in various settings,

and then I went on to tweak the design elements into other useful patterns.  The second panto forms a serpentine feather,
 but I also love the fact that it can turn into a panto that looks like a whole lot of feathered wreaths.  I've wanted to quilt a quilt of my own like that, but never got round to designing the pattern, and now I can use this P2P pattern to achieve that result.  If only I had the time to do my own quilts.

 The border is also a P2P, making it easy to place the repeats and the corners.
The triangles are really versatile, being P2P also.

I like these borders with the straight lines built in, they are a great way to finish a quilt with unruly edges.  You can place the pattern so the lines extend off the quilt, and trim off those lines if you want, or let them stitch out on the waste fabric.
There are several options for this border; there is a diagonal effect to it, so you can choose the pattern to give the effect you want.

Jan Foster, of Red Shed Quilting, has used the Bella Feather triangle to great effect, on a beautiful quilt.

Jan created this beautiful border using the triangle pattern, which gave me the idea of making a P2P pattern with the same effect.  I love it when quilters use my patterns creatively and inspire me to make even more patterns.

 These pictures are from her Red Shed Quilting Facebook page, which is full of other inspirational photos of her wonderful work.

And for reading through all this. there is a free pattern to download.  I love this little border because it's a P2P, which makes it very easy to place the corners and repeats. I let the edge of the border act as the spine of the feather, it's a very neat way to fill up a small border.

Free Pattern; Simplest Feather

To download the free pattern, click on the link above.  When the new page opens, click on the 'File' tab at the top left, then choose 'Download' from the options.

I've been super busy lately, moving back from my rented house to the Freemason's Lodge that I own, which in reality is just a huge 2-roomed hall.  In an ideal world my new workshop would have been finished before I moved all my stuff into the hall where the Statler is, but that didn't happen.  Now I'm quilting customer quilts amid piles and boxes of my possessions, which is not ideal, but the end is in sight.  The workshop has to be painted now, which should be a two day job; then the fun begins, pulling the Statler apart, setting it up in it's new home, getting it running and then shifting all the thread, backings, batting and customer quilts as well.  I think my Easter holiday won't be very relaxing at all.  But it will be very satisfying.

Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm starting a new club this month, for those of you wanting to stock up on pantos for a reasonable price.  Instead of offering a selection of pantos each month, you get to choose the ones you really want.  This is aimed at quilters wanting to grow their panto library at a reasonable cost, and also those quilters who have upgraded their hand-guided systems, and have had to leave all their paper patterns behind.

I have two pdf pantograph catalogues;
all my patterns prior to 2010
and the ones after that

Download these pdfs, and use them each month to choose 3 pantos for $15.  Just subscribe with the Paypal button below, and then send me an email listing the first three pantos.  Each month, on the same day that you subscribed, send me another email with the 3 pantos you would like.

Keryn Emmerson Pantograph Club

And because there are some people who don't want to muck about with waiting, you can have as many pantos as you want, for $5 each, so long as you order more than 10 at a time. 

This deal is not available on the website, only as an email order, after which I will send a Paypal invoice, and email you the patterns.

My email address is
keryn at kerynemmerson dot com
(change those underlined words to symbols when typing the address)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November club patterns

  Susan Campbell requested that I digitise Linda Steele’s quilting patterns for a customer version of Scottish Dance(scroll down to the third quilt); with Linda’s permission I made the files, Susan quilted her customer’s quilt, and it's spectacular!  
 The pattern is Linda Steele's award winning Scottish Dance ; the photos on this blog are of the quilt quilted by Susan Cambell. I digitised the designs from a small photo, so they may not be exactly the same as Linda's, but they are close.
   Susan did a lot of fabulous free-hand on this as well, but there’s no reason our machines can’t add a fill behind these patterns.  They don’t have really complex or indented edges, so I imagine they would look excellent as trapunto motifs too.  The pattern set will be on my website for sale soon, if non-club members want it.
 Our customers are wanting a quick turnaround now, as Christmas looms ever closer.  With that in mind I’ve chosen speedy pantos for this month’s club; these are our Go-To pantos when we want something quick to stitch, yet looks fantastic on a wide range of tops.  
 I think Sassy is my most favourite pattern ever, it just gallops along; I’ve included a matching block and corner, so it can be used as a border as well.

