Friday, 31 May 2013

Ten blocks...

Slow but sure.... have now made ten blocks and cut three more ready to go. They really are relaxing to make rather than slaving over a sewing machine!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


My 'Purple Heather' quilt won second place in the All Traditional Professional category at QuiltWest Show today!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Tiny pieces

This is becoming addictive! I'm about to sew a DJ block with tiny, tiny triangles and the section in the photo is only the central bit, measuring 3" finished. I want to hand sew all the blocks but may change my mind later on!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Dear Jane ...


I had a pile of lovely Liberty fabric acquired over the years but could never decide what to do with it. I recently saw blocks that a friend was making in reds and whites from the 'Dear Jane' book and thought that I could use my Liberty fabrics to make a smaller version (the original historic quilt uses 225 tiny blocks!). But now everyone assumes I've started on the whole thing with encouraging remarks so I can't chicken out now! Also another friend has just started the 'Nearly Insane' quilt - a similar historic quilt of 98, slightly larger but more intricate, blocks than the 'Dear Jane' quilt. Add to that, we are rather a competitive pair and so I suspect the race is on!
I always love making small blocks and miniatures and am enjoying the hand sewing ... 5 down and only 220 to go !

Sunday, 12 May 2013

iPad stand

This is getting out of hand... I found this little item on a link from 'The Quilt Show'. It's designed by TeresaDownUnder and is perfect!

I made it using the same fabrics I used for the iPad case so I have a matching set!
Rather than use a stone inside for weight I used six of my husband's golf balls ( he'll never miss them) and was worried that the stand might not be stable but it works perfectly.
I can use it for typing, reading and drawing without having to hold onto the iPad and strain my wrists!

I even have a place to keep my stylus!

Thanks to TeresaDownUnder for sharing her talents.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

All ready to go!

Panic over! Have managed to get my quilt entries finished, labelled and bagged ready for QuiltWest - hand over is next Wednesday ready for the show the following week. It always seems as if I am putting my children in for an examination ...

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

AQC Melbourne

I've been busy lately, firstly with a wonderful week at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, then a break away in Metricup, near Margaret River and now am having a last minute panic getting my QuiltWest entries ready for next week.

I went to the AQC 2013 with three friends, Julie, Carol and Brenda and we signed up for the whole 'Gold Delegate' experience - we stayed at a hotel five minutes away from the venue and had an action packed five days.

We certainly got our money's worth as gold delegates - a welcome cocktail party, two evenings of talks by US tutors, four days of workshops and a gala dinner at the end of it. We were also privileged to have an early bird entry to the vendors and quilt show before the riff-raff were allowed in! Added to that we had constant teas and coffee and a packed snack bag and buffet lunch each day.
We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are going back again next year for the 10th Anniversary of AQC.

The Exhibition Building was an incredible venue and inspiration for future quilts...

I took a three day workshop with Jenny Bowker ('Triptych') which was a design workshop and spent 2 days making a plan for a three panel quilt and only started sewing on the final day! At least I have masses of ideas and plans to go on with. Jenny was a great teacher and it was an honour to see some of her stunning quilts close up.

On the fourth day I took a machine quilting class with Deborah Louie and somehow she managed to get me sewing feathers and flowers by the end of it...

 The talks were by David Taylor and Judy Coates Perez, both from the USA.

All in all it was a great week but we were exhausted by the end of it!