Wednesday, 5 December 2018

WOW: Getting Ready to Reveal

Sunday Update: Hi Friends! I was planning to launch my BOM 2019 this weekend but my family had other plans - I've been 'treated' to a long weekend away with my daughters and I have no access to my emails or the normal stuff that has become a part of my daily routine so please forgive me for not replying to emails or launching :)

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday
I've designed a quilt so special that I've been wondering whether or not to release it! Crazy, huh? You see, I have a folio full of designs waiting to see the light of day that are each as fabulous and unique as the next. And then, I have an extra special sketchbook devoted to those designs that are just..something so much more. They take on a life of their own. They call you in. They are beautiful. They are then. They are now. They are uniquely their own. They demand to be plucked from the design stash and brought onto the design table. And you know what? I can't resist.

BOM 2019 will be revealed this weekend
See you then! 



Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Inspirational Greens

It's been unseasonably cool in my part of the world. Usually December is hot and the air conditioner is already blowing a cool breeze indoors by 8am. But this year the cool spell has lasted longer than I can remember. I had the heating (!!) on over the weekend and there's been rain too. It feels like a European spring to me which is not helpful -I'm somehow always seasonally confused. I'm hardwired to 'experience' December as a winter event and always get taken by surprise when true summer shows up, no matter how long I live in a hot, dry climate. However, despite all that, today's inspiration is characteristically Australian. Look at these glorious birds!
They're called Rainbow Lorikeets, although I wrongly called them Rosellas for years until someone corrected me. The Rosella is also very brightly coloured native bird but they have different markings. They're here everyday. I've been unable to photograph them until now because of the strong glare in the mornings which have made all my pics so far look like this one below. There's probably a lens or camera setting to deal with this kind of thing, but I'm too lazy to find out what it is.  
Luckily for me, it's been so gloomy and overcast in the mornings this past week that the pics suddenly started looking worthwhile again and I snapped these. Boy, can they chirp! They're a noisy bunch. There's a whole flock of them that fly overhead at around 7am, but only 2 of them come down together into my backyard. I think the rest must try their luck in different gardens, so I wonder why this couple keep trying out mine. They hate this tree! They always nibble at the fruit and then spit it out and stomp around a bit in disgust! The next day, they try again. I'm wondering when they're going to give up..
Nature is a huge inspiration for me. I can sit and just observe a plant or animal for hours, enjoying every little detail. These birds are a riot of colour. I am constantly re-amazed by how vivid they appear in real life. And it still marvels me that something so natural is so brightly coloured. 

 I have no idea what this fruit is, it's completely inedible. It has no taste whatsoever - neither bitter or sweet, which is odd as I did think it was some kind of ornamental tree but wasn't able to narrow it down. I keep it around for the bird play and leaves, the texture on these leaves is stunning.
I'm actually thinking of creating an 'orange room' in my garden from heirloom flowering plants that bloom in everything from pale apricot hues to vivid red orange shades. Looking at these pics, I think it's about time I got that sorted. I feel like it's time to create a whole new inspiration cycle in the garden.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

WOW: November Down!

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
OK, so November has taken me by surprise even though I tell myself each year that this whirlwind of a month won't pass me by so unexpectedly again. 

 I'm taking charge today. It's time for me to organize my projects.  
Today I'm working to finish my LE angels before I clear my desk for the launch of BOM 2019.

And WOW is all I can say.
I wonder what you'll say?! 

I'll know in the coming days.

What's Your WOW?



Wednesday, 21 November 2018

WOW: Love Entwined Border Progress

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
There's been so much 'Love Entwined' activity making the rounds lately, especially on Facebook. Seeing so many completed masterpieces has put me in the right mood to return to my own. It has been 5 years after all. I know! I just said 5 years. Let that sink in! Time surely flies when you're designing quilts.
These little leaves are perhaps the hardest applique motif on the quilt, so I'm pleased to have them all done. I've done some embroidery stitches on the centre basket too. Oooh just looking over this beauty fills me up with all those ideas of intrigue and mystery all over again.
I'm playing around with the idea of some pretty fussy cutting for my border flowers and here I am,  turning their little edges.
This is the fabric I'm harvesting for the very purpose
Aren't these lovely? I'm determined to have my border completed this week and the way I'm progressing, I really might just manage it. 

