Some long-arm quilting

I have been slowly getting some quilts in for my long-arm quilting business I started this year. Each quilt has naturally been very different and I’ve enjoyed using different patterns and techniques to enhance the quilts.This is a quilt I recently finished on the machine. Helen created it in lovely feminine colours for a special person, and as we are now in spring it really suits the season.

I quilted it free-hand with mainly an all-over pattern of leaves and scrolls, using a pink thread.

As the borders were in a striped fabric, I did squiggly lines with a little leaf shape scattered here and there, as well as a long scroll on the inner border.

The appliqued shapes were outline quilted.

I also have another textile postcard to show here, completed as part of a recent challenge with my local quilt group. This one was my interpretation of the theme of ‘Winter’, and in which I tried out the techniques of discharging the colour with the use of a decolourant.
The decolourant was applied to some hand-dyed fabric in the rough shapes of trees. Some black watercolour pencil was used to draw in some other trees on top of those paler patches and then it was free-hand quilted with black thread to resemble a line-drawing, and a little silver for the moon.
I just have to show these couple of photos of what is blooming in our garden at the moment, the beautiful Peace rose:

This following little flower is a bulb of some sort – I don’t know its name!- but I love the dusky pink and yellow colour of its petals.

Nearby Toowoomba is in its full glory at the moment, readying for the Carnival of Flowers, starting this coming weekend. There’s also a Quilt Show on display, which always has a fantastic collection of quilts. If you live close enough, pop up for a look!