Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Big Reveal

There has been The Big Chill(1983) and The Big Short"(2015) and now it's time for The Big Reveal.   Except it is not that big and will never challenge either of the movies for box office receipts!

The background to The Big Reveal:  Early 2014, Ann set the Sisters a challenge to make a quilt based on the book, Chintz Quilts From the Poos Collection by Kay & Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord, published by Quiltmania in2013.  We were given 2 years to choose a quilt, draft a pattern and get sewing.

You would expect that is plenty of time to complete the challenge, right?  Well let's just say that there are various stages of finish achieved.  The Big Reveal started with those who had begun the challenge and ended with those who had completed their quilt.

Apologies to Clare who was absent on the day of the reveal.  I know she has been working hard on her challenge, despite the being hampered by a frozen shoulder.  And to Di as I didn't take any photos on my iPad, I used Di's iPad and that is where they still are.

First up was Deb.  Deb has sourced a stunning piece of vintage fabric as the centre for her quilt - Peacock Centre Medallion on page 100 - but that is as far as it got.  We all have a serious case of fabric envy!

Next to show her completed quilt top was Merri.  This beauty can be found on page 262 and is titled Eight Petal Flower Centre Medallion with Basket Border - such literal description!  Merri has created a fabulous quilt top, raiding her (and others) stash for lots of stripes and plaids in an effort to stay as faithful to the original as she could.

My challenge quilt is also at the completed top stage.  I chose Peacock Feather and Rose bouquet Diamond in a Square on page 164 as my inspiration and spent hours/days cutting out and playing with fabric to create the broderie perse designs.

Ann presented an absolutely stunning interpretation of the Chinoiserie Centre Medallion with Hand Coloured Chintz Border from page 96.  Ann loves colour and this completed quilt just sings from its crazy Toucan centre fabric to the big blowsy broderie perse flowers to the shot cottons used in the pieced borders.  

And the final quilt of the reveal was Sue's because out of us all, only Sue hand-pieced and hand-quilted her challenge.  Like Deb, Sue chose the Peacock Centre Medallion quilt from page 100 as her challenge. The selection and placement of fabrics makes Sue's quilt looks like it stepped right out of the pages of the book.  For her centre medallion Sue has used broderie perse to create her own gorgeous peacock medallion.  The completed quilts is an absolute tour de force of hand work.

I hope you have enjoyed The Big Reveal as this will be the last post on the Secret Sewing Sisterhood blog.  After 7 years it is time to move on.

On behalf of the Sisters I would like to stay a very big thank you for all of the wonderful support and comments that have been posted over this time.  We love patchwork and quilting and will continue sewing on the first Thursday and third Saturday of the month as we have done for over a decade now.   For those that are interested in seeing what we are working on  I will post the occasional photo on Instagram at mim_leslie.

Happy stitching to you all,


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.......