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Posted on January 15, 2017 at 12:22 PM Comments comments (0)
I am sorry that I have been lacking blogging here of late.

I am busy quilting my customers quilts here in my studio, but you can find my current photographs of my work over at Facebook at J-Quilts Longarm quilting and Instagram @j_quilts

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Marys first place "Vintage Moments" quilt

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 7:51 PM Comments comments (0)
I had the pleasure of custom quilting Mary Telfords beautiful quilt last July, and have been keeping it under wraps until now as we had decided that we would enter it into The Festival of Quilts 2016 which has just taken place last week.

Both Mary and I are thrilled to bits, to have taken a first place prize in the Two Person category this year.

This is a stunning perfectly pieced quilt made from a pattern by Marshia McCloskey called "Vintage Moments" which I custom quilted for Mary with freehand quilting and ruler work.

The lighting was not that great for photographs at the time that I took them, being there after hours this year demoing longarming on the Mettler thread stand, which I will post a separate post about very soon.

I promise that I am going to make a conscious effort to update my blog on a weekly basis, as some customers were telling me that they do not do Facebook or Instagram but follow my blog,  but if you want to catch up with my latest quilts, then head over to my facebook page J-Quilts longarm quilting or my Instagram page j_quilts where I share lots of photos on a regular basis.

"Vintage Moments" pieced and bound by Mary Telford, custom freehand quilted by Janette Chilver.  First place FOQ2016 Two person category




Beryls custom quilted star quilt

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM Comments comments (0)
I know - its been a while !!  I have so many quilts to share with you, yet so little time to write my blog.  If you want to keep up with what I have been up to then please find me on facebook J-Quilts or on instagram j_quilts as I find it much quicker to load and share photos there.

This quilt has been made by Beryl and has been beatifully made, I have custom quilted it freehand on my new innova machine (thats another post watch this space !) with continuous curves and feathers.  It was 23 hours of quilting for this one, it was difficult to give it back though !


The most exquisite applique I have ever seen

Posted on November 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM Comments comments (0)
There are almost no words to describe this elegant quilt.  The hand applique and machine piecing has been  excellently performed by Muriel Fitch, and I have freehand quilted it with background fills and feathers.  I am so pleased with the results, and Muriel was too.  The pattern is by Shirley Bloomfield, and the applique is the most perfect I have ever seen !  Amazing.   I hated giving this one back !  If only I had the hand applique skills needed to recreate this masterpiece.

Gravity Quilt

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 7:22 PM Comments comments (0)
This gorgeous quilt was made by Svetlana which I custom quilted for her earlier in the year.  I had great fun with rulers and freehand work on this one !

I have been a little lazy on the blogging front lately although I have been far from lazy in real life !!  You can see lots more of my work on my business facebook page J-Quilts and my Instagram page j_quilts if you would like to follow me there.  It is sometimes easier to upload photographs with my iPhone but I have to come and sit at the PC for my blog. 

Svetlana made a great job piecing this quilt.  I have a kit of my own sitting not started yet in my stash !!  maybe one day soon.










Best in Show Festival of Quilts 2015 (I am still dreaming)

Posted on August 9, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (3)
This post is definitely the most proud post that I will ever be likely to make.  My quilt "Kaleidoscope" has just won not only a 1st prize in "Traditional Quilts" category at The Festival of Quilts 2015 but also the prestigious "Best in Show" award.

I had been notified the night before the show started that I had won the 1st prize for Traditional quilts ...  you should have seen me literally jumping up and down (my poor back) in my studio which is where I was when I heard.  So I was asked to go to the awards ceremony taking place the next day. 

This being my first time entry into The Festival of Quilts I had no clue where I needed to be and what to expect,  and after driving up to Birmingham NEC on the morning of the ceremony I arrived with only about half an hour to spare before the awards started.

So off I toddled to accept my award for First place in Traditional quilts and being handed my certificate and prize cheque.  I went back to sit down.

There are 18 categories in this show and over 1800 quilts were entered this year.  A panel of experts then chooses the Best in show from all of the first prize winners.  I was up against some big names in the quilting industry at this point and really thought there was no chance I was going to stand a chance.  Mind you I had not even thought that I would place in Traditional quilts as I have seen some stunning quilts lately being created for entry into this category.

Therefore when my name was read out as Best in show, to say that I was stunned was a complete understatement, so off I went shaking to collect my certificate and prize cheque.  Walking off the stage after photographs I was in a state of shock, I could feel my chin beginning to wobble, so head down so people would not notice I was starting to cry...  but I couldn't control my emotion, and was completely overcome in the moment. 

Since winning I have had some lovely emails, texts, and personal congratulations from many of my friends and customers, which means so much to me.  Thank you all.

If I had known that I would win like this I would have insisted that my family come with me to see me.  They thought I was kidding them when I rang them.  Thankfully I had friends in the audience to comfort me.

Anyway enough of me blowing my own trumpet.  This is my winning quilt.  It is called Kaleidoscope and is a pattern by an American pattern and fabric designer Vanessa Christenson at V&Co. 

I used moda fabrics called Chantilly, and a solid cream by Art Gallery fabrics.  I have used two layers of wadding, Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs Wool to give it the trapuntoed effect. 

I longarm quilted it on my APQS Lucey with entirely freehand techniques, including the use of rulers.  NO COMPUTER (I was asked that a lot at the show)  I have used straight lines and dense quilting certain areas to make areas appear puffed up to give it texture and dimension.

