Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sweet Peas

It’s time for a catch up. We’ve had, I think, three Sweet Pea gatherings this year. The ladies are as busy as ever with their different crafty pursuits.

Debbie has been creating a Foxy population explosion! Look at this troop.

Debbie's foxes

Rochelle brought a pattern home from Canada and charm square pack to make this crib quilt:

Rochelles circle baby quilt

Being the clever pixie that she is Rochelle looked at the outers of the circles

Rochelles reverse circles

….and figured out that there was a potential to make another quilt:

Rochelles second circle quilt

As a group we have joined the Bloom Quilt sew along this year.

Bloom quilt

Sorry about the poor image – best I could grab off the net.

We have made our first round of blocks, Block 1 and two:

Bloom quilt along

It’s so interesting to see our different fabric and colour combinations.Margaret (bottom row) is sewing hers onto a wool background.Rochelle, top right is using peel and stick, the rest of us are using the interfacing method.

Margaret has just finished quilting this Ginormous Big-as-Texas quilt. We had to take it outside to get a photo:

Margaret's huge quilt

Rochelle made these very cute retro caravan placemats as a retirement present for a work colleague.


Rochelles Caravan place mats

So all is well with Sweet Peas.

Thanks for popping by


Monday, March 14, 2016

Jaxon’s Digger Digger Quilt

Debbie’s Grandson Jaxon is crazy about big machines. This may have something to do with his Father’s occupation. Jaxon has just moved into his big boys bed. So a Caterpillar tractor panel plus some extra fabric turned into this.

Jaxon's quilt 1

Jaxon’s Mother has close connections with the Fire Brigade so this was a great choice for the back:

Jaxon's quilt back

Jaxon’s first look at his quilt:

Jaxon and his quilt

Jaxon and his quilt on his big boy bed

I think that’s a happy boy face. I can hear him saying “Digger, digger, digger”.


Saturday, March 05, 2016

Ashbourne Mill

…is a quilt designed by Australian quilt designer Katrina Hadjimichael. Do pop over to her blog and look at her Jane Austin quilts.

Chris started this quilt in a class with Katrina at the last Quilting Symposium in New Zealand. Luckily for me she entrusted it to my care for quilting. I wanted to complete most of the quilting in a traditional style but couldn’t resist a few pebbles.There are lots of elements to this quilt which needed their own special treatment.I estimate that it took a good forty hours to quilt. Remember I don't use stencils nor do I have a computer guided machine.

I actually remembered to take a before picture:

Chris quilt full

Onto the frame


The first thing I did was after tacking the entire quilt was stitch in the ditch around all major components.


Time consuming but I like to do this as it gives a much crisper finish to the quilt. SID – five hours gone.

Four borders and a different treatment for each one.


See those brown flying geese? They are all different sizes and angles. They were a challenge! In the end I decided to pull in the feather shapes from the Flying Geese border,


I love the shapes in this quilt. There is so much movement going on. The centre is particularly interesting:



As well as conquering the tricky piecing in the top Chris pieced a very interesting backing too:


Love to see some quilt back stitching loveliness:


Sadly I wasn’t able to hang the quilt for a final look but I think this view is pretty good.



Bye bye Ashbourne Mill it was a pleasure to quilt you.









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