Monday, October 25, 2010


Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment on my blog. It's lovely to hear from everyone especially the newbies who have finally taken the plunge - you know who you are! And thanks to all the "lurkers" as well.
Check out my op-shop find of the week - a quilt. Someone said it was just what I need!
In our little strip of shops we have three op-shops - what does that say about our area I wonder. As well as some really good linen pants and a top I scored this blue and white quilt. I hope Lonza, whose name was on it with the date 1997 will know it has gone to a good home. The piecing is perfect and the colours divine.

The latest quilt show meeting was at my house last Thursday evening and Petal bought the finished quilt along. Isn't it amazing. Check out the blog for the show in the coming days for more news.
We have several followers already and one of them is from Norway! How exciting is that. Hope they can come over for the show in April 2011.
 This pic is the start of five Noodle Box quilts from my Berrima class. They are all different but will come together beautifully - top right is Xmas-themed and you can see the violin in the centre. Bottom left is Tamsin's from the shop and she's using Clarice Cliff fabric in the quilt for her mum.
I'm off to Orange again this weekend for two days of NYB classes. Hope it's a bit warmer than last time!
And have a look at my class schedule on the sidebar for new classes coming up next year - maybe I'll see you sometime.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

We have a result!

No it's not The Bill (alas may it RIP). The random number generator chose comment number 7 from the list posted by Helenclare. Please send me your address so I can post the cushion cover. Hope it suits your decor.
And thanks to all who left a comment. More tomorrow with some pics.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's contagious

Rachael is having a give-away so I thought I might do the same to celebrate the fact I have had 10,000 visitors to my blog! I find that amazing when there is so much to look at on the web. Thanks everyone who has visited.
The prize is the cushion cover featured as a project for Australian Country Craft and Decorating earlier this year.
It's made from the first French General range and is 20" square. It has a fold-over back using a beautiful linen toile from the range.
Just leave me a comment and you'll go in the draw  for Sunday afternoon.
Overseas entries are welcomed.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Class pics

These are from classes last week. Clever girls aren't they!

Hop on over to Racheal's blog Blue Mountain Daisy as she's having her first give-away.
And the prize is one of my patterns. What a lovely girl she is.
And thanks to all those who voted for my Noughts and Crosses quilt.
I didn't win but it was a bit of fun. The winner looks a bit like a Sue Cody quilt.

Friday, October 15, 2010

New patterns

I've just added three new patterns to my on-line shop
Chris Quilts. This one is called French Circle and is a 30" wide table topper that could also become the centre of a medallion quilt. It uses the 10 deg wedge ruler. 

This quilt is called Friendship Circle and ends up 50" square.
Again it uses the 10 deg wedge ruler and a dresden ruler for the borders
tho the dresden ruler is not essential as there is a template in the pattern.
This is my Birds in Paradise quilt which was a prize-winner at the 2010 Sydney Quilt Show.
It is 60" square and foundation-pieced using those fabulous New York Beauty blocks.
Tho not difficult it's not for the faint-hearted either and needs a good degree of accuracy
for the best result. All these patterns are available now here.
Now for the fun bit. Have a look at the Quilting Gallery and this weeks contest for scrap quilts.
I have posted my Noughts and Crosses quilt and feel free to vote for it at the end of all the entries.
There are some real scrap-busters featured.
In the post today was the current issue of Quilters Newsletter and who should have a project featured but our own Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession. Well done Kathy.
Did I tell you I slept in the same room as Kathy when I was at Quilt Week in Toowoomba!!
Pity she'd already gone home by then.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Class on fire

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better,

to paint a picture or write a letter,

bake a cake or plant a seed,

ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,

with rivers to swim and mountains to climb,

music to hear and books to read, friends to

cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there

With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,

A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.

This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

old age will come and it's not kind.

And when you go - and go you must -

You, yourself, will make more dust

Don't you just love that - it's from an old song apparently and how true it is - could be my motto!

Here's a quilt made from suffolk puffs - 1/2" ones. It was given to Gail by her husband's family after they found it in the back of a cupboard. It meausre 36" square. Amazing!

I found this in a folder recently - for our sewing group Xmas party a couple of years ago we were to bring along a self portrait. Only two of us were brave enough to rise to the challenge and this is mine. It says it all.
Here are some pics from class yesterday at The Vintage Patch. What a laugh we have in that class - it's hardly work for me and the girls all get on so well. They all came in with heaps of show and tell - they've all been really productive lately and demanding a new project for next time - no pressure!

Another mammoth effort - 400 miniscule suffolk puffs!! Sue made this for a friend - can I be your friend Sue?

Lorraine's Deauville quilt top - and how much does she love handpiecing - not much.

This is "suffolk puff sue" with her Lollipop trees BOM from Material Obsession. I didn't realise the blocks were so big. She's doing them quilt-as-you-go and they look great

Rachael's Fat Quarterly quilt-a-long is finished and it's huge. A real eye-spy quilt.

Lorraine's table centre from the last camp project - try and ignore the cot quilt background.

Rachael and Janice being silly as usual but don't their centres look amazing.
Don't forget to look at the Springwood Quilt Show blog to see the latest on our raffle quilt. Rachael has an interview with Petal Davies the designer of the quilt. There's a link on my sidebar or click here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I'm home!

What a great two weeks it's been. First to Toowoomba for my two days of classes. The girls really sewed their hearts out and produced some stunning pieces by Friday afternoon. Lisa was the best hostess ever. Talk about organised for teachers and students alike. The catering by the church ladies was gourmet standard and we all ate way too much. Every time we turned around it was time for more food!
These were left from Kathy Doughty's classes - fabulous.

How's this stunner from Peggy who came all the way from Emerald - 8 hours drive - to attend the week of classes

This background fabric in several colourways proved very popular for several Mariners

I might have even bought some of the green version!

This wasn't all Bronwyn made over the two days but she sure was happy with it.

Next year's event looks to be even bigger and better and I've been invited back - how cool is that.
Hubby met me in Toowoomba and we spent a week vegeing (??) out in Noosa - bliss. A visit to Eumundi markets is always on the agenda and I came away with the wallet a good deal lighter. Now it's back to work next week on the downhill run to Xmas - perish the thought.

Have you seen the latest issue of Aust Patchwork and Quilting. I have this quilt featured in it as a project for hand-piecing.
The quilt includes a lot of kimono fabric which I purchased from KimoYES in Canberra. Beautiful original pieces from Japan and the prices are very reasonable with lots of choice. It's hard to resist I can tell you. Check it out.