Castlemaine Applique Group Exhibition

Castlemaine Applique Group Exhibition. We are all looking forward to the Castlemaine Applique Group Exhibition to be held on the 15th & 16th March 2014. Please note there has been a change of venue. The exhibition will now be held in the historic Castlemaine Market Building, a lovely old Georgian building built in the 1860s. Over 100 […]

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Jan 21, 2014

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Holiday quilting

I hope you all had a nice break and managed to squeeze in a bit of holiday quilting. It’s a good time to get a few things finished and think about New Year patchwork projects. My holiday quilting – progress on 4 quilts… I’m working on several quilts at the moment,  I’m trying to finish […]

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Jan 6, 2014

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in: Chat

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Thank you for your support this year. Wow, what a year it’s been. 2013 has been one big learning curve… graphics programs, digital photography, laser cutters, e-commerce, merchant banking, shipping and all the other things I needed to know about to create and run this website and […]

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Dec 23, 2013

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Tuesday at the Studio

Last Tuesday at the Studio my friend Jo (yes… another Jo) dropped in with her sewing group. Jo had organised for the girls to drop by for a bit of a demo, morning tea and ‘Show & Tell’, then they were off to have their Christmas lunch. First I showed them some of my ‘works-in-progress’ […]

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Dec 12, 2013

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in: Chat, Studio News

A big weekend of quilting

A big weekend of quilting – Sunday. Today I headed down to Geelong, well… actually Fyansford which is about 5km west of Geelong and about 1 hour from home. I was to meet the Victorian Quilt Study Group girls for lunch at the Batesford Hotel at 12.00 noon. Then on to visit Jennifer at ‘A […]

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Dec 11, 2013

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in: Chat

A big weekend of quilting

A big weekend of quilting – Saturday. Fran and I had a lovely day in Castlemaine with the Castlemaine Appliqué Group. It’s such a quaint little town, an 1851 gold rush town, with wonderful early Australian architecture. It’s about a 2 hour drive from home, via Fran’s place. Us Melbournians have certainly had some variable weather of late, […]

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Dec 10, 2013

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Patchworkers & Quilters Guild

Patchworkers & Quilters Guild of Victoria 2013 Quilt Exhibition. The Patchworkers & Quilters Guild of Victoria held its quilt exhibition of members work last weekend and what a show it was. Lots of talent, lots of techniques and lots of colour. I dropped by Sunday afternoon to help out a bit and see the wonderful […]

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Dec 3, 2013

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Threads I like to use

A few more threads I like to use. In a previous post I reviewed the Superior Threads Masterpiece Thread Donuts. They are great for quilters on the go, with 35 coloured bobbins in 2 colour ranges all packed into a convenient holder small enough to fit in you bag. Fantastic for appliqué, with all those colours […]

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Nov 29, 2013

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Quilt Design Basics - Value

Quilt Design Basics – Value

Quilt Design Basics – Value is the second topic in a series on Colour, Value, Contrast & Balance. Value… So we’ve looked at the colour wheel and have a basic idea of colour schemes. But the colours on the colour wheel are pure saturated colours, not what quilters usually like to work with. We really […]

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Nov 22, 2013

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Superior Threads Masterpiece Donuts

Superior Threads Masterpiece Donuts to go!

Superior Threads Masterpiece Donuts – Threads for quilters on the go. These pre-wound Masterpiece thread bobbins from Superior Threads are so convenient for quilters on the go. Packed in a reusable bobbin holder, each containing 35 different coloured bobbins. They come in two colour ranges. That’s 70 different colours small enough to fit in your […]

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Nov 18, 2013

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A fascination for colour

A fascination for colour

You only have to look on my bookshelf to see I have a fascination for colour. Whilst I have found reading books on colour theory useful, it’s the least interesting aspect of colour to me. What fascinates me most is the social, cultural, commercial and political history of colour. That’s what I love to read […]

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Nov 15, 2013

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Colour wheel

Quilt Design Basics – Colour

Quilt Design Basics – Colour is the first topic in a series on Colour, Value, Contrast & Balance Colour… Colour is usually the first thing we start thinking about once we have a design in mind. If you are a novice in this area, being aware of a few basic colour principles will be helpful […]

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Nov 13, 2013

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Fabric Grain

Warp, Weft & Bias = Fabric Grain. Most quilters that have come from a dressmaking background will be aware of fabric grain, how it can cause problems and how to manipulate it to advantage. Not all quilters I speak to are aware of what fabric grain is, so here’s a brief explanation that may be helpful. If […]

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Oct 26, 2013

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Crimplene to Seersucker

Scrap bag quilting… Crimplene to Seersucker. When I’m asked… When did you start making quilts? My reply is usually, in 1991 when I attended a Double Wedding Rings quilt class. But that is not strictly correct. I remember, in my early teens, English paper piecing a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt top. With three daughters my Mother […]

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Oct 17, 2013

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in: Chat

Di Ford & Linda Collins

Quilts in the Barn – All Things Chintz

I spent a wonderful afternoon at Wonga Park at the Quilts in the Barn Exhibition. Linda does a fantastic job organizing this annual event as a fundraiser for breast cancer research. This year’s theme was ‘All Things Chintz’ and featured quilts from the book A Promenade in a Dutch Garden by Petra Prins and An […]

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Sep 29, 2013

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