My Mariner's Compass Is Taking A New Direction.

My Mariner's Compass Is Taking A New Direction.

Here's the mariners compass I've been working on in my classes with Chris Jurd . I'd been a bit baffled as to what colour fabric I should sew it onto. I was thinking along the lines of blues ,the right shade of green, maybe a pale yellow... Chris and I took it to the shelves of The Vintage Patch where our classes are held, and started our search... Lots of great choices but nothing really popped... Until this Kaffe Fasset purple dahlia fabric, which dosen't just pop but snaps and crackles as well! I would never have thought it but once we'd seen that combo everyhing else we tried just looked plain. I haven't sewn the inner circles together yet... I'll make sure those green and white spots aren't near each other. I'm yet to do the teeny weeny circle for the middle, I'm thinking a little yellow flower, but I'll make up my mind when I've done the applique. I've started cutting out the appliqué for the corners... This is where

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My Quilt History- Part 5 -Strawberries on Ice

My Quilt History- Part 5 -Strawberries on Ice

I made this top in just one day just after Christmas 2008. I used a pattern from Material Obsession's first book called Retro Starburst by Kathy Doughty. The big strawberries are by Marimekko whose bold designer fabrics I love. We had big 70's flower Marimekko curtains in my childhood home so once again nostalgia plays its part. The big Blue flower and Love Birds panels are hand printed by Prints Charming which I'd happily discovered had their studio about 5 minutes from where I lived in Sydney. There's a few others of their fabrics as well. I just pulled the rest of my fabrics from my stash and started sewing. I finished this quilt top in 1 day but embarrasingly it's taken a year and a half to get around to quilting it. It was the first quilt I free motion quilted using my new Pfaff sewing machine. To be honest I'd put it off because I needed to unpick the borders and to fix up some puckery and wavy bits. The red spots I'd used as interes

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New Blog for The Springwood Community Quilt Show.!!

New Blog for The Springwood Community Quilt Show.!!

A couple of weeks ago I had the honour of being invited to join the Springwood High School Community Quilt Show Committee. I know it's going to be a fun and interesting experience. It seems like the Quilt Show has just finished but work has already begun for the 2011 Show to be held the weekend after Easter , Friday 29 th April - Sunday 1st May. The inaugural post for The Show's blog has been posted. What a great idea!! We all go to quilt shows but this way you can see a bit of what happens behind the scenes and during the lead up to the show and everyone can be part of the journey. The first post has sneak previews of the 2011 show's raffle quilt. Go and have a look... springwoodquiltshow.blogspot.com ... and be part of the fun!!! cheerio

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Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair 2010

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair 2010

I mentioned in an earlier post that the Sydney Craft and Quilt Show at Darling Harbour was where I first decided that I would make a quilt so when I go each year it feels like an anniversary celebration. It was a magical sunny, blue sky day. Hard to believe it's the middle of winter. I arrived nice and early on Sunday morning. A great time to go as there weren't the crowds that we waded through last year on a Friday. I had planned to just look at the quilt show and not look at the shops but seeing as there was room to wander and browse I couldn't resist. I just bought a few little fat quarters for nothing in mind other than being a bit different or a super bargain. I visited all my favourite stalls. Quilter's Barn for their beautiful Yuwa fabrics and they're always so friendly. Punch with Judy who have every sundry for quilting, where I bought some glass head, extra sharp pins. I have a bit of a fetish for pins. I love having all the different types for diffe

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My Quilt History Part 4- Afternoon Tea with The Birds

My Quilt History Part 4- Afternoon Tea with The Birds

While I was was giving my sewing machine a good work out on other projects, my quieter moments were spent stitching hexagons. Measuring 3 inches along the sides, they were pretty big which meant fast to make and perfect for featuring the novelty fabrics I'd been collecting. Making these brought back happy memories of basting hexagons for my Grandmother. I was too young to think of it at the time but I don't know what she used them for, and no one seems to know. They were most likely charity projects as my grandparents were very involved with the church. My aunts say she used to make suffolk puff bed spreads but strangely no one knows what happened to them either. What a shame!! I pretty much just used bits of all the blue and yellow fabrics in my stash with some bits and pieces given to me by a friend from her stash. I like the way there are prints from different eras and styles. It wasn't until I was laying out my basted hexagons that I noticed how many birds and fo

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My Quilt History- Part 3, Christmas Capers

My Quilt History- Part 3, Christmas Capers

I really can't remember what I was searching for but one day I found this rodeo Santa fabric on Ebay. Of course I had to have it! Soon I was prowling the internet for more fun, modern Christmas fabrics to make a festive quilt. This is one of the most common layouts for a quilt but I felt a little bit of pride in figuring out all the measurements and how I would sew it together. Learning new words as I went along like "sashing" and "cornerstones". I especially love my "piano key" border. The Michael Miller dots really bring the quilt together and make it quite sparkly. I had some of the Mexican skull fabric that I couldn't help putting in. They're not Christmassy but they give it a twist in a festive way. When I made this quilt we were living in a one bedroom apartment with no design wall, just the good old floor. Laying out a quilt would take up the whole living room area. I saved it to make one weekend when GB

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My Quilt History- Part 2, A Pair of Lappys

My Quilt History- Part 2, A Pair of Lappys

Excited by my new hobby I decided to make some lap quilts for my mother and step-father, Stephen as Christmas presents. They have a lovely garden so I used that as my inspiration. Stephen grows vegetables and herbs and l actually managed to find fabrics featuring veges. I soon learnt you could find almost anything you can think of on a fabric. I started collecting lots of novelty prints of all sorts of fun themes. You'll see lots of them in my next few quilts. I used the Turning Twenty pattern in which you get the same number of fat quarters as blocks (usually 20, hence the name) and cut them each in the same way then swap bits around. I guess that's what they call stack and slash. It was a step up from squares and got me thinking about how measurements work, and gave me practice cutting more accurately. I thought 9 was a comfy lap size. The block size is 16 inches plus a 3 inch border so they came out to 54 inches square. I really like the way the blues and purples work

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