Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Feathered Cushion!

One of the requirements for my recent workshop with Anna Maria Horner was a quilt block, layered up reading for handquilting.

So I was delighted to re-discover my sample Feather block, made from AMH's pattern, from my first bee with Mid Century Modern Bee back in 2013.

I've spent the last few weeks hand quilting it and 

now it is a cushion!

I found the perfect backing in my stash- a C&S linen 

printed with arrows!

I chose a envelope closure and no trim, 

keeping things simple....

letting the hand quilting shine!

I love the texture created!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Sewing Diversion

Sometimes it's nice to sew something different...

So I had a break from my quilt making 

Hand quilting

in all it's forms, to do some garment sewing.

First up, a pair of PJ pants for Eli....

 I then tackled this Summer dress I'd had cut out 


from this New Look #6022 pattern

A great dress that came together really easily!

Finally a lined winter skirt from a very old 

Simplicity pattern

Simplicity #5914

Yes, it needs hemming; the hardest job of all!

Before I start machine quilting one of the three 

flimsies I have waiting,

The inside, where I neatened up along the zipper
 I made this zipper pouch,

from a mini charm pack

 following a tutorial, I found HERE.

It finished at about 11" by 4".

It's going in the gift cupboard in preparation for 


Happy sewing!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Hidden Agenda!

I was thrilled when I was chosen to pattern test for 

Angela Pingel.

I have been a fan for many years!

And her new pattern seemed right up my alley....

Varied blocks, lots of colour and fussy cutting!

I immediately started scrambling through my stash

 for the perfect fabric!

I had hoped all my Heather Ross fabrics might have 


but because the pattern called for 12" fussy cuts

 'on point', I just didn't have enough fabric! 

So I settled on my Cotton and Steel stash,

something which I'd added to during a "Quilty 

Wishes" swap last year!

I spent two days cutting out all the pieces,

and waited a few days for some extra fabric to arrive.

Then the piecing of the Square in a Square and 

Pinwheel blocks!

I laid out all the blocks on Sunday and started 

sewing and 'voila'!

It was finished!

I love how it turned out! 

There is so much to look at,

especially those cute teddy bears!

And the colours are so rich and bold!

It's a great pattern, well written with clear diagrams.

If you have some precious fabrics you are waiting to 

fussy cut, this may be the pattern for you!

Just maybe I could have moved those horse blocks apart!

Happy sewing!


Friday, June 29, 2018

Anna's Visit- Part II

In the evening Anna spoke for over 90 minutes 

about her creative journey

and the quilts that were part of it!

A colour study quilt, one of her early ones!

It was great to see the Feather quilt!

She remade it for her son, in a new design, with 

some of her favourite 

 Denyse Schmidt fabric.

She is a fan of a sawtooth border,

something I want to use in a quilt sometime soon!

There were various versions of "Folk Flowers".

  This one caught my eye for that stunning pink...

its a Free Spirit solid called "Tropical"!

This one was made for one of her daughters...

  she kept it hidden from her all throughout the 

making process!

Anna Maria has been collaborating with other fabric 

designers to produce a carefully curated range 

called Conservatory!

 These two quilts were made from these ranges...

When the talk was over we were given the 

opportunity to look at all the quilts close up!

Another sawtooth border!

Folk Flower in its different colourways!

And finally, this one is to showcase an upcoming 


 Interestingly it is a little more traditional in its block 


But still an inspiration in every way!

Oh, and this one because it's just perfectly pretty!

Happy sewing!


Thursday, June 28, 2018


Anna Maria Horner has been visiting Australia again!

I was lucky enough to attend both her hand stitching 

workshop and trunk show on Wednesday.

I have so many great ideas and photos to share, I 

will break it in two separate posts.

First, the hand stitching.

Anna went through her quilting techniques, as seen 

in this little video....

She designed the birds in her Cacophony range just

 so she could do little cross stitches on her quilts

And according to Anna, hot pink thread is a neutral!

And this one comes complete with pom-poms and 


I couldn't wait to practise my hand quilting stitch.

Since my accident last November, my hand quilting 

has suffered somewhat...

But I am pretty happy with how my sample feathers 

are looking, front...

and back!

She generously drew this little folk flower so I could 

practise my embroidery stitches...

and I purchased the "A to Z" embroidery templates 


It's not hard to tell that she has been hand stitching 

since she was five!

Another hint- chose long straight or wavy lines that 

avoids the seams,

makes for easier stitching!

Thank you Anna for your generosity in sharing your 

talent and skill with us!

Happy sewing!


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