Monday, January 10, 2011

This and that

I've been working on another doily quilt over the hols using a jelly roll from Cottage Quiltworks.
The fabrics are 30-ish and the doilies are beautiful. Better than having them sitting in the cupboard don't you think?

Now that we've mastered making pizzas in the Weber I've been making lots of dough for that and quick and easy olive and rosemary bread - YUM to both. I may have left the dough too long to rise or was the bowl not big enough!

I have never seen a metre of shortbread have you? We are slowly getting thru it - thanks kids.

This mag is out at the moment and features three of my quilts from past issues of AP and Q.

I ordered this book from Barbara Brackman's site and it's a real hoot. It's a book of saints for quilters. She's so clever with her photoshopping and has a wicked sense of humour. You can see it here

Over at Alex Anderson's Quilt Show you can see for free a video of  a Baltimore Album exhibition from Houston last year. The quilts are simply stunning and there's even one from Kim Maclean using Kaffe fabrics.
I have been talking with Linda from Stitchin Mission lately and here's part of what she had to say:

"Stitchin' Mission #24 just began this past week at my own Lutheran church in West Des Moines, Iowa. I have 35 newbies enrolled, and 13 helpers, so it's a good-sized group. This time our quilts are going to an orphanage in South Africa, about two hours north of Johannesburg. I anticipate we'll make about 55 quilts in this class. That number will make SMs top 1,000 in donated quilts. When I started teaching quiltmaking six years ago this month, I had no idea this would continue for so long, and be of such interest. Guess everyone loves the opportunity to learn quiltmaking for free! But it is truly a God-blessed activity that touches the lives of the quiltmakers and the quilt recipients. I'll be making a DVD of the lessons at the end of March, and then who knows where it will go from there!? Thanks for your interest!"

 Di from Snippets and Scraps is her Australian counterpart and was one of my Cherry on Top bloggers from the last post. Mayne if Linda comes to visit again we can catch up.


  1. Hi Chris

    Love your doyley quilt..I have a drawer you know the name of the jelly roll line of's new to me and i love the polka dot sashing!

  2. I have to make one of those doily quilts -- I am marking all of your pictures for inspiration! It's a wonderful idea and I love your version. I actually don't have much in the way of old embroideries, so I guess I'll have to stitch some up myself!

  3. Love the doily quilt! The book of quilting saints looks hilarious!!! Your bread sounds delicious especially followed by a meter of shortbread!!! Thanks for all those great links.

  4. I love the idea of using vintage doileys this way, Chris. So very clever! I remember seeing one of these created by you hanging in Ribbons and Rainbows last year. So thrilled you and Linda have found each other. She is truly inspirational with her enthusiasm for using her quilting gift to help others and I can't wait for her DVD so we can run Stitching Missions here. We were blessed to have her teach at St Mark's in 2009, and out of this St Mark's Quilters was born, to make quilts for others in need.

  5. Hello Chris

    I really like this Doiley Quilt it has a very fresh look.

  6. Hi Chris! :) The meter of shortbread is funny! So is the dough. I love the quilt you're working on.

    That magazine's got to be a good one!

  7. Hi Chris, Happy New Year. Your doily quilt is the first one I've seen that I really like.
    The range of fabrics you have used go so well with the old handworked doilies. My Mum has a box full of these type of pieces. Many of them were gifts made by patients of her Father, he was a Doctor. You may have inspired me to do something with them!
    See you in Bathurst when your classes resume.