What's Your WOW?


Monday, 19 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Michele Stastny

Queen's Garden by Michele Stastny
of Yorktown TX

Well, what do we have here?! Michele Stastny has created my Queen's Garden pattern .. with a twist! Here are two cushions and a bed throw, all taken from the design and made into practical and beautiful pieces. I LOVE this idea! And as you can see, the classic pink and green colouring is drop stitch gorgeous. I love every inch of this new project, stunning!


'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

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Thanks to Michele Stastny for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Lily Roser's this is YOUR post!

WOW! November, what is going on? Just last week, 'Red Delicious' enjoyed a revival with a group of lovely ladies deciding to use it as their sew along pattern. Then this weekend, the love has turned to 'Lily Rose'! I feel like every time I check my email, there's a new request or notification for a group sew along, talk about busy! Just when I thought it was time to wind down for the year, a new buzz of activity has started up - a whole new group of quilting newbies are getting together to make Lily Rose in person and they're starting in December.

I mean, what a way to start an adventure. They've selected Lily Rose because they all love it (obviously) but have also told me that my blog posts about each step of the making process won them over - they love the idea of being able to check back on how I created my own stunner. I also think the manageable size must have played a part too. Honestly, I think Lily Rose is a fabulous group project and I am already in anticipation for the beauties that will come from this latest group quilt along. This gathering of ladies are on a tight budget and kindly asked me to help them start this 'Lily Rose' caravan.. and HOW COULD I REFUSE?

So yep, it's unbelievable but I'm about to do it all over again. To encourage absolutely everyone who wants to get involved in this project, I'm offering the pattern for the heavily reduced price of $4.80 USD. Yes, really. But only for 48 hours. I don't want anyone to miss out because of financial reasons.

And, with the Lily Roses shaping up in the real world, I've decided to offer this same low price to my online community too, in the hopes of jump starting Lily Rose here as well.
I mean, why not? The more the merrier, right? I mean, how long is your WIP list? Go ahead and add a floral wall hanging to mix. Why not, huh?


Honestly I'm just laughing as I type this because I'm overjoyed at all the love my patterns are getting. I'm grateful that my designs interest people. I'm thinking 2019 will see a lot of my quilts popping up everywhere. And what's not great about that??

Ok, Lily Rose let's do this!
Lily Rose
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

WOW: Lavender Blues

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
I've been gardening this last week and will continue on with that today. I just feel that it's too nice to be inside sewing whilst the gentle sun is shining and the warm wind is blowing. Mostly, this time of year I'm just confused, seasonally speaking. This year my plants are confused too. In my mind I'm hardwired to think it's autumn with all the cosy visions that inspires. In reality, in my part of the world, it's actually spring.. which keeps taking me by surprise. My plants are all in a tizz too. It's been very warm and then very cool with bursts of rain. All the plants are confused and growing, then not growing and then shedding - all out of 'season'. 

This is the second time this year my lavender has gone crazy. I had to cut it down again because it was becoming straggly. Although I had already cut it down once this year. I collect, dry and then turn my lavender into sachets for the household by stitching handfuls into cotton bags. I have so much scrap material that it's never an issue to zip 50 or so up in an afternoon. I put them everywhere I have a cupboard and it usually keeps all the pesky insects away. 
I missed my lavender routine last year and my wardrobe was attacked by moths, so I'm not making that same mistake again. I love the aroma too. Nothing beats natural, fresh dried lavender wafting through the house each time I open a door. This creature is a lizard. Actually I think it's a gecko. I found him under a pot plant and put him back soon after this pic. What a cutey. I usually avoid outdoor critters but for some reason the mini lizards don't bother me.

Today I'm planting some herbs. I can never get enough fresh sprigs of herbs in just about everything. Even tea. And a fresh planting today means I'll be enjoying a whole new bounty right after Christmas. After that I'll be heading indoors for my usual pre-Christmas quilting binge as I have some quiet days ahead at home..

