Saturday, October 23, 2010

Heathers Quilts...

Oh Hello There...

Just let me pop the kettle on...Would you like a cuppa?...

 Then I'll tell you all about my friend Heather's Quilts...

Yes you heard me right... Quilts...Plural!

Heather loved my work so much after making the first one for her she ordered
not one... but another two.
Heather decided that she was giving her spare bedroom a make over.
She has it set up for the grandchildren with a single bed and a set of  twin bunks.

She had decided to paint the walls in a neutral beige and use plain callico for the curtaining.

Her colour selection for the Quilt was Cream, Brown, and Russet tones in any pattern or combination.
"You Choose"

I love a customer that is very open and trusting of my creativity and ability to come up with a design that I intuitively know will match their style, taste and personality. 

Quilt 1... Single Bed Quilt in Dark Tones.

Heather was so excited when she called in to check on my progress.
She ablolutely loved  the colour combinations and the pattern. So much so... (Even before I'd finished the backing, quilting and binding)... that... right there on the spot she ordered another Two!

I was quite gobsmacked...and had not anticipated her reaction

She wanted these two for the bunk beds in the same colour tones and pattern.

Quilt 2. Lower Bunk Quilt in Mid Tones.

I had chosen to use a variation of the hourglass pattern.
The result being that rather than the pattern consisting of rigid light and dark dark triangles opposite one another... I made each of the blocks using random colour combinations.

On learning that Heather wanted two more quilts in the same pattern and colours, I decided to make each of them slightly different by using some of the fabric patterns and colours from Quilt 1 and combining them with lighter mid tones for Quilt 2 

I chose to back the Quilts with dark taupe, mid taupe, and a lighter taupe.

The sashing between the blocks I kept the same on all three to maintain some continuity.
The fabric for this as you can see is a dark brown and a cream with a gold fleck for the small squares in between.
The gold fleck just gave the overall effect a subtle lift...

Quilt 3 Top Bunk. Lighter Tones.
(And yes it is narrower than the other two)

For the third quilt, I decided to utilise some of the mid tone blocks from quilt 2
 combining them with lighter toned prints in the same colours.

Heather wanted this quilt to be a little narrower so that it did not hang as low over the sides of the top bunk.
I completed the quilts by binding them again using dark, mid tone and light un-patterned fabric

On all three quilts I followed the pattern created by the sashing by machine "stitching in the ditch"
The binding  was... of course... was hand stitched.
As I said...

 Heather absolutely loved all three quilts and...

About a month after their completion and her taking them home to adorn the spare bedroom
She called by and greeted me saying... "I need another quilt"
I must have looked horrified thinking that there might have been a problem with one of the "Triplets"... 
"No No" she said "It's alright... I just want to order another Quilt"!

 This time around, she would like a queen sized quilt to go in the guest room!
Same pattern as "the triplets" but in Aquas, Pinks, Greens, Pale Blues and Creams. A mixture of subtle pastels I think.

Unfortunately I have had to put this order on hold as for the past 12 months I have not been able to do much in the way of quilting as I had a bulging disc in my neck removed and surgery on a trapped nerve in my elbow. Recovery has been very slow and I am only just getting back into the swing of things now.

Heather has been a great friend and is very understanding with the time delay...

On arriving home from Hospital after my surgeries she came bouncing in the door with a big smile on her face saying...
"Right! You're home now. When can I have my Quilt!"
She made me laugh so much that I started crying with pain...

That was almost 12 months ago...

Guess what?...

We are off to pick out some colours and fabrics next week...

I'm really looking forward to firing up the old Pfaff again... 


  1. This is elegant,
    love the patterns on the quilts,
    a heart warming and inspiring post.

  2. OMG you quilt and write poetry! A true renaissance man! I quilt also-but not as good as you-here's a link to my flickr site-most of my quilts are here plus some other tid bits:

    ps love your sewing room- I essentially work out of one plastic tub full of fabric and supplies. Cheers!

  3. Dear Kathe
    You have a great eye with colour. Your quilts are great. I'll be popping back over to linger a little longer....