Drift is very quick running, with great texture too, again there is a matching corner and block.

Eddy is a quick little P2P border plus matching panto, wider border and blocks; it will cover a lot of ground quickly.

These 5 pantos are from the Super Simple panto pack, and we use them again and again.  They are great on small quilts, as they can be sized from 3-8" and don't overwhelm a small quilt.  They provide great surface texture, and suit any sort of top.


The silly season is nearly here, I wish for easy pantos and sweet customers for all of us!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Like other Australian quilters, I'm devastated by the images of the Queensland floods.  I lived in that state for 26 years, and nearly every place I lived is now under water or in danger of being flooded.  The little town of Forest Hill in the Lockyer valley, where I lived while I went to Ag College, has been completely evacuated; it's some of the richest farm land in Australia, and it's terrible to see it under water.

My family is in Rockhampton, all safe and well, but completely cut off.  It will be a while before life goes back to normal.

The dreadful images of destruction inspired me to do something to contribute to the Relief Appeal. When I think of floods it brings the story of Noah to mind, so I designed a set of patterns based on a rainbow and dove, and they are for sale for $15.  You get a border, corner and two blocks, plus a panto.  They'd be nice for a Noah's ark quilt, or anything needing a nice formal pattern. You can pay by Paypal just by clicking on the button.  I will donate all the proceeds to the flood appeal, and email the patterns once Paypal notifies me of the payment.

There are months of hard work ahead for all the people affected.  My ex's family went through the Brisbane flood in 1974 and lost nearly everything; the government ended up giving them a payment of $151, which even then was laughable.  Hopefully we'll raise enough money this time to help all those in need.

Rainbow's End Pattern Set for Computerised quilting.  All proceeds donated to Queensland Flood Relief Appeal.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

 I've had a little bit of free time over the Christmas break, which was lovely, but I didn't forget the club designs.  It helped that I  needed to get designs for customer quilts finalised, so those new designs go straight into the club for this month.  I'll show some photos tomorrow of some of the designs quilted out.

Please click on the images to see them more clearly.

The panto designs range from old favourites, like Butterflie and Ferny, to new ones like Blossomtime.  That's destined for an oriental quilt, and the trial stitchouts look great.
 The Filigree Vine is a good way to fill a wide border without over-quilting it.  It can go 9"wide easily, with great coverage, no blank bits.  Skinny Feather is a nice simple border that looks good quilted, and is quick to stitch.
 More simple borders and p2p designs, because you can never have too many of those.  We often use the Dovetail as a filler around embroidery designs, just something to cut down the unquilted space.  The Scrollz designs are great for the same thing, or sashes and little borders.
 I really like frames just lately, and made up a few to have on hand.  They  can be used on placemats and small wallhangings, around embroidery blocks; pillows and totebags are another use, with a monogramme in the blank space to personlise it.
 I've been playing around with the idea of tile designs for a while, and these are just the first few.  The Bali tile design  was made for a Log Cabin quilt, as the two halves of the design neatly matched the light/dark division of the block.  Because the designs are P2P they are more continuous than a single design placed over each pieced block.  I'm going to work on lots more of these, there are so many possiblities.  And as you can see from the Papillion design, they make nice offset pantos too.
 The design I had the most fun with is the Broken Feather set.  It was so much fun to fit them to the embroidery quilt I was working on (still am working on it, it's a big one) and I enjoyed it a lot more than a continuous feather border.  I could place the motifs to follow the wavy piecing of the borders, and there was no pressure about getting everything to fit exactly; the little space between the motifs doesn't have to be exact each time, so it was no problem if things were a little bit out of place.

The bobbin tension on the machine was another thing, necessitating the unpicking of several repeats; the culprit was a tiny ring of grime and lint around the post in the hook assembly.  Once that was cleaned out, the tension was perfect.  Thank heavens it was such a simple thing to fix.