Monday, October 23, 2017

Auntie Heather's Quilt: her 90th birthday present, October 2017

Here is Auntie Heather's Quilt. She likes Autumn colours and is celebrating her 90th birthday, the matriarch of the clan. I've been working feverishly on it because her birthday was last Saturday. It won't be very late. It's a coverlet (two layers and no wadding) because she lives just outside Brisbane and there's not much call for warm things in the tropics.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Marcelle's Mug Bag, 9 October 2017

I've made so many of these mug bags for gifts over the years and I always thoroughly enjoy doing them. I like to match the fabric to the mug carefully and make the lining of the bag pop. It's rarely that I can perfectly match a fabric with a mug and a person. I think this one does it. Found the mug in Vinnie's this morning, knew it would match the fabric beautifully and have a friend's daughter coming back to work from a holiday in New York soon. Each of the sides is fussy cut to show up the fabric print.The lining is a loud pink and white stripe. Hope you all saw that item on the news last week about mugs in workplace kitchens. So glad I always have a mug bag.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Toile de jour Cushion Covers Sep 2017

I have been making four cushion covers for an old school friend who has a new sage green sofa. She likes traditional colours and classical furnishings so I chose a sage green toile  and a yellow toile as the main fabrics.






Thursday, August 31, 2017

Al & Jan's Quilt 2008


This is the biggest quilt I have ever made. It was made for Friends Jan and Al and was beautifully quilted by Jenny Baker of Bathurst on her big Gammill quilter. Jenny used a rose design continuous quilting pattern which fitted exquisitely with the pretty florals they chose. You can see the quilting design best  on the right side of the label. The quilt design is a variation on Irish chain called "Burgoyne".


Monday, May 29, 2017

Dandelion Quilts June 2017

Each year I go up to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains for a quilting retreat and stay at the Redleaf Resort. We sew, chat, shop for fabric and eat good food for the whole weekend. Most of us make at least one quilt for a wonderful charity called "Dandelion" which provides emergency help to parents and children who are sometimes forced to leave their homes at a moment's notice. This year I've made three simple baby quilts all the same pattern: 6 1/2 inch squares  (7X6 blocks). They are quilted in the ditch and then in oblique rows. All are made from the children's fabric in my stash. I always enjoy making them because I know how much they are appreciated. Last year between us we managed to come up with 53 quilts.



 Above: The Alphabet Quilt



 Above: The Blue and Yellow Quilt


Above: The Teddy Bear Quilt

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mugbags for two new members of Yarnspinners


The bag with the purple eggplants belongs to Maru who joins us most weeks and shows us beautiful fabrics and notions and new techniques to use in our quilting efforts. She is a wonderful addition to our group bringing a Costa Rican perspective to Yarnspinners.

The seafoam coloured bag and mug belong to Mika. Mika does beautiful crochet and is going to learn how to quilt with us. Looking forward to teaching her some basics next week. Mika brings a rich Japanese perspective to our group.