This blog features my original quilt designs and showcases the work being done in my classes. My teaching schedule will keep you informed of where I will be tutoring. I hope you enjoy your visit!
I teach at the following stores: The Stitchers Cupboard, Camden; Hobbysew Kings Park; Lyn's Fine Needlework, Baulkham Hills; Jukejema Quilting Barn, Nowra; Patchwork Plus, Miranda and Post Office Patchwork, Glenbrook.
I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year with family and friends. I know I did!
I have been working very hard over the past week designing and creating new projects for a new pattern release.
So far I have designed a table runner, a project bag, a rotary cutter/scissor bag, a cushion, a pen roll, a pin cushion and am now working on a handbag. Great fun to have the time to design and sit and sew until it is finished!
Here is a sneak peak of the project bag and matching rotary cutter bag:
Here is a look at the front of the cushion- hand quilting still in progress:
The patterns for these projects and the rest will be released very soon.
I have released some of my quilt patterns for sale by mail order.
Please send me an email if you would like to purchase any of the following patterns. Payment will be via cheque or money order only.
I have four quilts made specifically from jelly rolls. Each of the patterns is made from one jelly roll plus background fabric and borders. They all finish at about 70" square.
Dust off those jelly rolls you have been hoarding and make a fun quilt!
The cost of the first four patterns is $15.50 each, plus postage.
The first pattern is "Jelly Friends". This quilt uses an Easy Angle ruler to cut half square triangle units from the jelly roll strips to make five blocks set on point. Add side setting triangles in a large print and sashings and you have a lovely bed sized quilt.
The next pattern is "Jelly Nation". Carrie Nation blocks are set side by side to create a wonderful secondary pattern of squares across the quilt.
Here is a close up of the corner:
This one, called "Jelly Mosaic" is a very quick quilt to make using just squares and rectangles cut from the jelly roll and borders and background fabric. It can be a very masculine quilt, depending on the jelly roll used.
Here is a close up of the blocks:
And the corner:
This one is called "Jelly Holiday". It is also a quick and fun quilt to construct in log-cabin like blocks and string pieced side setting triangles.
Here is a close up:
The next quilt is one made in response to a challenge from one of my students: "to make a jelly roll sampler quilt". This is "Jelly Jewels". The pattern includes instructions for thirteen sampler blocks cut from a jelly roll plus all the settings and border instructions. This pattern is $25 plus postage.
Here is a close up:
I hope you have enjoyed my show and tell of jelly roll quilts and are inspired to purchase a pattern. Please let me know.
I had a great day yesterday teaching a group of ladies from the Epping Quilters Inc. We were cutting, stacking and sewing my whack and stack quilt called Millefiori.
It is a fascinating process to see how different fabrics look when you cut identical shapes and rearrange them. Look what happens:
This fabric made patterns that looked like star fish and sea urchins:
Here is the fabric being cut out:
Here are Diana and Angela hard at work doing their sewing:
The blocks from this colourway look like fireworks:
Here are some blocks made from a vivid Kaffe Fassett fabric, Wow!
Diana is the self-confessed "queen of miniatures". She decided to make a miniature version of my quilt. Instead of cutting 5" blocks, she cut them at 3" and is going to hand piece them all. She fussy cut them from her paisley/flower fabric. They look amazing!
Here is the original fabric she is using:
Here are some different blocks in a bright and pretty floral.
We had a great day, air conditioned room - yay!
I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the blocks at our next class in 2013.
Moda have recently brought out collections of pre-cut 2 1/2 inch squares. Now what do you do with them?
On the spur of the moment, I decided to make a small table runner with the collection from "Everlastings". Add some applique and hand quilting and viola! I love hand stitching with Perle 8 thread, it is so relaxing!
I was pleased to see that photographs of my "Spikes and Specks" quilt made it into the September/October issue of France's beautiful quilt publication "Quiltmania" and in the latest Issue Number 58 of Australian Quilters Companion.
My quilt won Second Prize in the Commercially Machine Quilted Category of the NSW Quilters' Guild Annual Darling Harbour Show in June 2012. The quilt was beautifully enhanced by the magical quilting of Veronica Appleyard.
I have a project in the Quilters Companion out now. It is the third project and article in my history series. This time I include the instructions to make my "Pineapple" block cushion. The block is made using paper foundation piecing techniques. It is a fun block to make and would make a spectacular quilt if it was repeated in rows. Now, that's an idea!
Two of my students came into Pioneer recently to show us the quilts they have finished from workshops conducted earlier in the year.
First is Christina who made a beautiful version of my "Fandango" quilt. This quilt uses "whack and stack" techniques to create lovely patterns in the circular shapes and paper foundation piecing techniques to create the perfect points around the circles.
Christina loved the technique so much she created a matching cushion. How gorgy is that! Well done, Christina!
Here is Ingrid striking a pose holding up Michelle's absolutely fabulous "Spikes and Specks" quilt. I love her beautiful blocks and the borders look fantastic!