Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The end of an amazing show

I have been to Uluru or as it was once called AYRES ROCK. It is an amazing place and the colours are so rich. This small quilt covers it all. How beautiful.
The Emus, the Rock, the Outback. What a beautiful scene.

I just loved how this one was put together. Not the usual quilt. The butterflies are beautiful, the joining piece was interesting as were all the background colours and textures.
This was my favourite. I am not really a wall hanging arty person but I love this one.
I think this was my favourite piece of  Carolyn's work

An interesting finish joining the two pieces

Beautiful Butterflies

Gorgeous butterflies free

Beautiful hand quilting in the sky

We were all given a ticket for the door prize. One lucky winner went home very happy. An original art quilt made by Carolyn was the prize to take home.
Wasn't this lady lucky.
Door prize winner

I'm sure the class of 10-12 will have a great weekend creating their own piece of art.. Using lots of scraps, fibres and quilting. They even painted on some of their fabrics to highlight areas. Good luck for the weekend. We can only wish you won't melt and have a great time.
We had a top of 48 so the class was finished early. But on Sunday it was much cooler. A change came through the night and class started early. Full of excitement and a much more enjoyable temperature. It started off at 19 then up to low 30's.. When I called in to see everyone's progress the machines were buzzing and there were smiles and chatter all around...

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Slow stitching Sunday is going just Dearly

I have had a great day working on some hand stitching blocks. Dear Jane blocks....
I prepared a few by machine and have them ready to hand stitch. I have drawn the lines on with a white Karisma pencil. It rubs or washes off when done. It had actually rubbed off by the time I had finished stitching. I usually use friXion pens but they don't show up on the darker coloured fabrics very well. I'll be using this pencil again.. Very happy.

Hand stitching ready

I have decided to use up some of my tone on tone scraps. I had a long strip that had already been joined together with lots of scraps. It was left over from another project. Now I am cutting them into background squares for Dear Jane. I think it looks ok.. I have completed my applique on these 3 blocks. Some are a little wonky but I can cope with that. It's a bit like my life.
J 1

E 1

J 13

I got 3 finished and my fourth is started. I'll get them done in time for the next months meeting.

I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday...

Friday, 24 February 2017

What a show.

Carolyn did a great talk and handled the night so well.
We stopped for drinks and finger food.
More photos...
Lovely colours and textures


More Aboriginal inspired.
Beautiful BOAB TREES

Dorothy's Shoes. 
Lots of decorative stitching


Look at those beautiful toes... HAHA...

The rich colours of the rock.
Stunning colour blocking backgrounds

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

182 Summer/winter solstice challenge

I worried on block 8 & 9 of the challenge. Wow. I didn't know they were such big blocks.
Block 8 is 18"
Made to size . Applique is stitched and I am up to date...
Block 8

Block 9 is 32".
All my half square triangles are made, trimmed and ready to sew into the big block...
Ready to be stitched.

A 32" centre star block

My background fabric is running out quickly. I will keep going until I run out of fabric then I will put the blocks together some how.
These fabrics are looking so good together...

Monday, 20 February 2017


Here in Mildura we were lucky enough to have Carolyn SHARKEY visit for the weekend and teach her famous class.. ULURU art quilt. On Friday night she held a trunk show. Talking about how she started her work, why she started teaching and showing us her work. What a lovely lady.
Now here are a lot of photos showing her work. I'm sorry if some are blurry. I only had my phone...
Now keep in mind it was sweltering here. We had a week or more of very high temperatures. In the high 40's Celsius...
It was a shock for Carolyn coming from coastal NSW. We had air conditioners on, fans going and a water cooler going. IT WAS HOT.....
My car gauge at 5:10 pm after work...

Hello Carolyn Sharkey 

Butterflies and nature

Ocean scene


Beautiful sceneries

Gorgeous coloured trees.

Beautiful colours

Aboriginal Art

Ayres Rock / Uluru inspired

Very rich colours

Saturday, 18 February 2017

FNSI results...

**** here is the link to go and see what everyone was working on. http://www.sugarlane-designs.com/2017/02/february-fnsi-love-is-in-air.html ****

Over the past 2 weeks I have been working on this quilt. It was started by a friend and it was to be a gift for Xmas. Well, it got a bit too much for her so it was passed on to me to finish. This is what I have done so far.
Strip piecing cut into squares...

My strip piecing layered, stitched and cut.
Making lots of half square triangles.

A pile of squares sewn and cut.
Ready to iron open.

Opened up ..... Looking good
All trimmed ready for sewing.

Layout no 1.. random.

Layout no 2..
Layout no 2 it is...
The top so far. 
I still need to add borders. That will happen over the next week. It will end up about 66" x 93"

So I am linking up with Wendy for FNSI.

Friday, 17 February 2017

My winnings have arrived

I was lucky enough to win a prize for joining in FNSI with Wendy and many others.
It arrived in the post last week. I love it and will happily stitch it throughout the year for our granddaughters Xmas present.
This is what Wendy sent me.
FNSI prize

It's on again tonight so why don't you link up or even just have a look.

I have been working on Fiddle cloths and this is one I have sent my SIL. I hope she likes it. She isn't able to see any more so time will tell if she enjoys touching it.

Palms fiddle cloth

My new group here in Mildura have been sewing along with me. I hope they get some lovely ones to share.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Donations to the nursing home in Gisborne

My friend from my Monday Gisborne group came for a visit. Barb was raised here in Mildura and her parents still live here. Since I have spent some time basting a few quilts and have always joined in with our groups donations what was I to do. Her visit was quick and unexpected so I gave Barb 2 quilts to take home and quilt. They were basted so half the job was done.... here are the ones I sent back.
Good night Irene
Good night Irene

And the story of where it began.

Then there was my Hunters Star quilt.
Hunters Star
I'm sure the nursing home will appreciate the kindness of our little group.
I think they have between 15 - 20 quilts so far.
Not bad for a group of 4...