I have followed the lovely Alissa’s pattern to make these placemats for my friend in Sydney.

Her only request was for me to use cobalt blue and white.

They are a bit larger than your standard Australian placemats or table settings at about 14 by 19 inches.

I think it gives them character.

I don’t have enough of any one colour to bind them though, so I’ll have to use several colours for a scrappy look.

Now to find time to quilt them! I plan on using a straight line technique.

I have also found my all time favourite modern quilt – made by the lovely Blooming Poppies.

Her work is so inspirational! Definitely check out her blog.



Look what arrived in the mail this week!

Modern Minimal and Block Party

Now all I need to do is find some time to spend with my sewing machine….


Has everyone seen this?

I so want to go.

I’ll try and round up the Sydney Modern Quilting ladies.

(And convince hubs to let me go).

Loving the design and colours of the little advert.

Also – Wollongong has just started a modern quilt guild.

Their first meeting is this Saturday.

Happy quilting.

Day of Firsts

My First Quilting Guild Meeting and my First 2012 Project Finished!
I am absolutely delighted to have met the lovely ladies at the Sydney Modern Quilting Guild yesterday.

This was my first meeting and my education in fabric, hand quilting, paper piecing and labelling has just grown exponentially.

It is so refreshing to meet people who speak in ‘quilters language’, who are so encouraging and to be frank just nice people.

Thank you for motivating me to keep going with my quilting projects and thank you for restoring my faith in humanity; that nice people still exist in the world.

And now with delight I can announce that I’ve completed my first quilting project of 2012.

Baby Annabelle’s quilt.

It was a cloudy overcast day – so sorry for the lack of sunny light.

Hubs (an engineer who is far better at maths than me) and I worked out measurements from Bijou’s lovely design.

Now that I look at the photo I should have framed it with a white border (probably 2 inches or so) before I bordered it.

I purchased all of my fabric from Spotlight and am definitely going through a pink/orange/yellow phase.

Here is the back.

I quilted this in straight lines from my home machine.

This square, on an angle in the top right corner, is all improvisation. No measurements – just cutting squares and pieced together.

And finally I made baby Annabelle a  little matching bib with all of the scraps.


I made the back with a lovely yellow flannel and finished it off with a little velcro snap.

My next project is from the lovely Alissa’s collection.

Happy Quilting.


Show and Tell

Look at my presents! I have been absolutely spoiled by the lovely Candace.

These threads are gorgeous.

And this fabric looks fun!

Again – thanks to the lovely Khris for organising.

I’ll sign off with a preview of what I’m working on now. I’m attempting a bright and colourful version of Bijou’s design.

And the applique of Annabelle.

My FRIENDS swap package is finished, packaged and posted. Sorry Candace that it’s running late. The postman said it will be with you between 3 and 10 days. I wont open my package until you receive yours – then we’ll pretend its an early Christmas and open them together.

Here are a few photos of the gifts I made.

I also stopped in quickly at Spotlight this morning and picked up some gorgeous yellow flannelet fabric. I’m really looking forward to starting our baby cousin Annabelle’s quilt this weekend. I will post photos as I potter along.

Happy quilting!

The lovely Candace has sent me my package of sewing goodies!

I am so looking forward to opening it but am absolutely refusing to until Candace receives mine.

Only a few more finishing touches and it will be in the mail!

Also thanks to the lovely Khris for organising! It has been a pleasure.