progressing along

I’m still continuing on with some blocks each month for the do.Good stitches Charity. This month’s blocks were string-pieced blocks in bright colours- any would do! The strips could be any width and were each sewn on to each other successively one-by-one. This is the first block:
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and the second:
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The person who is the designated quilter for this project will be cutting large leaf-shapes out of these foundation blocks to put together for the quilt.
I’ve also got a few more blocks finished for the Splendid Sampler quilt. I’m continuing on with using Japanese taupes and creams for most of these blocks.
This first one below is Block #20. I changed it from the original, and instead of embroidering a sewing-themed picture, I added some Japanese characters, which I’m hoping mean ‘peace’!
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This next block is called Hand-in-Hand, designed by Kari Carr. I really like this block so I’m sorry the photo is a little out of focus. The points of the star are formed by folding the fabric so they have a slight 3D-effect.
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This is Block 24, called Inspector Sidekick, designed by Michele Foster
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Block 26 is called Dreaming of Dresdens, and is designed by an Australian quilter Jane Davidson
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I’m not always doing all the blocks in order that they are released, and plus I’m a little behind now, but that’s okay – I’ll get them done sometime! Hope you have a good quilting week!

Tula in Toowoomba

Lots of colour to show you this week! The following quilt is one that I did not make, but I did do the quilting.
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Meryl made this and asked me to quilt it. It’s a bargello-style quilt that makes the most out of the multi-coloured batik fabric.
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I quilted it in an overall design with long horizontal looped lines which highlighted the colour changes in the fabric, in a dark gold thread.
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It’s a beautiful and brightly coloured quilt.
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Last week, fabric and quilt designer Tula Pink visited Toowoomba to give a talk on how she came to do what she does so very well, and to show some of her quilts.

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Tula Pink


Tula is a very entertaining speaker, naturally funny and quick-witted. She spoke at the Precious Time quilt shop in Toowoomba and everyone there had a great time, both listening to her and getting a peek at some fabulous quilts. Tula said that all the quilting on her quilts is done by Angela Walters, so I was very interested to have a close-up look at the quilting- just fantastic work.
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We also got a sneak peek at her newest fabric line, Slow and Steady, which is about to b ereleased. All her fabric lines feature animals, and this new one will be a play on the tortoise and the hare fable.
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She made this quilt out of that new fabric:
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A lot of the people there brought along the quilts they have made with her fabric, and some even got Tula to sign their quilt. This first one below is some hexie quilt!
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It was a great day to get some injection of inspiration to get sewing!

a workshop

I went to a quilting workshop recently. We all had to take our sewing machines, our irons and ironing boards, a cutting board…
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a random pick of fabrics, including old blocks left from previous projects and sewing tools, but no rulers.
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The day was spent playing with fabric, making free-form cuts in fabric and adding them to any other bits of fabric that your hand might fall on.
I decided to use a lighter colour scheme than I usually work with- some creams, whites, browns and muted colours. These blocks I’m showing here haven’t been trimmed yet.
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I also took some old blocks left from a previous project and split them up, then added some slivers of hand-dyed colour.
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Our tutor, Peggy Phelps, started us off with some ideas of blocks to start with using lots of techniques such as strip-piecing, wonky flying geese, chequerboard units and uneven log cabin blocks.
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A few workshop participants took a little time to get used to ‘not being neat’ but soon got into the swing of it!
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And Peggy showed us some of her quilts where she has used lots of lovely bright colour!

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Peggy Phelps


Peggy Phelps

Peggy Phelps


Cornelia's blocks

Cornelia’s blocks


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I find that any workshop you can do is worth spending the time to do it- there’s always something you pick up along the way- whether it be a new technique or even some inspiration to try something different of your own.

morning tea time

The month of May is usually the month of the Biggest Morning Tea- a fund raiser for the Cancer Council in Australia. At our monthly get together for Gatton Quilters, we set a theme for our May meeting to somehow echo the time-honoured tradition of morning tea. This May, the theme was tablecloths, so members were invited to bring along one of their tablecloths. It could be the oldest cloth they owned, or the most well-used, the ugliest cloth or the one with beautiful hand-stitched embroidery. While I didn’t take this one along on the day, I thought I would show you here a tablecloth that was my Mum’s.
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She made this back in the day when Hobbytex was all the rage. Do you remember the range of pens that could ‘paint’ on any fabric and you would colour in a pre-printed design? I think they are actually still available. Mum made quite a few things at the time, and us kids were always wanting to have a turn. Looking back at them now, I have a bit of a giggle at their ‘naive’ charm!
There were lots of lovely tablecloths brought in by the Gatton Quilters’ members- here’s a selection:
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The quilters have also been busy working on quilts to donate to charitable organisations, from mainly donated fabric. Dulcie showed this half-square triangle block quilttop that she has made in blues and creams:
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The whole club is pitching in to make these quilts to give to those in the community that may need a little help.
Hope you are having a good week!

