Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flood auction

As you probably know there are on-line auctions going at the moment with proceeds to help the Qld flood victims. You can read about Toni's here. One of the auction items is a quilt (there will probably be lots of them) made by Donna at and she's used one of my patterns - Easy Medallion. She's done a lovely job and it could be yours in the auction. Just read her post for details on how to enter.

I've just had two days at Blueberries at Wyong teaching Lots of Dots and the Emperors Wheel quilt. These are pics from the class and everyone sewed their hearts out I can tell you.
In the top pic the blocks at bottom left and top right are the same blocks from the quilt but with different fabrics used they look completely different don't they.

Here's one from my design wall that I've been working on for  the last year on and off (more off than on I guess). It's a good scrap-buster and the next border is all hexagons and finishes
@ 8" wide so there's lots more to do.

Have you seen this book-azine in the newsagent lately? I put it in my husband's stocking for xmas but it was one of those presents you buy for someone then claim as your own! It's put out by Frankie magazine who describe themselves this way -
frankie magazine is a national bi-monthly based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are.
The book is a collection of pics and bios on people and their spaces - craft, home, work etc and is real eye-candy. No minimalists here but lots of vintage/retro/Scandinavian decorating ideas - I'm so glad I bought it for him/me.

Now I am really excited about this pic. I have been working on this over the break and designed it using EQ7. You can play with different colourways in the program but I was stuck with the background setting for the star. UNTIL.................... I printed the setting blocks to the correct size using the fabrics I had in mind and did a mock-up on the design wall with the border fabric pinned in place. The star and the centre are fabric and the setting square and triangle on the left side are paper!
How's that for clever - no wasting the fabric by making different versions to see how they look and if you don't like it just change colours and print some more. The more I use EQ the more I'm learning and applying to my quilt making. Now I can go and buy the fabric I need.


  1. Ooh! I'm loving the way this is progressing, Chris. Clever idea to print out the settings.

  2. me encanta tu blog que bien trabajsa los diseños estupendos

  3. Oh my golly goodness!!! They say a photo is worth a thousand words, well there's a zillion words of fabulocity this in this post. That star is just awe inspiring, so clever to print out the paper bits. I love Frankie magazines!!

  4. I love the class blocks...esp the ones you pointed out! Your quilt looks great! I'm envious of that bookazine...I love peeking into peoples' homes. 0:D Your new block is so intricate! Great idea with the paper!