Monday, 29 December 2014

Ampersand quilt

Is your life missing a quilt with a giant bright pink ampersand in it?  I can help with that.

Introducing the ampersand quilt.

This quilt is an improv quilt, which is kind of how I roll.  For my fabric selection, I went to the rock stars of Aussie fabric design and production; Ink & SpindleAunty CookieMaze and Vale and Umbrella Prints and most of these have been hand printed. (Respect).  These fabrics were interspersed with other bits and bobs of fabric curios and happy making scraps from my stash.  

The pieced backing features a chevron print and inspirational text fabric.  


It's been quilted on my domestic sewing machine with random straight lines and squiggly ones.

The ampersand quilt is square (ish) 152cm x 146cm and I think it's safe to say you'll never find another quite like it.  It would look ace flung on a couch in a jaunty fashion.


It's now sold, but there are a few other quilts available for sale at my Etsy shop.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Archie's quilt

Quilt has been road tested, and is perfect for lolling about. 
A few months ago now, my friend Libby announced she was going to be an Aunty! What could be a nicer thing?

And being the good Aunty she is, she had already purchased a fabric stack of batiks ready for baby's quilt.

I'd never worked with batiks before, and I just wasn't sure how to pull them together to make a cohesive quilt.  What's a girl to do? I turned to Tula.

Tula Pink's awesome book Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Books  is pretty enough to be a coffee table book, but practical enough to be a modern quilt makers go-to guide.  Based on the traditional concept of the sampler, Tula has provided 100 modern interpretations of blocks, leaving the quilt maker in the driver's seat to pick and choose, mix and match and come up with her very own creation!

 Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
So, I started at the very beginning, and just kept going making blocks until I ran out of fabric.  (I got through 48% of the book, Tula).  I sashed that bad boy up with a vibrant cobalt blue, and backed it with a similar blue and white with a scallop print.  

My design floor.  I live in a super small apartment. 
And Archie seems to like it. 

Quilt is suitable for both caterpillars and cats. 

Dappled sun against batik print creates unintentional artistic effect. 

Monday, 10 November 2014


Photo: Neil Storer. Respect.

I made a quilt.  It started out like any other.

While visiting the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in 2012, I bought a pack of some stunning fabrics from Oakshott Fabrics, and they came home with me, and sat in my stash.  
A year or so later, I discovered Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen's fantastic book Quilting Modern: techniques and projects for improvisational quilts and my quilts were becoming more modern in design.  And I thought these lovely fabrics would make great wonky log cabins.  

Quilting Modern: techniques and projects for improvisational quilts (Gering & Pedersen)

The wonky log cabin is ‘built’ the same way as a traditional log cabin block, but you start with a four-sided piece with four different angles.   And just go from there, adding the 'logs' each time with wonky angles.  I put these blocks together quite quickly, and really enjoyed the experimentation and freedom of designing as I went.

To piece it together I chose two fabrics from Kaffe Fasset's shot cotton range, and made a couple of two tone cabins and assembled the offset the cabins with a larger, assemetrical border.

And I made the obligatory pieced back with the leftover fabrics.                                                                                           

And then I matchstick quilted it on my domestic sewing machine.  Reader, understand. This quilt is a beast of epic proportions, about 2m x 2m, and I thought the best plan of attack would be to stitch quarter inch lines across the whole thing.  


Anyway, in the end it looked like this:

See?  So big it doesn't even fit on the clothesline.

As a long-time quilt maker, first-time quilt competition entrant, I submitted my beloved quilt in for judging to the Royal Melbourne Show craft competition with much trepidation. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I found out it won first place in its category (machine pieced, machine quilted).

Started out like any other quilt, ended up quite unlike any quilt I'd made before.  

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The baby burrito

happy customer
Maze and Vale make divine fabric that is handprinted and yummy.  I tend to purchase it in small panels, a few at a time, and stockpile it for the perfect occasion when it is called for, such as a BABY! #everybabygetsaquilt

from freshly hatched baby...
This is a quilt I made for wee Amos.
I used one filler fabric along with a range of Maze and Vale, and pieced it together mash up/improv/make-it-up-as-you-go-along style.  It's quilted on my domestic sewing machine. 
... to baby burrito

I love watching babies grow up with quilts so it's lovely to see Amos just a few months later growing into the quilt, while he's still wee enough to be wrapped in it. Like a burrito. 
Maze and Vale

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Lara's Ink & Spindle quilt

I've been using gorgeous Ink and Spindle fabrics in my quilts for years. Lara and Teegs design and print fabric using sustainable methods creating luxury fabric to die for.   
I was honoured/terrified to be asked recently by a mutual friend to make a surprise quilt for Lara for her first baby.  Undertaking a covert operation with Teegs to procure the fabric, I also used some of my vintage I&S stash, which gives an eclectic mix of I&S fabric ranges over the years. 
with Beyonce wind machine effect
I pieced it entirely 'on the go' in a mash up style to showcase fabrics and make best use of itty-bitty scraps of valuable fabric.
It's been quilted on my Bernina with a mix of straight and wiggly stitches.  The backing is an oatmeal linen/cotton blend, and I used a bright orange Aurifil thread in the bobbin to give it a cheeky pop.
The binding comes from my beloved Liberty stash.  

Liberty binding