Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2010

It's Bloggers Quilt Festival time!!!! I've been so looking forward to the festival and getting to see everyone's lovely quilts and reading about them. My entry is called Summer Bubbles. Maybe I should have something a little more autumnal for the festival but it's spring here in Australia and I finished this quilt about this time last year so it's a nice way to celebrate its 1st anniversary. I used a pattern called Ginger Spice by Hugs n Kisses. The original pattern is a baby quilt but I up sized mine to make a queen size quilt. Instead of a jelly roll I used 4 inch strips of Amy Butlers Midwest Modern range and I enlarged the curves and circle sizes as well to keep it all in proportion. . This was such a fun quilt to make. It would be super quick to make if you attached the ric rac by machine and raw edge appliqued the circles. I did both by hand but back then I had more time to enjoy hand sewing in quiet moments. I finished the top but somehow got it into

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Sis Boom Love

Sis Boom Love

I recently received a selection of gorgeous Sis Boom fabrics. I just love the rich colours and exotic and oh so pretty patterns. I couldn't resist getting my camera out and taking a few photos... These fabrics are from past ranges.. So St Croix, Poodle, Dance With Me, Pretty Please - What fun names!! Jennifer Paganelli's new range Queen Street will be out any day now. I'm in love with the Queen Street Quilt showcasing the new fabrics. It's so vibrant and different. My kind've colours!!!

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Winning ways

Winning ways

A huge Thank You to every one who entered my giveaway. In fact Thank You to everyone who has ever left me a comment, and even those who just visit but are too shy to comment, Thank You to you too! The winner of the give-away was Penelope who makes the most amazing sock monkeys!! See them on her blog, Highland Monkeys . They'll make you smile! She's just finished her first patchwork quilt. Maybe Friendship Circle will be her next one. Our class at The Vintage Patch is making Dahlia quilts . I'd spent the couple of weeks since our last class umming and ahhing over what colour combo to use, then yesterday morning half an hour before I was to leave for the class I grabbed this combo... starting with a few gorgeous Sis Boom fabrics, then added some Anna Marie Horner from her Good Folks range and a bit of Kaffe. I guess sometimes choosing colours is about how you feel on the day. It's been a grey rainy day outside today so playing with these jewel tones has been just

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Yippee Yay! Give-aways Here,There and Everywhere!!

Yippee Yay! Give-aways Here,There and Everywhere!!

Another give-away!!! This time it's over at Chris's blog She's celebrating 10,000 visitors to her blog, Patchwork Fundamentals . Add to the numbers, visit her blog , leave a comment and this gorgeous cushion could be yours. My give-away has a few more days... leave a comment by Friday on the give-away post . Yippee! It's a give-away part-ay!! Yay!! Cheers, Rachael

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The Evolution Of A Quilt.

The Evolution Of A Quilt.

My Romantic Dancers Quilt continued... I left you all wondering what I was going to do with the dresden patches... I must admit I had a little hiccup in my plans. I planned to use them in half circles on the red toile around the edge of the center square like the Friendship Circle pattern. I thought that the beige and creams would be enough of a contrast and would stand out against the toile even though the pictures on the toile were a similar colour. When I tried it, it just looked messy. A cup of tea and a rummage through my cupboard and I came up with this tonal red. Another French General fabric from their wonderful Rouenneries range. I still wanted to include my gorgeous red toile so I used it for the middle of the borders. It suits the fabrics better this way. The toile looks more "framed" by the other more subtle fabric. Then I started to wonder about the centers of the dresdens... another cup of tea. I had a circle that I had rejected from the center. I held it u

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My First Ever Giveaway!!

My First Ever Giveaway!!

I've had such a great response to my Romantic Dancers quilt , (thanks everyone), so I've decided to have a Give Away!! It's my first give away so I'm a bit excited about it. The pattern is by Chris Jurd and has the beautiful name of Friendship Circle . I really, really love that name. It makes me want to sew one for all my friends, or do fabric swaps with friends to make these. This is the quilt that started it all. I love the three dimensional feel that Chris has created with her colours. She used bits and pieces from her stash but the circle and dresdens can all be made with one layer cake! Just add a 10 degree wedge ruler or The Wedgie as I like to call it and you can make magic!! The name also resonates with me because I started mine with my sewing friends at a Quilt Camp that Chris Jurd and Anne Murray organised. Here's just a few of the stunners that were made... It makes you dizzy to see so many different combinations!! That's Pam in the middle lo

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Delightful Dogwood and Quilts in the Barn

Delightful Dogwood and Quilts in the Barn

I nearly drove onto the footpath the other day when I saw this stunning tree laden with blossoms. Dogwood or Cornus florida, An absolute favourite of mine. The flowers almost look like a bunch of butterflies. Hmm I wonder what IS the collective noun for butterflies?.. wait a minute while I look it up... Okay, there's a few options - rabble, swarm, flight and kaleidoscope. There you go, You learn a new thing every day! Talking of beautiful things, If you happen to be in Melbourne this coming weekend there'll be lots of amazing quilts to see at the Quilts in the Barn Quilt Exhibition. Believe me if I could zip down I would!!I'd love to see some of Di Ford's quilt's. You can see some on the Threadbare website . If you do have a look check out the one called The Phebe Quilt , it's just amazing! Pop over and have a look at Linda's of Quilts in the Barn blog and you'll get a taste of the stunning quilts that will be on show. The Secret Sewing Sisterhood

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Colourful Endings and Romantic Dancers

Colourful Endings and Romantic Dancers

The quilt officially known as Stash Mish Mash is now finished!! Unofficially I'll probably always refer to it as my Fat Quarterly Quilt Along Quilt. For the binding I chose Amy Butler's Full Moon Polka dots in Tangerine. This is one of those iconic fabrics along with greats like American Jane's Pez and Sis Boom's Nuala Toile. (Sometimes GBF calls me the Nuala Koala because I love that fabric so much!) I'm really happy with the result. The backing also has a citrus feel. I pulled out a few lime fabrics followed by some bright splashes. All out of my cupboard. Isn't it the nicest feeling sleeping under a freshly made quilt? I just know we're going such to have bright colourful dreams sleeping under this. I'll probably be dreaming of my next project... ... which is one that I started at Chris and Anne's Quilt Camp . It's not as colourful but French General's Lumiere De Noel range is a dream to work with. I'm a huge fan of toiles so it w

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