Let's keep it fun and friendly.

Let's keep it fun and friendly.

I read a post on a blog the other day that left me fuming. Someone, under the guise of getting things off her chest had said hurtful things about a few different fabric and quilt designers work. It's one thing to have a little quiet off loading of opinion with friends, but loud and proud in public where the words will get back to the designers in question is really unthoughtful. But then what left me even more flabbergasted was the post attracted hundreds of comments from people and their complaints about quilting and blogging. I sound like I'm whinging too, I know. It seems so obvious to me - Quilt because it makes you happy. Use the fabric you love. Sew the patterns that you enjoy making and using. Read blogs that inspire you or make you smile (oops I slipped up on the last one and see what's happened , lol). Call yourself whatever you want- quilter, modern, newbie, liberated, traditonal, artist. And leave others to sew, use, read and call themselves whatever they wa

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It's nearly Show time!!

It's nearly Show time!!

My quilts are labelled , sleeved and ready to go to the Springwood Community Quilt Show . I've entered 4 quilts this year. Two are from a few years ago when I was fairly new to quilting, there's one I made last year and another I just finished sewing the binding on a couple of days ago. I've chosen them because they're all bright and fun. I'll post proper pictures of them when they're hanging. I've got that nervous feeling about showing my work in public but hopefully there'll be no quilt police attending. If you're in the neighbourhood don't miss the show. It's held at Springwood High School in Grose Rd, Springwood. Fri 29th and Sat 30th from 9-5pm and Sun 1st May 10-4pm. In addition to lots of lovely quilts there will be traders tables laden with irresistible goodies and delicious lunches and devonshire teas on offer. Check out The Blog for more information. Cheers, Rachael

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

This is what the easter bunny brought me... It reminded me of a fabric I have in my cupboard. I have plans to use it in an Easter quilt with these leftover blocks, one day. Today, I'll be busy binding and labeling my quilts for the Springwood Quilt Show next weekend Happy Easter, I hope the bunny brings some yummy treats for you.

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Nice Buns!

Nice Buns!

It's Good Friday and what better way to celebrate than to get up before the birds to make good old Hot Cross Buns. Or Hotties as Gbf always calls them. Guided by a recipe on the Internet I piled flour, sugar, yeast, extra currants, extra peel and extra extra spice! I draw the line at adding chocolate chips, don't get me started about that! Next in went butter and milk, slightly warmed. A couple of beaten eggs and it was ready to mix. I rolled and pushed and pummelled the mixture for the required ten minutes then left it covered. As the sun rose so did the dough. More kneading and rolling and bumping and crumpling, I then divided it into little buns and put aside to rise again. It never ceases to amaze me how the dough doubles in size. Baked and glazed with sugar syrup and they're ready to eat!! They don't look like shop bought hotties with their wonky crosses but GBF insists they're a thousand times nicer! Especially when served on a perfect sunny morning with th

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Quilting From Little Things

Quilting From Little Things

It's Sarah Fielke's fault I couldn't sleep on Friday night... because I'd purchased her new book that day and couldn't stop thinking about all the quilts I want to make from it!! From the first flip through Quilting From The Little Things I knew it's going to be a favourite! Sarah's patterns are so clever and well explained. Her use of colour is so confident. I learn and am inspired so much just looking at the glorious combinations of fabrics. All these things are captured in stunning photographs by Sue Stubbs. The book has 10 chapters each showcasing a different technique. From simple Row by Row Construction... ...to Deconstructed Piecing, Inset Piecing, Step Down Piecing and the one I'm most excited about is Feathered Blocks! This book just makes me want to sew!! to try new things, to get into my stash and pull out surprising mixes of fabrics. Wahooo!! What more can I ask from a quilting book.!?! For more info check out Sarah's web page and

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The Dahlias of Our Lives

The Dahlias of Our Lives

Hee hee - That's got to be the tackiest post title I've ever come up with, but I'm working on the hope of it being so bad that it's funny.. maybe? Here's my lovely Dahlia center that I made in Chris Jurd's class. Her quilt has beautiful circle blocks surrounding the dahlia and then some borders of stunning fabric. ( Chris always finds the most amazing fabrics for her borders!) Well... For my borders I went a little bit crazy . That was way back in November but just recently found time to sew them on. Where does the time go? Crazy... or should I say loud, zany and crazy borders?! Here it is on the floor about to be basted. Now, wouldn't you think I'd have the sense to take a proper photo while it was up on my design wall... but No I had to wait till it was on the floor and my shots are all at weird angles. I guess it adds to the crazy, zany feel of it all. This is a pretty strong statement but I think this is my Very favourite quilt that I've e

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Sun Day Fun Day

Sun Day Fun Day

Did you notice my new header? Some say a change is as good as a holiday. On a whim the other day I decided I should have a new header. I started playing with different ideas but didn't really like any. I went to re install my old header but had deleted it. So I had to persevere with ideas until I came up with this one. It's a bit like getting a new haircut, it'll take a few days to get used to it. What do you think? Do you like it? It was such an amazing Autumn day here that after lunch I suggested to Gbf that we go for a walk. So off we went to explore some of the streets around our neighbourhood. We've been vaguely planning what we want to do in our garden so getting out and looking at what grows well in the area is very inspiring. My favourite flowers at the moment are these Banksias. I'm really drawn to their rich caramel gold colours, their part fluffy/part spiky texture and their crooked, angular branches. Mother Nature used her pinking shears when she made t

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