Friday, June 20, 2014
Christina's Quilt is a scrap quilt. I wanted it to look "rich" so I used all the jewell colours from my scrap boxes. It was made for a colleague who was leaving the organisation I worked for. The block is a simple square with a frame around it, sometimes called a square within a square.
I made this quilt for the first baby of a friend who used to be a student of mine in Denmark when I was there teaching English.
This sweet little quilt was made in 2009 for Lucy's first baby who turned out to be a girl. The fabric consists of a couple of coordinating Pooh Bear prints.The block is bowtie, another favourite of mine. I have done at least three baby quilts using bowtie blocks arranged in this circular way. I also love to use up scraps as I have for this quilt doing those strippy borders which are always so effective.
Australia has many terrible bushfires every year which rage through the country destroying crops, trees, gardens, livestock and houses. Houses can be gone in a second eating up irreplaceable family possessions. In 2005 I made this quilt to commemorate the wonderful skilled and courageous work done by the volunteer bush fire brigades in the country. The red symbolises the fires and the many other fabrics detail the skies, trees plants and animals threatened by these terrible flames. The quilt was professionally quilted by Jenny Baker in Bathurst in a continuous flame pattern. It's a scrap quilt done in alternating ninepatches and post and rail blocks. Simple but much loved blocks. I think this quilt demonstrates well how simple blocks can be enhanced by many different fabrics. A scrap quilt never fails.
Felix (my oldest grandson) and Charlie are first cousins. When I made Felix's baby quilt, I made Charlie one using the same pattern but in different colours. Nine years later these quilts are still being used (mainly for TV watching) and have held up really well in the washing machine. The stars were put on using Vliesofix and raw edge applique. The edges have become a little furry over the years but they have never become unstuck.
I try to take photos of all the sewing I do in order to keep a record. I give most of the stuff I sew away and have been known to forget what I make. Recently I found some photos of work I did a few years back so I'm putting them up here.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A friend is becoming a grandfather for the first time. Little does he know what will happen when he see that baby boy for the first time. It will be love at first sight. Here is the quilt I made to celebrate his birth. It will be the last baby quilt for a while because I want to try a few other things with my silks and and old doilies.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
As many of you know I am partial to the wonderful gaudy jewelled colours of the peacock. A couple of years ago I was in Hobby Lobby, one of my fav craft shops in Georgia and I spotted a group of coordinated fabrics featuring peacocks.Not being one to resist purchasing ANY fabric let alone peacock fabric I bought a selection of these back to Australia with me and made this quilt. Because the fabrics were very busy the quilt had to be done in a fairly simple pieced block. I chose a pattern from "Quilts from The Quiltmakers Gift". "The Quiltmakers Gift" is a beautiful children's book which features many different fabrics and patterns woven into a story. The book features the quilts patterns in the story. The one I chose is actually on the cover of the book.