Saturday, June 21, 2014

Briar Rose

Last night I had the pleasure
of returning Dawns quilt to her
after I quilted it.

It was such a pleasure quilting this quilt, its called
Briar Rose and you can find a free tutorial here at

Dawn made this from a batik Jelly roll and white homespun.

I quilted this on my APQS handguided machine, I statrted by
outlining all the white blocks with a 1/4 inch border. I then made a template
for the centre stems and copied to each block before I quilted the feathers.

 I then did line dancing in all the square blocks followed by
a meandering feather around the edge.

The back was just as good as the front but this picture doesn't do it justice
I just did simple ruler work in the outer border.

Corner Border

You can go and see more about this quilt on Dawns Blog

I was really happy with how this turned out and am ready to tackle
my next quilt.

Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Yes!! I won the Readers Showcase in the latest Edition of Homespun Magazine, June 2014, for 
my French Connection Quilt that I made in December last year.

I was very excited to get a parcel from the mailman and even more
excited when I opened it, FABRIC!!! and a book,  The Modern Applique
Workbook by
Jennifer Dick

Whoo Hoo!!

Have a great day!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival May 2014 - French Connection

I am so excited that Bloggers Quilt Festival is finally here again, thanks to Amy
from Amys Creative Side for Hosting the Festival.

I am entering "French Connection" into the Large Quilt Catergory.
This quilt measure 54 x 72 inches.
I made it for a friend of mine,
 Jeanne, who turned the big 60, so what better
  way to celebrate the occasion than with a quilt.

I really had no idea what colour to make or what pattern
to do, I had brought fabric in America on our trip (that we did together)
with intentions to make it into a quilt.

Still unsure I kept and eye out and then I found it in a
recent issue of Homespun Magazine.

"French Connection"
by Rebecca Johnson

I am so happy with how it has turned out and I know this will go
well with Jeanne's decor. I loved it so much that I went out
straight away and brought the same fabric to make me one. It goes well
with my decor too, I was sort of hoping she didnt like it and then I could
make her another ha ha!!!

I went to the local patchwork shop and chose all my fabrics
 and then began busily putting this together. You definiltely
need space to spread out with this one.

I machine quilted it with a Panto called "Gardenia" by Patricia Ritter

For the first time in a while I put a label on the back, I generally
don't put labels on but recently have changed my views on labelling 
I did add a quote on the back saying
"Friends are the family you choose"

Jeanne loved her quilt and I hope she has many cozy nights curled 
up on the couch with her quilt.

I must add that about an hour and a half before I gave her the quilt I decided
to photograph the back and would you believe I got bird poo on it, fresh bird poo!!!
Arrrggghhhh! I tried sponging it off but, NO, it made it worst so into the washing machine
it went, all the time crossing my fingers the black wouldn't run. Thank goodness
for colour catchers. Then straight into the dryer and onto the BBQ. Phew!!!
It was a little tense I must say but all was well in the end.
Happy Quilting!

Bloggers Quilt Festival May 2014 - Metro Medallion

Let me introduce to you my Metro Medallion Quilt that I am entering
into Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.

If you are new to my blog, 
Welcome,  I hope you stay and  have a little look around. 
If you have been here before then I apologise for my repost of this quilt, but
its my favorite so far this year and I have to enter it.

Metro Medallion is made with the Quick Curve Ruler by Jenny Pedigo
from "Sew Kind of Wonderful" as soon as I saw this pattern
I knew I had to make it, check out Jenny's Blog and see all the
wonderful quilts she has made with this ruler.

 Metro Medallion is made mostly from Red and Black Homespun, with
a red and black print. It's a single bed, sized quilt and I custom quilted it
with my APQS long arm machine (hand guided).

 I was originally going to do an edge to edge panto
on the quilt, but it was calling for custom, so custom it got.

 I was so happy with the way it turned out, I love the texture
the quilting created

and the back was just as good.........don't you just love it when that happens!!

I made this quilt for my very special friend Tayler, who I had known for 28 years or more, she
has been fighting MSA (Mutiple System Atrophy) for the last 5 years. Sadly, she recently 
passed, earlier than we expected, she fought a hard and courageous battle and I miss her deeply, but I am comforted to know that
my quilt is with her in heaven.

Thanks to Amy for hosting the Festival and have fun
looking at all the beautiful quilts.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Metro Medallion

As promised better photos and even the binding is on.

Being a longarmer, I love the texture the quilting gives this it
.......hearts a flutter.......sorry......getting carried away!!



I never used to put labels on my quilt, until I discovered this quick 
and easy way, now all my quilts have labels.


Snapped in the car on my lap........ did I say I love the bad!!

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hopscotch Daze

Finally its finished.......yay!!!!

I first saw this quilt in Bloggers Quilt Festival 2012 by

I knew this would be perfect for my little granddaughter and I was excited to get going
on it........ what little girl can resist hopscotch ....... right!! So hubby and I sat down 
and nutted out the pattern and off I went. It has 
taken me about 15 months to complete but it is done now just in time
for GD's 5th Birthday.

 I have added flowers, butterflies, lady bugs and birds, her favorites and
traced her hand prints and appliqued them on.

I used blanket stitch on my machine for the applique and did a 
scrappy piano key border. This is a great quilt for using up your
scraps, I just grabbed all my bright colours and off I went.

I machined quilted this on my longarm, I stitched in the ditch around the hopscotch and 
numbers then did an all over free hand for the background. I got the idea from
Angela Walters Book "Free Motion Quilting" the design I used for the background
was called "Flower Power".

I am really happy with how this has turned out
I just love how bright and cheery this quilt is, I know that everytime
I look at this quilt it puts a smile on my face and hopefully hers as well.


Love this angle, you can see the great texture the quilt has.

 And the best photo of all 
was that as soon as she opened her present
she laid it out and started playing........heart her to gorgeous!!

Have a great Day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yummy Birthday!!

I feel very appreciated today as one of my
friends made me these beautiful cupcakes for my birthday.

White Chocolate and Raspberry, my favorite.

Thanks so much Leeanne they were delicious. I will admit
I have had more than one and am not really keen on sharing them with the family.

Have a Great day!