Saturday, 12 June 2021

Staying Local

There haven't been any hiking posts for a while as I haven't been hiking.  At the start of May I hurt my foot, so until recently I haven't even been walking which has been very frustrating.  I think it is finally on the mend, but I need to be careful I don't overdo it (easier said than done). 

Melbourne also went into a two week lockdown (that ended yesterday) due to a Covid outbreak.  We are still only allowed to travel within 25kms of our home under current restrictions so we can't go bush even if my foot was ok.

My husband took this photo of the Maribyrnong River a couple of days ago.  Look closely - after taking it he turned the photo upside down.  The reflection was nearly perfect.

This is a photo of Aberfeldie Park.  At the start of last year that dirt in the foreground was just a big pile of dirt.  But over the last year it has been carefully sculpted into bike ramps.  During lockdown last year groups of mostly I would guess nine to thirteen year old kids, mostly boys, but a few girls, would congregate here and slowly the mound of dirt was shaped.  Kids that I assume would normally be doing other activities on the weekend found an outlet here.  

If you look carefully you can see an old wheelbarrow and shovel that I have circled, and you can see the path their bikes take down the hill to the ramps.  I wonder if the council would have allowed this to happen in a normal year.... I think probably not.

Monday, 7 June 2021


This gorgeous quilt is made by Donna.  The pattern is called Thistles by Fig Tree & Co.  It was quilted with an allover freehand cloud design.

I especially like the flying geese sashing and how the four smaller star blocks make up one larger block.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Version Three - Black (Fireworks)

I pieced this top in 2015, and quilted it late 2017.  It won the Excellence in Machine Quilting Award at Vic Showcase 2018.

The quilting is random, and I wanted it to look like fireworks exploding between the stars.

I quilted the border with random triangles coming in from the edge, shading from the light blue in the middle of each side to the dark blue at the corners.

Most of the stitching for the straight lines and the circles I have gone over twice to make it really stand out on the black background.

To work out the placement of the quilting, I marked the quilt with chalk.

I then put a letter for each colour in the shape to plan out the colour placement.

I chose a plain black back to show up the quilting.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Black and White Log Cabin

Another quilt by Karen this month.  You can see her Harlequin Stars quilt here.

Karen decided to be adventurous and chose a black thread which showed the quilting on the white areas.  I quilted it with a freehand leaf design.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Modern Stellar

This is a quilt I pieced in 2018, and quilted in 2019.  The design is called Stellar, and is by my friends Kathy and Lori at Highway 10 Designs.  You can get the pattern here.  

I fell in love with this design and wanted to make it in plain bold colours.  Whilst it may look complicated, it was very easy to make.

I quilted it with a geometrical design with lots of straight lines.

The back I pieced with some left over fabrics and a couple of extra pieced triangles that I had made by mistake.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Mini Red Stars

Last year I asked my brother what colours he would like if I made him a new quilt (he has several of course).  He said red, white, and black.  And then he also asked for white quilting on the black fabric which was a rather specific request.

This was the result.

As you can see I did do white quilting on the black fabric with a big freehand bubble like design.  I did the same design on the patterned fabrics in a red thread which is more subtle.  I also pebbled the background of the little stars.

This is the top before quilting.  The black areas looks boring without the white quilting.

I am not sure who the designer is.  I was in Brisbane in 2019 with a friend and went to a small local quilt show.  This quilt was hanging and I took a photo.  I thought I would recreate it, and just assumed they were four inch blocks.  After making around 250 of the mini stars and starting to piece the blocks into rows I realised it was going to be ridiculously large.  So I chopped off four rows on each side.  This simplified the design, but I still think it looks good.

My brother loved his new quilt and I think his foster cat does too.

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Harlequin Stars

This gorgeous quilt was made by Karen.  The pattern is Harlequin Stars by Emma Jean Jansen.  I have this pattern myself, and it is on my (very long) to do one day list.

I love the fabrics that Karen chose, and the way she has incorporated the striped fabrics.

Karen chose to have my freehand allover feather plume pattern.  I love how it gives texture and you can see the feathers in the white around the stars.  But at the same time it doesn't overpower the piecing.

The back was a vibrant green, and you can see the quilting with the white thread.