colour, colour and more colour

Today’s post is all about colour. Just a few random shots of the colourful things I’ve got happening in my sewing room at the moment.
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I was rummaging around in this jar of silk sari strips looking for something in orange and red (the colours for this month’s sinchies challenge), and in the process, tipping it all out. The bright jewel colours of the scraps contrasted so beautifully with the little pile of blue fabrics I had lying on the table.bigcity1
On my longarm machine I am currently quilting this quilt of my own- this big Bright Lights, Big City quilt top that I actually finished some months ago. It certainly has lots of colour going on, with as many different fabrics as I could fit in it! I’m only just starting it, so still working out a quilting design for it.
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And I am currently working on a new quilt- another one with lots of piecing and making full advantage of colours playing with each other. The pattern is ‘Shimmer’ by Jenny Bowker. The image above shows the start of arranging the colour blocks and playing with placement. (The white spaces haven’t been filled in yet.) It has blocks of big patterns, interspersed with self-patterned blocks of colour and blocks of half-triangle squares which cause the colours to ‘shimmer’ into the surrounding blocks.
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These are some of the triangle blocks I’ve been sewing- more bright colours!
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And, if I’m talking about colour, it would be remiss of me not to include a shot of these beautiful perfectly-shaped roses from our garden!roses1
Hope you’re having a colourful week!

green and white

I first ‘created’ this fabric in a workshop on printing, painting, enhancing and embellishing fabric. We used leaves and sticks and various surfaces for mono-prints and transferring images and rubbings. This fabric had various green paints and leaf shapes, so I decided to use it for this month’s green and white Sinchie challenge with Gatton Quilters.
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I added further rubbing using a crayon to transfer extra leaf outlines and fill in some spaces.
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After cutting out a smaller-sized piece, I started hand-stitching large running stitches across its surface. I used 3 strands of DMC cotton, starting with 3 dark green colour on one side and gradually introducing varying shades of green, changing to a light green by the time I got to the other side.
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I also cut out some little pieces of lace from a discarded remnant and incorporated them on the surface with the stitching.
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I then added some iron-on pellon to the back, cut out a piece of another fabric and sewed them, right-sides together to make a little quilt.
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We often produce lots of pieces of fabric in workshops and classes which can sit in our cupboards for ages before being put to good use. I’m working on trying to incorporate my various bits and pieces in art quilt projects- after all, we can always make more! This is a look at some of the other pieces created by members in our group:

Top row: Marilyn, Marg, Helen H, me Bottom row: Meryl, Lyn, Jan K, Shirley

Top row: Marilyn, Marg, Helen H, me
Bottom row: Meryl, Lyn, Jan K, Shirley


A quilted runner made by Marilyn:
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… and a quilt I recently quilted on the long-arm for a special niece’s birthday!
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Until next week…

can I make you a quilt?

I started my longarm quilting business back in about 2012-2013. I was a novice and taught myself to use the machine- a Gammill Classic Plus. Quilt by quilt I slowly progressed, and I’m thankful to those who trusted their quilts to me to do my best. My longarm machine is not computerised; it has a stitch regulator but all quilting is hand-guided with free-motion quilting or sometimes following a stencil or pantograph.

Karen- My Small World quilt (Jen Kingwell pattern).

Karen- My Small World quilt (Jen Kingwell pattern).


I’m now looking to expand and extend my quilting endeavours by making quilts for sale or on commission. I have been making my own quilts for many years, and that’s my real love. I could sit and sew patchwork quilts all day! I know there are many people who love and appreciate quilts but perhaps don’t wish to make their own. If you know anyone who wants to buy a ready-made quilt or wants a quilt made with their own choice of pattern and fabric, I would love it if you suggest my name to them!
Mini quilt made for a swap in 2015

Mini quilt made for a swap in 2015


I have a number of quilts already that I plan to put up for sale, and that will happen over the next few weeks.
I also do a lot of art quilting for something a little different.
Small art quilt to my own design

Small art quilt to my own design


This is just my first step in this direction, and I’m yet to work out the specifics of prices and accepting payments etc. (maybe an Etsy store? or an online shop?) I’m not sure whether there is a big enough market out there for me to join it, or indeed whether people are willing to pay an appropriate price for a genuine, hand-made quality quilt. What do you think?

