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A gift for the toddler son of a family friend.











The completed quilt.



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I’ve been working away on these blocks for some time now. A project one of my sisters commenced and handed over to me to complete for her. Japanese fabrics. It will fit the top of her double bed.

The blocks are a bit fiddly to make. The effect of reversing the alternate block really adds some appeal to the design. I really felt quilting was needed on the blocks and quilted a Japanese motif which I really like.




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Arcs Baby Quilt

I was gifted three unwanted arcs and decided to make a small quilt to practice some quilting.


After I’ve finished admiring and patting it I will probably donate it to the local hospital to cover a new baby.

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I’ve been nominated to quilt the border of a quilt for a woman who has been experiencing difficulties. I’ve gone back to my old free motion quilting design favourite of daisies, vines and loops. It really looks lovely and in this case adds a textural element to the polyester wadding. I don’t normally buy or use polyester wadding/batting. I don’t like it, it isn’t really great for machine quilting as it does not tend to ‘stick’ to the fabric and can create many challenges. I also find it tends to ‘stiffen’ with free motion quilting and loses its draping ability. It does however, make it easier for you to see my quilting in this intance. The border fabric  is pale mauve and I’m using a cream thread. I’ve decided to quilt a design in the 20 blocks as well to try and soften their differences, this may change if I run out of time patience but as I’ve already completed four blocks I don’t really think this will be an option.

There are a couple of free motion quilting quiltalongs running at the moment and I’m thinking about playing along. One is with SewCalGal and this month’s challenge is free motion plumes with Diane Gaudynski. I’m hoping to have time to ‘play’ with this idea later in the week.

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I’ve been very busy with work this week.

Diane has sent me a picture of a quilt she has started for her mother for Christmas. There’s a lot of work to do, I hope she gets it finished in time. Diane’s is a half size version of my quilt  which appeaared on the cover of the March/April 2011  Quiltmaker Magazine. Quiltmaker’s version is called Lattice Garden,  mine is called  Red and Cream Dream, read about it here.

Here’s a bit of an EQ reminder of how mine looked (because I can’t find a picture of the real quilt right now) .

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Finally finished the quilt for my great nephew Xavier. I’ve taken a picture and popped the quilt in the post yesterday, hopefully to arrive tomorrow afternoon in Brisbane. There’s a further surprise for him as well …. the book!

The centre is a panel purchased as part of a kit but I’ve had to make the quilt  larger with extra borders as it was quite small. It looks great and the orange binding really sets it off too!

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Here’s a picture of one of my (Australian themed) quilts with its proud new owners. This quilt now happily resides in the south of France. Bonjour Denise and Andre. Denise I know you love the quilt and I hope it brings back happy memories of your time in Australia!

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I actually finished this quilt yesterday just prior to our departure. We did have to leave a little later though!

A photograph taken in the middle of a hot summer day is never brilliant but you get the idea. It looked really good and nephew Luke (the proud father) was so impressed he was lost for words. This quilt is straight but the summer breeze just caught it as I took the picture and I didn’t have time to muck about.

I have a very sore right thumb – is there such a thing as quilter’s thumb? I’ve really been pushing hard to get this quilt finished but I’ve never had a sore thumb before.

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Baby Quilts

This week I have handed over 2 small quilts for the local hospital. I have used cotton wadding and washed them so they crinkled up just a little. I bought the remnants at my quilting group’s market day a couple of weeks ago specifically for the purpose. With the works in progress at the moment I just wanted to sew and finish something and I am feeling quite satisfied with the result. I’m not saying rejuvenated just yet!


and a close-up of the quilting


I have used the same quilting design on the umbrella girls quilt but unfortunately you can’t see it but I can show you a close-up of one of the girls though.


They really are cute.


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stis1No it isn’t one of mine it is a group quilt. I just put the borders on it a few days ago and there are some lovely blocks in it and there’s some unusual use of colour which makes it very effective. I didn’t choose the block placement or border fabrics either. Probably will be given to a local retirement village upon completion.

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