I am so glad that the Judges liked my quilt the best this time around.  Beginners luck with my first entry, that's for sure.

I have been asked a lot how I created the scalloped binding, so time permitting, please do watch my website for some workshops in the future on how this is achieved.  (Ring me if you are interested in maybe attending)

I did enter another couple of little quilts, but that's a story for another day soon.

Love to all of my loyal customers without whom, I would not be here.




IN THE WINNERS GALLERY


WINNERS GALLERY



IN PROGRESS


ON OUR BED (INTENDED USE)


REVERSE OF QUILT




REVERSE OF QUILT



IN PROGRESS




IN PROGRESS


SCALLOPPED BINDING


CLOSE UPS (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)





Very exciting and proud news

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 6:02 PM Comments comments (1)
So a lot has been going on here lately, mainly quilting customer quilts, but in January when it was a little quieter than usual for custom work for customers, I took some time to quilt a quilt and decided once I had quilted it that I would really like to enter it into a show, so I put it into the UK Quilt Championship at Sandown Racecourse held by Grosvenor shows.

On the Thursday before the show began, the phone rang and they told me that I had won an award for my quilt that I had entered into bed quilts, I had won "Best traditional patchwork" award which was a rosette and a silver plate trophy.

I also received a 2nd place in bed quilts, the 1st in bed quilts was a beautifully handquilted very traditional wholecloth quilt made by a newly made friend of mine Andrea Ashwell who is also a longarm quilter.   I hadn't thought initially that my quilt would place anywhere because it has a fairly modern feel to it, but I was very pleased and excited that my first entries into a show had won some ribbons.  My first ones.  It felt good.  I was worried though that had I not have received a ribbon how depressed I would have been..   After all it doesn't mean that my quilt is any better than any others in the show, just that on judging day the judges liked it enough to award a ribbon. 

I pieced this quilt using a pattern called Kaleidoscope by V&Co, and I quilted it with a lot of ruler work and freehand techniques on my APQS Lucey longarm machine.  I am not overly keen on the photo of me, but have taken it as inspiration to loose a stone !!!! 






I also entered a second quilt (encouraged by my customers who saw it hanging in my studio) but knew it would not place in wallhangings as its not artistic enough.  the winning quilts were landscape type pictorial entries, but I wanted to see it hang in a show so entered anyway.  I am pleased to say though that a Judges merit ribbon was awarded, along with a Judges choice certificate from Lee Brown who said some lovely comments about my quilt.  I am pleased as this was not quilted for a show, just for my own enjoyment and to make my studio look brighter..  in fact I hated this quilt before I actually quilted it, I love the piecing, but felt it rather too green, however once I had quilted it I had more love for it.. lol.  I pieced it using a pattern by Sew Kind of wonderful called Metro Hoops, and I quilted it using freehand and ruler work.   Again all freehand on my APQS Lucey..




Down in the garden

Posted on May 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM Comments comments (1)
I have been a little bit AWOL lately on my blog, but mainly due to being very busy quilting customer quilts, but if you want to check out some photos of my recent work I find it so much quicker posting to my Facebook page J-Quilts and my recently new Instagram account j_quilts, so if you feel like checking out some of my other work then please feel free to follow me there.

This stunning quilt was made by my customer and friend Nicola, whos hand stitching of these embroideries are just out of this world precise and gorgeous.  It was made with a BOM pattern by Leanne Beasley called "Down in the garden"

Nicola has been a customer for a long time, but this is the first custom job that I have done for her, and the quilt was very much suited to custom quilting too.  I freehand quilted around each and every flower on this quilt top (even the tiny ones) and quilted feathers, flowers, circles, stipples, swirls in a freeform kind of feel.  The placement of the blocks made for interesting placement of the quilting designs.  I did not want to quilt over the stitcheries, but enhanced them by outlining in a very fine thread so it was not visible next to the stitcheries.  I love quilting feathers these days.  





Reversible Quilt

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 6:01 PM Comments comments (0)
This gorgeous quilt has been pieced by my customer Marion, and basically she brought to me two quilt tops, one to be the top and one to be the back.  A totally reversible quilt!!! 

I quilted it with the "Springtime" butterfly and daisies quilting design, and with hot pink thread.  The colours in the quilt are strong enough to hold their own, and it is always tricky when choosing thread colour on contrasting block colours.  The hot pink has worked great on this one.

Marions granddaughter just loved her quilt which she received on her birthday very recently.  Happy Birthday Jessica !






Custom quilting - Purple Dresden Plate

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (3)
This gorgeous quilt has been beautifully pieced and appliqued by Edwina from many different purple fabrics, and a purple batik backing too.  She has made a stunning job of it.  Lovely, traditional Dresden plates.

She asked me to freehand custom quilt it, which I worked on and finished just before Christmas.  (Doesn't that seem soooooo long ago now?)

So I quilted it using a curved ruler, to define an arc in each corner of each block, creating a circle effect around each Dresden plate, which I then quilted a simple freehand flower with a background of pebbles.  I kept it relatively simple in the Dresden plates with ribbon curls and continuous curves.   A freehand feather and swirl border frames it nicely.

I really love the results though.  (Had it been mine and I wasn't keeping to a time restraint, then I would have also probably added some feathers or something similar within the unquilted areas of each circle... ) 












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