Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop






For those who don't know what this is, every Monday a blogger is invited to share with the blog world a little about themselves by answering  four questions about their craft and then invite two/three of their blogger friends to continue the chain.


Dawn from Sew Much To Quilt invited me to participate,
But I am a little late, but better late than never, I say. Dawn is a
friend that I have known since we were kids, then we went our
own way for a little bit (you know, marriage, kids,etc) and
are now back in touch only to find out that we both have a love of quilting,
its so nice to be back in contact and share our love of quilting and
also some childhood memories. So Please go and
have a look around Dawn's Blog, you wont be disappointed.

Here are the question posted for the Blog Hop:

1)  What am I working on?
2)  How does my work differ from other of its genre?
3)  Why do I write/create what I do?
4)  How does my writing/creating process work?



What am I working on?

I am a fabricholic from way back, I used to work for
Bargain Box fabrics, and make demos for the shop and run classes eg. shirts, bra making, dresses I also use to make all my kids clothes, until the day
came when they said "I'm not wearing that we want shop clothes", I knew that day would come, I just didn't realise there would be a great void in my life
when I wasn't sewing, so I had to find a new hobby.

Long story short I found quilting and have never stopped.

So I am currently working on my Briar Rose quilt, its the same quilt
that Dawn made recently and I machine quilted it for her, I loved it so
much I decided to make my own
 
Dawn's Briar Rose

But I have many fingers in the pie, I generally have
at least 2-3 quilts on the go at any one time, usually thats because
while I'm in blogland I see something that I love and
get all enthusiatic and start it. Hopeless I know but that's
how I work, Im trying to work on one, finsih it, then start another.
Wish me luck!!



How does my work differ to others?.

In general it doesn't I generally follow patterns, I have nutted
out a few on my own over the years, but I love machine quilting and
this has grown more and more, I have an APQS long arm machine and now mostly  make quilts that have lots of negative space for me to fill in.





Why do I write/create what I do?

The main reason I do what I do is beacuse I love it, I love creating
something, be it for the home or for my family or grandkids and friends, I 
cannot handle doing nothing so this why I always have something to do.
My quilting has introduced me to lots of new friends around Australia, and I even have had the pleasure of meeting a few. I have travelled interstate
for classes, with teachers from America, for my machine quilting and I was
lucky enough to attend Houston, that was amazing I must say.

How does my writing/creating process work?

Generally if I see something I like, I make it, my favorite part
of the process is picking the fabric and machine quilting it, I love colours and I find
it fun trying to put them together. I do love all aspects of making
the quilts, from piecing to quilting, binding not so much but I fugure I'm at the end of the process so I just get it done. I generally have an idea
of how I'm going to quilt it before I have even made it.

Well thats enough about me, please pop on over
to Dawns blog, I'm not nominating anyone as alot of your have participated
in the Hop already.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Australian Machine Quilters Festival (AMQF) 2014

Australian Machine Quilters Festival is about
to begin for 2014

Not long now and we will all be heading to AMQF in Adelaide
I'm packing my bag and heading off on Wednesday.

AMQF is where machine quilters get together and have classes with some of the best machine quilting teachers in the world, this year, Jamie Wallen,
Judi Madsen, Carla Barrett , Helen Godden, Linda Taylor, and lots, lots more, are all coming to Adelaide.

I'm Looking forward to catching up with fellow bloggers and instagrammers and meeting teachers as well.

I am particularly excited to meet Judi Madsen from Green Fairy Quilts, I have booked all her classes and cannot wait to absorb
all the information she has to pass on.

So, who else is going??  Maybe we can catch up.

See you all next week when I return with lots of photos and 
inspiration from my classes.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Alice's Quilt

Where have I been??? I really do have a good excuse, you see I changed IP providers and that was a big mistake, cause for 5 weeks they could not connect me, so three  different companies later I am here.......yeah!!!   Never doing that again....lesson learnt.

But I did get time to make this adorable baby quilt for Alice, I used
Me and My Sister fabrics called Twirl, so perfect for a little girl.


Lots of applique and bright colours has made this so cute!
 
 I did an edge to edge panto all over called


 Daisies Galore


 Just perfect for little girls
 


I was asked to make this quilt by dad, for mum and bub as 
a surprise for mum, I'm pretty sure she was
happy with the quilt and little Alice was happy too!


Happy Quilting!








