Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Finally my "Vintage Moments Quilt is off the machine.
I must admit that I still have to bind it ( I really don't enjoy binding ), and it does measure 90" x 90" which is a big quilt.
I started this at least 10 years ago with the Lemoyne Stars, all done by hand, but worth the effort.
Then I made the centre of the quilt, that sat on my design wall FOREVER !!!!
But I was still looking at it. The ladies in my class really made me look again so I decide that this year was the time to finish it.

There are 7 different methods in this quilt, it started with hand piecing, it has over 250 half square triangles in the borders as well as the ones on the Feathered Star in the centre.
I always said that if I was to make a Feathered Star this would be the one.
It has paper piecing, machine piecing, hand applique, bias strip piecing plus as I said hand piecing.
Not to mention the pieced borders etc, etc.
A real challenge. Once started for the second time it didn't take long to come together.
I won't say it was easy, but it was worth all the effort.

What really made me finish it was the night I was sitting looking at my huge quilting machine and thinking "I won't have this machine forever" !!!
Not that I am considering stopping quilting, I am doing more custom quilts than ever and always edge to edge, I like the way the quilt really comes to life after it has been quilted. I love seeing my customers face light up when they see the finished product.
After all that here are a few photos of "VINTAGE MOMENTS".

I hope you like the finished result
I am pleased with it, now for the binding !!!

Enjoy your patchwork everyone.

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Hi all,
Happy to say that I am now back to doing custom quilting as well as our happy favourite "Edge to Edge".

Yes it has been a while but my shoulder has improved enough to go back to what I had to give up all that time ago.

Here is a picture of my first custom quilting job after all that time.

It is called "Bullerswood" made with William Morris reproduction fabrics. Yes it did take a while to quilt, a lot longer than "edge to edge" and needed a lot more experience and patience.
However it is now finished and waiting to be collected. I am more than happy with the result.

I think that's enough for today as this is my second job on the computer. My first was to update our webpage. Here is a link if you would like to know more about us.Make It Original Studio.
This year has flown by much too quickly, we'll soon be talking about Christmas, after all it is only just around the corner.

So happy quilting to all of you.

Monday, 19 September 2016


Sorry as usual it has take me so long to get back to my blog. I suddenly realised how long when our new great grandson is now just about 9 months old. The last time I wrote he was only 4 months, how time flies.
Am still enjoying the de-stash site and finding lots of things in my store room and around the house that I had forgotten about and no longer use.
I am still enjoying quilting by machine and I took a photo of the latest one so here it is.
I was really pleased with the pattern on this one as it really enhances the quilt top.
As it doesn't get picked up until tomorrow I am waiting for her reaction when she sees it, I'm positive she will be happy.
Our helicopter flying grandson is now married and living in USA, however he is returning in November to be ready for the fire season here. So it will be nice to see him and I feel a lot better when I know he's looking after all of us in the Dandenongs and surrounding areas and helping our great firefighters.
My class ladies are getting on well and some are now designing their own quilts which is fabulous. I love to see their confidence build from week to week.

Well that's about it for today, so hope you all keep well and happy.
Enjoy your patchwork and quilting.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Back again, lots of news

Finally got back to writing as I have been very busy de-stashing.

Pleased to tell you that we have sold a lot of our antique quilts and tops, all have gone to good homes where they will be appreciated and looked after. So that makes me happy.

Also a ton of books, which is very gratifying, I have learnt a lot of lessons from the books that I am now selling, so it is good that other patchworkers and quilters can do the same.

All of the books are in as new condition except that my name and phone number is in the front, which doesn't appear to worry any of the purchasers.
I do believe in looking after books they are after all, a mine of information.

I have made new friends on the de-stash site, one lives just around the corner from me, literally !!!
We didn't know each other existed.

I feel that I have made a life long friend in the wilds of Queensland. We are so much alike it is jaw dropping. Of course she is younger than I am, but really, who isn't.
Age does not form a barrier in friendships it actually enhances them.

Our new great grandson, now 5 months old is in Paris and has visited Harrods in London. He looks fabulous. I am glad that he will have many photos to look at as he gets old enough to do so. He certainly won't remember it, except perhaps as the place he first learnt to finally roll from his back to his front.
 Learnt a new move here in front of the Eiffel Tower.
 Watching the soldiers on parade
The smallest jetsetter
Well that's about it for this time, as usual I hope to get back faster next time I write this blog.
Happy sewing everyone.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Happy New Year

Hi All,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the coming year.

We had a fabulous Christmas present, our new great grandson, he arrived on December 22nd.
mother Kelly and baby Harvey are both doing well.

I have joined a new Aussie De-Stash group so will be selling fabrics and quilts plus other quilt related things on there, they don't do as well on e-Bay as they do on the new site.

Everyone on there is a quilter both buying and selling. They are very friendly and it is a lot easier to load up things for sale that it is on e-Bay.

Plus lovely people appreciate what we are selling and it's nice to be told that we are remembered by people who came to our quilt displays so many years ago. It's certainly made our New Year a lot easier.
I did say, ages ago that I would put up a photo of one of the quilts that I recently quilted, this one is being picked up this afternoon and I remembered to photograph it.

Here it is, the person who made it did a brilliant job, it is show quality, we chose an edge to edge feather pattern and it looks great.

Well that's it for now.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Back from hospital

Hi All, 

I really didn't think that I would be this long publishing my next blog.

However things happen that we really don't need !!
Yes, I should have gone to hospital earlier but who ever thinks that they are not going to get better without all that palaver, also upsetting people, mainly your own family.

Anyway, having been carted off by ambulance and shut in a private room because you may be infectious until they know what they are dealing with.
Now that is a big shock to the system !!

The specialists are still doing blood cultures and I have to have a colonoscopy in early January, but at least I can get back to mixing with people. Secure in the knowledge that nobody can be infected by me.
Just as well, we have our new great grandson due December 30th.

I was lying in bed thinking of all the bibs and burpies waiting to be finished at home, well they are now all done, quilts and baby blankets also,including nappy bag, have all been done and dusted, some are already in the nursery.
I know the nappy bag ( which, by the way, is a Kalbarri Bag ), is going into hospital with the new Mum.

Now about all the Liberty of London fabric that you have all received and told me how happy you are. I am really pleased.
It has made you happy and made some space for me in my Liberty stash to see exactly what I have left to use.
Which by the way, is plenty. 

I'm wishing all of you all the best for the coming season, hoping the New Year comes in with everybody happy and healthy.
Hope you all get what you wished for from Santa.

Till next time.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Final Sale - Liberty of London Tana Lawn

Now we have some really happy ladies who have bought their Liberty of London fabric from my collection.
I have now just listed the last of Liberty that I intend to sell for now.
When I finally get around to making my shirts (I am still quilting and teaching), I MAY have some more left over.
If that happens I will list whatever I have but don't hold your breath, it takes me longer to settle down to make shirts than it does to make a quilt.

I think once we've given up sewing for ourselves and started quilting we look askance at doing thing like tailoring as that now appears harder.

There was a day, a long time ago when I thought nothing of making a suit or a dress, I mean what's hard about it ?
I now think twice.

However here are the links for the Liberty of London Tana Lawn.

Happy shopping,