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:

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.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Working on Jane

I forgot how much fun these little blocks were to create. I only have 12 left to do. Not sure if I have time to finish the blocks and quilt the quilt before the quilt show in September... thats the plan for now!

Monday, May 26, 2014

'Second time around' quilt

I've finished my 60's remake quilt with it's big quilting using a lovely dark navy stripe for the binding. After a quick wash in the washing machine and overnight blocking on the floor it's finished.

Here are some close-ups of the 60's fabrics in the blocks. See that little stitched birdie in the middle of the orange block, that was stitched by one of my clever daughters. All three of my girls have spent time doing volunteer work in various countries. Whilst in Uganda Sarah was a little bored in the evenings so she grabbed a needle and some thread and stitched some little pictures. I decided to use this one here as the colours matched perfectly.
Without any lessons Sarah has also stitched a little tree that she wants to enlarge and applique as a bed quilt.
My eldest daughter is an art teacher in Darwin and is about to hold her first exhibition called 'You, Me, Interweave'
Friday, May 30 to June 14th at DVVA.
Here is a picture she painted for me for Mothers Day.
I mustn't leave out my third daughter also very artistic, she made some beautiful quilts when she was younger and now beautifully decorates her travel journals with artworks.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Catching up with Jane!

I can't remember when I started my Dear Jane Quilt. It must be more than 10 years ago, maybe up to 15. I have been thinking about what WIP I could  finish in time for the Toowoomba Quilt Show in September.  I got all the blocks out and took ages laying them out in the same order as they are in Jane's quilt so I could work out which ones I haven't made. As you can see I have added four triangles to the edges to tip the blocks on point. When they are all made I will mix them around before sewing them together. All this because I decided I didn't want to reproduce the original quilt because there are so many around now.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Cut Work Quilt

A lovely friend of mine has been designing and making quilts using the Cut Work Method. She has a lot of beautiful patterns and I am hoping to bring her to Adelaide later in the year to teach her method of sewing multiple layers of fabric together, then cutting away the layers to reveal the fabrics underneath. Adelaide girls let me know if you would be interested in this class!
'Vase of Flowers' by Janet Beard

Friday, April 4, 2014

Aussie Quilters, time to start buying from Australian Quilt shops again!

How many times have I heard quilters guiltily whisper, or sometimes brazenly declare, that they buy fabric from overseas because it is sooo much cheaper! That's their prerogative, that's fine, but I believe it's time to think again my friends.
On our big trip around Queensland last year my very patient husband drove me around to any quilt shop I could Google in every town we visited. It became a regular occurrence that we would turn up at an address and find the shop vacated, no longer in business. As well as disappearing businesses we  also found downsizing businesses, shops that were struggling and had had to move into smaller premises.... pretty sad really.
I feel for the shop owners because I know how much they pay 'wholesale' for fabric, it's usually more or about the same as the US shop owners sell their fabric 'retail'.  It's hard to compete with that!
Well I hope that I can persuade shoppers to start looking back in their local quilt shops again.

Lets start with an average order:

Most US shops will send 6 - 8 yards in a Priority Flat Envelope for $24.00.
That means you need to add the cost of $4 -$3 to each yard that you buy to cover postage.

If you buy 6 yards @ US $11  (add postage $4 per yard)   6 yards X  $15  =  $90 US

The AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR is not so great now!
 So $90 US will be about $97 AUS

We Aussies deal with METRES! US shops charge by the YARD!
6 yards is equal to 5.5 metres
So you have just bought 5.5  metres for $97.
Don't forget to add the currency conversion fee that gets added separately to your bank account, around $3.
You've just spent $100 on 5.5 metres of fabric.

That comes to $18.18 per metre!

Now that's not much less than you pay in your quilt shop for a metre of fabric!
So for  a few dollars isn't it worth rethinking your next online spending spree?
Why not take your $100.00 to a shop where a you can see, feel and touch the fabric, see whats new in the Quilting world, chat with the helpful shop owner and meet with friends.......


Thursday, March 6, 2014


The Toowoomba Quilter's Guild run a challenge every year. This year we were given two fabrics that had to be used in an Owl wallhanging 35" X 12". The entries were amazing and all so different. There are some very talented ladies in this group. I designed a Christmas wallhanging with cute owls sitting in a Christmas Tree. The two fabrics with the teardrops on them were the 'challenge' fabrics.
I didn't win but was happy with my effort! I will write this up as a pattern ready for Christmas.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Big' Stitch Hand-Quilting

I have been looking around at sites that show 'Big' Stitch Hand-Quilting to see if it would suit my 60's quilt. There is a lot of difference in the size of the stitches that people use. Most of the quilting I saw would be better described as 'Medium' stitich quilting.
I've decided to do real big, 'Big' stitch quilting. I found a long, sharp strong needle and a ball of some perle cotton thread. I am making my stitches 'Big' and the quilting is moving along quickly. The main thing to do is keep the stitches as even as possible. I should be able to finish this one off quickly and then get back to a couple of quilts I am trying to 'Small' stitch hand -quilt!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

I love the beginning of a new year. It is generally a quiet time for me so I usually pick a UFO to try and finish. This year I have got out my late MIL's doona cover and am giving it some new life. It is a poorly pieced top with no wadding or backing, bright florals that look like they're from the 60's or 70's.
An old Doona cover
Instead of unpicking each block (they are around 14" finished), I am just cutting all the pieces a little smaller than the original pieces. I drew the pattern up on graph paper and made two templates from templastic. The centre square is 4" square unfinished.
I have an assortment of old fabrics picked up from Op-shops to use as well.
My unfinished blocks are 10 1/2"

Op Shop Fabrics
The two templates placed, ready to cut...
Four blocks remade!