In the meantime, here are a few pictures of a recent quilt that I quilted for a customer:
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It was quilted in a hand-guided custom design using an off-white thread.
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Hope you are having a good week!

Tula in Toowoomba

Lots of colour to show you this week! The following quilt is one that I did not make, but I did do the quilting.
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Meryl made this and asked me to quilt it. It’s a bargello-style quilt that makes the most out of the multi-coloured batik fabric.
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I quilted it in an overall design with long horizontal looped lines which highlighted the colour changes in the fabric, in a dark gold thread.
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It’s a beautiful and brightly coloured quilt.
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Last week, fabric and quilt designer Tula Pink visited Toowoomba to give a talk on how she came to do what she does so very well, and to show some of her quilts.

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Tula Pink


Tula is a very entertaining speaker, naturally funny and quick-witted. She spoke at the Precious Time quilt shop in Toowoomba and everyone there had a great time, both listening to her and getting a peek at some fabulous quilts. Tula said that all the quilting on her quilts is done by Angela Walters, so I was very interested to have a close-up look at the quilting- just fantastic work.
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We also got a sneak peek at her newest fabric line, Slow and Steady, which is about to b ereleased. All her fabric lines feature animals, and this new one will be a play on the tortoise and the hare fable.
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She made this quilt out of that new fabric:
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A lot of the people there brought along the quilts they have made with her fabric, and some even got Tula to sign their quilt. This first one below is some hexie quilt!
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It was a great day to get some injection of inspiration to get sewing!

my small world quilt

I started this art quilt last year. My Small World Quilt is made from a pattern by Jane Kingwell, and was featured in the Quiltmania magazine.

Karen Mundt- My Small World

Karen Mundt- My Small World


It combines my loves of lots of different fabrics- the ‘scrappy look’- with the theme of buildings and houses. Of course, how you choose what fabrics to use is entirely an individual choice. At the time there was an online Quilt-Along and accompanying Instagram groups, so it was fun to check them out to see how others interpreted it.
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I used only fabrics that I already had, and it was a chance to use some different little bits and pieces. Like this little doggy…
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and this little girl at the window…
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I used light low-volume fabrics for the sky area, some with text, some with spots or self-patterns. I started with some pale blues and pinks close to the skyline, fading them to lighter colours as it went higher.
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I also made one little change. In place of the little Pisa tower block, I instead added in a little hand-embroidered block of the Statue of Liberty. That was to reflect my trip to the States, taken during the time I was making it.
It also took me a long time to decide on how to quilt it. I actually put the needle in at an arbitrary place, grabbed the ruler and decided to quilt first one line, then another, turned that into a diamond. Echoed that, did another diamond further across, repeat. That was for the top half- the sky. When I got to the lower half, I just quilted all over in an irregular grid about 2 inches apart.
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I backed it with a white and brown stripe, which I also used for the binding.
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I really enjoyed making this quilt. With all the different blocks and fabric choices to make, you don’t get bored with it and its fun to see what the next section will look like! I enjoyed it so much, I may even make another version some day!
Karen Mundt- My Small World

Karen Mundt- My Small World

Longarm quilting

Just a few photos of a recent quilt I finished on my longarm machine for Lyn.
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This was a quilt embellished with crocheted doileys, lace and bits and pieces that all have sentimental memories.
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I didnt take many photos to show, but you get the idea. I have done a few of these quilts now, and always the tricky part is deciding how to quilt it. There’s not a lot of open area so the quilting has to go in and around the embellishments. But, the areas that are covered by the doileys and lace are too big to leave unquilted so they still have to be quilted as well.
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I did some ruler-work in this one for something different- a curving ‘border’ of 1/4″ lines around the edge and a large diamond of ‘background’ lines in the centre.
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Onto the next quilt!

