Archives for February 2014

Mystery Quilt for Gawler Quilting Circle Biggest Morning Tea

I know it has only been a few days since I posted, I must be getting the hang of this blogging! Anyway, the group I belong to, The Gawler Quilting Circle, participates annually in The Biggest Morning Tea which is a fundraising event across Australia to raise money for cancer research. This will be the second year that I am teaching a mystery quilt. I just love sharing skills and techniques. Those of you who knew me in my pre quilting days will know that I taught Folk Art for many years from home and in local shops. So I get a great thrill in helping these lovely ladies at Gawler unravel the mystery of the quilt during a one day workshop. We all have heaps of fun and eat yummy food while the foot is on the pedal to get as much sewing done in the day.  For those of you doing this workshop, sorry, I am not about to let the cat out of the bag. I am happy to share my fabric choice with you.Marcia Derse fabric

I purchased some of these beautiful fabrics by Marcia Derse from Hettie’s Patch some time ago and then I was very privileged to meet Marcia in person at Houston International Quilt Convention in 2011. How could I resist… had to add to my stash. I have been saving this fabric for something very special and this quilt just begged for it. Marcia hand dyes her fabric and uses items from nature to inspire her patterns. Her website is worth a visit as she regularly releases new ranges. Lorraine still carries a good range at Hettie’s Patch. I used the black as my background fabric to showcase the beautiful colours Marcia uses to create her unique fabrics. The requirements list asks for a minimum of 16 x 1/4 yard cuts across the width of the fabric but the more the merrier! Visitors not doing the workshop will have to wait until the end of May 2014 to see the finished quilt. There will be a special quilting rate for edge-to-edge quilting of this quilt which I will release at the workshop.

Happy sewing until next time


How Time Flies

Wow, here we are half way through February already, how time flies. I keep meaning to post blogs and then get waylaid with other activities. I did spend Australia Day weekend with my friend Chrisee in Port Lincoln. She has a long arm quilting machine like mine and needed a bit of assistance so a quick 40min flight on a plane and I was in relax mode. This is Chrisee standing behind her LA. Sadly Chrisee and Jeff’s home was destroyed in bushfires about four years ago and they are now settling into their new home.


Jeff has recently finished building a wood oven so I was treated to some yummy wood oven pizza and amazing bread. Jeff has a great set up and devotes most of the day to getting the dough and ingredients ready and firing up the oven.


Port Lincoln is one of South Australia’s main fishing ports and is famous for it’s tuna farming. You can see the large white circles in the ocean as you fly in and out of the town. These hold the nets suspended deep into the water that contain hundreds of tuna.  They are harvested by very strong men who swim amongst the fish, catching and tossing them up into a nearby boat. Amazing. Anyway, on the weekend I was there they had Tunarama which is when the town celebrates by having a parade and festivities. One of the activities is the tuna tossing competition (on land). They use rubber tuna these days. The main event was won by a young Japanese man who travels around the world with his friends entering these types of competition. I guess you could call him a professional tosser, Lol! He was a very nice man and fun to watch as he hurled these big fish down the beach. The parade was heaps of fun with vintage cars and tractors and lots of dress ups. These are Chrisee’s two grandchildren dressed up for the parade.


The local ladies also got involved…either hopeful or runaway brides! Love the thongs and sunnies ladies.

Runaway brides

So, did we solve Chrisee’s problems with her machine? Not quite but it was great to catch up and meet all of the family. I left Chrisee with some problem solving homework which she is doing diligently.