Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fairholme Quilt Show 2010

I thought you would like to see some of the quilts from the show. This quilt features appliqued Australian wildflowers. The big red blooms are waratah - the state flower of NSW.

This quilt started with a printed panel which was then cut up and embellished with lots of enbroidery/quilting.

Tiny half inch hexagons appliqued. I think this is a design from Australian Patchwork & Quilting. I really liked the diamond pieced border.

Of all the quilts I saw, this is the one I most wanted to make. A simple design really but beautiful fabrics. I think this pattern is made with a layer cake and maybe a jelly roll.

This was one of two quilts in the same design. The other quilt had the colours reversed - blues on yellow. Foundation pieced and quite a dramatic design. Every point perfect!

Another pretty quilt featuring hexagons. I think this is also a design published in Australian Patchwork & Quilting.

This classic design was rendered in modern fabrics and looked much better than my photo. I really liked this quilt and would like to make it.

This is a such a simple design but the fabric combination/colour makes it something special.

I think this is the New Your Beauty pattern, rendered on this occasion in Japanese prints. It's a stunning design that seems to work no matter what style of fabric you use.

Another example of how a simple design is transformed by the judicious choice of fabrics and placement of colour.

So, congratulations to the Fairholme Quilters for a fantastic show. Visit their blog if you would like to see more.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Let's Celebrate!

Yes' it's my 100th post and we should celebrate with a giveaway!

Thank you so much for the wonderful encouragement and support. Blogging has brought me some terrific friends from all across the globe.

I enjoy immensely the variety of projects you make and interests you share and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my own.

So, to reward you for your perseverance and long suffering I shall be giving this package away to one lucky winner.

Gee Ann, that's fantastic! What do we win?

A Figtree Quilts bag pattern to make five different bags, a Mill House Inn charm pack, an Australian quilt magazine, a wall hanging and some pretty note cards. I'll also include some delicious Australian chocolates.

Two more prizes of some fat quarters and more chocolate (there's a theme developing here) are also on offer.

Wow Ann! How do we enter?

Leave a comment on this post by Friday 30 April, 2010 and don't forget to tell me what style/colour fabrics you would like if you win the fat quarter prize.

The lucky winners will be drawn at random and announced on 1 May 2010.

Good luck!


Friday, April 16, 2010


Nope that's not some secret code but knitting shorthand.

Okay, maybe knitters do have a secret code - either way I picked up the needles after a very long time to make a simple scarf from some terrific yarn.

I wouldn't mind buying a copy of Loani Prior's new book Really Wild Tea Cosies. I love the designs.

My bloggy friend Phyllis spins some beautiful yarn and sells it on her Etsy site.

I'm hoping to visit the Fairholme Quilters Exhibition this weekend. They are a very talented group who make fantastic quilts.

Last, but not least, I have chosen a design for my Simple Abundance layer cake. More about that soon.

Have a terrific weekend!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

You're Invited to a Soiree

I did want any patchworker would do when they can't decide what project to make from *the list*.

I started a completely different one altogether.

Oh well, at least I'm making something and that's a good thing, right?

This is my first foray into Modern Quilting and I'm rather enjoying it. I'm using the leftovers from a honey bun of Soire'e by Lila Tueller for Moda Fabrics.

I made a swap bag from this last year (designed by rachel from p.s.i quilt - she's a quilting rockstar these days) and made a wonderful bloggy friend in Portugal - Ana Maria.

I can see why this white/funky combination is so appealing. It's a fresh, clean look.

In the meantime, I'm changing my mind daily about what to do with my Simple Abundance layer cake. Sigh.

Rachel is using the range to make her pinwheel sampler and Roslyn from bloom made a quilt for Moda Bakeshop with it. Roslyn's blog is simply stunning. She takes such beautiful photographs, has a rose garden to be envious of and makes lovely projects - her stitcheries are perfect!

There is plenty of inspiration and ideas out there. I'm sure I'll find something I just *have* to make.

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sew Scrap Happy

Since I can't decide what project to make next, I thought I would make some more blocks for our swap. I'm having fun using up scraps for these.

Two more sets to go!

This way I can surprise the upcoming winners - they won't know which of these they will be receiving.

If you want to see more blocks from others in the swap, check out our Flickr group.

Happy Stitching,