Thursday, February 5, 2015

My Secret Garden Quilt

I recently purchased Johanna Basford's book Secret Garden.  Johanna is an illustrator who creates intricate, hand drawn illustrations predominantly, although not exclusively, in black and white.

Secret Garden is an interactive activity book which takes you on a ramble through a secret garden created in beautifully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations.  The illustrations in this Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book are just divine.  I was drawn to this book for the potential of some of these images to be quilted.

With Johanna's permission, I enlarged one or her illustrations and spent some fun time playing on my new quilting machine.  I was thrilled with the fine detail I was able to quilt in the piece.  My Secret Garden measures about 24 inches in diameter and was quilted on Oakshott Cotton fabric using Wonderfil Invisafil 100wt thread.  The quilt was marked with the design and quilted freehand.

My Secret Garden - Detail

Johanna's next book Enchanted Forest:  An Inky Quest and Colouring Book is due to be released soon - I wonder what inspiration awaits there!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Oakshott Kaleidoscope Quilt

Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

I have recently had the pleasure of working together with my sister Rita from Red Pepper Quilts on a commission project for a raffle quilt.  Rita chose the fabrics, layout and colours and pieced the quilt - I absolutely love her eye for colour - she chose a wonderful selection of Oakshott fabrics and I believe she has done an incredible job with this quilt.  I was then given free reign to quilt as desired.

The quilt was a delight to quilt - Rita's accuracy with her piecing is just incredible.  I decided to quilt with a combination of feathers, loops and continuous curves.

Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

Hopefully this quilt will be a great success as a fundraiser.  I have loved working on this quilt together with Rita.  More information about the making of the quilt and further images are available at Red Pepper Quilts.

Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Baby Quilt for my Neighbour

My new A1 quilting machine arrived last week and I have spent some time getting used to the differences.  I am happy to report that I am loving it.  The first quilts have now been quilted and I would like to share the very first quilt I quilted on my new machine.

The quilt is a beautiful baby quilt pieced from fabrics provided by my sister Rita from Red Pepper Quilts.  Rita and I spent an afternoon together cutting, piecing and pressing this little quilt - we had a lovely time sewing together - something we don't do together very often.  I am very lucky to be able to occasionally access her wonderful stash and her eye for colour and design.

The quilt was quilted with one of my favourite all-over patterns Splash which has given it great texture.  The quilt has been made for my neighbours who have just had a baby boy - hopefully it will be well used and loved.

This should be the first of many more quilts to be quilted on the new A1 machine.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Zutphen - A Sampler Quilt

I have recently quilted a beautiful sampler quilt for my customer Jenny.  Jenny's quilt is named "Zutphen" after the location of Petra Prins' Patchwork & Quilting Shop in the Netherlands.  Jenny was lucky enough to visit Petra's shop and purchased the pattern "Project Rood".  Petra regards the pattern more a layout rather than a pattern with individual blocks coming from several now famous quilts including "Dear Jane", "Nearly Insane", "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler" and "The Civil War Diary Quilt".  Jenny included nine additional blocks to make the quilt rectangular rather than square.

Zuthpen has 50 blocks which are 6inches square each.  As Jenny loves feathers I incorporated feathers wherever possible including a lovely feather in the sashing.

This Dresden Plate block is one of my favourites:-

Some more detail of the quilting and Jenny's beautiful piecing and applique:-

I love Jenny's border too:-

Congratulations Jenny on completing a beautiful quilt and thank you for letting me quilt it - I had a wonderful time working on your quilt.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gammill Classic Plus For Sale - SOLD

I have decided to upgrade my Longarm Quilting Machine and would therefore like to sell my Gammill Classic Plus.

The machine is a 2006 Gammill Classic Plus which is in excellent condition and perfect working order.  It has been used on a part-time basis operating 2 days per week during that time.

The machine has the following features:
26" by 10" Throat Space with 21" quilting area;
Stitch-Regulated & Manual stitching modes;
Electronic Needle Positioner and Single Stitch;
Horizontal and Vertical Channel Locks;
Low Bobbin Alert;
Run-Time Clock;
Dual Data Display Panels - for pantograph quilting and freehand quilting;
Double-Capacity Bobbin;
Built-On Bobbin Winder;
WorkStation Attachment for Circles, Ovals and more;
Portable Stylaser;
Built in Light Fixture;
Edge-Rider Wheels;
Steel 12' Powder Coated Stand with Pivotal Access;

Extended Throat Plate, providing a larger flat surface for ruler work;
Horizontal Small Spool Holder for using small spools of thread
Large Spool Holder for using larger cones of thread
Owner's Manual
Numerous M size Bobbins;
Spare Bobbin Case;

My Gammill has served me well in my quilting business and has also been used to quilt my personal quilts including various award winning show quilts.  The machine would be great for someone wanting to start a machine quilting business or for personal use.

Buyer would need to pay for transport or pick up from Northcote, an inner Melbourne suburb. Australian purchasers only!  Please email me privately at if you would like further information or are interested in purchasing my machine.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Australia Quilts Exhibition

In September 2014, Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork / European Patchwork Meeting celebrates its 20th anniversary in Alsace, France.  Australia is the guest country of honour from outside of Europe.

Australia Quilts is an invitational exhibition curated by Brenda Gael Smith to showcase the diversity of Australian quiltmaking.  There are 34 featured artists and I was thrilled to have one of my quilts selected for this exhibition.

Australia Quilts

At present the quilts in the collection are making their way over to France including my quilt Purple Haze.

Detail - Purple Haze

Brenda has put together a beautiful website - Australia Quilts - Exceptional Quilts from the Great Southern Land to showcase the quilts that are part of the collection and to learn more about the featured artists.  I encourage you to take this opportunity to view this stunning collection of Australian quilts online.

If only I could accompany my quilt to France ...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Quilt Ladder

My studio is fairly small - there is not a lot of storage space and not much wall space to display quilts.  I had recently seen some great Quilt Ladders online and asked my very handy Dad to make me one.  Dad is a retired tiler and very handy with carpentry, bricklaying and many other trades.  Two weeks after my request, my quilt ladder is home and he has done a fabulous job.

With 10' ceilings, I was able to have a 9' ladder built - the ladder is about 20" wide and the rungs are spaced about 17" apart placed on an angle to accommodate the quilts.

I spent this Sunday morning selecting a range of quilts and quilt tops to display - I managed to take a picture of the now tidy section of my room.  It will be great to be able to easily change the quilts on display.

Thanks Dad for a great job - I might see if I need any more quilt ladders for elsewhere in the house.