Sunday, 21 June 2015

Oscar's quilt

Oscar's Quilt

My favourite part of my #everybabygetsaquilt project is 1. every baby gets a quilt and 2. I get to watch every baby with a quilt grow up with their quilt.  Case in point, Oscar B.

This is Oscar's quilt, made from a pattern in Quilty Magazine called Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread.  I made it as a scrap quilt, with a grey background. The geometric design required precision, which therefore required patience.

When it was done, I went a bit bonkers with the whole echo/matchstick quilting thing:

But it turned out ok.

 When Oscar B was freshly hatched, the quilt came in handy for strolls in the pram, and most importantly, sleepy time.


And now Oscar B is even more grown up, and the quilt makes a great picnic rug.    

 Yay Oscar B! x

Monday, 15 June 2015

Modern Quilt Show

Modern Quilt Show?  Don't mind if I do!

A couple of weekends ago I popped up to the beautiful NSW coastal town of Kiama to visit the Australian Modern Quilt Show. Accompanied by some of my adventurous quilty pals, we flew up to Sydney, drove to Kiama, drove back to Sydney and flew back to Melbourne.  In a day.

And it was worth it!

The Show was hosted by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, and featured dozens of quilts showcasing the best of modern quilting in Australia.

I was delighted to have two of my quilts accepted for exhibition, both in the improvisation category. Maeve's Quilt is one of my recent quilts, made with Ink & Spindle fabrics.

Maeve's Quilt
And yippee, my old faithful quilt Lawless received a Judges' Commendation!  

- No, I did not intentionally dress to colour-match my quilt, but it is a happy coincidence, no? -

'Twas a great Show, and a great day!  All the winners are listed here

Sunday, 24 May 2015

A tale of two quilts

Maisie and Chester's quilts. Plural.  

Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?  This is a tale of folly if ever I lived one.

As a devoted subscriber of Quilty Magazine, I fawned over the May/June 2014 edition and was quite taken with the Geese Migration pattern by Cynthia Brunz. Its simple yet effective design, made up of blocks with flying geese and 2" squares, was enhanced by the colour play of each block in a different tone.  I decided then and there it would be my next baby quilt. #everybabygetsaquilt I purchased a selection of Kaffe Fasset shot cottons for the 'sky' part of the flying geese units (this description makes sense to me, if not to you).  And I waited.  

And then my friend Kass told me she was pregnant.  

With twins.

No problem at all!  Will I just make one quilt?  Heck no, I'll make two. 

The pattern called for 25 blocks; two quilts, 50 blocks.  But I had such pretty fabric, such a shame not to feature it all!  So in my wisdom, I thought it would be a really great idea to make the quilts even larger than the pattern required.  I'll make 34 blocks!  Per quilt! 68 blocks total!  Each block with 30 pieces.  Reader, that's 2,040 pieces of fabric.

I discovered that when it came to my fabric scraps, it was amateur hour.   I had nothing like the fabric stash required to pull this off - and in so many colours!   I had to call in reinforcements.  I begged members of Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild to donate small scraps from their stash to help me out.  And did they what - people brought in bags of the stuff.  So generous! I could not have made these quilts without them.  Respect.

So, the quilts blocks were constructed and then I used an oatmeal cotton/linen for the sashing. For the backing, I chose a cute apple print fabric, one in red and one in yellow.  I then #matchstickquilted each in red/yellow respectively, and did the binding in, you guessed it, red/yellow.  

Chester or Maisie's red quilt

Maisie or Chester's yellow quilt
Two for the price of one.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Maeve's quilt

Maeve's quilt

Sometimes quilt-making is about the long luxurious process of planning, dreaming, creating and taking one's time to lovingly produce a unique masterpiece.  

And sometimes, it's about getting sh!t done.  

With 3 of the 4 babies of my current #everybabygetsaquilt project already born, and the deadline for entries at the Australian  Modern Quilt Show fast approaching, I had to pull out all the stops and make an entire quilt, from go to woah this weekend.  

For Maeve.  

The start of my weekend looked like this.

Armed with a stash of Ink & Spindle fabrics, I set to work.  
Looking at this scrumptious pile of fabric, there's a fine line between being excited and being overwhelmed.  I simply start by sewing two pieces of fabric together.  Any two pieces. And then another two pieces, and so on.

Once she was all pieced, I used an oatmeal coloured cotton/linen blend backing and the binding is by Umbrella Prints.

I quilted it on my domestic sewing machine with a straight line walking foot.  And then to add some bling / practice my free motion quilting skills I did some feature work to enhance some of Ink & Spindle's beautiful designs.  (The Bernina Stitch Regulator will not defeat me.)  


So Maeve's quilt is done and dusted!  In a weekend.
Maeve may have to wait just a little longer, as her quilt is going to be entered to exhibit at the Modern Quilt Show at the end of next month, but after that Maeve, it's all yours!

The end of my weekend looked like this. 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Make Modern

I'm delighted to have an article published in the latest edition of Make Modern magazine, which comes out today (Jan 1, 2015).  Make Modern is a fab digital mag full of awesomeness for modern quilt makers in Australia and beyond.  

My article "Gaining a Competitive Edge" is about my experiences as a long time quilt-maker, first time quilt competition entrant.

Make Modern is available as a single issue, or a subscription.