Sew along ! Treasures from the scrap bin Week One

Sew along ! Treasures from the scrap bin Week One

October 17, 2019 4 Comments

Hello Everyone Choosing fabric is a big topic to cover, there are so many options. I am going to go over how I choose my fabrics, and how to re-create the look of the quilt in my book Autumn Bouquet. Although please feel free to go with whatever fabric combinations you desire. I am so looking forward to seeing what you choose.
Sew along ! Giveaway time

Sew along ! Giveaway time

October 10, 2019 35 Comments

Well, it's a good week for a giveaway! Martingale Publishing has been very generous to offer the first giveaway, which is, of course, an Autumn Bouquet book. Yay! For New Zealand winners you will get a printed copy in the post. For overseas winners, Martingale will email you a digital copy.
Sew Along ! Treasures from the scrap bin

Sew Along ! Treasures from the scrap bin

October 09, 2019 4 Comments

Hello, everyone, I am excited to get started on a sew-along from my book Autumn Bouquet. I have given a lot of thought as to which quilt to start with, one of my all-time favorites is the treasures from the scrap bin pattern. As I will be re-making the quilt, this is the one I have chosen. I hope you will join me.

Auckland quilt symposium 2019

Auckland quilt symposium 2019

September 30, 2019

The symposium starts this week, with the quilt exhibition open tomorrow and classes starting on Wednesday. I have been busy getting organized for the class I am teaching on Sunday. I am teaching applique, the sample quilt being Sharon's surprise. You can find this quilt in my new book Autumn Bouquet.
Ever wondered how to remove the applique freezer paper templates, without cutting the background fabric ?

Ever wondered how to remove the applique freezer paper templates, without cutting the background fabric ?

September 01, 2019 3 Comments

While working on a new quilt for my soon to be born granddaughter I decided to do a tutorial. On some quilts, especially those with pieced backgrounds, I like to remove the freezer paper as I invisibly machine stitch down the applique piece. Instead of cutting away the background afterward. This little tutorial may help you.......
Nine Patch blocks and an update on your book orders.

Nine Patch blocks and an update on your book orders.

August 24, 2019 2 Comments

The books have arrived ! They had a slight hold up in customs, which has caused the delay. But all good now! All the books are signed, if you pre-ordered Autumn Bouquet you should have it very soon. I have packaged and sent away all your orders. Read my latest progress on the Nine Patch blocks......

I have a copy of my book 'Autumn Bouquet' in my hands and I can't wait to share what's inside.

I have a copy of my book 'Autumn Bouquet' in my hands and I can't wait to share what's inside.

August 03, 2019 5 Comments

It's here !  It feels so different to actually have a printed copy to look through and see the final outcome of all my hard work.  The book has instructions and lots of pictures for the two main methods I use for applique in my quilts, I hope you will give them a try. Read more.....
The Humble Half Square Triangle

The Humble Half Square Triangle

July 26, 2019 1 Comment

The Humble Half Square Triangle unit is the basis for many great quilt blocks. Let me take you down memory lane, with some of pictures of my quilts, and tips on what I have learned so far. ( I am always learning, changing and trying out new things. )

The first method I learnt as a beginner quilter was the traditional method, sewing two triangles together to make a square unit. Read more....

New Pattern ! Cat's Cradle Quilt

New Pattern ! Cat's Cradle Quilt

July 20, 2019

The Cat's Cradle Quilt Pattern is now added to the website. I know there have been some of you asking about this pattern, I apologize for taking so long getting the pattern ready for release. I made each Cat's Cradle block in a different colour, then when I put them all together I loved the result. Read more....

Nine Patch Quilt Progress

Nine Patch Quilt Progress

July 12, 2019 2 Comments

The recipe for the nine patch blocks is available as a free PDF download here

How cute is that. Warning ! they are addictive........

Layering Flowers Tutorial | Invisible Machine Applique

Layering Flowers Tutorial | Invisible Machine Applique

July 06, 2019 3 Comments

While sewing the flowers on the border of the Feathered Star Quilt, I thought it would be great to share my method

Here are the steps I used to complete the flower and stitch it in place.

For each flower shape, use freezer paper templates and iron the edges over the freezer paper. You can find more detailed instructions about this in my e-book Applique! Creating and Stitching here

There are two types of flowers in the border, I will start the Tutorials with the Pink and Red Daisy flowers.                   

Exciting news about my book Autumn Bouquet !

Exciting news about my book Autumn Bouquet !

June 28, 2019 11 Comments

This is so exciting ! Every since I started designing quilts I have had the dream of writing a book to share my designs. It has now become a reality, dreams do come true afterall. Being an avid collector of quilting books, always curious about the authors and their methods. I now finally will have a book on my book shelf that is written by me. Take a look at whats inside my book......


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