Swoon wins a blue ribbon!!

28/1/2015 – I started this post last year and it never got finished so you could see it.  But I really felt the need to share the story of this quilt.

The lovely Jo is one of my clients.  She makes beautiful quilts and dropped off her version of Swoon by Camille Roskelly of Thimbleblossom.  I have this pattern and one day I’ll get to make it.Swoon by Jo RS

As the date for entries to the AMQA Inc. Quilt Show drew near I thought this would be a perfect quilt to enter.  A bit of a risky move but I entered Jo’s quilt. Then I rang Jo the next day to actually ask her permission to enter her quilt.  Jo said she had never entered a quilt into a show but thank goodness she was happy for it to be entered.  I could have withdrawn the entry but seeing as it now has a blue ribbon on it I am SO glad we sent it in.

Jo and I decided on the Baptist Fan quilting design which is like the original quilt by Camille.  It creates a great overall texture on the quilt.  The Continuous Baptist Fan is a pantograph by Lorien Quilting.  The thread colour we used is…… which meant it would blend with the background of the blocks and the Rasant thread is thin enough not to take over on the blocks themselves.Swoon by Jo at show RS

Jo has used fabric from the same range for the binding. I really like the way a diagonal print adds a little bit of interest.Swoon border detail by Jo RS

Thanks Jo for trusting me with your creation.



She’s A Rainbow

As a quilter it can be wonderful and also wonderfully challenging to have a client who hands you a quilt and says “do whatever”.  I am fortunate to have such a client and this is one of her quilts.

Angie of Gnomeangel made her medallion quilt using bright solids and black and white.  There are a few non solids in there but they are the exception.  I love the contrast this use of fabric created and so I wanted to make the most of this opportunity to show some quilting texture.gnomeangel-shes-a-rainbow-quilt-sunflower-quilting-11

I mulled over this quilt for a long time. I had so many ideas, the problem was narrowing them down.  The theory is to have a few design features and then replicate them and repeat throughout the quilt, changing size and colour perhaps.  This helps to make the quilt more cohesive, especially true for sampler quilts.  As this medallion quilt has numerous borders which are in effect separate patterns I wanted to tie them together with the quilting designs.gnomeangel-shes-a-rainbow-quilt-sunflower-quilting-8I also wanted to create a contrast of quilted and not quilted.  The most obvious way was to quilt the black and white and not quilt the colours.  The coloured pieces are either stitched in the ditch (SID) or minimally outline quilted as in the outer border.  This meant the black and white is pushed back and some texture is created.  The small black and white triangles had close matchstick quilting and SID. Here you can see the white has been done.She's A Rainbow white triangles RSI love that in a couple of borders Angie has deviated from the rest of the blocks by using a different colour or a patterned fabric. You can see this in the small fat cross blocks in the 2nd border in.  These crosses are SID, outlined at 1/4″ in and then filled with pebbles. Most of the crosses are white, except for one.IMG_3859

For a while now I have wanted to add some depth to a quilt using quilting, making it look like the pattern was going under another part of the quilt.  Angie’s quilt allowed me to do this and I am really happy with the result. The centre of the quilt is essentially a 4 patch with the ring of triangles in colours and contrasting black and white.  I wanted a design to carry through the background and push it back but also I wanted the texture there.  This quilt is all about contrasts for me, colours vs. B&W, quilted vs. non quilted, raised vs quilted down. gnomeangel-shes-a-rainbow-quilt-sunflower-quilting-18

I marked the white with a Sewline air eraseable pen and the black minimally with the white ceramic pencil.  I added an extra layer of wadding behind this centre 4 patch to make sure the design showed really well. It feels great.  I love running my fingers over this part.She's A Rainbow centre with marking RS You can see I’ve marked the mitre on the corners so I stayed even.  The purple marks are either allowed to disappear or as I’m usually in a hurry to see what it’s like without the marking I spray with water.She's A Rainbow centre with marking black RSThe black shows a bit greyer here due to the flash.  It is real black.

She's A Rainbow centre detail black marked squares RSHere’s the black area only partially quilted but marked with the squares and the corner mitre.

The centre ring of triangles was next, the black and white triangles are SID, outlined at 1/4″ and then filled with more pebbles.  She's A Rainbow centre triangles white RSShe's A Rainbow centre triangles RSThese then are the quilting designs I used throughout the quilt, matchstick lines (of sorts), pebbles and outline of the shape or area. The quilting designs are not intricate nor contain difficult quilting, it’s there but allows the colours to shine also.

The black triangles in the outer border were quilted simply using the matchstick lines and SID.  As per Angie’s lead I have done one triangle different to the others, it’s not a major feature but it’s there and can be a surprise when found.  The colours were a little too big to leave unquilted entirely so I have used mono-filament thread and a single row of quilting to outline them.IMG_3858

You may be thinking I have jumped all over the place with describing this quilt,  I have left my favourite til last.  This set of borders stumped me quite a bit, I even pulled out my initial design.  Then I hit on the idea of more triangles – more I hear you say, aren’t there enough already.  Triangles in quilting and uneven ones to boot.  Again this design appears to go under the piecing which is what I wanted.  Each triangle is outlined and the outline alternates between 1/4″ and 1/2″ to give a bit more change. Then the triangles are filled with matchstick lines.  She's A Rainbow BWB border triangles 2 RS She's A Rainbow BWB border triangles RSI was so pleased with this border design and the effect it creates.  It’s not as easy to see on the black, but I know it’s there and I love it.IMG_3860

Timing meant I could not get a full picture of the quilt but Angie has allowed me to use her stunning pictures taken on location.  The sunlight adds great lighting and shows the quilt off really well, not sure about the porcelain in the shot though…gnomeangel-shes-a-rainbow-quilt-sunflower-quilting-19

Let me know what you think of ‘She’s A Rainbow’

Gorgeous quilt Angie

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Earlier this year I was asked by a friend to quilt her VHC quilt that she had made for her young daughter.  The fabric in the VHC range is bright and cheerful and makes a wonderful I Spy type of quilt.  Where’s the chocolate cake?

