Saturday, September 26, 2009

Published - Down Under Quilts

The digital version of Down Under Quilts issue 137 is out and it has one of my quilts in it.  I always find it such a thrill to see one of my quilts in a magazine - very self-indulgent really!  My quilt, Hippy Wholecloth is featured on page 18 as part of the article "In the Pink".  As October  is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Down Under Quilts set out to compile the contents of this issue with this in mind - there is lots of pink!

Hippy Wholecloth was made back in 2007 after I had spent some time with a well-known Australian Longarm Quilter, Susan Campbell, who taught me how to quilt feathers.  I was inspired to make a wholecloth quilt that was a little different and would not disappear into my white walls at home. I decided to use hand-dyed fabrics by Lisa Walton from Dyed and Gone to Heaven resulting in a somewhat 'hippy' look.  Hippy Wholecloth has a soft, dappled centre surrounded by a border of darker pink.  The quilting design is my original design, although based on traditional feathers and the book, Meandering Magic by Suzanne Earley.

The following photo shows the detail of the centre of this quilt:-

I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt and at the time was rather pleased with my feathers.  Hippy Wholecloth still has a special place in my home.  I can't wait to see the actual hard copy of the magazine..

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pink Fairy Quilt for Breastcancer Awareness

To raise awareness for Breastcancer, October, 2009 is Breastcancer Awareness Month.  My customer and friend Penny has made a gorgeous Pink Fairy Quilt which I have just finished quilting.  The quilt has been made as a fundraiser for this great cause and will be raffled or auctioned next month at the Annual Morris Hall (MGGS) Touch of Pink Breakfast.

The quilt features 12 different fairies set with pink and white sashing and surrounded by pink and white squares.  The quilt was made from a kit and based on a pattern purchased from The Patchwork Collection in Healesville.

The quilt has been quilted with an all-over design called Angel Wings to tie in with the Fairy theme.

Here is just one more close-up to give you an idea of the gorgeous fairies.

I would like to wish Penny good luck with the fundraiser - I hope the quilt is a great success in raising money for Breastcancer awareness and that the quilt goes to a little girl who will treasure it for a long time to come.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Springtime Blue & Green ...

The weather is just beautiful in Melbourne today - it is a wonderful spring day. I would like share with you a quilt I custom quilted recently which has a Springtime feel about it. It was made by my customer Liz from the most gorgeous soft greens and blues and set with white sashing. Liz used a large number of beautiful Liberty fabrics which are just divine.

Liz wanted fairly simple quilting. Each of the blocks has been quilted with semi-circles which gives the effect of a sashiko like flower. The sashing has been quilted with a feather as inspired by Carla from Feathered Fibers - thanks for the fabulous tutorials. I find Carla's quilting just incredible and an amazing inspiration.

The following is a close-up of the quilting and shows off some of the beautiful fabrics:-

I hope Liz is enjoying her quilt and that you have all enjoyed reading about it.

Happy quilting and have a lovely Spring day.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My very first post


I am a Longarm Machine Quilter based in Melbourne and about to start on my blogging journey. Over time I hope to show some of my customer quilts as well as some of my own quilts. I do both edge-to-edge and custom quilting and would like to start by sharing a beautiful edge-to-edge quilt I quilted recently.

The quilt is from the pattern "Single Girl Quilt" by Denise Schmidt and was made by my customer Peta. The quilt was made for her daughter with gorgeous modern fabrics with a pale pink for the background. Peta wanted to keep the quilting fairly simple and not overpowering, so we decided on a swirly pattern called "Windy Meandering".

Below is a photo of this gorgeous quilt:-

The following photo shows some of the detail of the quilting as well as the beautiful fabrics used:-

This particular quilt seems to be quite popular at the moment - for another example of this quilt being made see: