It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Only a week to go until Christmas!! Yikes!! I feel like I've been racing against the clock to finish up projects by the end of the year. Every spare moment has been used for painting rooms and furniture, wall papering, framing pictures, decorating doorways with paper cutouts, cultivating a colourful rug addiction, researching bathroom tiles... basically turning our house into a home. A fun and colourful Daisyland! There's been lots of creative activities but no sewing, in fact I sometimes wonder if I've forgotten how to use my sewing machine. I guess I'll find out in the new year when I hope to focus on stitching and fabric once again. Santa recently dropped off the latest edition of Simply Moderne . It was great to take time out of the festive frenzy, put my feet up and flip through the colourful glossy pages. I love this magazine with it's great articles of quilt shows and variety of quilt projects. The cover quilt is by Australian quilter Wendy Willi

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Desert to Sea book Giveaway!

Desert to Sea book Giveaway!

I know I've been a quiet blogger of late but it's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and I've taken part in every Giveaway Day for the last 5 years so I couldn't let one go by without joining in.  Today I'm giving away a copy of  Desert to Sea: 10 Quilts from Australian Designers.   (If you already have a copy of the book there's something for you too so keep reading) This description of the book sums it up perfectly, " Take a journey to the great Land Down Under … Ten beautiful, eclectic quilts designed by eight inspirational Australian quilters, reflective of the bountiful colour and beauty of the Australian landscape and culture. Quilt patterns to entice and challenge passionate quilters to make unique quilts that will bring a little of the Land Down Under into your home. Betty Kerr, Charlotte Dumesny, Danielle Aeuckens , Jane Davidson , Lorena Uriarte , Cathy Underhill, Rachaeldaisy and Jeannette Bruce , bring to you quilts made with their f

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The story continues...

The story continues...

I know you've all been wondering whether  Asterisk Tricks survived it's washing adventure so I'll jump right in and show you...  The Before photo... and this is how it came out of the washing machine. I flattened out the confetti strips with my fingers so they laid flat again. There was a bit of fraying but not too much. In fact I really like how the fraying has softened the edges and added texture to the strips.  It's really hard to tell from the photos but washing has really set the quilting. Maybe because the linen shrunk it's puffed up the stitches. The overall quilt shrunk by a whopping half a inch. When it's only a 16inch quilt to start with half an inch seems a lot. I didn't block the quilt to bring it back to a true square, I like that it wears the signs of its journey through the watery depths. I think it goes to show that quilts are tougher than we think.  But wait there's more!!! I have

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How often do you wash your quilts?

How often do you wash your quilts?

After my last post I received an email in which the person mentioned that it seemed none of the 3 quilts I'd shared were made to be washed.  The person was right in that they are mini quilts and designed to be hung as art so they don't really need to be washed but of course it got me thinking about washing quilts. I very, very rarely wash my quilts. I guess I'm lucky where we live that we have such lovely sunny days and I often take advantage of the sun's warm rays to hang quilts out to air. I find that freshens and fluffs them up. I don't have a clothes dryer so I can't compare it to tumble dried crumply goodness people talk of. I don't have any pets hopping on the beds so that lessens the need to wash. Though I would jump at the chance to have a pet quokka, sloth or guinea pig( or all three!)  So whether a quilt can be washed or not isn't foremost in my mind as I'm coming up with my designs. Plus in recent times the quilts I've b

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Colour Collision

Colour Collision

Each year Quilt NSW ( formerly known as the Quilters Guild of NSW) has a suitcase challenge where members are invited to submit mini quilts of 40 x 40cms (16 x 16 inches) in a set theme.  Some of you may remember that I made some quilts for the Mini Modern theme last year. To jog your memory you can pop over to the post about my  Trio of Quilts here. This year the set theme was Colour Collision. A chance to play with colour- yes please!! And the idea of "collision" immediately sparked ideas. Just like last year I got carried away on an inspiration wave and ended up making three quilts. I decided to continue the recipe of steel coloured linen combined with solids and a few patterns thrown in. The use of negative space features strongly too.  Oh and they have to have rhyming names too, coming up with titles is half the fun! I've made a few now and I like that they work as a series. The first quilt I made for this years challenge was Collision Vision- a sq

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Simply Moderne #2

Simply Moderne #2

The postie was whistling as he popped the new edition of  Simply Moderne  in my letter box. I saw him and went out to greet him. "Have a great day!" he called as he continued on his way. Ooohhh, a Simply Modern magazine!! Of course it would be a great day with all these pages full of quilty gorgeousness at my finger tips. When you get a new magazine do you read it methodically from the beginning? One page after another, and resist flipping through to the end in case you spoil any surprises? or do you skip straight to the projects? Are you curious about the product and book reviews? I often read articles about quilters first (  Hello Lorena). But in this case I raced straight to the article about the Sydney Quilt Show.   And was soon hollering and dancing a merry jig around my lounge room and singing  "Yippee Yay!! Oh Happy Day!!"  There was my  Blooming Doilies  taking up a whole page!! That's not all though - my  Un

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