Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kind deed

To start the day here's a link to lots and lots of tutorials for quilts and related projects. You could spend quite a while just browsing and I'm sure you'd come up with something new.
Now for the eye-candy:
Coral from Hobbysew

Barbara from Hobbysew

The start of Daphne's lovely quilt for her grand-daughter

Lovely Lurley in paradise

For our Cotton Reel Quilters Xmas party we had to bring a block that starts with the first letter of our name - here's my Circular saw block - groovy! 24" across - I found it in a book of 5000 blocks and drew it up in EQ. Easy piecing too.
Have you seen Barbara Brackman's blog? Always interesting with lots of quilt history and links to antique quilts. WELL! Her latest post talks about a quilt block that goes by various names - Botch Handle is one of them. I just happened to have made a quilt for my son using the same block - mine was called Devils Claw. I sent Barbara a pic and she's put it in her post with a very kind link back to me! What a lovely lady - thanks Barbara. It is an easy block to sew - 16" so nice big pieces and looks so graphic.

Monday, November 22, 2010

More class pics

2 posts in one day only because I couldn't get all the pics in the one post for some reason. These are all versions of my Noodle Box quilt from Sunday's Berrima class. The noodle boxes will be more evident when their tops are are trimmed of course. The 1st one we thought we'd rename the Honey Pot quilt. Those bears in the middle will be doing high-5's when the other blocks are added.
Beautiful work from a lovely group of really happy campers.

Class pics

Check out the bulldogs on motorbikes!

Kay's beautiful, soft medallion - all those hexagons.

Jennifer won the race at Berrima this weekend with a great finish

Love the colour contrast in Dianne's WIP

Soft and pretty

This and the following pic are both from Sandra - put your sunnies on!

Lots of variety from the Birds in Paradise class which finished at Berrima this weekend.
I'm not back there til February next year starting with the circle sampler AKA "Lots of Dots".
If the truth be known I'm still writing the patterns for the 26 blocks in the quilt - as Tam said yesterday That's Ok I only need to be a day ahead of my students!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


He looks so cute doesn't he? But in reality he is a vicious predator who has killed and dismembered seven of our chooks. They died a horrible death and we set a trap - who would have thought we'd get a spotted quoll. One down from Tasmanian devils in the ferocity stakes. He's gone to a wildlife park and no relatives have shown themselves so it's time to get some more girls.

This is Sue's quilt from August's quilt camp - the centre is perfect and will soon be repeated in a
wide border. Just beautiful.

How could such an ugly plant produce such beautiful flowers. It is virtually growing in cement and hardly gets watered and there were 13 blooms on it. They don't last long but are perfumed and so lovely.

This stunner belongs to Sonia from Bathurst. It has been an exercise in challenging herself to get out of the "pink and green" comfort zone. And tho it's taken a while to complete - the girl has kids and also goes to work - you must agree it's  sensational - so graphic. Just needs a final small black border and she's sweet!
I have been flat out lately writing patterns for four up-coming magazine projects and quilting my Lots of Dots quilt in readiness for January's classes. It's hard to stay inside on a day
like today when it's such beautiful weather.

Remember this quilt? Here's the email I received from Dawn in NZ:
"Hi Chris I completed my quilt earlier this year and you have placed it on your blog...WELL....just to let you know that I entered my version of Pickled Lillies into the Auckland Calico Christmas Show for this weekend and have won 3rd prize in the small bed quilt section. I am over the moon as this is only the second time I have entered quilts. Thank you so much for your design and challenge."
I'm really happy to receive pics of finished quilts made from a pattern of mine and it's so exciting when one wins a prize. Well done Dawn.