Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Australian Quilt Show, Young Quilters Award MELBOURNE

I'm very happy and super proud to announce that my daughter came 1st place in the Young Quilters Award for her work, Love Tree.

Here are some pics of her accepting her award, and posing for photographs with a Herald Sun Photographer.

Love Tree was inspired by Kilmt's curvy lines and use of gold


Tuesday, 11 March 2008


I'm happy to announce that Nightshade has been juried in for show at Paducah! watch this space.....

Friday, 29 February 2008

Stenciling !

Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, March 2008

I'm delighted to have contributed to the March issue of P&Q ! As you know, I'm a little biased when it comes to recognising stenciling as a traditional (if mainly forgotten) quilting technique... and I was fortunate enough to have a Stenciling How to featured in this issue too. Nightshade is also featured and there's a great stenciling project (if I do say so myself!).

I've had a few emails from people wanting to know where to start with stenciling - good question! I created the stencil project in P&Q for those interesting in trying out stenciling, as well as those wanting to go one step further...this stencil can be used as a stand alone block or made to contribute to a larger quilt (coming soon in a future issue) if you've wanted to look into stenciling and maybe putting your hard work to good use a little later on, this issue is for you.

Of course, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Stencil Workshop Requirements List

Hello to all of you who will be joining me for the

Table Runner Stencil Workshop
Feel free to email me or send on a comment if you have any questions about this workshop
Please make sure you bring everything you need to make this workshop a success

Why not try a stencil quilt yourself?
In this workshop you will learn one of the oldest and most charming, yet forgotten techniques in quilting : stenciling.

This Stenciled Table Runner demonstrates how the simple yet rewarding process of stenciling can be used to create beautiful and elaborate designs.

It is easy and the finished appearance is similar to that of appliqué. Although not attempting to displace beautiful appliqué, stenciling can create a similar look in a fraction of the time.

Come Prepared. To ensure you are able to fully participate in this workshop, please ensure you bring your own supply of required supplies.

In a day workshop you will :
· Discuss examples of design ideas
· Learn how to cut stencil from freezer paper
· Learn fabric preparation and colour mixing
· Stenciling— ‘ How To’
· Fixing to set the paint
· Outlining technique for stencils
· Ideas and handy tips to get you started on your own designs

Requirements list:
  • Plain (background) fabric 130cm length x 46cm width. THIS IS THE SIZE OF THE FINISHED BLOCK. You may want a little extra fabric, just in case.
  • White or a very pale fabric is recommended (for succesful stencilling, a non competing print is important). 100% cotton is recommended. If you are using homespun or calico, it is recommended that you pre-wash the fabric.
  • Reynolds Freezer paper x 2 metres approx
  • Craft knife (or scalpel) with self healing matt or cutting board
  • Sharp scissors
  • Pen, pencil, eraser
  • Stubby paintbrush for stencilling
  • Wad of paper towelling
  • Several clean plastic tubs for colour mixing (empty margarine containers are ok)
  • Clean jar (for rinsing brushes)
  • Masking Tape
  • 1 metre x Baking (grease proof paper)
  • 2 x Jo Sonja Artist Acrylics of choice ( I personally use and recommend this brand)
  • Faber castell PITT artist Pen in fine line, waterproof Indian Ink for outlining. Whichever outlining pen you opt for, first test for colour fastness by washing.
  • Some extra fabic for patch testing
  • Jo Sonja Textile Medium (optional)

You may opt to purchase your own Jo Sonja Textile Medium, however as a whole bottle is wasteful if you're not going to be using it after the workshop, I will provide just enough for you to use on the day for a small cost.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Quilters Convention, Melbourne

On sunday, I went along to the Quilter's Convention in Melbourne. It was great to see so many people there, it was a 10 minute queue to get in!

Here's a pic of Nightshade hanging in the quilt display.
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