Saturday 31 October 2015

Second International Round Robin Finished

This is the second year that I have been involved in an International Round Robin with three other quilters - myself and Bronwyn are Australian and Kathy and Lori are Canadian.

We have just completed our final round and the quilts have all been mailed home to their owners.

In this Round Robin, in the first three rounds the members made blocks in sizes of their choice and in the final round, the quilt was put together however the person chose.

You can see photos of earlier rounds on Kathy’s blog –

This is my quilt, put together by Lori.  I love it!  Especially the border – thank you Lori.

This is Kathy’s quilt, put together by me.

This is Bronwyn’s quilt, put together by Kathy.

And this is Lori’s quilt put together by Bronwyn.

You can see the final quilts of our first Round Robin here.

Thank you ladies for another very enjoyable Round Robin, and I look forward to next year.

Friday 30 October 2015

Quirky Circles

This striking quilt was made by Louise.  It is her original design.

I really like how the circles aren’t perfect and symmetrical as their quirkiness adds to the overall effect of the quilt.

I kept the quilting simple with an allover freehand meandering so as to not distract with the piecing and applique on the quilt.

Saturday 24 October 2015

New Fabric Purchases

Do you wash your fabric before using it?  I know a lot of people don’t, but I always wash my fabric as soon as I buy it.

Yesterday I went fabric shopping with a friend, and bought some beautiful fabric at Cutting Cloth in Fairfield.  It is a gorgeous shop and I was only planning to buy a few things, but I walked out with two bags of fabric, and a new quilt idea percolating. 

I have washed all my new purchases, and now they are waiting in a giant mound to be ironed.

So this is what my personal sewing area looks like.  I always have several projects on the go at once.  You can see on my design wall a young girl’s quilt I am making for a family member as a Christmas present.

My ironing board really needs a new cover.  It is so bad my husband commented on it recently.  I really would like a new ironing board as this one is very old and on the small side.  My iron is also very old, but I like a plain iron, and this one works perfectly.  

Friday 23 October 2015

Applique Quilt

This gorgeous applique quilt was made by Coral.

It was drafted from a small picture in a book – Birds ‘n Roses by Margaret Docherty.   The picture was of the Garden Quilt by Josephine Craig 1933.  Coral enlarged the picture and from that made templates for the applique.

I quilted feathers in the larger plain areas, and McTavished the background.

I did small pebbles around the applique to make it stand out next to the McTavishing.