What's Your WOW? 




Saturday, 10 November 2018

Hearts Desire

Today I've been catching up on some long overdue housework. As a quilter I must confess that my housework sometimes falls behind my creative pursuits. As I was sorting out a storage cupboard I found this beauty and had to revisit it. I've been quilting for so long now that I have a large 'back catalog' of quilts that haven't been seen by very many people. Yes I'm biased but I do think that this quilt is just too pretty not to show off! I love every little detail of Hearts Desire. And what's odd is that, if I had to recreate it today, I wouldn't change a thing.
I look at these details and wonder how I had the patience to domestic machine quilt every last inch. Phew! Nowadays, I'm happy just to complete a 'quilt top' and move on.
 Interestingly, I still love the fabrics I selected. This was my first 'serious' applique pattern that I felt was a step up from easy or fun applique patterns. In fact I think this was the last hand drawn pattern I accomplished before I went digital. Check out those hearts!
In this quilt design I can see my love for flowers, baskets, birds and leaves - the shapes and lines I favor have now become hallmarks of my style and patterns. I'm also really happy to see the 4x petal heart appear throughout the design - years before I started out on my Love Entwined journey.

Obviously that precious coverlet had burrowed into my imagination years before I even realized!
Hearts Desire is an applique design full of old world charm and plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the splendor of a blooming garden. Finished size: 84 x 84 inches

There aren't any Hearts Desire quilts in the Open Gallery yet but I do hope that this will change as I know they're out there! Perhaps you have one yourself? I think I'll go and add my own to get the ball rolling.
Like it? Make it! 

Hearts Desire
Digital Pattern Download
$39.95 USD



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Friday, 9 November 2018

Love Entwined by Tiny Por

Tiny Por of the Netherlands has created this breathtaking blue masterpiece by hand, including the exquisite quilting! The shades of blue are expertly balanced with the hues and prints drawing the eye to the wonderful centre. Every last detail is a beauty and I'm in love with every last inch of Tiny's creation. 

I have a real soft spot for blue and white quilts, they have an old world charm about them that I find irresistible. Perhaps it's the association with Delft ware, but I always think blue and white shines and looks good in any decore or era. Yes, I'm swooning! 
What a striking centre star, 
and what a great idea to section the inner ring surrounding circles in groups of prints
I love everything about this vase! 
 The stems embroidery provides just enough contrast in perfect red
Tiny hand quilted this beautiful quilt, look at all those stitches!

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Thanks to Tiny Por  for sharing her finished quilt pics with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished Love Entwined quilts, visit the LE Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make LE to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. 

Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Cate Winkler

Queen's Garden by Cate Winkler 
of Wagga Australia 

This beautifully toned Queen's Garden is a perfect example of blending gentle tones with contrasting elements to create a visually balanced beauty. Yes, the greens are perfect but I really love the use of blues too. It's just perfect. 

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Cate Winkler for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

WOW: That Birthday Buzz

WOW = WIPs On Wednesday
Hip hip hooray! These roses are counting the years of my life, that's why there's so many of them! It's a whole armful but I'm not complaining, it's good to be alive! I celebrated my birthday over the weekend and whilst I was still feeling a bit drab from my head cold, I had a really beautiful day at home with my family. Every year I always say that I don't want to celebrate my birthday because I think I'm too old for all this fuss. Actually I think birthdays are best for children, once you're an adult they feel a bit silly to me. But every year my family just ignores me and carries on celebrating it regardless. This year I put my foot down and demanded that if anyone was planning to buy flowers, they had to be potted plants because I'm over bouquets. I've had too many bouquets lately to celebrate my design finishes and I find that I'm always worried about them dying. Well, they ignored that demand of mine.. but given that roses were involved, I'll forgive them 😸
This is my most useful gift of the year: it's a pot of thyme. I love herbs and thyme is something I use so much of. I have grown it myself, but its always been stringy and knotty whilst this pot is lush and springy, it's the nicest thyme I've seen.
Those of you who follow my Instagram will have seen that we bought a cake this year. Really, this is something I want to stop doing. The problem is, I'm completely out of practice. I just don't do any baking and haven't done for about 20 years and although I'm always planning on getting back into baking lovely family occasion cakes... well, I simply haven't. I've been quilting instead. Obviously this has to end or we'll never enjoy real cake again.
I've been all around town over the past 5 years looking for honest to goodness quality cakes. And I can tell you that every single time it's been a let down. I don't know what happened to proper cake bakeries, but the cakes on offer these days just aren't authentic enough. This cake was horrible. It contained layers of custard that was the cheap and nasty flour and sugar kind rather than the egg kind and the taste was, well, awful. Then whole of the outside of the cake covered in a kind of sickly, sugary mock cream. Just awful. We only took a few bites of the slices and the rest went into the bin. It was such a waste of money and a disappointment too.

