Playing Favourites...

Playing Favourites...

Mary of Molly Flanders  recently posed the question  "What is your favourite quilt?" I've wondered about it for a couple of days and have narrowed it down to 4 quilts... here they are.. quick, before I change my mind and think of other favourites :) First up is the very first quilt I made.  Whenever I pull this quilt out to use I still stop to admire the fabulous fabrics and colours. These fabrics are the reason I'm a quilter. I couldn't resist those big, bright modern patterns, I just had to use them to make something! This quilt is simply called The Rachael Quilt and will always be special because it started me on my quilting journey.  My next favourite quilt , Lucky Dip, was my first exploration into liberated quilting.  I'd bought Gwen Marston's Liberated Quitmaking book . The next day I start sewing scraps together. I became obsessed and 3 weeks later I had a finished quilt.  Lucky Dip is such a big, colourful scrappy co

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Heroes

Heroes

When Le Challenge announced their recent theme of Heroes I honestly thought I might skip this one. Heroes just didn't spark any inspiration. I did try to get enthused by pulling some Superman fabric out of my stash. It just sat there on my cutting mat... In the meantime I did a tutorial about how I applique circles... I figure I had to use that sample circle for something and not let it go to waste.   I have way too many quilts on the go so I thought to myself , Why not make a scarf?   So I did... I was cutting out circles when Superman called out and said he wanted to be included in my scarf. You can't argue with Superman.  So the Man of Steel got to be part of the bubbly fun. *** Last week had an interesting turn of events. Tuesday was just a blur of fire engine sirens as a nearby part of the Blue Mountains was ravaged by bushfire. We packed our bags in case we needed to evacuate.    The fires burned more than 1

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Thrifty fun.

Thrifty fun.

Who can resist a rainbow of colours I certainly couldn't, especially when I saw this swatch of colours was only $2.50!! The pieces were 2.5 x 6 inches.  I cut them into squares, then sewed diagonally to make half square triangles.  It was a good excuse to use my Bloc Loc HST ruler.  The ruler 'locks' onto the seam and stops the square moving as you trim it. It's nice to know your fingers are well away from the blade as you cut small pieces. The easy to read measurements make accuracy a breeze.    It really did make trimming those little squares easier. For the layout I went for a very random look and then added a black border to frame all that colour. The finished size is 14 inches. I'm currently quilting it by sewing little french knots at the corners of each square.  I've also been playing with old jeans.  Roughly cut and pieced. I love the way the shades of denim look so calm.    A perfect contrast for the

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