Friendly Friday - Barb of Fun With Barb

Friendly Friday - Barb of Fun With Barb

Today's featured quilter is Barb from Fun with Barb .  And Yes! She really is fun!! Besides being an amazing quilter, she loves a glass or two of bubbly, raises butterflies in the Spring, collects all sorts of wonderful things, really knows how to decorate her home for holidays and cooks mouth watering dishes, in fact you never quite know what fun things will be on her blog, it's always a treat!!. Okay, let's get better acquainted with Barb with a friendly chat... Hi Barb, Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born and raised in Illinois and love the midwest openess and big sky and miss it now that I live in New Jersey. I'm turning 50 years old this year and celebrating in a number of ways, one of which is to make a special quilt for myself. I am an avid reader and like to cook, garden and travel, especially cruising. How long have you been quilting? I stared quilting 22 years ago by making a crib quilt in a sailboat pattern for my baby son, Andrew's fir

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Monday Mixed Bag

Monday Mixed Bag

My Super Fly arrived!!! Sizzling Hot Sis Boom!!! Jennifer Paganelli designs such great fabric!! Lauralee Zebra stripes come in 6 awesome colours!!! I'm so excited about these! I want to use them for everything, quilts, skirts, curtains, cushions, I'd wall paper the house with them if I could!!   These next big bold prints are called Jane. They would make the best border prints and I'm tempted to play around with fussy cutting.  I've also received my copy of Generation Q magazine. This is the first edition of a magazine that has grown from the Generation Q blog. A quick flip through shows lots of interesting articles and funky, modern quilt patterns, one of which is by my talented friend Melissa Peda . If you pop over to see her at 100 Billion Stars  you can see the blog tour dates for Generation Q magazine and Jane Sassaman's latest book, Patchwork Sassaman Style.  Just to prove I've been sewing here's an iPad cover I made a little

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Friendly Friday - Chris Jurd - Patchwork Fundamentals

Friendly Friday - Chris Jurd - Patchwork Fundamentals

Everyone knows I love Chris Jurd, She's an awe inspiring quilter, a very patient teacher with lots of tips and tricks up her sleeve and a fun friend. She's actually the reason I started a blog. I wanted to leave comments on her blog, Patchwork Fundamentals and I was trying to figure out how, so I pushed a few buttons, clicked on a few options and before I knew it I had my own blog. Hi Chris , tell us a bit about yourself? I am a full-time quilt maker, pattern designer and teacher living in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. Twice married with two adult children and have just become a grandmother for the first time. How long have you been quilting? I’ve been quilting since my son was a baby and he’s now nearly 30. I started in the early 80s before rotary cutters came to Australia. We ruled lines and cut with scissors! Seems hard to believe doesn’t it? What enticed you to start quilting? As a stay-at-home mum I looked on it as a way to make some money while at

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Dancing through the Sydney Quilt Show 2012

Dancing through the Sydney Quilt Show 2012

Here we  go - It's the big Sydney Quilt Show 2012 post!!! Shall we start with a bit of dancing to get you in the mood... This is how they kept us early birds entertained as we lined up waiting to get in. Feel free to join in... Autumn Rollover by Pamela Westmacott. All those autumn leaves in the borders are appliqued with some raised for a 3D effect. There's a whisper in the wind that Pam is going to start a blog soon, I'll keep you posted... The Springwood Show Raffle Quilt won a prize!! 4th prize in the Group category.  Here's the block I pieced, now I can say I've exhibited in the Sydney Quilt Show :). The white blocks were perfect for showcasing Suzie Anderson's beautiful quilting The Shire's Preoccupation with Real Estate by Robert James is an unusual name.    It might help explain when I tell you this quilt is made of paper including real estate advertisements. The backing and binding is paper. The wadding is bamboo. 

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Friendly Friday - Suz- PatchworknPlay

Friendly Friday - Suz- PatchworknPlay

Welcome to Friendly Friday- This week I'm featuring Suz of PatchworknPlay . We met when we were both participating in the Doll Quilt Swap 10. Suz made this amazing feathered star that made me sit up and take notice! but it's her down to earth, friendly nature, wonderful sewing projects and a mutual love of the Tour de France that has kept us chatting over time. Here's your chance to get to know Suz ... Hi Suz, Tell us a bit about yourself? I am a 50-something, left handed school teacher from Melbourne. I am a wife to Peter (30+ years!) and Mum to Ben 28 (29 in July) and Daniel 27.  Both my sons live in rented accommodation with their girlfriends. Peter is the cook (a wonderful one, at that!) of our little household, giving me lots of time to sew! How long have you been quilting? I made my first quilt - all by hand, when Ben was a baby! Plastic templates, sand paper, hand stitched and hand quilted.  I do not have that first quilt, it was faded and torn long

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Cutting Corners

Cutting Corners

My design wall is getting crowded...  with   Round Squares!!  These blocks have played on my mind ever since I saw  this quilt  over at Flickr. Normally I would credit the  designer but I haven't been able to find out their name. If anyone knows please let me know :)  I started with my fat quarter set of Summerville fabrics and have pulled matching favourites from my cupboard. I've even cut into some of my very special Tula Pink fabrics... I'm still narrowing down the ideas for the final layout. For the moment I'm just enjoying choosing fabrics and hearing my sewing machine hum! I had some fun mail last week... This sweet Owl arrived from Melody from The House On The Side Of The Hill blog as her May gift in her Year of Gifts. The owl is an original pen and ink sketch on fabric drawn by Michele Palmer . Melody beautifully mounted it in a fabric frame and sent a special hanger so it was ready to go straight on my wall. I've become very

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