Saturday, June 21, 2014

Briar Rose


Last night I had the pleasure
of returning Dawns quilt to her
after I quilted it.

It was such a pleasure quilting this quilt, its called
Briar Rose and you can find a free tutorial here at

Dawn made this from a batik Jelly roll and white homespun.



I quilted this on my APQS handguided machine, I statrted by
outlining all the white blocks with a 1/4 inch border. I then made a template
for the centre stems and copied to each block before I quilted the feathers.

 I then did line dancing in all the square blocks followed by
a meandering feather around the edge.



The back was just as good as the front but this picture doesn't do it justice
I just did simple ruler work in the outer border.

Corner Border

You can go and see more about this quilt on Dawns Blog
http://sewmuchtoquilt.blogspot.com.au/

I was really happy with how this turned out and am ready to tackle
my next quilt.

Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner



Yes!! I won the Readers Showcase in the latest Edition of Homespun Magazine, June 2014, for 
my French Connection Quilt that I made in December last year.


 
I was very excited to get a parcel from the mailman and even more
excited when I opened it, FABRIC!!! and a book,  The Modern Applique
Workbook by
Jennifer Dick

Whoo Hoo!!

Have a great day!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival May 2014 - French Connection

I am so excited that Bloggers Quilt Festival is finally here again, thanks to Amy
from Amys Creative Side for Hosting the Festival.

I am entering "French Connection" into the Large Quilt Catergory.
This quilt measure 54 x 72 inches.
I made it for a friend of mine,
 Jeanne, who turned the big 60, so what better
  way to celebrate the occasion than with a quilt.

I really had no idea what colour to make or what pattern
to do, I had brought fabric in America on our trip (that we did together)
with intentions to make it into a quilt.

Still unsure I kept and eye out and then I found it in a
recent issue of Homespun Magazine.

"French Connection"
by Rebecca Johnson



I am so happy with how it has turned out and I know this will go
well with Jeanne's decor. I loved it so much that I went out
straight away and brought the same fabric to make me one. It goes well
with my decor too, I was sort of hoping she didnt like it and then I could
make her another ha ha!!!


I went to the local patchwork shop and chose all my fabrics
 and then began busily putting this together. You definiltely
need space to spread out with this one.


I machine quilted it with a Panto called "Gardenia" by Patricia Ritter



For the first time in a while I put a label on the back, I generally
don't put labels on but recently have changed my views on labelling 
quilts.
I did add a quote on the back saying
"Friends are the family you choose"

Jeanne loved her quilt and I hope she has many cozy nights curled 
up on the couch with her quilt.

I must add that about an hour and a half before I gave her the quilt I decided
to photograph the back and would you believe I got bird poo on it, fresh bird poo!!!
Arrrggghhhh! I tried sponging it off but, NO, it made it worst so into the washing machine
it went, all the time crossing my fingers the black wouldn't run. Thank goodness
for colour catchers. Then straight into the dryer and onto the BBQ. Phew!!!
It was a little tense I must say but all was well in the end.
Happy Quilting!


Bloggers Quilt Festival May 2014 - Metro Medallion


Let me introduce to you my Metro Medallion Quilt that I am entering
into Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.


AmysCreativeSide.com

If you are new to my blog, 
Welcome,  I hope you stay and  have a little look around. 
If you have been here before then I apologise for my repost of this quilt, but
its my favorite so far this year and I have to enter it.

Metro Medallion is made with the Quick Curve Ruler by Jenny Pedigo
from "Sew Kind of Wonderful" as soon as I saw this pattern
I knew I had to make it, check out Jenny's Blog and see all the
wonderful quilts she has made with this ruler.

 Metro Medallion is made mostly from Red and Black Homespun, with
a red and black print. It's a single bed, sized quilt and I custom quilted it
with my APQS long arm machine (hand guided).

 I was originally going to do an edge to edge panto
on the quilt, but it was calling for custom, so custom it got.


 I was so happy with the way it turned out, I love the texture
the quilting created


and the back was just as good.........don't you just love it when that happens!!

I made this quilt for my very special friend Tayler, who I had known for 28 years or more, she
has been fighting MSA (Mutiple System Atrophy) for the last 5 years. Sadly, she recently 
passed, earlier than we expected, she fought a hard and courageous battle and I miss her deeply, but I am comforted to know that
my quilt is with her in heaven.


Thanks to Amy for hosting the Festival and have fun
looking at all the beautiful quilts.