Thursday 21 February 2013

Hexagon Quilt to raffle

Below is the part result of a quilt we are working on at Patchwork on Parker in the Wednesday class.
We will be donating it to CanAssist in the next few weeks, so stay posted to see it when it is finished, although you can now follow all the action at the new blog address, and I apologise to anyone who had difficulty accessing it, I typed the address in the last post incorrectly - only by one letter.  Here it is

I will see you over there, stay stitching and thanks for looking, Janelle

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Country Matters new page

Hello everyone,what a summer we are having, fires and floods, drought feeding and cleaning up after storms.

I must apologise for being off air for so long, there has been a multitude of reasons which I will not go into but it has been a busy summer, hot and dry and I feel I am back to normal at least for now. 

Big news though that I will announce, I have created (with some help) a new blog/website for you to look at and for me to be able to give you a better look at what I have to offer.  As you will see I will still be blog posting but there are other places to look for patterns, classes etc.  The new place to find me is  - it still has a little of fine tuning to be done, baby steps for someone like me who struggles with technology at times.  For those of you who are members I think you will have to re sign, any problems, let me know.  This blog will stay here but all the new info will be on the new website. 

Okay, I will sign off and get busy with some stitching, there will be plenty of news coming very soon I promise, till then,


Friday 9 November 2012

Today is Blog Tour day

Yipee here we are on blog tour day for me.  Introducing my block, Roving Ring, which can be found on page 43, Block #552.  I loved making this block, and could make a whole quilt just by repeating it over and over again - probably will so watch this space.  I started with four reproduction shirtings, and cut into squares, then triangles, then sewed back into squares.  Some people cannot understand why we do this process of cutting up fabric only to sew it up again! 

This is where my addiction to paper piecing comes in and instead of hexagons, this time I have used pentagons, with scrappy reproduction reds from the basket.   What do you think?  This could work with any colour - try blues, greens, black and white, brights, or what about just use all the colours in one!

So for inspiration, have a look below and  also through the other 99 blocks on the link or if you leave a comment by Wednesday 14 November, you will go into the running to win a copy of the magazine and a Country Matters pattern.

So, here I have made four blocks and joined them together, you get a secondary effect,

And below, I took the photo on point, isn't that effective.  Makes it look quite different.

Now for something completely different, I have been also working on Anni Downes quilt Some Kind of Wonderful, just have binding to go, and  I put it together in a quilt-as-you-go format.  This has some lovely blocks in it, quite a treasure to make and have for someone special.

Back to the hexagons.  As this being a special blog day, thought I would share this with you.  It is the beginning of a mosiac hexagon quilt from Annette Gero's book Fabric of Society, using 1/2" hexagons.  This is a work in progress (probably for a few years!)

Remember some red hexagons I showed you earlier in the year, they are now in a quilt top, as you can see, pins are in and waiting for the last of the quilting.

Finally, more of the Mulberries  Of Amaroo versions, Faye has done this one in the Wagga class, gorgeous reproduction blues and browns,

And another on the way in pinks and soft reds.

As it is Spring here, my cushion pattern, Bottom Garden has been popular recently, quite large cushions but quick to make with a little stitching and applique.  Email me if you are interested in a copy.

Could not leave without showing you one more iris blooming in my garden this week, love this colour combination.

I think I have gone on for long enough, hope you have enjoyed the post and blog tour, and thankyou to Quiltmakers 100 Blocks for letting me be a part of it again. Maybe I will see you next time, and don't forget to leave a comment to have a chance to win.

In the meantime, I will keep those fingers stitching.

Cheers, Janelle

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Blog tour coming up

As I promised to tell you, the day for my blog tour will be Friday, 9 November, just a couple of days away - how exciting.  So if you can, come and have a look at my blog on that day, and for two lucky visitors you could win a copy of the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol 6 magazine and a Country Matters pattern.  All you have to do is leave a comment by Wednesday, 14 November be in the running.

I am also in the process of setting up a new blog which will link back to this one, address will be and it will have loads more info on it when it is up and running properly.

QUILT SHOW in Cootamundra this weekend, 10 and 11 November put on by Community Chest, an organisation that raises money for heart, lung and kidney equipment and patients in the local area.  It will be in Dickson Hall (not the Town Hall as previously advertised) from 10 - 4pm, so come along and support a very worthy cause. 

See you on Friday, Janelle

Thursday 25 October 2012

A large amount of small pieces

I must say I was very happy to have this quilt finished, it is a massive king size and weighs a ton, but my Civil War Chronicles quilt is finally complete!  Here it is pictured at the Temora Rural Museum, along with other quilts that were part of Patches of Heaven exhibition earlier this month.  They will be there till the end of the month (only another week - where has the year gone), so if you are passing through, call in for a coffee and a browse.
A close-up view
Now, for some other news, early next month, the next edition of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol. 6 will be released, and I am thrilled to say I will have a block in it again.  There will be a blog tour from Nov 5 - 9 which I am fortunate to be part of with giveaways and prizes -  more info when the day gets closer. 

Just want to show you another version of Mulberries of Amaroo, Sharon who comes to my class at Patchwork on Parker, has used the Lynette Anderson range of fabric, this is her second quilt in this design - it is very nice!

I will be back shortly with all that is happening in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned, 

Thursday 11 October 2012

Boree Creek quilt show

If you happen to be travelling around this weekend and you find yourself between Wagga and Albury there is a little town called Boree Creek, hosting a quilt show that you should go and see.  This is a biannual exhibition of locally made quilts and items, as you can see from the photos, they have put alot of work into it and they look beautiful.

This is their raffle quilt, a fantastic version of my design, the Whirlygig.  You can still buy tickets to win this great quilt made by the Boree Creek ladies.

Because it is a quilt as you go pattern, it is reversible - this is the back!
A little taste of more of what is on show...
But if you want to see all of it, and the best way to see quilts is face to face, then get to Boree Creek this weekend, times are 9.30 to 5 pm at the Memorial Hall, and refreshments including lunch will be available.
Till next time,
Janelle xx

Thursday 4 October 2012

Spring is here

Firstly, just wanted to share with you some more Lucy Boston blocks that I made over the last couple of weeks, to prove that I have been doing some sewing since my last post, blending a couple of old fabrics with some new ones.


This is some of the spring blooms in my garden, the gorgeous wisteria that sits at the side of the house and makes a magnificent display every year

Then there are the bearded iris, a favourite of mine and have them in all parts of the garden, these are just a couple of the early ones that are out. 

And my little pot of violets by the back door.

Hope you are enjoying Spring were you are, and will have some updates and news for you soon, till next time