Saturday, December 4, 2010

December Club Designs

The December designs are ready to go, lots of useful things this month.  I've finally settled into my new premises, and there's been more designing and quilting going on around here, so life is nearly back to normal.  One thing isn't though;  because my building is heritage listed it's been a struggle to get a new phone connected.  I'm still trying to get permission for that to happen, so I'm relying on mobile internet, which isn't all that reliable.  So if I don't answer emails straight away, don't panic, my connection may have dropped out in bad weather and such.  I'm still here, and I will get back to you.

The pattern set this month is based on the Double Plume pattern, which was the most popular panto as a printed pattern.  However, it didn't translate to a digital format because it was two lines.  After many requests from quilters who wanted to be able to use their old favourite (and some outright begging), I redesigned it to stitch as one line, so it's back in play.  It makes a nice border too, and the block designs look lovely quilted out.

I'm always looking for simple geometric pantos, and Axel fits that description.  Desert Flower is a good allover pattern with no imagery to conflict with the piecing of the quilt.  Sometimes the quilting just needs to stay in the background and let the piecing and colours take over.

Windy Night I designed for a customer's 4 year old son; his quilt was covered in stars and spirals, so the quilting just picked up on that.

Spiral Leaf is an oldie from 2003 I think, never released as a digital pattern; it works perfectly with a couple of block designs from the Celtic pack that I shared in September's club.  It's a simple panto to use too, either straight or offset.

Ditsy Heart is a simple little p2p border and corner that can be put together as a frame for stitcheries; I've included a square frame and a rectangular one already made.

More simple p2p patterns, because you can never have enough of those.  The Echo Shell has been quilted on Civil War type quilts, as well as oriental styled ones, and looks great set either straight or offset.

The Lacis designs are good as pantos or borders, adding texture and interest with simple curves.

A simple way to quilt blocks set edge to edge is to place a design over each one and let a secondary design develop.  All three of these patterns work well when used that way, or they're just pretty set with sashing.  Rosette looks lovely on point as well.
Frames are always useful, and Feather Frames suit many quilts.  The rectangular ones coould be used on placemats, with a name or initials in the centre.  

The centre of the square ones can be filled with a block, or embroidery.

I hope you're all having a lovely time preparing for Christmas, and even if things are a bit rushed it's a good time to appreciate our families and our quilting.  We have a new baby boy in our family, my great-nephew Logan. Christmas will be all the more special because of his arrival.  I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Club Designs

    October and November were very busy months for me, as I was moving my home and workshop to a new location.  I hardly had time to do any designing, so some of these patterns are old ones that I never got round to releasing, and some are favourites that I thought I'd share.

The Shell Feather is one I've used on many quilts, it has just the right desnity of quilting and covers the space really well.  Happy Hearts is a lighter pattern, and works well on quilts that don't need heavy quilting. 
Lillies is just a pretty pattern; it's from the Sweet & Simple panto pack, designed by my sister Meredith England.  I just fiddled with the basic design and made it a p2p for even more versatility.

Fractures and Meander4 are from my Pretty Simple panto pack, which isn't entirely digitised yet, still working on that.  Both these designs ae great for simple quilting, where a recognisable pattern isn't necessary. 

Fractures is great for modern quilts, or guy quilts, as it's just straight lines.  Arabesque is an old favourite, gives a lovely texture to a border or as an overal pattern.

The geometric designs are ones I've used when I want to cross hatch little quilts completely.  The Hatch p2p worked remarkably well on a small wholecloth;
I just set it up like a panto and trimmed out the areas around the designs.  I will try and dig up the photos to show you, the points in subsequent rows lined up almost perfectly. The Maze design gives really even coverage, and again works really well on modern quilts.

And finally, because Christmas is upon us once again, some designs of Meredith's that are just right for the season.  Her Christmas pack is great value, more than 40 designs, and many of them can be used on folk-art quilts as well, as they feature birds and angels.  I've shared just a few of the designs from that pack in this month's club.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Club Designs

The October designs are a varied lot.
I quilted the Tilted Clamshell panto on a Nearly Insane quilt, and it turned out very well.
The overall design didn't compete with all the seams in the tiny blocks, and I added a p2p border from the August club called Pleat.

I designed a few spot motifs for a child's quilt, and also a cat design for a wedding quilt for two cat-lovers.
The Celtic circles are a nice way to completely fill a block, and they form a secondary design when place edge to edge across the quilt.  the hatch frame is one I designed to go around a small machine embroidery design.

The others are ones from various quilts and wholecloths, and they work well wherever a more elaborate design is needed.
Everyone loves p2p designs, and these are firm favourites of mine.  The Heart Feather has been used on many quilts, and it stitches out quickly, fills the space nicely and always looks good.
I designed the Petal and pumpkin seed p2p patterns for a customer, and she said they made short work of her borders.
The small motifs are ones I designed for a friend, who often needs a little motif to fill the centre of a feather wreath.
I also used them on a little sampler quilt of 4" blocks, sizing each design to fill the block entirely. 

