Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Quilt for Mum & Dad

This is a lovely quilt - I have quilted it with a large overall pattern - Tulip Basket - in a bright green thread which gives it a bit of a lift. I have also put a 1 inch binding on (I have done a tutorial also and will upload to my blog later).

The 1 inch binding really sets this quilt off. I did not piece this quilt but purchased it from a lady who no longer wanted it - basically for the price of the fabric I got a lovely quilt that I could finish off straight away.

This quilt will go and live with my Mum and Dad - they need another quilt! And I know my Mum will love this one with the mix of colours.

Batik Fat Quarters

What do you do with 30 fat quarters of batik fabric - that you really really love but don't know what to make with it and you don't really want to cut the beautiful pieces up - make a big block quilt - that's what.

So when I found this lovely pattern of 14 inch blocks - I made myself a quilt - in a day - pieced, quilted and bound! - Okay I finished it at 11.30 at night.

The pattern is from Happy Hour by Atkinson Designs - this little book has so many ideas in it - with the 30 fat 1/4's I made this quilt but have enough pieces left over to make another quilt - that I just have to add sashings to. Very clever really.

The back fabric is lovely and soft to touch - it is Kool Kats by Fabri-Quilt - I just love it. This is definately my quilt!

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Baby Quilt

This is a little baby gift quilt I made for my friend Tina. I learned some good lessons from making this one. ie - should have used my crosshatch Circle Lord template so they were more accurate.

All in all though - it is a cute little pattern.


A baby quilt - an all over pattern on lovely "Cotton Sateen" fabric.

This is a healing hearts quilt for another quilter - I have pieced it with hearts made by a whole lot of other machine quilters, I have then quilted it with a freehand flower pattern and outlined each heart. Then bound the edges. It will be posted off next week - I really hope the recipient loves it.

More Zentangles and other ATC's

Playing with perspective.

This is a portrait of my darling husband, James. I really like the pointillist art - which probably has a lot to do with growing up around Aboriginal art as well.

It is a good likeness of him - although the hat he usually wears is black!

This is supposed to be Russell Crowe - but I didn't quite get him right. Might have to have another go.

Batman aka George Clooney - this was fun to draw.

Here are some more zentangles that I have drawn - they are quite addictive.

Thursday, 7 February 2008


Is this a new craze or something that I have only just discovered??? Well - I think we all Zentangle but have never called it that - maybe you know it as doodling. But it is a bit more I think - to give structure to a drawing with just a black fine tip pen and a piece of card stock is it's own little bit of paradise - a Zen state you could say!
This is a big 8x6inch piece and is my first "formal" Zentangle drawing.

These next two are 2.5 x 3.5 inch Artist Trading Card size Zentangles - they were drawn in a single sitting - about an hour or so for each one. It is very relaxing drawing in this small format - you can then put them into a little trading card plastic folder - put a little magnet in the back of the picture and put them on your fridge - works of art!

This is not a Zentangle - it is Shadow Daisy Monk having a stand off with Apples the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. Apples was hit by a car a year and a half ago - she couldn't stand up properly and suffered some damage to her brain - she is blind in one eye - so she lives with us and gets a bit of fruit or vegetables every other day - the rest of the time she eats what Kangaroos eat - my trees! Anyway - the cat and the kangaroo stare at each other through the flyscreen door - almost nose to nose sometimes.

Finished Family Quilts

I have finally put together another small flannel quilt - I had these lovely fat quarters of flannel and made up last week, I love the meandering hearts pattern and have used a soft rose pink thread to quilt it.

This next quilt is a "Nanna Quilt". I made two with the same fabrics but have used different borders. I have mitred these borders and it is not that hard to do. I used the pattern "Hot Rod" on this one and I love the effect on the back fabric. This quilt has gone to live in Adelaide with my sister - for when her grandchildren come to stay with her (thats why it's a nanna quilt)!

It is nice to finally get some quilts finished.