bright red

A few projects are coming along, bit by bit, so today’s post is a kind of progress report! First up, my red block for the Gatton Quilters monthly colour challenge.
Each colour comes with its own challenges. Red has a lot of different shades so I needed to come up with something where little pieces of all those different reds could be utilised.
This is a block that has been foundation-paper-pieced. I love this technique- it enables you to get a seemingly intricate block all pieced together with nice sharp points, with minimal effort! This in-the-round arrows block is called ‘Marvelous Millie’- it was a pattern found in the ‘Love Patchwork & Quilting’ magazine (Issue 22). In the magazine version, it was made with white as the main colour and a print for the accent pieces. I decided to see how I could make it with lots of reds.
From the photos you can see how some of the pieces have quite an orange look to them, and some photos look more ‘orangey’ than others, but they were all reds. I used red hand-dyeds for the main colour sections, and red prints and patterns for the accent pieces. I’m still making my mind up on whether there is enough contrast to really show the block off… I think most of the fabrics were all around a medium value, so it probably would be better if I had some lighter red pieces to add a bit more contrast. It also hasn’t yet been quilted.
I’ve also started on Part 5 of the My Small World quilt. Just piecing together the little squares for the sky….
and getting started on the little hexagons needed for the bottom of that section. Lots of cutting and piecing in this quilt!
And one last thing…
todays’ photo of a Dear Jane block. This one is called A9 Cabin Fever- it was also foundation-paper-pieced.

A9-Cabin Fever

A9-Cabin Fever

Have a good week!

orange is the new….

A few challenge quilts to show you, from our recent Gatton Quilters meeting and sewing day. Our ongoing monthly challenge, where we have to use just the one colour to produce a small art quilt, certainly brings out the ideas and puts the thinking caps in over-drive! The colour for July was orange. This is what I made for that challenge:

Karen M-bits and bobs

Karen M-bits and bobs

I used as my inspiration the work of a quilter named Diane Savona, whose work I had read about. This technique is a way of embellishing your quilt, but instead of adding bits to the surface of the quilt, you add the pieces under the top layer. So yes, those shapes you can see are the actual item-including the scissors and the buttons, and press studs etc, basted onto the layer of batting.
The whole piece of fabric is then pinned on top and you proceed to pull it really tight over the items while doing little stitches all around the outline edge to keep them in place, as well as around any other edges like inside the scissor handles and blades. I used some (purchased) orange hand-dyed, and a variety of orange threads for the stitching.
Once I outlined everything, I then did rows and rows of running stitch in and around it all. This serves to connect all the pieces together visually and make a cohesive work.
Holding it up I debated on how to add its backing and finish the edges…
I decided to damp-stretch it overnight, pinned out on a cork board which helped to pull it all smooth, and then mounted it onto a large board, wrapping the edges around and stapling in place, before adding a piece of fabric over the back to cover that. The picture at the top of the post was the final product.
Some other members of the group showed their quilts: Jan K also had her orange quilt-
Jan K-Orange

Jan K-Orange

and some red quilts made their appearance:
Clockwise- Lyn, Meryl, Trish & Jan K. Red quilts.

Clockwise- Lyn, Meryl, Trish & Jan K. Red quilts.

I’m still finishing off my red quilt- I’ll show it here soon!

my small world quilt- growing the city

Time for another update on My Small World Quilt. I started this back here and am getting bits done when I can, but I’m probably a little behind others who are taking part in the quilt-along. This is Part 4 added to the others (numbered right to left):

Karen Mundt-My Small World quilt

Karen Mundt-My Small World quilt

This part had some more hand-stitching; I substituted the Statue of Liberty for the Pisa Tower:
as well as some applique and piecing,
including some clam shells…
You can see that I have been making my sky sections out of a variety of neutrals with a few text fabrics and some light blue squares thrown in here and there…
I’ve used as many fabrics as I can for that scrappy look, although I am also repeating a fabric in a patch occasionally so that it hopefully will all meld together. When I’m looking at a scrappy quilt, I like to look at all the blocks and the fabrics used and pick out where a certain fabric might have been used- my eye travels around the quilt looking for other placements so in my mind that helps to make it feel connected.
On now to Part 5!

little frangipani quilt

Have you ever tried an online quilting course? There are so many out there, although one that I started with quite a few years ago actually no longer exists. ‘Quilt University’ gave me an introduction into techniques and patterns and basic quilting knowledge that I couldn’t get elsewhere, so I did quite a few different classes with them. This little quilted piece is one that I started in a class called Flower Power.

