Monday, December 5, 2011

Batting Comparisons

Linda Steele a well known quilter and machine quilting tutor has taken the time to make samples of quilting using different battings and write about the results.
If you want to save some heartache with your battings bearding read her comments before you quilt that next quilt.   look for the article dated Thursday December 1st 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Grandson's quilt

Two weeks ago we became the proud grandparents of our 10th grandchild Lenny.  He weighed 6lb 15ozs with a shock of dark hair.  We are both enamoured of the gorgeous little man.  Tomorrow we are going to visit and deliver the quilt I have made from him.  It is an I Spy on one side with half square triangles swaures and sashing on the other.  The pattern was from a sheet I got from Spotlight 'Floral Impressions'

Monday, August 29, 2011

Donations to Vic Dog Rescue

Today I finished the binding on the 3rd of 3 quilts I have made and donated to Victorian Dog Rescue.  The VICDRG are having a black tie fund raising dinner at Fenix Restaurant Richmond on September 10th.  I made 1 medium sized wall hanging, one mall hanging and a babies quilt.  Not going to the dinner not our thing anymore.

German Shepherd
Large wall hanging

Cocker Spaniel.
Small hanging Hound Puppy

Mother Goose babies quilt.

These pieces should raise a few dollars for the Dog Rescue and help save abandoned animals.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Leesa Seigele Workshop

I have finished the cushion I started in Leesa Seigele's workshop.  I love dong the paper piecing Leesa's way so neat and tidy, point all match and it's easy.
I am collecting Batiks to make a very colourful version of this pattern with different points.  In the cushion I have used the 5 and 7 points Leesa also uses a 9 point plus smaller versions.  This next project will be my machine project as I am hoping to start a Baltimore for take along hand stitching.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Yesterday (Sunday) I did a workshop with Lessa Siegele OAM from South Australia.  Bay Quilters had invited Lessa to give a talk at our Saturday monthly meeting and teach a paper piecing workshop on the Sunday.  Paper piecing has always been a technique I avoided but after yesterday it is now a technique I will use more in my quilts.

Here are a couple of photos of the work I did yesterday.
Stitching the pieces on the paper

adding the curved pieces

The finished blocks.  Don't know what happened to this photo as it turned while uploading.

As you can see I have not used my usual colour purple.  I will use these blocks and more to make cushions for our caravan.   Julie one the other ladies at the workshop who always uses blue had chosen purple for her fabric.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Melbourne Garden Show

Went to the Melbourne Garden Show on Sunday for the first time.  It was massive needed 2 days to be able to see everything.  Lots of lovely layouts, plants and gadgets for sale.  So many people on the Sunday should have gone earlier in the week.  Follow the link to see the photos I took while there some of the photos are for using in my art quilts looking at texture.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Flaunt March

I put the last stitches in the binding of this quilt last night.  It is for granddaughter Sara for her to use in their caravan.  Big sister suggested Sara needed a quilt as BS had one to use in the van.  I bought the fabrics (all fat quarters) from Hatched and Patched while on SCQ's retreat in Bathurst last year just because I liked them and they fitted perfectly for Sara's quilt.
Cut 2 1/2" strips stitched together in lots of 5 cross cut and restitched.   Had the border fabric in my stash and the backing has lovely purple butterflies on a grey background.  Sue from Cotton Top Quilting machine quilted the quilt with a design called 'Funky Flowers' it looks good.
Looking at the photo I just noticed that one block is upside down.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back from Holiday

We are back from our short holiday to Northern Tasmania, caught up with most of the family and met new grandson.  He is very cute and cuddly.  Took a photo of him on his quilt but he was a little grumpy as he was tired, he is wearing his cute little monkey outfit.

Nana Fran and Phoenix

Big brother Johnathan and little brother Phoenix.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Grandson's quilt

I have finished the quilt I made for Phoenix.  I used fabric the dad said he liked, he actually wanted the nappy bag made from it, but mum to be said NO.
The quilt has 3 different Skull and crossbone fabrics, the lighter one has skulls with bright orange, purple and green eyes, which I have reflected in the fabrics I chose for the 1/2 square triangles.  I machine quilted this quilt with a meandering squiggle from top to bottom.  A lady from my quilt group said it would be my fault is Phoenix has mental problems. lol.  The backing fabric has skulls crossed bone and skate boards scattered over it black background with red and white.

Friday, February 11, 2011

First Flaunt for 2011

Finished 'nappy bag' before baby was born didn't get it posted though, as baby came early.  Phoenix Rand Timmers arrived on Feb 9th weighing 9lb 11oz.
 Mum to be selected fabric a fellow quilter emailed the link to the web page with the pattern found under Tutorial: Hip Mama Diaper Bag.  The bag has 2 pockets on the front one either side a zip pocket on the back and 2 inner pockets one full width of bag the other stitched into 2 pockets finished of with a lovely padded strap.
The parcel hasn't arrived in Launceston yet.  I have about 30cm left to stitch down on the binding of Phoenix's floor quilt and then to get onto other projects that are lining up.