Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda

Here it is... the grand unveiling of my finished Waltzing Matilda quilt!! The front is made entirely of two of my most favourite fabrics, Nuala and Matilda, both by Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom but from ranges released a few years apart. Everyone knows I love Jennifer's beautiful rich, bright colours. Creating gorgeous toiles in these fabulous colours is brilliant in my humble opinion! I was limited with the design because I only had fat quarters of some of the fabrics and didn't want to waste even a corner by doing any curved piecing, so that left squares or triangles. I'd just received a big book of quilt block designs and I'd have to say I must have been influenced because it does look like one big giant block. It wasn't thought out before hand. I'm a real player in the sewing room, stick a bit of fabric on the design wall and see what happens. At 96 by 96 inches it was way too huge to quilt myself and I’m lucky enough to know the best longarm qui

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The Springwood Quilt Show 2012

The Springwood Quilt Show 2012

The last weekend in April is the annual Springwood Community Quilt Show weekend!!  That's this weekend coming!!  I've been busy binding my quilts and wondering why do I leave things till the last minute... :)  Gbf and I went and helped set up the frames this afternoon. Lots of fancy spanner twirling, clever tricks with chairs and team work meant the frames were soon up and ready for the quilts that will arrive tomorrow. By Thursday evening this hall will be full of 150 or so quilts in time for the show opening on Friday morning. There'll be trader's tables all around the perimeter of the hall. I have a few favourite stalls that are always stocked with gorgeous things.  I wont be able to go until Saturday morning so it'll be a surprise to see where my quilts will be hanging. I'm sure I'll get a few nervous butterflies that come with showing my work, but that's just normal. It's a non-juried show which takes the pressure of

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Festival of Half Square Triangles

Festival of Half Square Triangles

It's about time I showed off my quilted  Dancing in Your Head quilt.  I finished quilting it in the early part of the year but hadn't gotten around to sharing it. What better excuse than the   The Festival of the Half Square Triangle.  linky party hosted at Canoe Ridge Creations . The whole quilt is made up of 8 and 4 inch HST's. lots and lots of them! I randomly placed them on the design wall and went from there, turning enough squares to keep it random but keeping just a hint of a pattern showing through. I see it almost as a sampler of what the HST can do. The more you look the more you see Flying Geese, Pinwheels, Value Squares, Envelopes and all sorts of things The fabrics are Erin McMorris's Summersault range combined with 5 different hot pink solids. Hot pink was the obvious choice to set off these fun summery fabrics. I wanted to have a mix of solids just to create a subtle movement with the colour. It was also a great chance t

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Nifty House!

Nifty House!

Some presents look too beautiful too open. Especially ones wrapped in polka dot tissue paper and a tied with a bright red ribbon!! .. but when this pretty package had arrived from across the oceans from the lovely LeeAnn of Nifty Quilts I knew it was bound to have something super special inside ... and I was right... it contained an amazing house block!! I love it because it's soooo Nifty but sooooo made for me! There's little Rachaeldaisy doing a happy dance... That bird fabric!! OMG - Wow!!! She knows I love my chattering, colourful birds... and of course Blue Daisies!!! I couldn't be happier with my beautiful house block!! And this gorgeous card too!!! Thank You!!! It came about when LeeAnn asked for some vintage fabrics for a quilt she was making . She wanted to include fabrics from bloggy friends to create a special quilt. I sent her an odd assortment of bits and pieces. I've often thought I'd like to make a Bloggy Friendship quilt using house blocks. I

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Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain

My friend Suzee of AppleHead Threads and I were chatting about dandelions recently. It made me think of the daisy chains I'd make when I was a little girl. The next sunny day I was out and about looking for dandelions and this is what I made. I left my necklace of flowery sunshine hanging in a tree at the bottom of the garden. That's where the fairies live. I'm sure they would have had fun using it as a garland. When was the last time you made a daisy chain?

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I'm Back!!

I'm Back!!

Hello!! It's me!! I'm back from my Blogaholiday!! No, I haven't turned into a chicken! So, what have I been up to? well, besides working, I've been cleaning cupboards, watching Downton Abbey, going for fun outings, we've had a family visit and I've managed to get a bit of sewing done... No doubt you'll remember I was raving about Sis Boom's Crazy Love range, well as soon as I received my bundle from Hawthorn Threads I started cutting into it. In my spring cleaning I'd come across a 60 degree triangle ruler that I've never ever used, I've only had it for 4 years!!! These fabulous fabrics with their big exotic prints arrived the day after I rediscovered my ruler so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. I used the triangle as a template which created 8 inch finished triangles. The 8 inch scale worked really well with the patterns, big enough to frame the designs. There's some other Sis Boom fabrics thrown in the mix. They all

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