Frangipani- Karen Mundt

Frangipani- Karen Mundt

The goal was to be able to create a realistic portrayal of a photo image. We used a technique called upside-down applique. It was achieved by tracing the photo carefully, marking in all the areas that had a change in colour, or hue. I used a photo I had taken years ago of my daughter’s little flower crown she had made from frangipanis in our garden.
The tracing was placed on the back of the background fabric and you placed the pieces of fabric underneath, then sewed around the edges, which made it a raw-edge on the right side. I used batik fabrics, cottons, hand-dyes, silk- whatever I could find to replicate the fragile colouring of the frangipani blooms.
After all fabric pieces are in place, lots of stitching is needed with decorative threads to outline and emphasize the shapes. It was at this stage that I had stopped, so I decided to finish it earlier this year.
Actually, what prompted me to finish it was to enter it in to a Reader Challenge in the Quilting Arts magazine. They had called for small art quilts on the theme of ‘Blossoms, Buds and Blooms’. This was the first time I had tried entering something like this, but unfortunately wasn’t successful in having my piece chosen. Oh, well- next time! You can see the results of the challenge in the June edition of the magazine.
Dear Jane block:
This week’s block is A1 Pinwheel gone awry- it’s the first block in the first row of the quilt.
A1- Pinwheel gone awry

A1- Pinwheel gone awry

(Block is untrimmed, with seam allowances.)

for display

If you happen to be coming through Gatton in the next month, don’t forget to drop in to the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery to view the exhibition of quilts and assorted textile works that the Gatton Quilters have on display. Here’s a few photos of the works on show:

Fractured Picture Challenge quilts

Fractured Picture Challenge quilts

This next one, by Jan Knight, is a lovely nostalgic piece, ‘recycling’ one of her own baby dresses:
Another recycled challenge quilt- a cheeky take on using up dog show ribbons! by Shirley:
Some challenge quilts under the theme of ‘Seasons':
Even though we have all seen them ourselves many times before, it’s still a novelty to see them hanging all together in the gallery setting.
Hope you find some time to go along and check them out!

And another thing….
another in my occasional posting of the blocks I’m making for the Dear Jane quilt. This one is called Crossed Swords:

D12- Crossed Swords

D12- Crossed Swords

Hope you have a great (quilting) week!

it’s finished!

What do you think of this quilt? It’s my improvisational medallion quilt that I started in a Gwen Marston workshop in mid-2013, and it’s finally finished!

Karen Mundt- medallion quilt

Karen Mundt- medallion quilt

I’ve written here a few times about the progress, and about how it proved to be a real challenge.
In the Gwen Marston class, we started with a centre block and then started adding onto it, a border at a time. I only got the hour-glass border on during the class, and made up the rest of it myself. Decisions had to be made for each border- what techniques to use, which fabrics, which colours. There are obvious borders out to the half-square triangle border, but then after that it was made up as I went. I wanted to make mine as scrappy as possible, and while I did buy a lot of the fabric to use for it, I also used a lot of left-over fabric from past projects.
I experimented with lots of different block designs, made up some of my own and made wonky versions of blocks. As I made endless blocks, I would put them up on my design wall and move them around. It was this middle stage where I often felt that I wasn’t moving along, so I started to make decisions on a section at a time. I would work out which blocks could go together to make up a large section and piece them all together.
I had started with thinking that I would use a pale green or cream as the calming fabric and filler in between the colourful blocks, but soon realised that wasn’t going to work. So I switched to using red as the filler and that became the constant colour to draw the eye around the quilt. The filler strips and pieces were necessary to ‘fill in’ where some blocks were a little shorter than others or not quite fitting together and made it much easier to piece the sections.
I would work on just making decisions on one section at a time, put that up on the design board and move onto the next. Eventually it got there, after countless re-arranging, contemplation and fiddling!
But once the quilt top was together, I then had to work out how to quilt it. As there weren’t any regular seam lines going all through the top, no large spaces to fill in with a quilting design but lots of seams everywhere, and the fact that it was so busy to look at anyway meant I had to keep the quilting fairly minimal.
I ended up just quilting a quarter-inch echo around most of the blocks and seams.
For the back I used some pink striped fabric and pieced it with bits left from the front..
Isn’t it good when it all comes together!

