Sunday, 20 October 2013

Fremantle 3rd Placer

I've just realised that I never put a photo of my finished Fremantle quilt on the blog. It will always be one of my favourites, especially as it was inspired by a photo I took on one of my first weekends in Australia. We took the train to Fremantle and I loved the old Victorian buildings, some sadly neglected. I snapped away but somehow the row of buildings in Phillimore Street struck a chord and I always knew that photo would be made into a quilt. Seeing Jenny Bowker's lovely quilts, using kaleidoscope blocks, was the final inspiration. I've been amazed by how many people recognise the location without me giving any hints!

Saturday, 19 October 2013


It's been an exciting couple of weeks...
At the Royal Show my quilt 'Fremantle' won third prize in the traditional category and my 'Crazy Garden' quilt won third prize too, in the mainly applique section.
Now I've just heard that my quilt 'The Purple Heather' has just been chosen by the judges of QuiltWest 2013 as one of the best quilts from WA and is to be hung at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne next April.
The two words 'Competitive' and 'Quilter' don't usually go together but in my case they do! I love entering my quilts and even better, winning with them...

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Stolen Quilt Alert

This quilt was stolen from the Queensland Quilt Show yesterday between 10.30 and 11am. Please spread the word so that the quilt can be returned to it's rightful owner.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Design Wall

I dug out all my Dear Jane blocks today, to put on my design wall so that I can start to moving them around into a colour wash pattern. I haven't looked at them since August!
I'm rather pleased with my design wall as I've improved it no end... I already had the large square board covered with flannel which had leant against the wall in my old house. But when I moved I realised that there wasn't going to be enough wall space for me to attach it to. I searched all over the internet for some sort of support or room divider that I could fix it to, with no joy. Then I had a light bulb moment in IKEA when I saw a clothes rack stand for $9 and thought that would just do the job perfectly! I attached the old design wall onto the clothes rack with plenty of strong tape at the back and it works a treat.

Now it's freestanding and I can move it around easily or put it away when not in use.
It would have been even better if it had wheels though...

Back to normal

Have done very little sewing in the last month as we have just moved into our new house...
managed to get my sewing room in order quite quickly using good old Ikea! They have some very clever storage systems to choose from and I managed to get tons of stuff hidden away. It all looks a bit too tidy at the moment so I need to start making something.....