Spiral Art Quilt collage

I love the work of Susan Carlson, a remarkable fabric collagist. I took her eworkshop on making a spiral collage, which is a wonderful introduction to her methods, with many very useful tips on choosing fabric, preparing the surface, adhering pieces, quilting the final work and binding an art quilt. I used scraps of reds and blues, trying to create […]

Stargazer Quilt

I dream of a stack of blue and white quilts 🙂 In pursuance of this I decided to make up this simple free pattern from Edyta Sitar, available at her website, Laundry Basket Quilts. i had bought a layer cake of her new fabric line, Perfect Union. Combined with some low volume fabrics I already had, and a few more […]

Neon Lights Pillow

Worked on this pillow kit from Edyta Sitar’s Laundry Basket quilts over the last week and it was a wonderful introduction to English paper piecing. I really appreciated the convenience of having the fabric cut out for me. I made a few mistakes in the layout, but it doesn’t really matter in the end. The kit doesn’t include the pattern […]

Playing with orange peels

Trying out my new sewing machine (Janome MC6650!) and wanted to play with machine quilting fusible collage elements. I love the shape of orange peels, so combined colourful appliqués with warm monochrome backgrounds in scrappy four patches. I added the central circle to tie the blocks together. I used the free orange peel template at Charming Peels at Moda– the […]

New Sewing Machine!!!!

After half a year quilting on my tiny but gallant Kenmore (6.5″ throat!) I got myself an early birthday present 🙂 It’s a brand new Janome Memory Craft 6650 and it’s taking some getting used to — it’s amazing how much an extension of ourselves our sewing machine becomes. This new machine has my entire wish list of quilting machine […]