I had a search and found the pantograph pattern be Anne Bright called Hungry Hungry.  This pattern has many of the food elements from the story and I was able to enlarge it to be a suitable size for the single bed size quilt that Linden made. You can find the pattern here; Hungry, Hungry b2b

Very Hungry Caterpillar - by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Linden

We decided on an apple green coloured thread which shows up lovely on the white background but does not create too much contrast on the coloured areas.

Very Hungry Caterpillar quilting detail leaf - by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar quilting detail leaf – by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar strawberry with quilting detail, by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar strawberry with quilting detail – by Linden


Linden used the dots from the fabric range for the backing, perfect.

Very Hungry Caterpillar butterfly and backing by Linden

Very Hungry Caterpillar butterfly and backing by Linden

Linden’s small girl is now enjoying her quilt.

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Great job Linden.

You can see more of Linden’s quilting adventures at http://vinelinesquilting.com/





Angie’s Quilt Wins 1st in 2013 Canberra Quilters Exhibition

I was so pleased for Angie Wilson whose quilt ‘The Feather Beast – Slayed” won 1st in the Commercially Quilted Category in the recent 2013 Canberra Quilter’s Exhibition. The quilt also won an additional award ‘Best Use of Colour’. Angie made her quilt using the Anna Maria Horner pattern found on the internet.  Angie has not been quilting long and did a great job piecing the feathers with so many bright fabric choices and then adding 4 feathers in black and white and facing downwards. The background was plain and so created a great  area of negative space to fill with quilting.Feather Beast Slayed

Angie’s Quilt Feather Beast Slayed

Angie and I chatted about quilting designs and with some drawing and also some photos from the internet, the quilting design became clearer.  Continue reading

January 2013

Now that the website and blog have been updated so I can work on them much more easily myself I really would like to share some quilts I’ve quilted this year.

Here are some quilts I worked on in January  To see the pictures in larger format please click on the smaller image.

To start is a quilt Chris made for her grandson.  Chris used black embroidery thread to blanket stitch all the designs, her hand work is so neat.  I’m sure he is enjoying this great boy quilt.

Next are two quilts by Lynette for her Mum and Mr. E.  They are the same pattern and are also quilted with the same pattern, Twofold Feathers by Lorien Quilting.  Then another quilt for a grandson, Trains by Donna, quilted with Cloud Nine by Anne Bright using some fabric won at a guild meeting. Finally a quilt using some terrific Japanese fabrics and quilted using the ‘Happy Times’ pantograph by Lorien Quilting.

Well that was January, it seems such a long time ago now but I’m missing the warmth right now in Canberra, tonight is expected to go below freezing.  I am quite thankful for my electric blanket, must go turn it on now.

Happy Sewing



Wow it’s September

Welcome back,
I have finally transferred a whole heap of photos from the camera to the computer so I  can show you some things I have been working on.  The transfer seems to be the delay point for me despite now knowing where the Card reader is.
While I’ve been absent from the blog I have not been idle, although battling a long term cold took its toll and the family shared it back and forth a bit.

One of my recent quilting projects was a quilt from the lady who won Viewer’s Choice at the Glenrose Patchwork Airing of the Quilts in July.  The quilt is quite simply pieced squares on point. The fabrics are a variety of rose prints in dusty shades. The interesting thing about this quilt is the edges, they’ve been left square so the edge becomes a zig-zag.

This does add a lot of interest to the quilt when its finished, however I do not envy the owner the job of binding this quilt.  This is the first ‘non-straight edge’ quilt I have quilted and though it might look like it would pose a challenge I’ll let you know how I manage the edges of quilts when quilting. Continue reading

And yet more from last month

Jonathan won!!!!.  I am a very proud Mum, Jonathan’s quilt Aussie Animals won first prize in the Junior Section of the Glenrose Airing of the Quilts.  We were not aware there were prizes, just aiming to increase the junior section and it was a project for Jonathan and I to spend time together.  Jonathan’s prize included a certificate, a bundle of fabric and some prize money.  Not bad for an 11 year old boy.  Here’s a pic…

The one on the right shows you the bright orange binding.

Below are a couple of quilts completed recently. Continue reading

Preschool Raffle Quilts and OBW

Remember that pile of black and yellow fabric?  The bargain ones I bought earlier this year.

Here are a pile of blocks…

I must remember that it is not the sewing that always takes a long time, the cutting of pieces can be the longest.  This quilt went together quite quickly really, and it was good to use my domestic machine again.

Here is the centre part together, looking good so far. Continue reading