Friday, 27 March 2015

Designing and Making the Indigo Orchid Quilt

One of the flowers I enjoy the most with living in Singapore is the Orchid. Singapore is also famous for its orchid garden which is situated inside the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Last year while taking a friend through the gardens I enjoyed taking photos of the orchids. There is so much beauty in these flowers so I decided to design an abstract quilt using an orchid. I was keen to use the indigo fabrics that originate from Japan. I went to the Singapore Fabric Market and picked out a selection of fabrics to use in the flower.

I drew the flower onto paper to the size of the finished quilt

I worked with each petal and drew the details onto paper so that I could paper piece each petal. The design was traced onto tear-away and I worked on this to put the petal together.

Eventually I had 5 petals complete. I bound each petal and combined them to form the flower.

A centre was appliquéd into position and the flower was appliquéd onto a raw silk fabric.

The flower is machine quilted and the background hand quilted with silk thread and embellished with beads.

With the binding on and the quilt finished it was off to the park with quilt and camera to get some photos.

Eventually I found this tree trunk to hang the quilt on for a suitable picture.

Have a great week


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Thursday, 19 March 2015

More Quilts from the Cupboard

This is the second part of photographing quilts while at home in New Zealand. I hope you find some inspiration for your quilting life. Enjoy.

Grandma's Flower Garden

Friendship Block Quilt from the Taiwan Quilt Guild

Images of India

3D Applique 

Double Wedding Ring

Mariners Compass

Cat's in the Basket

Teddies in the Irish Chain

Farm Life

Tulip Placemat

Framing Flowers

Have a great week


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Monday, 16 March 2015

Quilts in the Neighbourhood - Part 1

While I was in New Zealand, I wanted to get my quilts out of the cupboard and photograph them for my records. I have not been great over the years at getting photos of the quilts I have made so this was my opportunity to start. As I was also in such a picturesque location I decided to make the most of it.

Charming Stars

Running Bargello
This quilt is an example of 'I am not perfect' as there is a mistake in it that I did not see while I was making it!

I am calling this quilt the 'Grab It Quilt' as this one gets pulled out of the cupboard if the family are looking for some extra warmth during the winter.

Ragged Flannels

Memories of Family Sampler

Hearts on the Table

Have a great week


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Monday, 9 March 2015

Visiting the relocated Cottage Flair in Rotorua, N.Z

This was my first visit to the newly located Cottage Flair, and what a treat to step inside this quilt shop with every inch full of creative inspiration. Cottage Flair quilt shop was previously located in Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand. Jill relocated her shop during last year to 1127 Fenton St, Rotorua. 

As you walk in the door you are greeted by a display of New Zealand designed quilts and fabric.

There is a large bright classroom for teaching classes.

Inspiration for felt embroidery with a great range of colours

 Handmade dolls with serious personality

A yarn collection

Plenty of interesting fabric 

There is definitely no shortage of hanging quilts for inspiration

Yes they have thought of everything as there is also a Cafe' as part of the shop called 'Coffee and a Yarn'.
If you are travelling through New Zealand and visiting Rotorua this is one quilt shop that you really need to visit.

Cottage Flair
1127 Fenton Street
New Zealand

Have a great week.


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Thursday, 26 February 2015

The NZ made Black and White Box

When I was in New Zealand last year a friend gave me a piece of her machine embroidery that she had been using for craft projects. I felt it would be a great idea if I made something using the embroidery, and then give it back to her as a gift. If you know me well you will understand why a box is the first thing I think of, so I went to work and created a box to give her using the black and white embroidery I had received. This was the result.

I used 3 different cotton fabrics in the construction of the box and made a beaded tassel for the front.

Inside I made a separate tray that can be removed from the box.

I am writing this post while my time at home in New Zealand comes to an end and I prepare to head back to a very different life in Singapore. I thought you might like to see some of the beauty that I see each day while I am here.

I am always in awe of the colours that are produced by the light in this part of the world.

Then there is the green of the New Zealand native trees.

Hope you are having a great week.


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