Monday, December 31, 2012

More Inspiration from "Down Under"

Wagga  60 x 72"

I've admired the Australian Waggas for a long time.  
So, with Making Quilts...the Promise of Joy in hand, it was time to make my own!  
Kathy Doughty shows her beautiful Wagga in the book, made with wool suitings and heavy cottons.  

Keeping with the "thrifty" nature of these quilts, I used only five fabrics.  

The red and camel plaids are wool blend scraps.

The center panel is an old pillow cover made of heavy upholstery cotton.  

The blue plaid is cotton flannel.  The floral patches are cut from an old linen tablecloth.  

It's kind of an ugly duckling, but I like it.  
Just right for sending with my man when he goes out to the bush.  

This will get wool batting, a flannel back and lots of perle cotton.  

Wishing you all good health, great inspiration and lots of time to create in 2013!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Material Obsession Inspiration

Wahoo!  Look what I got for Christmas.  It's Kathy Doughty's new book!  

A dear friend travelled to Australia last month to visit friends in Sydney.  
She's not a quilter, but I suggested she visit Material Obsession.   

Well, she did!  AND she bought the book!  AND she had Kathy sign it!
AND she gave it to me for Christmas!

Of course, I spent Christmas night reading it, cover to cover.  

The book is generous, courageous and absolutely inspiring--
just like Kathy herself.  

The next morning I walked into my sewing room and found this on the wall.  Blah.

So I grabbed the Dresdens I had made in a class with Kathy in Sisters, Oregon, a few summers ago.  

Wa-la!  Thank you, Kathy!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Santa Claus has Come to Town!

Santa Claus  63" x 50"

I pieced this top last year at this time.

This year Santa came out of the cupboard and gave me a whole new attitude about free motion quilting!

He told me to just PLAY with different designs in each block.

No pressure.  Just have fun.  Ho ho ho!

Best holiday wishes to you and yours! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I spent the week working on a "little challenge" over at 15 minutes play.

Victoria sent a 12" square of the floral and plaid fabric, and asked us to make something "small."

So here's what happened on my design wall last week.  It became an obsession!


  "Obsession"  61 x 61"  

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Cure for a Rainy Day

"Contentment"  48 x 52"

It's dark and dreary outside, but inside I played with blocks from my "parts department."  

This quilt practically jumped onto the wall!

The words are from Tonya Ricucci's book, Word Play Quilts.  

The hst's are from the lovely gals over at Two's Company.

The other blocks are leftovers from various quilts.  

OK, now back to holiday gift-making.