a little progress

I’ve been keeping some of my projects ticking along, in between quilting a few quilts on my long-arm machine. I have always usually liked working on a few projects at the same time, because of the variety. You can switch between them when you might be getting bored with one, or if you have come to a part where you may be stuck and not sure how to progress. Sometimes I like to switch between machine-piecing and hand-work, or applique and quilting.
But sometimes I feel like I may have too many pieces on the go, like now! When that happens, I know I have to stop and evaluate what I am doing and look at what I want to get finished, and what I need to have finished for whatever reason.
One of the things I am doing is the monthly blocks for the do.Good Stitches Charity quilts. I got the block finished this week for the May challenge – a single-wedding ring block which had to be made in bright pinks and low-volume backgrounds:
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My other big project I have still motoring along is the Bright Lights Big City quilt. I blogged about it in January back here, where I talked about making the pieced arcs, all 72 of them! I’ve now finished all the arcs, and am putting them together with the little melon pieces in the middle. As is my favourite way of making quilts, I am making it scrappy-style, so using lots of different fabrics and crossing-fingers that it will all come together in the end!
Here are some of the blocks:
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I’ve decided to try for various greens in the melon pieces and for the end square pieces I’m using – well, trying to use- prints with small-scale patterns so they don’t clash with the arcs, where I used anything and everything.
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Once I have all these blocks together, they will then be pieced with the large centre bits to make the ‘double-wedding-rings’.
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That might be awhile yet though!

some more sampler blocks

The Splendid Sampler quilt blocks are rolling along merrily. I first mentioned them here
If you’ve been interested to go and have a look at the Splendid Sampler site, you’ll see that two blocks are released weekly. Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson are the coordinators of the project with lots of quilt designers contributing the block patterns.
Block 15 was paper foundation-pieced. Even though I have done a fair bit of foundation piecing I found myself unpicking parts of this a few times over- not paying attention to my colour placements!

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I am staying with my theme of using Japanese fabrics and linens, aiming for a more muted-look than I normally sew with. It makes me have to think a little more about the fabrics I choose so that I’m still able to maintain contrast within the block, even if it is using creams, light blues and pinks, greys and greens.
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This next one, Block 19, is called ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’.
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In the original pattern some printed tape-measure braid is used so that the block looks like the tape goes across the block, doubles back on itself at the end and across to the other side. Using that type of trimmimg wouldn’t suit the theme I’m working with so I decided to use some lovely braid I bought from the famous M&J Trimmings in New York last year (ok, I’m name dropping but I still look back on that trip with fondness! and I’m glad I have bits and pieces like this to use to remind me of it). That shop had so much to choose from.
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However, I’m not sure whether it’s working in this block, only because it’s a different concept to the original.

Block 21: Sweet Candy (I’ve skipped Block 20 for now.)

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Block 21


Block 22 Goose on the Loose- another foundation-pieced block
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Block 22


That’s it for now- have a good week!

my small world quilt

I started this art quilt last year. My Small World Quilt is made from a pattern by Jane Kingwell, and was featured in the Quiltmania magazine.

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Karen Mundt- My Small World


It combines my loves of lots of different fabrics- the ‘scrappy look’- with the theme of buildings and houses. Of course, how you choose what fabrics to use is entirely an individual choice. At the time there was an online Quilt-Along and accompanying Instagram groups, so it was fun to check them out to see how others interpreted it.
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I used only fabrics that I already had, and it was a chance to use some different little bits and pieces. Like this little doggy…
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and this little girl at the window…
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I used light low-volume fabrics for the sky area, some with text, some with spots or self-patterns. I started with some pale blues and pinks close to the skyline, fading them to lighter colours as it went higher.
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I also made one little change. In place of the little Pisa tower block, I instead added in a little hand-embroidered block of the Statue of Liberty. That was to reflect my trip to the States, taken during the time I was making it.
It also took me a long time to decide on how to quilt it. I actually put the needle in at an arbitrary place, grabbed the ruler and decided to quilt first one line, then another, turned that into a diamond. Echoed that, did another diamond further across, repeat. That was for the top half- the sky. When I got to the lower half, I just quilted all over in an irregular grid about 2 inches apart.
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I backed it with a white and brown stripe, which I also used for the binding.
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I really enjoyed making this quilt. With all the different blocks and fabric choices to make, you don’t get bored with it and its fun to see what the next section will look like! I enjoyed it so much, I may even make another version some day!
Karen Mundt- My Small World

