Thursday, October 6, 2016

Limeberry Tart is now sporting a Blue Ribbon indicating she won First Place in the Professional Pieced Quilt category at Queensland Quilters Inc 2106 Quilt Show. She had some pretty stiff competition in the Best of Show category and Congratulations go to Sue Duffy for her "Cudgery Creek" Landscape Quilt. The dilemma is now shall I send both "Limeberry Tart" and "Featheration 2Blu" on a road trip overseas next year.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Twelve months since my last post, but I can say that I was busy piecing!
Limeberry Tart is made with 14301 half inch hexagons.  From the time I started designing it to finished and dropped off at its first show was exactly 25 months.  So every spare hour for the last two years has been spent on her.
All the hexagons were thread basted, I found I could do this in the car as a passenger, on the numerous road trips we took to visit our two new grandsons.
I calculate, that on average, I  spent almost three hours everyday for those 762 days working on her.  Some days were more others day nothing!
At her first show I was very fortunate to win a ribbon. I entered it in the "Quilts Across Queensland" competition in the  2016 Royal Queensland Show  (EKKA as the locals call it).  It was awarded the Best Machine Quilting Rosette.
Last week she was hanging in the Toowoomba Quilter Club Inc Show during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and I know she was admired by many visitors.
Next week it will hang in the Queensland Quilters Inc. 2016 Show and I have been informed it has won an award there as well.  Fingers crossed for her journey and I hope all the attendees enjoy viewing  her.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Not really missing in action

It has been an extremely long time between posts.  Mainly because I have been busy so hopefully I can do some retrospective catching up.  The latest and possibly best news I have had is the Best of Show win by my quilt Featheration 2Blu at the recent Queensland Quilters Inc 2015 Show.  This quilt will now be considered with the other 7 state winners for the Best of Australia in April next year before it sets off on a journey around Australia and New Zealand to the respective State Quilt Shows.
To say I was extremely excited would be an understatement.  My new Bernina B720 machine is already ensconced in my sewing table and it hasn't been home for even a week.  It just means my trusty Janome 7700QCP is now looking for a new home.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


This quilt started with an Appliqued centre block from a Cathy Van Bruggen pattern. I then used it as a Challenge with Sew Creative adding borders around the block in a defined order, each additional border had to be separated by a plain border.
Afgeppab stands for Applique, Flying Geese, English Paper Piecing, Applique and Borders.

My Centre block was a bit too large to fit the outside borders despite me measuring lots!!!!!!!!
So after I had spent six hours just SID all the pieces I cam back to the centre.

Filtec Essence thread, Magna Glide bobbins,  machine light switched off, Glide on.
 The butterfly is 1 1/4".  Before and after photos.  Sorry about the sideways shot!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hockey Match

I was planning on watching my husband play hockey this afternoon, but it is cold wet and miserable so I stayed home.  This customer had started quilting this sampler herself but had taken out her bright orange thread and asked for an overall.  These small swirls with a variegated yellow/orange/green thread worked well.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Baby Blanket

Most people do not realise the costs involved with quilting.  I spent today making a quilt for a new baby.  Only a panel, but with wadding, backing and time taken.  Total costs would be $236.  That was with machine binding front and back..I am pretty proud of those corners.  Would be nice to be able to charge a true professionals charge per hour,  but customers would baulk at paying the same wage as a tradie.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sewing instead

My granddaughter will be ten months old this week.  Now she is at the standing and almost walking stage I felt some new clothes would be needed.  My Easter gift to her.