Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Just a few pics today from recent classes....
Judy's Deco Lamp

Michelle's NYB top
 Jenny's version of Friendship Ring
Another Jenny holding Sue's Supernova Leftovers top

This is my project for our up-and-coming quilt camp workshop - the old feathered star block. Nice and big at 24" - hope it's a hit with the troops!
And another project I'm working on at the moment is this block I've named Atomic. I found it in an old book on star quilts and redrew it in EQ7. Black and white backgrounds with brights for all the other pieces and black/grey for the connecting squares. Not sure how many blocks yet but they are 20" so I won't need too many.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Giveaway winners!

The winner of my Snowball pattern is Pam from Quiltsomore!

The 1800s Sunflower pattern goes to Kathie from Inspired by Antique Quilts

and the Hatchet pattern goes to Tinac (no blog).
Well done and thanks for all the lovely comments I received.
If you didn't win one of these patterns they are all available now in my etsy shop.
I'll be in touch with the winners to send me their mailing address.
I'm off to Port Douglas for a week of R & R - can't wait!
While I'm away check out the Bernina on-line magazine - good stuff!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gwen plus giveaway!

Here she is in person! What a great day I had.
Funny, tiny, generous, clever, sweet - I could go on and on. It was such a pleasure to meet Gwen Marston and even better to have a whole day with her.

(Apologise for the terrible pics.) Here she is with Rachael's medallion. We both got the tick of approval for our efforts.

Rachael, Erica and Stephanie at the end of our class. These girls had two days with Gwen and made mini quilts using solids on day one.

This is my medallion liberated-style. And it was liberating with points chopped off and all things wonky. Not like me at all but I loved the whole process and can see this happening more in my work.

It's quite hard being wonky on purpose!

Check out this star! Kebabs anyone?
And here we all are with the superstar!
All in all it was good to be a student again and thanks Cottage Quiltworks for hosting the party.
This is my 203rd post and I planned on having a giveaway when I got to 200. Missed that completely! So here it is now.
The three patterns below have just been listed in my etsy shop and I have one of each to give away. Just leave me a comment saying which one you'd like and why.
SNOWBALL - Quilt makes up to be 66" square. Blocks are 9".
Great vintage block foundation pieced to be a great scrap buster. Fabric strings of varying widths are sewn on the foundation and the 1/4 circles are appliqued on two block corners.
Would look great in any fabric combination and it's a great opportunity to use up some fabrics from the scrap basket.
Pattern contains written instructions, template and foundation for you to copy or trace.
Quick and easy sewing!         

1800s SUNFLOWER - Quilt makes up to 74" square. Blocks measure 15".
16 hand pieced (English-style over paper) and hand appliqued "flower" blocks make up this interesting quilt.
Sashing is foundation pieced and features stars as the cornerstones. The design will use up lots of scraps from the stash and the block backgrounds can be pieced to maximise fabric usage.
Pattern contains extensive written instructions and diagrams plus the foundation pattern for the sashing for you to copy or trace.

HATCHET - Quilt measures 71" square. Blocks measure 19".
For fans of foundation piecing but includes some applique for the scallops in the block centres and the "ears" on the block corners.
Great way to use up some scraps from your reproduction collection but looks just as good in batiks or brights.
The pattern contains extensive written instructions and diagrams, applique templates and block and sashing foundations for you to copy or trace.         
I'm happy to ship O/S and I'll pick the winners this weekend.
So lets see who's interested!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Class pics

 I've been out and about quite a bit lately - last weekend to Hobbysew in Belconnen a suburb of Canberra. It was a bit chilly to say the least and hubby had fun trying to fish in Queanbeyan. No fish for dinner tho! 
Over the two days we did some blocks from the Lots of Dots quilt and an introduction to those wonderful New York Beauty blocks. What fun! I think a few students were hooked on the whole process of foundation piecing - just need them to send me some pics of the finished article.

Recently I did a one-day class with a group from Camden Quilters. They were tackling my Chocolate Stars quilt with great results. It's a big project for one day so we did a bit from each section of the quilt starting with the centre star. Lots of great fabric combinations as you can see.

A long-time student and friend Jenny has just completed her Lots of Dots quilt top. Wow! Try and get some close-ups of the circles as she's gone over the top with fussy-cutting and it looks fantastic. The background fabric is just perfect for this quilt. There'll be more and better pics when she's finished quilting and I'm working on getting her to join the Quilters Guild and exhibiting at next year's show.  

I encourage all my students to send me pics I can show on the blog and here's one from Judy who's done my Art Deco Lamp wall-hanging. Doesn't it look great. It's such a graphic block that makes a big impact whenever I see it made up.

This one's from Sue who started the Supernova blocks at quilt camp last year. The background fabric has  text and pictures on it and is really interesting up close. Sue's a very good machine quilter on a domestic machine - can't wait to see what she does with this one.

Do you read Erica Spinks' blog? You should pop on over, scroll to the end of the post and follow the link she's found to the V&A site about x-raying quilts. Very interesting.
Next post I'll be releasing some new patterns - just need some decent pics first.
AND I just realised this post is # 202. I really meant to have a giveaway for the 200th so I'll organise that too. Stay tuned!