Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows Quilt

I can finally show you more of the quilt made by Linda Collins from Quilts in the Barn which I quilted a few months ago.  Linda's quilt "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" has just been published as a project in Australian Country Craft and Decorating Vol 22 No 6.  The magazine came out today and I have managed to pick up a copy.  It is always great to see a quilt you have worked on in a magazine.

Linda's quilt was inspired by a bundle of fabrics and a Dresden Plate wedge purchased at the Australian Quilt Convention earlier this year.  During a retreat that same weekend, she played with both the fabrics and the wedge, desiging this quilt.  The result is a stunning quilt based on a traditional design.

I quilted Linda's quilt with swirling feathers in between the dresden plates and along the borders.  The dresden plates are quilted with continuous curves and a small feather flower in the centre.

Congratulations Linda on having your beautiful quilt published.  Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows would make a great holiday project - remember to pick up your own copy of Australian Country Craft and Decorating.

Monday, December 6, 2010


I used to be involved in a large range of craft activities but in recent years have focussed mainly on quilting.  As I don't seem to have the patience for hand piecing, I tend to have some knitting on the go.  A knitting project can take me quite a while to complete as I usually only work on it while watching our kids play sport or on holidays.

I have just finished a lovely shawl using the pattern Ishbel.

This was my fourth Ishbel, all of which have been given as gifts over the last year or so.  The shawl was knitted using Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Lettuce purchased from Eat Sleep Knit.  Ishbel is a lovely, easy knit and makes for a very portable project.  The yarn feels very soft and blocked beautifully.

I know it may be a while before you get to wear your shawl, Steph, as it is certainly not shawl weather in Melbourne at the moment - I hope you enjoy your shawl next winter.

I have decided to knit a different shawl next - I am trying the Haruni shawl which is a free pattern on Ravelry.  What "on the go" projects do you have?