On a happier note, when I was clearing out my cup and saucer cabinet last month, I re-discovered this autumn rose design that I've been carting around me with for over 30 years. I've always loved it. It's so romantic and the brown and yellow tones seemed so fitting because I was born in autumn so it made sense to have some golden roses to use during the fall season each year. Well, for as long as I can remember, my DDs have never liked this tea set, I recall that they have previously used the words 'ugly' to describe it. 
Well, what a turn around this year was! Suddenly they both set upon it and declared they they had never seen this autumn rose set and what's more, they think it's beautiful and love it very much. Really, I don't know what to think! I'm just glad that my cupboard spring cleaning has proved useful - I have my cups and saucer sets on rotation and there'll be more gems like these making a reappearance after many years of neglect. 

Today I'm going fabric shopping with my DD because I'm in a pickle over what fabrics I want for my new BOM design. I thought I knew, but nothing feels right. You know how I am about fabric selection - it's going to be a long day!

What's Your WOW? 



Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Jean Brewer

Queen's Garden by Jean Brewer 
of the Gower Coast, South Wales UK

Oh bountiful blues, how beautifully this quilt settles in with the surrounding colours and prints. I do love a blue quilt and this one's extra special. I love that Jean has managed to balance the green against the blue by using a lighter, almost minty green alongside the  yellows, corals and pinks. It's fabulous. 

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Jean Brewer for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Queen's Garden by Mary Kathleen Oliver

Queen's Garden by Mary Kathleen Oliver 
of Santa Maria, California USA 

What a beautiful quilt! The balance between red and yellow is perfectly enhanced by the neutral beiges which subtly introduce hints of green that shimmer throughout. Doesn't it shine? It's a WOW from me and I'm delighted to see how Mary Kathleen has adapted the pattern to suit her. And the quilting is gorgeous too.

'Queen's Garden' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Mary Kathleen Oliver for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Juliette by Glenda Jean Hepburn

Juliette by Glenda Jean Hepburn

Yes, she's done it again. No, I can't believe it either. And if you do find out where Glenda finds all the extra hours to make so many gorgeous quilts, please let me know. I have asked her, but she won't spill the beans. And if you think she's the only one, you'd be wrong. Jenny Henry also creates a unbelievable number of quilts each year. And you know what else? They're both Moderators of my Online Quilt Group ..and it staggers me how they get it all done? I suppose we'll just have to accept that we've got the most talented and productive Quilt Group in the world in our little community. I'm quite speechless.

As for Juliette, look at the bold, bright colours Glenda has selected to use on this dark background - it's just superb.

'Juliette' 
Read more about this quilt by clicking here now

--------------------------- Open Quilt Gallery--------------------------- 
Thanks to Glenda Jean Hepburn for sharing her finished quilt with us all to take inspiration from. If you'd like to see more finished quilts made from any of my patterns, visit my Open Gallery. It's a place for all quilters who make any of my quilts to show off their creations in a central online gallery. It's new and I hope you'll join us by adding your own quilt there. Submitting your quilt pics is easily done via an upload screen directly on my website. Click here now if you'd like to submit your own quilt.
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