Wednesday, November 26, 2014

coming along

My latest quilt is coming along nicely....

These are 10" blocks but I am planning lots more.

Here's something I found while playing on the internet the other day:

It doesn't have to be louder, brighter or more didactic...
but it can be pushed.
It can be taken further.
It can be better, stronger,
even more deceptively simple.
But it needs to go to the next level.

        Andrew Salgado

Thursday, November 20, 2014

all in together

I have been planning to do a quilt like this for some time.

I have started with these four 10" Court House blocks

then nine...

 and lots of scraps.
What do you think?
Too scrappy?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday night already

This week I have:
finished a quilt top
and started a new one
and drove more than 1500 kilometres, 
on my own,
to go to a funeral.

You know what I like about hand sewing?
It is portable,

and small.

Monday, November 10, 2014

always difficult

It's always difficult to give a quilt away.
It's like sending one of your children away.

But then, isn't it nice when you can give something you love to someone you love?

And I put a lot of love into my quilts...

Happy Birthday M...

Friday, October 31, 2014

a lot of squares stitched together

A local "critic" has described my pieces in this exhibiton as 
just a whole lot of squares stitched together.
I take issue with the word just.
Just is a funny word, don't you think? 
Just arrived?
Just beautuiful?
Just a thousand?
Just a million?
Anyway they are a whole lot of squares and rectangles from
repurposed kimonos
 stitched together.
 Just  look for yourself.

I think you are going to get sick of my latest obsession....

This is the view from my kitchen which I have tried to work into this little piece,

and I have finished these.
They are about half the size of a postcard.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Sssh....It's just over 8 weeks until Christmas
and I have already started.
In keeping with my recent infatuation
I have been making small things.

Do you have any of this fabric? Celestials.....
I am searching for some of the selvedge.

I have taken inspiration from this book 
although I cut out the pieces free-hand as I wanted them much smaller than the ones in the book.
These old Red Wagon books are some of my favourite quilting books.

Friday, October 24, 2014


I have decided to turn my attention to something I have been wanting to get back to.
Tiny little pictures.

Remember back here and here I showed you the wondeful workshop I went to?

 These are done freehand, without drawings, needle turn.

They measure about 11cm square. 
I am looking for ideas.
Any suggestions?