long-arm quilting

By the very act of quilting other people’s quilts, I get to see a lot more quilts than I possibly would otherwise. I can look at the design they’ve used, the colour choices they’ve made and the fabrics they have chosen. This client’s quilt that I recently quilted is a beautiful big quilt, made to cover a queen-sized bed with enough to hang over and cover the edge of the bed. It was also made in one of my favourite colour combinations- blue and brown.
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It had a lovely range of fabrics in it, ranging from creams to browns to blues which made the surface a fairly ‘busy’ one…
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… so the quilting didn’t have to be too elaborate. I decided to use straight lines at an angle around the border area of the quilt and in between the on-point blocks. Those blocks had a curly feathery/paisley type radiating out from the centre.
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This is the back:
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I used a cream thread for the quilting.
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And here is the quilt already bound and on its bed!
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This next quilt was a completely different quilt altogether. This client made a bargello-style quilt using self-striping fabric. Completely opposite in its colours and style..
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It was quilted very simply with wavy lines echoing the peaks and troughs produced by the arrangement of the coloured strips, and the borders in a free-motion loopy pattern.
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It was quilted with a charcoal-coloured thread which also suited the back:
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Have a good quilting week everyone!

checking in…

Holiday time – I’m spending mine like most others, I guess. Little bit of this, little bit of that. I recently visited my sister and brother-in-law and took some photos of their lovely garden. Look at the beautiful rich colour of these dahlias….
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Their garden is beautiful and testament to the time Mark spends on it…
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And they still have some Christmas things around too, its hard to pack it away!
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Since coming back from my trip I have also been busy with longarm quilting. This quilt was completed just before Christmas for the client’s grand-daughter:
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It was quilted with cream thread in an all-over design with a few butterflies and loops and flowers. There was a a lot of applique and hand-stitching, so we wanted the quilting to be a little unobtrusive.
Hope you have a good week with lots of quilting!

long-arm quilting…

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I so love Christmas! I love the trees, all decorated with tinsel and lights, baubles and hand-made ornaments..
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I love families coming together, sharing food and laughs and good times. And I especially love getting out all my hand-made Christmas hangings and stitcheries that have been hidden away for 12 months. So far I have the tree up, the rest will follow soon!
I have been very busy since getting back from my holiday, with lots of long-arm quilting to do. Here are a couple of quilts just recently finished. The first one is made by Lyn, using some unusual fabric that resembles the glaciers.

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The quilting only had to be very simple to echo the ‘mountain-tops’ created by the piecing of the wide strips.
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And this next one is similar to another that I quilted a couple of months ago. It’s an heirloom quilt, made with treasured doileys and lace handkerchiefs..
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This was a tricky quilt to do, with lots of bits and bobs to maneuver around. I tried to avoid stitching on the lace and crocheted pieces but did have to put a few lines through them to avoid having large areas with no quilting. That was probably the trickiest because its hard to see what you are stitching through the crocheted doileys, and even though it doesn’t really show on the top, it still has to look good on the backing.
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It was custom-quilted- each block was different so each quilted to reflect its design.. this one above is the centre block with its lace collar. There were bits of lace and braid and crocheted edges..
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.. feathers and swirls..
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more feathers..
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I still have some more quilts to finish before Christmas, so I better get a move on!
How are your Christmas plans coming about?
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longarm quilting

A quilt that I recently finished longarm quilting for a client, this one is destined to be a raffle prize.
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This quilt also presented some challenges! Anne had utilised some blocks with candlewicking to a lovely effect, combining them with some beautiful Japanese-themed prints. My challenges were to stitch a cohesive pattern across the quilt without encroaching on the candlewicking.
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The majority of my quilting is done free-hand and my machine is hand-guided, but I try to limit any pre-marking on the quilt. I stitched a wavy pattern just on the borders and minimal echo-quilting on the blocks, so that the emphasis rightfully stayed on the candlewick designs.
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The alternating fabric blocks were quilted with the same diamond-with-swirls design in each and the centre panel gave me the chance to highlight some of the elements on the fabric design- outlining a lot but also adding to the design by echoing the bird outlines.
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Here is the quilting from the back:
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The backing was a light cream print, and I quilted it with a cream thread throughout.
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