Thursday, September 3, 2015

Just for you Kathy!

It was Thursday sewing today and while I do not have any finished quilts to show there is progress being made on several fronts, most notably by Di as she endeavours to meet deadlines for new quilts using her beautiful new fabric range for Andover Fabrics -  Cloverdale House.  Here is a sneak peak of 2 quilts that I believe are Andover / Houston bound.

First up a 'strippy' quilt, still in pieces but coming along nicely.  The finished quilt will have 3 columns of pieced blocks separated by the serpentine print in teal with a border of the teal column print.

The second quilt will have a broderie perse centre medallion cut from the cream column print.  This will have borders and lots of half square triangles added before it is finished.

And the third quilt Di has underway will make its debut at classes being held at Mary Koval's Quilt Shop in Bedford, PA following Houston.  The centre is a very large broderie perse medallion made from Mary's Palampore.  The photo is all out of proportion but I can guarantee that it is beautiful.

Di has taken the scissors to the Palampore and completely deconstructed (a posh word for cut it into pieces) it before putting it back to gather again.  The border of Caeser's Crown blocks is complete but not attached as yet.

And what else was on the table today?  Firstly some blocks from Barb's "Never Ending Story Quilt" aka the Burnt Quilt.  Barb has been working on this for a long time now and some times thinks it will never be finished!

Clare, despite a very sore shoulder, has been sewing lots and lots of 1/2 inch hexies for our Challenge Quilt.  The challenge this time round is for each of the Sisters to reproduce a quilt from Kay and Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord's gorgeous book for Quiltmania - 'Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection'.  Needless to say, some of us are more advanced than others.  Reveal day is scheduled for our annual Christmas celebration visit to our lovely friends Corliss and Megan at Threadbear in Castlemaine

And to finish off this post, I have completed the centre for Pendle Hill by Di.  This is an unfinished story (as opposed to never ending) as Di has not yet designed the next section of this quilt.  No wonder given how busy she has been with the new fabric line.  I have loved making this quilt so far and look forward to completing it some time in the future.

Until next time,


Monday, June 29, 2015

Mid-year Update

As the mid-point of the year approaches it is time for an update on what the Sisterhood has been working on.  Since posting all of the finishes in April, there are some new beginnings to share.  But first, a masterpiece of a cake from Deb for sewing yesterday.  It tasted as good as it looks!

Merri has started on Di's Sutton Grange.  Her centre is finished and looks lovely.

Ann has been inspired by the book, Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection (Kay and Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord) and commenced this hexagon quilt.  


Deb is in the final stages of completing Sue Spargo's Imperial Blooms.  Just the borders to finish and attach.

I have completed the centre of Di's Pendle Hill.  I am well on the way to completing the 56 pentagon flowers for the next border so hope to have more to show next time.

And finally from Di, a sneak peak of a new quilt that uses the Palempore from Mary Koval.  The centre medallion is complete and Di was sharing ideas with us for the next border.  The second version was a unanimous choice.

Until next time,


Monday, April 6, 2015

Suddenly... Thursday sewing there were finished quilts and quilt tops to show.

First up, Ann's version of Di's mystery quilt for Quiltmania, Mount Mellick. Ann loves strong and vibrant colour and the cheddars in this version make it sing.


Next, Clare's as yet to be named quilt all finished and beautifully quilted by Katrina Wilson.  

Then out came Merri's version of Ann's Legacy from Di's book, Primarily Quilts.  Also quilted by Katrina, just look at some of the detail in the quilting!

And my version of Feathers and Flowers, from Fons and Porters, Quilts from the Henry Ford.  Helen Hayes quilted this one and the feathers she has done so complement the design of the quilt. These are best seen from the back (which I pieced from the leftovers from the top).

Now just the binding to go, all 360 inches of it!

Until next time,


Tuesday, March 24, 2015


...there is not a lot to show even when we have been sewing up a storm.  Over the past few weeks there has been lots of english paper piecing...
Blocks for the final border of Mount Mellick by Ann or are they  Clare's?
The beginnings of a bag by Barb
...hand piecing...
Blocks for the final border of Mrs Williams from Kerry
 ... and needleturn applique.
A second Mount Mellick by Di using different fabrics
A yet to be named quilt from me that uses a beautiful piece of fabric gifted to  me by Petra Prins
The beginnings of Pendle Hill, also by me 
 And finally a finish - a cot quilt for Baby Hanna.  this was needle turn appliqué and broderie perse with machine pieced variable stars.
The finished quilt
And a close up of the centre.

Until next time.......


Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 2015...already?

After a busy holiday season the sisters are back sewing.  In January we have had sewing days at Di's and Clare's.  As you can see, it was heads down and fingers busy with lots of paper piecing of hexagons and stars.

Deb brought along the completed centre of her newest project, a reproduction of a quilt from a photo in an old QNL by Jenni Cleland.  She was working on the first border both days but not a lot to see just yet.

Di has completed the centre of a new quilt and was busy paper piecing for the next border.  This is absolutely stunning and the broderie perse, ooh la la!

Kerry looks to be in a finishing mode, Mrs Williams was out and the next row of blocks being pieced.  She is almost there.

I have started a new quilt.  A finished appliqué and broderie perse centre for a cot quilt I have been asked to make for a special friend of the family.  I intend to complete this with rows of variable stars set on point.

And while we were sewing, look who visited!  A beautiful King parrot looking for a feed...

Until next time,