Sunday, November 29, 2009

Who's a lucky girl then

How about that! There's my quilt on the cover of BCC - what great photos they produce. It's a scrap thousand pyramids quilts just right for hand-piecing over the summer hols. Hand quilted with number 8 thread - how quick and easy is that.

This is the first of my order of three quilt history books to arrive from Amazon. What a delight it is. Every time the courier walks down the path with a mystery bag/box it feels like Xmas - maybe it is! Full of quilts and the stories behind them it will be consumed over several weeks and lots of cups of tea.
Another real surprise is the mention of my Mariners Garden quilt pattern on the blog of Penny The Dedicated Appliquist.
Go and have a look at her fantastic site all about applique with a bit of her life thrown in. It's a treat to read. Thanks Penny for mentioning me, I am thrilled. The pattern is available from my SEWnSELL shop and the button's on the side bar.
Penny also put me on to the three new quilt history books available from Amazon at a really good price. If you're interested just scroll back thru a couple of her posts and you'll find it.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

How's this for a new look with my Mariners centre. Kate has added machine applique to four corners and it looks superb. There are so many variations where I wish I had done that and this is one of them.

Janelle from Bathurst is on the home straight with her Ludlow Beauties quilt. Pretty colours and great fabric choices.

Another version of my Fancy Dancing from Jenny. This is a good scrap buster using all those pretty floral fabrics we tend to hang on to. Just add another floral border and you have a double bed quilt. Well done - makes me want to start another one now!
With all this disgusting hot weather I've been in the air-con doing some of my own sewing. A red, white and blue 30's number with a scalloped border and a hexagon medallion to use up all the leftovers from previous quilts. Some pics later when they're nearer completion.
I have also found some embroidered centres for those wedding ring pieces I bought in Houston - more of them later.
I've ordered three new quilt history books from Amazon after reading this. How exciting - two don't come out til next year but that's ok - something to look forward to after Xmas.
The teaching year is coming to a close with Xmas parties being organised all over the place. Some new venues for me next year involving a bit of travelling - I'll keep you posted (so to speak!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Emperors Wheel

Have you seen the latest issue of Aust Patchwork and Quilting? Among other things there's a profile on me and my Emperors Wheel quilt. The photo of me is about 6 years old (how funny) and the interview was conducted via email when we were in Canada earlier this year. Didn't turn out too badly tho I'd had a couple of wines as I was writing! The magazine's photography is first class as always.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Another Mariners centre but this time much smaller. These smiling faces are my weekend class at Quiltsmith in the city with their Mariners medallion centres. Lots of hard work and decision making later they were well on the way to making their own version - some will be way different from the original but that's a good thing. Each quilter's design choices were coming to the fore.

This arrived on Friday in the mail from the US - even better in real life. Aren't they beautiful and it will make a stunning back for something I haven't even thought about yet but like I always say - buy it when you see it and it will come in handy later.

Helen in my Friday class has used the wavy ruler to cut sashing for her quilt-as-you-go project for her grandson. Wish I'd thought of that! Click on the pic to see the lovely log cabin centres.
Another quilt show meeting is coming up and we are ready to take pics of the raffle quilt in preparation for lots of publicity in our local quilt magazines. Keep your eyes out for it.