Monday, October 31, 2011

Few more from the Quilt Show

Two more pretty quilts with Ribbons, well done...

This one is by Robyn Mallett

This cute little one by Chris Jones

Queensland Quilt Show

I didn't get a complete picture of this quilt it is a Dear Jane, I don't know why.
It was made by Jo Johnston and machine quilted, it looked lovely

This quilt was made by my friend Glen Jacklin-Newham and quilted by Genevieve Jackson, I love this quilt... the pattern is by Susan Smith

Love this quilt and it was hand quilted

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kentucky Beau...

This quilt is beautiful and again I was lucky enough to see it close up. If you love piecing this is for you, ordered a pattern for myself and to make postage worth while got three extra patterns.
If you like one let me know it is $ 10 including postage in Australia, the quilt measures 63 x 97 inches

I have two " Borrowed Roses" pattern left, see previous post.



I read Jessica's post the other day, and she made these wonderful bookmarks and there are links on her blog to get the instructions.

Sophie needs three small gifts for her Kindy teachers and I think they are a great little gift idea, have made two so far but only taken picture of the first.
Great gift idea using scraps.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I love to hand quilt

do you?
Click on the button Celebrate Hand Quilting on the right side of my blog and it will take you to Caron's blog, there are links to other bloggers talking about why they love hand quilting.

When I first started Patchwork & Quilting I thought I had to learn to hand quilt as that is what drew me to quilts.
After trying and taking classes I could not use a Hoop or Thimbles and thought I could not hand quilt.

I still wanted too, so I tried to lap quilt and changed my technique that suited me and the rest is history. Having taught many hand quilting classes and seeing people taking up hand quilting is really great.

There is just something about it and while it takes much longer it sure makes a quilt even more special to me.

I will try and do a tutorial in the near future and show you how I hand quilt without a Hoop or Thimble.

You can see some of my hand quilted quilts a few posts ago, I will also take a picture of my Dresden Plate tomorrow and add it to this Post.

Baking = Weight gain

I follow this blog Mennonite Girls can cook and have made a few of their recipes.
This was the latest one, Cinnamon Buns, wow they are so yummy and you can freeze them too.
The recipe made a huge amount, I took one to my daughter, DH took some to work, some we ate and the others went in to the freezer.

They are amazing, if you like to try a few new recipes go and check them out.

Happy baking

ps. mind you this is not helping my weight.......


The winner is

Christine M.

Please email me your details and I get it in the post.

Thanks all for playing and don't forget to check out my Quilter's Trading Post as I do add new items from time to time.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Borrowed Roses

I had to have this pattern, it is a new one by Sue Garman and will be hanging at Houston this year.
If you like me and love applique your will love this quilt. It is 86 inches square, I have five extra patterns and if you like one it will be $ 14 including postage for Australia.

You can see the quilt better here, go and have a look it is beautiful.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Crumble Muffins.....

Some of you have asked for the recipe, well here it is:

You need:

Muffin tray, mine fits 12 muffins

line with paper cupcake cups or grease the tin

The recipe will make 12 muffins, preheat Oven to 180 degree C

100g Butter or Margarine ( soft )

100g Sugar

2 Eggs

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract

150g Plain Flour

50g Corn Flour

2 level teaspoons Baking powder

4 Dessert spoons Milk

2 medium size Apples

For the crumble you need:

100g Plain Flour

75g Sugar

75g Butter

some Vanilla extract

Cream Butter, Sugar, Vanilla and Eggs, mix Flour, Corn Flour and Baking powder and add to mixture, slowly add the milk and mix well.

Spoon mixture in to lined or greased Muffin tray, divide evenly.

Peel and dice apples, put some on top of each Muffin.

For the crumble mix flour, sugar, vanilla and break butter in to small pieces in a bowl, use a fork to mix in to a crumble.
Spoon over the Muffins and bake in the Oven, middle shelf for about 12 to 15 minutes.

