Saturday, August 30, 2014

My retro TV quilt

Because we're part of the Modern Quilt Guild, we can sign up to fabric challenges a few times a year. The latest one was a challenge using Michael Miller fabrics. The gray fabric inspired me to make a Jetsons quilt. So I decided to make a retro TV quilt, reminiscent of the snowy reception we often received in Alice Springs, complete with aerials and chunky buttons.

Here's the gray fabric that inspired me - Jetson's anyone?

More Jetsons.

And I one my quilt guild's prize for the best challenge quilt. So exciting! My first win.  I won 2 metres of fabric from polkadottea.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I finished my rain drops quilts for the twins a day before they were born! We took the quilts to meet Alexander and Luca last week. They're not identical, so that should help out - but they both look like their dad.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Today, I'm working on twin quilts for twin boys due soon.

I found a great picture on Pinterest and saved it in my baby ideas folder.

It uses just solids and this is my attempt to just use solids! Just can't do it!!

Modern medallion progress

The next border in modern medallion is called Plain Jane. I made a not so Plain Jane.

I brought in the lime green touch that I'd added to the New York beauty block.

Monday, June 9, 2014


The next project I'll be working on will be my next selvages quilt. I've decided to try grouping them by colour.

I went to my quilt group a couple of weekends ago. I didn't have any hand sewing to do, so I took along my bags and bags of selvages to sort. The others all helped me sort them into colour - so I have bags of red, yellow, green, blue, purple, gray, everything! I've also added a photo of my first selvage quilt - I'm still working out how to quilt it - so it's not finished yet.

Do love good detailing on a selvage!

A block from my first selvage quilt.
My first selvage quilt - now how to quilt it?

Eat, drink

I'm so thrilled with the Eat , drink table runner that I've made for my mum's long, long green dining table.

I didn't use a pattern, just launched into it, using improv piecing.

The fabric is special. I bought the green when I was at Trish's in Adelaide with mum two years ago. It's a huge fabric warehouse. And some of the low volumes in the piecing came from mum's stash - which she is progressively destashing.

Free motion quilting paisleys.
First word done.

Adding the binding.

Finished eat, drink.

Close up of the k.

Label - shaped like an apple.

We have lift off on the modern medallion!

I've joined the Modern Medallion quilt along.

There will be five or so borders. The first step is a medallion for the middle.

It's wonky and you draw your own take on a New York beauty.

I'm thrilled that I now have my four 12" quarters finished - the medallion.


I did have  crisis of confidence for a bit, seeing all the amazing colours and variations. But I thought I'd stick to my guns and go ahead with my original idea - orange, turquoise and black and white.

Some of the other versions that I'm loving have pink and green, grays, or lovely low volume prints with brights.

Here's some close ups. I'm trying a great lime green batik as a border.


Stay tuned for the next instalment!


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