Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rolling 'Pebble's'

We're back in South Australia now, the move has been quite draining, the boxes still aren't all unpacked... But ... I couldn't resist attending a sewing day run by Wendy Whellum and Mary Rothe. There were 4 patterns that were demonstrated and we could try which ever one took our fancy. I decided to try Wendy's Rolling Stone block but decided to make it as a miniature. Wendy's blocks were 15", my blocks were 4 1/2", much quicker to sew up and very cute!

My Rolling Pebble blocks - 4 1/2" blocks


Wendy's Rolling Stone Quilt - 15" Blocks







Friday, February 27, 2015

Segmentation

Just finished quilting my new Jelly Roll pattern called 'Segmentation'.
Years ago I designed some quilts using leftover 2 1/2" squares. This is an adaptation of one of these patterns but much quicker using strip piecing, and cutting.
The Jelly Roll I used was LOL by 'Me and My Sister'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bluebird Park Bunting

The Bluebird Park Panel can be made into a cute vintage bunting. Use the large square of feature fabric as backing for the bunting rectangles.

 I sewed this together yesterday - quick and easy!




 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blended Star Quilt- First prize in a raffle!

I am running a raffle for our charity - SOUP - Supporters of Uganda's Poor.
Tickets will be $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
There are  4 prizes to be won.
First prize is the cream quilt above. The top was made by my friend Cathy. I added the final border, then another friend quilted it for me, Elaine Pellatt from Quilting in the Vines in McLaren Vale. It is a large single bed or small double bed size.
Second prize is the Dinosaur cot quilt made by another friend, Rosemary Turner!
Rosemary also made the third and fourth prizes, the table-runner and the ladies bag.
Please contact me if you would like to purchase some tickets.
The proceeds from the raffle will go towards building a cottage for widows and orphans.

Second Prize
Third Prize
Fourth Prize


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Miniature wall

I have finished another miniature to add to my sewing room wall.The strips are 1/2" wide finished.
It's nice to finish something quickly but I must get back to some larger quilts that need finishing!





Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Merry Christmas Garden

Finished my first two blocks of Gail Pan's 'A Merry Christmas Garden' blocks.
I love the birds, they're so cute!





Sunday, November 16, 2014

Festival of Quilts 2014

Congratulations to my friend Janette Haynes who won 1st Place in the category 'Amateur - Predominantly Applique', for her quilt 'Pink Indulgence' at the Adelaide Festival of Quilts 2014
This quilt is beautifully hand appliqued and hand quilted and was designed by Janette. 

See other winners at:

http://www.saquilters.org.au/photo-gallery.htm


Friday, October 10, 2014

Little Wall Quilt

 I have been so busy leading up to and during our local show preparing for my stand. After it was all over I started tidying up my messy sewing room and came across this box of fabrics I once had great plans for. I had been collecting marone and cream fabrics to make a large quilt for my parents. There was going to be appliqued roses and I had started on a border of 100's of half square triangles. That was probably around 15 years ago. Since then my Mum fell in love with a Lone Star I was making and I gave them that quilt instead.  As I had one evening to myself I thought I would make a quick little something for me, the half-square triangles were already sewn together so this would be quick!
A quick search amongst my now preferred fabrics,  Reproductions, yielded a lovely little stripe and a floral just right for the centre. In an evening this little miniature was sewn, quilted and bound!
Now, back to work, I have a retreat to attend in a week!

               


My wall of miniatures

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Getting ready for Christmas!

I have been making some quick Christmas items. I have a little panel that is so cute with little reindeers and Santa on it. First idea was to cut it up and sew it back together again! This looks OK but was a bit too fiddly because the meausurements on panels are never regular. So then I tried just adding borders and this looks great and is much easier. Go to my Website for kits!









The second panel to cut up was 'In from the cold' by Kate Spain. This made up 4 placemats and 8 coasters in nice bright Christmas colours with the addition of pale grey and aqua-green.



These items match nicely with last years quick Christmas project, the stockings also by Kate Spain!



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fast and Fabulous Quilt

This is about the 8th quilt I have made with my Fast and Fabulous pattern. 9 of the fabrics are Tilda and 3 are matching fabrics. After putting on the border I felt the top needed something, the lace around the border was perfect to separate the top and the border.





Monday, July 28, 2014

Butterfly Quilt

I have been working on a quilt to be raffled for DEBRA, (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association), a not for profit volunteer based organisation that does not receive any direct Government funding.
I have stitched butterflies similar to their logo flitting over the quilt with some flowers similar in design to the butterflies.


 The quilt has turned out quite pretty and feminine, I think a little too much to appeal to a lot of people, so now I have decided to donate another quilt to the raffle, something with wider appeal.

There is a lovely potted plant as second prize. You will find these in the waiting room at St Vincent's Hospital Toowoomba. Tickets $2.00 each.
Contact me if you would like to buy a ticket!
Meanwhile, the pretty butterfly quilt will be put await for a baby quilt.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Little Sister comes of Age!


The Little Sister comes of Age! 
Hand appliqued, pieced and quilted by Wendy Whellum. 
This week in Sydney Wendy won two awards for her stunning quilt: 
Best Handmade quilt  
3rd in Traditional professional class
It's taken 5 years for Wendy to complete this gorgeous quilt, not that she's slow... she reproduces or designs and makes many beautiful quilts every year. She uses the 'Backbasting ' method for all her applique and travels around Australia sharing her skills. 
 Congratulations Wendy! The awards are well deserved!
Check out Wendy's blog: Legend and Lace to read about this quilt.



Wendy working on The Little Sisters quilt in front of some of her beautiful applique quilts.