Check them after 10 minutes as some Ovens are hotter.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

3rd post "My Quilts"

The blue and white quilt is a commercial pattern from a book, the designer is from the US ( I think sisters?) and I must find the right name to let you know. I love this quilt.
It is made from lots of scrappy blues and creams, some creams are old fabrics given to me by a friend, she lived in the US for 30 years and moved back here. She had some antique fabrics and shared some with me.

The quilt is machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted, sorry for the creases as it is not hanging on the wall at the moment.
I entered this quilt one year in Sydney and it received the encouragement award, this quilt has been many times in the washing machine and I like it more the older it gets.
The batting is Heirloom 100% cotton, not the easiest to hand quilt, but lovely when done.

The last one is a combined design by Lurline and myself. Lurline found the picture in a Book called Quilts of Winsconsin and the original was made in about 1930's by girls from a College, the quilts where given away as gifts.

Lurline drafted the aplique patterns and passed the project on to me, I appliqued and pieced the quilt. It is hand quilted and again one of my favourites as it is so simple in design.
I named the Quilt " Sleep Baby sleep" in 2009 only to read not long ago the Book by Dr. Annette Gero and find a pattern in the book by Kim Mclean also called Sleep Baby sleep.

The quilt got a 2nd prize in the show and to be honest looked really lost in all the modern designs.
I have a pattern for this quilt available if anyone is interested.
Our little Emily stand in front of this quilt and hugs it and does a clicking sound with her tongue for the Horse, she is 19 month.

2nd post " My Quilts "

This quilt is my own design as well, please do not take any pictures from my blog without permission.

I entered this quilt in 2008, it just grew bigger over time, I did not have a plan when I first started with the centre.
The hexagon centre was started before all the hype about hexagon's, the store I worked for for many years was one of the first stores to have the pre-cut hexagon pieces for sale, the owner got the from the US.The centre is made from 1/2inch hexagons, the log cabin are 1/2inch strips (no foundation piecing), all the applique is needle turn and because of all the small pieces and lots of seams I machine quilted it on my Bernina.
The colours in the last picture are not true, the quilt is more like the first picture.
I think I named it " My Love for 1930's fabrics " told you I am no good in naming quilts.
Have started the pattern for this and hope to be able to get it finished soon.
This quilt received three prizes at the same show, 2nd in it's category, it received a lovely cash prize for " Retaining the Tradition Award" and last but not least Viewers Choice ( that is a wonderful Ribbon to receive)

My Quilt show

The Quilts that I am showing are my own designs ( unless otherwise stated), please don't take any images from my blog.

The first one was the start of my love for 1930's print, the little nine patch blocks are 2 and 3/4inch finished and are all pieced from squares ( not strip piecing)

I entered the quilt in 2000 and still love it very much, it is very simple in design and quilting, it got a 1st Prize. The quilt was published I think in 2001 in the Australian Patchwork & Quilting Magazine as a pattern.

It is called " 1930's Treasure " no I am not very good naming my quilts.

This is my version of Florence Peto's Calico Garden, it is a row shorter and I designed my own borders. You can buy the pattern for the original version from the Shelbourne Museum or you can find it in the book called Enduring Grace.

The original quilt has no copyright, I email the museum and they said that Florence Peto wrote the instruction for a Magazine and never put copyright on the pattern. That is why there are so many version available.

I called my " Olde Worlde " and entered it in 2001 and it received a 1st Prize.
The quilt is all needle turn applique and hand quilted and it does hang straight but my holder upper person ( dear husband didn't have any patience)

more to come.......

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I keep finding things

Well this lovely box was sitting in my long arm room on a shelf, I had forgotten what was inside.....

so I had a look and ahhhhh there they are... Ribbons I have received over the years I have been making quilts.... not very many but they all mean a lot. They belong to quilts I wouldn't part with as they bring back many memories while making the quilts.

Would you like to see the quilts I got these for?

Happy stitching

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Giveaway because I want too....

I am going to have another giveaway, just because and it is open to all....

All you have to do visit my other blog Quilter's Trading Post and you can click on the Button on the left side of my blog, it will take you there.

Leave a message on this blog and tell me the name of the Book I have in the October 16th post.

Yes the Book is going to be the prize....