Karen Mundt- My Small World

weekend trips

When I was young, my mum and dad liked to go on picnics. My sister and I have many memories of picnics at parks, at lakes and dams, at picnic areas near waterfalls or at the beach. As I grew older and had children myself, we still went on picnics with Granny and Grandpa coming along. However, in recent years as my children have grown up and all but left home, and sadly my parents are no longer with us, the frequency of our picnics has dropped right down.
So, our little day trip a few weeks ago, out to Queen Mary Falls, near Warwick, proved to be a lovely day evoking lots of memories.
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My photos are of whatever took my eye- the colours, the textures and the lines.
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… and even some beautiful birds..
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At the end of the day we landed here for a meal- a little pub with lots of character and big meals!!
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I also recently attended a weaving workshop that was held at Palm Beach at the Gold Coast. The workshop was given by Ellie Beck (she instagrams under @petalplum) and I had seen the workshop promoted on Instagram with such beautiful photos of woven creations using lots of varying yarns and threads. This is my loom with my first foray into weaving:
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The workshop was held at a little place called The Craft Parlour where lots of crafty workshops are offered.
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At the end of the morning, I had grown my weaving and had experimented adding some tassels to one end, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep them. I’ve placed them where they are until I weave that whole empty area with lots more wool rovings or threads.
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giving and receiving

This is a recent ‘finish’- a cushion cover I made for a local community group for their upcoming multiple-draw raffle.
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I made it in colours of blue and red so it’s nice and vibrant- should look nice in someone’s rumpus room or a children’s bedroom!
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The pattern I followed was by Lynne Goldsworthy (of Lily’s Quilts blog) and was published in Issue #22 of the Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. That magazine often has lots of patterns for small quilts and cushion covers- ideal for quick turn-around projects!
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I used a red print for the back and some bright blue for binding.
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I also have some photos to show of some lovely quilts and projects made by the members of Gatton Quilts.

Marilyn- some gifted embroideries from Vietnam

Marilyn- some gifted embroideries from Vietnam


This next photo is of some Margaret Hopkins’ Swedish embroidery that Jan M won in a raffle- she doesn’t know its history but is very thankful to now be its owner- such precise and perfect hand-stitching, and the back was as good as the front!
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Jeanette recently turned 80, so the GQ members made her this little quilt to celebrate.
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Jeanette


Each member that contributed had a square of pale fabric and we chose our own fabrics to add the little kimino applique using whichever method we wanted.
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This next one is my little kimono square. I fused the applique on then raw-edge stitched with a black thread:
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Jan Knight also had some of her beautiful stitching, beadwork and ribbon embroidery there to show us:
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Jan K


Taking photos of works under glass is always a little tricky so please forgive the reflections you can see! especially in this next close-up, which- because it wasn’t a really good photo- …
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…I decided to have a little play around and applied two different effects to it from photo-editing software. The first one was a filter which brightened up the colours a little:
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and this one is an effect called ‘crystallised':
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Imagine the possibilities and inspiration that photo could provide Jan!

splendid sampler blocks et al

I’m working on a few different things lately, so today’s post is a ‘progress report’ on where I am up to.
First up are the blocks for the Splendid Sampler.

Block 13 Splendid Sampler

Block 13 Splendid Sampler

Block 14 Splendid Sampler

Block 14 Splendid Sampler


For this block, called ‘Flying High’, I decided to cut the bird shapes out of wool felt and appliqued them down by free-motion sewing. Luckily I had a few scraps of suitable colours to mix in with my theme of using Japanese-taupe as inspiration.
Next up, I have made the two blocks for April’s do.Good Stitches quilting bee. These had to be a house block using bright colours and a pale ‘sky’.
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I also had a sewing day with some friends where we each had a few finished projects to show and tell. Mine was just a cute little pouch, made from a Studio Mio pattern.
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I made it in some lovely fabric given to me by a friend, and lined it with a blue and white spot.
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It even has birdies on it!
This next one was Barb’s little bag with handles; it has a French-style look about it, yes?
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And this was Trudy’s shoulder bag in that great colour combination of blues and browns:
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Hope you are all having a lovely productive week!