Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fiona's Trunk Show

After the astounding success of Letitia's Trunk Show last month, the Thursday night girls have decided to make it a monthly affair, working through their gathering alphabetically.  Tonight it is Fiona's turn and just how, I hear you ask, is it possible that you can view Fiona's goodies almost at the same time as the group?. Well, Fiona being a lovely lass agreed to arrive early and give your humble blogger an opportunity to photograph her quilts using the flash.  Don't usually use a flash, it is rather disconcerting when one is presenting goodies to continually be flashed.
This sample quilt is Fiona's oldest intact quilt, she reckons on it being between 16 - 18 years old, and spends its life in the family caravan.  Fiona mentioned that she is planning on updating the Caravan quilts- yes plural -  as she needs to get rid of some scraps from her workroom.
A closer view of the hand quilting on the 3 hearts block, yep, done in the days before Fiona became a long arm quilter.
The Lone Star is one of the patterns that Fiona teaches, we previously saw an example of the class when Lorraine H bought her blue and white Lone Star along to Show and Tell.
Made from Jelly Rolls, this vibrant beauty is only short of a bit of binding to complete it, Fiona is deciding on how to treat the hexagon edges, bind those peaks or slice them straight!,
A lovely swirly floral pattern was Fiona's choice of quilting design.
Remember that 'Caravan' Quilt? and the desire to create new scrappy Caravan quilts?, well here is the first cab off the ranks, this scrappy quilt is soon to reside on Fiona's bed.
Fiona quilted around each hexagon with a curved design using a variegated thread, hard to see on the backing, which depending on your point of view is either the best backing or the worst!
Very hard to pick the quilting on the back.

And just to show us why it is a tad hard for a working Mum to finish her quilts (as if we didn't know -vbg)
Fiona also bought along this beauty that she has just finished quilting for a client.
Beautiful embroidered 'Dinner Plate' designs, with a trapunto effect behind the plates using pellon or thin wadding.  Fiona has quilted around each plate and then done some lovely hearts and swags in the setting triangles and the borders.
 Fiona's quilting business goes under the banner of 'Quilting Fairy' and she can be contacted on 0419713644 or via her Quilting Fairy blog.

 Fiona has just returned from doing some rather intricate classes with Sue Ross at Precious Time in Toowoomba. Sue travels to Toowoomba on a regular basis to teach.
Fiona has hand pieced 9 centers and 9 of the circle borders, and now just/only has to piece them together and attach the block backgrounds.  How neat are those seams?! Looking forward to seeing the completed quilt.
And so ends Trunk Show number 2, looking forward to next month already.

Pinched a pic of this beauty being sandwiched, couldn't resist, fell in love with the appliqued Kimono's in the border.  This is going to be another stunner!
Hope we get to see it in it's finished state.- gosh, is that another hint??
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