Monday, April 30, 2012

The Same but Different

Saturday was a trip to Catlemaine for the Applique Society bi-monthly meeting.It was a beautiful blue sky and sunny day. The first photo is part of the Birds of a Feather quilt, with a dark background and vibrant colours, really lovely.

The second quilt is one of Annie Downs designs, the two ladies holding it up got rather wrapped up in it trying to show it both ends of the room at the same time.

This was a beautiful basket quilt with great cheddar coloured fabric and made by Fiona Lindsay

The next quilt I don't know the name of but as you see is absolutely lovely.*It is called Queen Daisy by Susan Smith.

Merri and I decided to show our quilts together and although basically the same pattern so different in colour. It was wonderful seeing them both together. 

After lunch we had a long visit to the patchwork shop and to finish the meeting off I won a door prize, a bundle of fabric donated by Corliss of Threadbear.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

At the machine

Since finishing off my Mary Brown quilt I've spent a lovely week at the sewing machine, stitching a quilt for my GD to hang in her bedroom. I bought the pattern and kit from Material Obsessions recently and started it as soon as it arrived.
It is called Hooterville. Most of the applique is felted wool in very bright colours and the butterflies were my addition, fussy cutting them from a fabric I had in the cupboard. The owls and birds still need eyes, the flowers, birds and leaves all have material added on top along with embellishing stitches. I have machine buttonholed all the wool applique which was simple and quick and the hand sewing will be a nice change too.

We have the wettest, coldest day for a long time. I kept having a look at the thermometer which hangs outside but can be seen without having to go out. It sat on 7C for almost all of the day. I'm not a winter person.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


The wind blew, the sun came out and cast shadows then a peg came undone. I need a couple of tall people to hold it up for a decent photo.  At least you get a look at my finished Mary Brown.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Yesterday, I went to this lovely old building,The Royal Exhibition building in Melbourne for the annual Australian Quilt Show. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and blue skies as you can see.

Here are a few of the quilts on show. The majority of the photos are by one person and I've included the information on a couple of them so you can get an idea of what these quilts are.

and a close up of a tiny part. It is all needleturn applique. Each and every little piece of fabric, some no bigger than the head of a pin.


This is  just a small piece of another one.

They were all amazing.

Nearly Insane by Tara Sniedze. I have seen a few of this pattern but never made with a light coloured sashing and border. It was really lovely.

This had been made by Chris Jurd. A real eye catcher.
I bought some fabric,some felted wool, a few ready made perplex templates and a bag pattern which unfolds to be an ironing pad for the 'away from home' sewing days, and as a bag holds your iron. I think I now have a bag for everything. 

I had a request to change my heading photo by Julie. She requested my Antique Sampler quilt and I'll change it over, when I take a more recent photo of it, now that it is quilted.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Little Bit More

Another little piece of my Mary Brown quilt. In the small border between the centre of the quilt and the outer applique blocks I asked Katrina to quilt large feathers, between my black applique feathers. I wanted to do Trapunta,
in other words, stuff them. This is a rather slow process but I have finished one side. I think the photo shows it up quite well and I'm really pleased with the effect it gives.

Just 3 more sides to go, then I'll show it .