Good luck


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cardwell Quilter's

I read the story about a community hit by Cyclone Yasi 8 month ago here on Wendy's blog and how so many people are still doing it tough.

Got the address from Wendy and am sending a parcel in the morning, I had some quilt tops leftover from the once we made for the Queensland floods, some fabric, I also went through my patterns as well as threads and hopefully it will all come in handy.
If you have something you would like to send, email me or Wendy and I give you the address.

Please don't feel bad if you can't, we all understand there is so much happening everywhere all the time.

Take care

Monday, October 17, 2011

Help please

I would like to know how to create a button for my new bog.....


Sunday, October 16, 2011


Hi all

Yes I have been a little quiet, lots of visits's to the doctor, more and more scans as one finds something somewhere else.....
The long and the short of the story is that the CT scan for my ovaries also showed something on my Liver, another ultra sound as they don't like to just have one scan ..... to decide what it is.

Anyway I have to go back in a month to check the issue on my ovary and the good news on my liver is that I have abnormal blood vessels that would have been there all my life.

So all in all not much further other than knowing what I haven't got, mind you that is good too.

I am still in pain with my heal spur and bakers cysts behind my knee on the other leg..... I am not going to tell you what my husband said to do with me..... but it wasn't very nice.

Anyway thanks to all for asking and I am know making a appointment to see the rheumatologist. Yes I am falling apart so what.....grin.

I have updated my other blog if you care to have a look.

Quilter's Tradingpost

bye for now

ps. I will write the Muffin recipe in the next few days

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

giveaway winner is...

Hi Jo from TAS, you have won my giveaway on my other blog, please email me with your postal address so I can get the book in the post......



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Alma Park Zoo

My daughter and her little ones have annual passes to the local Zoo, only about 5minutes from here and go every two weeks.
Sophie rang me on Tuesday morning to see if I would like to come, well I wouldn't miss spending time with them would I?

We had a lovely morning, it is very funny Emily ( 19 month ) is very scared of all domestic animals, but let her near Lizards, Snakes, Kangaroos she can't get enough, loves them.
Sophie would love a Peacock feather and always hopes to find one, she ask me if she could just pull one out, hm I said to no as it would be like pulling out her hair and she soon changed her mind.
If you click on the pictures you can see a rare white Kangaroo, it was a little shy and wouldn't come to us.

ps. had a lovely sewing day on Wednesday, thanks for coming Girls....

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Still time to enter

You still have time to enter my giveaway, I am drawing the name on Friday the 7th.

Details are about four posts earlier.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy news....

We had some wonderful news, our beautiful daughter in law has been offered a position to become a Anesthetist, it has been a long process but she got the call, only another 5 years of study,grin.

It took her some time to decided the medical field she would like to specialise in, but she is very happy with her choice.

Yesterday we had the complete family over for afternoon tea and dinner, it was lovely. All my children and my children's partners love my old fashion German Apple crumble cake, so I decided to make them as cupcakes instead. Yummy......... all gone.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

On a roll....

There are ways on keeping your customers shopping in your store, this is what would work for me:

Have a well stocked sales table..... for backings

Offer a discount on backing when customer purchases all fabric for the top...

Offer 20% off if they come back to purchase batting and backing in the next couple of month after buying their fabric for the top..

Good friendly customer service, even when a small purchase is made

Try and get to know your customers name

If you don't have what they are after, suggest another local business, customers will come back to you because you help them find what they are looking for...

Quick mail order, I don't want to wait 2 weeks for a parcel that is local....

Offer free how too's workshops

Offer smaller cuts, for a flat rate cutting charge, i.e if your customer needs lots of 2inch strips ( charge something like $5 ) they still safe by not having to purchase the minimum of 20cm.

What would make you purchase local and not online?

Saturday, October 1, 2011


I feel like a giveaway and a little fun, here it goes:

visit my new blog: Quilter's Trading Post and find where I have advertised the Book called:

Simple Things by Cabbage Rose

Become a Follower and leave a comment on my new blog for that post and you go in the draw to win the book.
I will draw the winner on the 7th October..

Open to all....

enjoy your weekend