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Karen Wood sent me some wondeful pictures of quilts that she has quilted using the Kitchen Sink Club designs.

She wrote:
Here are some pics of a quilt that I did today with your Whatever panto.  This design was perfect for this quilt.  My customer always tells me, do whatever - you know what is best!  I can hardly wait to tell her the name of the design.

I am attaching pictures of  2 quilts that I have used the French Forest pattern - I absolutely love these designs and my customers were very happy with their quilts. 

Karen's quilting is beautiful, she did a lovely job on these two quilts.

I really like the way she used the Argyle P2P pattern, it looks great.
September has been a steamroller of a month, way too many things to do in too little time.  This post is two weeks late, apologies to everyone, but life got in the way.

This month includes some simple P2P patterns, they seem to be everybody's favourite.  These three come from my Super Simple panto pack, which contains 24 simple designs, many of them able to be used as P2P patterns.

When I was choosing the patterns for this month's club I thought I should include some pantos suitable for guy quilts, so these three are ones that no guy will object to as too girly.

The one called Whatever was designed for my teenage son's quilt; when I aked what I should quilt on it he said 'Whatever', so that's what I named the design I came up with.
 This set of Spiral Fillers are useful for those areas that just need some quilting, not anything spectacular, just something to hold them down.  Some modern quilt have large areas that need to be stabilised, but the quilting just won't show on the busy fabric.  These work really well.

And for those who need a fix of block patterns each month, here are the designs from my Celtic Blocks pattern pack. 

I designed this ages ago, for hand-guided quilters, so the patterns aren't very complex.  Sometimes that is just what's needed, some simple quilting.  Anyway, I'm working on a Celtic pack for computerised machines, and the designs can be as complex as I like, so that's a lot more fun. 
If you have been in the pattern club a while you may already have a couple of these blocks under different names.

I email out pdf catalogues each month; if you print them out as soon as you get them it makes finding the patterns so much easier.  I try to keep all the pantos on one page, p2ps on another, blocks on another, etc.  That way the sheets from different months can all be filed together in separate folders, so if you're looking for a p2p you just have to go through the folder of them till you find one that will work.  In this computer driven age I often find it easier to look through an actual folder and pick my designs, and of course you can show them to customers easily too.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Paypal had a bit of a glitch this month with the automatic payments, but all should be fixed now. Several people were not billed on the right date early in the month, and those payments finally processed on the 17th and 18th. Let me know if you have any queries about the late payment some of you experienced. 

I have a couple of photos from club members who used this month's patterns.

Wilma Hurt wrote:
Love the August designs!   The day I received it, I used Lovebirds on the attached quilt.  You can't see the design very well, but I thought it was ideal for this quilt.  I used A & E Linedrop Thread.   I plan to use Oaken late next week.  Thanks for such lovely pantos. 

 Kerri Youngdate wrote:
I attached a few pics of the Rowan double border used on a batik quilt I finished last week. The border turned out beautifully using superior rainbows, even with the busy batik. 

And Mereth used Oaken on a lovely randomly pieced green quilt, and it turned out beautifully.  Sometimes patterns just seem made for a particular quilt, and Oaken compliments this perfectly.

I love seeing what people are doing with the designs, you are all a clever bunch.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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The August designs are done, including several pantos with an animal theme, a couple of P2P patterns, lots of wineglass patterns, some useful, simple borders and a block set. Click on the photos to see more detail.

The Lovebirds panto was designed for a friend, the full story is here

I've made several pantos with animals in them for specific projects, so I've included them all here; you never know when you might need one.  The fish one is a nice open panto without too much detail, and quilts up really quickly.
 The Oaken panto quilts up into a beautiful allover pattern with a swirling movement.

The Baptist Fan panto is one we use over and over, on traditional quilts as well as more modern ones.  It's a great texture, and quilts up quickly as well.

 I use these simple wineglass patterns a lot, and this set is useful for sashes, backgrounds, to place over whole blocks instead of ditch-stitching.

 The Darra Set has an Art Deco feel, quite sophisticated.  The frame can be used around a stitchery block, or a smaller block quilted in the middle.  Ther block and triangles have a nice movement to them, to liven up plain areas.
The Pleat P2P design is a way of quickly adding parallel lines to a border; you can choose to have the curved connecting lines facing in towards the centre of the quilt, or out towards the edge.  There is a corner supplied for each option.
I've included several simple borders as well, to add to the pattern library.  When we need borders we often have to use simple ones to keep the quilting density even across the quilt top.  We use these more than the elaborate borders.

The Plait border repeat looks very strange, but it fits together to form a perfect plaited border.

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