Friday, February 19, 2010


In August last year we went to Norway on the Oriana, London and then onto Greek Islands. I cut these out 2 weeks before to take with me. I cut them in some of my favourite fabric and colors aqua, yellow and bright pink. They are not in proper order yet I just laid them out for photos. Also in between each star will be a plain hexagon of same size but in large print fabric.

Some of the large print hexagons already cut out

These are the aqua diamonds that go between

For many years it has been my dream to go to Norway as I am of Norwegian descent. My great, great Grandfather was a Norwegian seaman and fell in love with my great,great Grandmother and jumped ship in the 1860's. When the Troopers (Police) came looking for him she hid him under flour sacks in her Father's flour mill. When we arrived in Norway I rang my Mother and said to her "I have my feet on Norway the first time anyone in the family has in 150 years". She loved it!! So did I it was breathtakingly beautiful!!!! This is the beautiful Fjords of Norway and the Oriana moored there. We took this from the mountain top.

The Quilt Shop in Bergen. Fantastic to be able to find quilt shops in other Countries and see what type of work they do. Of course I had to buy fabric especially from Norway. I got some fabric for the hexie stars and promptly went back to the Oriana and cut more out.

This is what hubby turns into when he has been shopping for too long and lack of food

I gave in and we went to this great Seafood Market on waterfront in Bergen for lunch. Method in my madness I told him we better walk this off so we went shopping again.

These beautiful shops are very old and I bought some beautiful Christmas decorations at the Christmas Shop here. At the Quilt Shop I also bought a beautiful little applique mini quilt of these shops but forgot to photograph it. I will put it on another post.

I believe farmer's grow grass on rooftops so livestock can stay up there in Winter and not get frostbite.

Patchwork shop in London in Kew. Very nice shop. Of course I found a few more fabrics!!!!!

Sewing and picnic in Hyde Park. Weather was lovely. We bought our food in Harrods Food Hall hence my beautiful shopping bag of the old peacock tile there. Well I had to carry the food in something!!!!

Oops being touristy in Buck Palace!!

They think of everything.

Yes sewing again. This time in Greek Islands.

Am really looking forward to finishing this quilt but I am trying to keep it for when I travel as it is really an easy one to work on.

Friday, February 12, 2010


First off, last night we went to see Avatar at the Open Air Cinema at Sydney Harbor. This cinema is amazing!!!! The giant screen is built rising out of the water. I did not think there was anything in the World that would stop me continously looking at our beautiful night view of the Harbor but I must say Avatar succeeded. The screen was in the middle and one side we had the City buildings lit up and on the other side we had the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge all lit up. Absolutely stunning!!!!!! The night was warm and as for the movie I LOVED it! I am a trekkie from the very beginning and am a loyal follower so I am having some guilt pangs but I think I am going to have to edit my profile and put Avatar first. I couldn't sleep for a long time last night as my mind was so alert from the colorful visual effects.

This Quilt is a pattern from Brigitte Giblin called Carmen Miranda. I fell in love with this from the beginning as it is my colors and cannot wait to finish this for our bed. Of course we all know how many I have on the go but I keep working on this every chance as it gets me there that much quicker. I see Carmen Miranda every time I look at this and have a chuckle. There are lots of my beloved fussy cut hexies, bananas, palm trees, flowers and flamingo fabric. WHAT A JOY!!!!!!

This quilt was a copy of an antique quilt out of a Carter Huock book and was done in a Marg Sampson-George workshop in 2000. The original had a cream calico background but this range of fabric had just come out and I decided to be a daredevil and be totally different to everyone else and also use bright colors for the needleturn applique. I think it turned out well and now hangs on the wall of my office at work. The staff love it. I am actually typing this at work so don't be upset if I have quoted the wrong book but I do not have it here. Have a great weekend and happy sewing.

Monday, February 8, 2010


This quilt was started in a Marg Sampson-George workshop and was supposed to have 7 medallions in the middle. Of course I loved all of mine and so couldn't cull any of them so it will be larger than original antique quilt.

This quilt top is finished now and has VERY special meaning to me. I handstitched this whilst my beloved Father Ron was in the Hospice so this was the last quilt he ever saw and he touched it throughout telling me how beautiful it was. He was very proud of my quilting and used to bring all his friends to my house to look at them and also used to drive me to quilt shops and knew all the girls there and would have coffee and a chat with them. This is a Karen Cunningham pattern called Buttercup with some changes to it so I called it Buttercuppish.
This is a Brigitte Giblin pattern.

This is a Kim McLean pattern with the Turkey fabric border.

This is a Marg Sampson-George pattern of an antique crib quilt. The centre medallion was very tricky 1/2 inch Hexagons with diamonds all paper pieced.

I thought you might be interested in my little bag I made in January. I mentioned that we travel a lot so I thought on this bag very hard and came up with if I made 5 squares it would sit on my lap with the top rolled over very comfortably. I work straight from this bag on planes, waiting in airports and in the car etc. I put pockets inside to hold cotton and pincushion etc. and I handquilted it with variegated perle in big stitch. Each square is a different and favourite fabric of mine.

and what is this little bag full of hexies.

..... AND all of this is overseered by my beloved Gucci.

Monday, February 1, 2010


This is 'Tree Of Life" done in a Sue Cody class. I handquilted the background first with variegated perle and then appliqued on top. This quilt is getting heavier and heavier so it

is slow going and I have to work on our bed to help take the weight. I have arthritis in my

hands and am also getting RSI so if anyone has any handy hints to help with this please contact

me as I want to keep quilting (of course!!!!). I will eventually put this on a wall in our bedroom as I have painted the wall behind our bed a pale lime green. My favourite colors are lime green

and fushia pink. You mightn't be able to tell that from previous quilts but as I photograph

more quilts you will always see some green or pink somewhere in different shades.

These fussy cut hexagons are for another quilt a way off yet but thought you might be

interested in them now.

Have finally picked out the centre for this one so will put that in soon.