a small world in a quilt

Progress on my newest quilt “My Small World”, first mentioned here, has slowed down a little owing to some quilting on my long-arm for a client. However, I have got some updated photos to show of where I am up to in this little quilt.
I have now finished Parts 1,2 & 3- there are 5 parts in all. There is a Quilt-Along happening on some other blogs- such as: the Very Kerry Berry blog. It’s handy to check on there for hints and tips and see how others are coming along in their quilt tops.
There’s lots of choices and decisions to make with which fabrics to use and lots of different blocks and techniques to use:
.. you have to think about which pieces look nice next to each other, how does a particular piece fit in the wider section, and then, in turn, how does that section play along with the next larger piece of the top.
But you also get to have fun by placing fussy-cut pieces in hand-picked spots. Like my little red bus here?
This quilt ticks two large boxes for me: the cityscape theme and lots of fabrics to use- essentially the scrappy look, my favourite type of quilt!

And another thing…
Gatton Quilters’ Exhibition of quilts and hand-worked pieces is now open at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre Art Gallery. Hope you can get along and have a look! We had the official opening on Friday night, with Ali George doing the honours as our guest speaker. A lovely night. I hope to show some photos of the works on display in coming weeks.

Linking in here to Freshly Pieced’s Work In Progress Wednesday!

exhibition of Gatton Quilters

Anyone looking for a showing of quilts and textiles are welcome to visit the exhibition on display in Gatton over the next month. ‘New Directions’ is the name of the exhibition, as it is highlighting this local quilt group’s growth in skills and techniques. There will be quilts of all sizes…

Karen M- Flying 9-patch

Karen M- Flying 9-patch

and projects made with many different processes…
Meryl B

Meryl B

quilts from our various challenges….


and results from a quilter extending herself and exploring the ‘What If’s’, but also quilts from those that aren’t into the art-quilt side of things but the more traditional quilts with beautiful craftsmanship and design.


The display will be at the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery in Gatton from 20 July until 16 August.
Hope you can find time to visit!


yellow quilt

This is my little quilt made for last month’s ‘Yellow’ challenge.

I happened to have some Gerberas in a vase at the time which got me to thinking on a reproduction of a version of that. I took a close-up photo of the flowers and focused on one section of it. I had to divide the photo in to two halves to make it into a picture that was big enough. Using some ink jet printable fabric, I printed out the two photos onto the paper-backed sheets of fabric.
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The two pieces were then sewn together, and I then backed it with some iron-on thin batting. I put that on for the stability but the fluffy side underneath did make it a bit tricky when moving it round for free-motion stitching.
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It took lots of free-range stitching, using my domestic sewing machine. Around 7 or 8 different shades of yellow thread were used.
In particular, I needed to stitch over the centre to cover up the green, because it was supposed to be predominantly yellow!
I then added a narrow gold border with a facing finish.

fun with colour

My quilting group recently had a visit from Ann Mitchell of Genesis Creations. Ann held a small workshop on the use of these pure pigment colours called Liquid Radiance and we had great fun in playing around with various fabrics and techniques.

These were some of the colours we tried out, rolling the fabric up to create lines in its surface. The colour pigments are diluted with water which are then sprayed or squirmed or brushed on. I tried the orange which wasn’t a strong mixture-below is my piece after it has dried and been pressed. Not quite as successful as others….
This next one had yellow, orange and purple and although not much orange has shown up the result is still beautiful! You can see one half where I sprinkled some salt, which has the effect of drawing the moisture up and creating spots:
This last one is my favourite:using yellow, magenta and blue and all scrunched up and left to dry:
Quite a few of us are very excited at further trying these colours- a lot quicker than normal dyeing. Her website is
Some quilters also had some finished projects for display. Lyn had her quilt for our monthly colour challenge:



likewise with Jan:
Jan K - yellow

Jan K – yellow

Dulcie has finished her Crazy Patch quilt which she said she had been working on for about 3 or 4 years but for which she had been collecting bits and pieces for many years. She has made such a beautiful quilt:


There is so much to look at on this magnificent quilt…
Such beautiful stitching and embellishing.
Looks like everyone had a busy month :)