November Happenings

It was exciting to see my wall quilt ‘ Florabunda’ displayed on the cover of Quilters Companion GREAT AUSTRALIAN QUILTS magazine. #13

This version is a raw edge machine appliqué project using batik fabrics. The background is quilted in patterns that extend the floral design and the gum blossoms are embellished with colonial knots. The full pattern and instructions are listed as a project in the magazine.

FUN WITH INKTENSE PENCILS.

I had an enjoyable day with some lovely ladies in Batemans Bay. We experimented and played with our Inktense Pencils on fabric to create a placemat or small sample.

In this workshop I demonstrated how to outline the selected design on the fabric, various techniques used to apply the colours and how to quilt the finished piece with free motion machine quilting.

Below are some images of their work, well done to everyone who attended.

I also have been experimenting at home with my Inktense Pencils and wanted to see how they worked on linen. The Waratah was inspired by a photo my husband took on one of his photographic group outings.

Here is my finished version on cream linen, coloured with the pencils then free motion quilted.

Never throw out your scraps…….

With the warmer weather arriving it is time to change those thick winter doonas over. I had made several queen size quilts over the years but they never looked quite right on the beds as they were missing matching pillow shams.
Being reluctant to throw any fabric out I found all the matching off cuts filed away at the bottom of my stash… some of the quilts were made 10-12 years ago.

After a couple of rainy days and a jigsaw of odd shaped pieces I now have all my guest beds dressed for Spring. It was a good challenge for creative machine piecing.

South Coast Country Quilters Display

After moving to the coast three years ago, I became a member of my local quilting group which is affiliated with the South Coast Country Quilters Guild. After Covid lockdowns and lots of behind the scenes organisation the show was held at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club in September. This is a bi-annual show, so there were lots of entries, presenting around 190 quilts.

Many people volunteered their time to present a beautiful display, showcasing the talent of all the members. It was not a judged exhibit, but there were daily viewers choice prizes. It was such a diverse show with many beautiful pieces of handiwork. Everyone concerned should be very proud of their achievements.

I was fortunate to win a viewers choice each day of the exhibit…a different quilt each time. It was lovely to see my three entries all hung together. I also was awarded viewers choice for my small challenge quilt ‘Spring’.

40 Shades of Grey

Here is my version of Wendy Williams ‘40 Shades of Grey’….a colourful rendition.
I really had to move out of my comfort zone when using all these brights that had been hiding in my cupboards. It was a fun project to quilt as each square provided lots of opportunities to experiment with free motion patterns and play with my quilting rulers. The Line Tamer ruler was just the tool for all those striped patches.

It is the first time I used Glide thread and it didn’t miss a beat, Grey rasant in the bobbin. Very happy with the finished quilt…..plus by constructing it in a workshop situation I picked up some new tips and construction methods.

Spring is in the air.

A spring challenge. The finished piece measuring 12×16 inches. I decided to pullout the Inktense Pencils and have some colouring time followed by free motion quilting. The design is drawn onto the fabric using a permanent marker, then coloured.

Using a black thread, it is free motion quilted over the black outlines, adding details such as leaf veins as you go. The background is then quilted in a cream to blend in with the fabric.

The design was inspired by a large panel I had completed last year.