Quilting Silhouette series of patterns

By Heather Buck
on November 29, 2015
With 1 comments

 I often get asked how I quilt my Silhouette series of designs.  So I thought I would share how I like to quilt them.  Of course it is your choice how you choose to quilt your quilts.  While I like the look of the very fancy quilting some people are able to achieve it isn't for me.  For quilts that are going to be used the more heavily they are quilted the stiffer they become and they are not as cuddly.


 With all of my Silhouette designs I start by quilting around the Silhouettes using a free motion foot.  Sometimes this is called a darning foot or Pogo foot. If there are cut outs within a Silhouette I will also quilt around these.  As there are lots of colours in each of these quilts I always use a variegated thread that complements the colours within the quilt.  More often than not these are King Tut Variegated threads as there are lots of colour combinations to choose from.

In the earlier quilts once I had finished stitching around the Silhouettes I then stitched in the ditch using a walking foot.  I didn't stitch every seam line as the blocks were quite small I only stitched every other row.  Then I decided I was sick of stitching in the ditch so instead I started shadow quilting the backgrounds.


I still needed to quilt around the silhouettes but with the  African Silhouettes I free motioned some tufts of grass into the gaps between the animals.  If you use good quality Batting you don't have to quilt over everything.  Your stitching can be up to 10" apart but of course it will look better if you quilt closer together than this.  I like to have no more than 4 - 5inches between quilting.




When I quilted The Kimberley, Flamingo's, Sea Dragons and Farmyard I shadow quilted the silhouette designs into the background.  With the Flamingo's I quilted outlines of Lilly Pads in the blue and Flamingo's in flight in the pink. With The Kimberley I quilted Lizards in the gaps at the bottom,  Emus up the side and Camels around the camels at the top.

Sounds difficult I hear you say but it isn't difficult at all. But like everything worth doing it does take a little practise.

I use Quilters Freezer paper which is available through Patchwork shops.  This is a heavy paper shiny on one side with a matt finish on the other side.  Then using the drawings of the silhouettes in the pattern I traced one onto the non shiny side of the freezer paper.  If the image isn't the size you want then use a copier to make larger or smaller.  Once I have traced the image to the freezer paper I then cut out the shape carefully so that  I then have a template for my quilting.

I then position my new template on the quilt with the shiny side down and press into place with a moderately hot iron and this will temporarily bond the freezer paper to the quilt.  If you handle this too much or fold it the freezer paper will start to lift.


Using your free motion foot stitch around the outline of the template, stitching carefully to stay on the fabric and not the paper.  Don't be too concerned if you wobble a little this is only noticeable while the template is in position.  Once you remove the freezer paper it won't be noticeable.

Remove the freezer paper carefully once finished stitching as this can be reused approx. 6 times before it will no longer stay in position on the quilt.

If you look closely the stitching is visible where I have stitched a seal.


I hope these instructions give you all the confidence to have a go.

Happy Stitching


8" Scrap Crazy Quilts

By Heather Buck
on July 30, 2015
With 4 comments

Below are the projects that can be done with a 8" scrap Crazy ruler



I hope these images are enough to jog memories if not each month I will post instructions for 1 of the projects.

Happy Stitching


Fit for a Princess

By Heather Buck
on January 13, 2013
With 2 comments

 Fit for a princess is my latest design.  Once again this quilt uses lots of scraps from my stash left over from other projects.  It is so much fun working out what fabrics from other projects will suit and to reminiece over other projects that I had forgotten as I remember where I have used the fabrics.

I have a 17 month old granddaughter Emelia who will receive this quilt after it has done a 12 month circuit with us to the Craft and Quilt Fairs.  Some how it doesn't seem fair that those of you who choose to make this quilt will be able to give it to your grand daughters long before Emelia will recieve hers.  The upside is she is only little and technically I am way ahead of the game with her quilt all ready for when she is old enough to appreciate it.  If we weren't attending fairs and creating new project to take with us I wouldn't be this organized and her quilt would be a long way from started.

Happy Stitching




Uncle Buck's Farm

By Heather Buck
on December 16, 2012
With 1 comments


I love applique.  I started a long time ago and loved it when my children were small and I made most of their clothes and included applique on almost everything they wore including baby onesies or as we called them all in ones.  They had some of the most detailed windcheaters that looked better than anything you could buy in the shops (if I do say so myself) and it was cheaper to.  No one ever had the same clothes as my little darlings.  Now life is so busy who has time to make childrens clothes and it is far cheaper to purchase them even if the quality isn't as good.

Our children grew up on the family farm and had the freedom to roam across the paddocks.  Catch yabbies and tadpoles in the creeks and fish for trout in one of the dams.  It was a great life even if they didn't realize this at the time. I remember finding them late one afternoon sitting in the edge of the scrub eating native cranberries they had found on their way home from the creek.

When it came to naming this quilt the ladies I stitch with on Thursday nights decided Buck's Farm just had to be the name (our surname) but as our son Justin  is Uncle Buck to his neices and nephew we decided to name it for him.

I hope all of you enjoy this our newest quilt and have fun personalizing it with fabrics from your stash.  Applique lends itself so well to rumaging in all the scraps and as I find the perfect piece remembering what I have already used the bulk of the fabric for.


Happy Stitching


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