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Quilts on Bastings

Updated: 2017-12-16T15:04:03.908+11:00


Opals - A Finished Quilt


I have been trying to finish some of my UFO's and have finally managed to put the binding on this little wholecloth quilt which was quilted some time ago.

"Opals" is made from a pre-printed Bernatex Wholecloth Quilt Top which I purchased when I went to Houston in 2011.  I found the pre-printed quilt top a great way to improve my accuracy in following quilting lines.  The quilt measures about 38 inches square.

I wanted to do something a little different rather than just quilt as is so I added cut-away shadow trapunto.  I used a custom dyed fabric for the layer between the cut-away trapunto and the wadding - it was a very bold piece dyed for me by She's Got Mojo.  I also added pebbling around the feathered motifs and in the border.

The end result has been fairly subtle - I might like to try this again with a slighly more transparent quilt top for a bolder effect.  Nevertheless, I do quite like the subtle opal shading which it has created.

Sydney Quilt Show 2015 - Best of Show!


I had the most incredibly exciting few days last week at the Sydney Quilt Show. Having received a phone call to say that my quilt Sanderson's Apprentice had been awarded a ribbon and that I "would want to be at the award ceremony", I flew up on Wednesday morning with my husband.

I was thrilled when my quilt won a First Prize Ribbon in the Traditional Professional Category, even more excited when it won Excellence in Longarm Machine Quilting and completely amazed when it was also awarded Best of Show!

Image courtesy of Expertise Events

I had only intended to spend one day at the Sydney Quilt Show. However, having been awarded Best of Show I flew back on Friday morning to spend a further two days with my quilt, talking to lots of very interested quilters - I had a great time.

I would like to thank the committee of the Quilters' Guild of NSW for organising a fabulous quilt show, the judges for their time and what must be a difficult job, the volunteers for making the quilt show possible and all exhibitors who entered a quilt.  I would also like to thank all the sponsors including Expertise Events and Bernina for their generous sponsorship.

My quilt has returned home with it's swag of pretty ribbons and a beautiful sash.

I will look forward to Sanderson's Apprentice being part of the Best of Australia competition at the Australian Quilt Convention in April 2016 and travelling around to the various state quilt shows during that year.


In Full Bloom


I have recently had the pleasure of quilting a Sue Spargo quilt called In Full Bloom for my customer Penny.  Penny completed this quilt as part of Sue Spargo's 2014 Block of the Month Quilt Programme.

In Full Bloom is made with beautiful wool fabric and incorporates applique and lots of embroidery embellishments.  I am sure you will agree it is a stunning quilt.

I had lots of fun with the quilting, using a number of different background designs.

I did particularly like the feathered border -

The pattern for In Full Bloom was released recently at Spring Market.

Birch Trees Quilt


While I may have been somewhat absent from my Blog lately, I have certainly been busy quilting. Today I would like to share a beautiful Bright Birch Trees Quilt pieced by Marg.  Bright Birch Trees is a quilt pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts.

The quilt is made with a range of different coloured solids for the backgrounds which shows the quilting beautifully.  I had a wonderful time quilting Marg's quilt with fern plumes, some feathers and lots of loops.  

Birch Trees Quilt - detail

I think you will agree that this has made for a fun and happy quilt!

I am featuring this quilt in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015.  The Blogger's Quilt Festival is an online quilt festival where bloggers from around the world showcase a quilt.  Once you have had a look here, head on over and take some time viewing the other wonderful quilts.

My Secret Garden Quilt


I recently purchased Johanna Basford's book Secret Garden.  Johanna is an illustrator who creates intricate, hand drawn illustrations predominantly, although not exclusively, in black and white.

Secret Garden is an interactive activity book which takes you on a ramble through a secret garden created in beautifully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations.  The illustrations in this Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book are just divine.  I was drawn to this book for the potential of some of these images to be quilted.

With Johanna's permission, I enlarged one or her illustrations and spent some fun time playing on my new quilting machine.  I was thrilled with the fine detail I was able to quilt in the piece.  My Secret Garden measures about 24 inches in diameter and was quilted on Oakshott Cotton fabric using Wonderfil Invisafil 100wt thread.  The quilt was marked with the design and quilted freehand.

My Secret Garden - Detail

Johanna's next book Enchanted Forest:  An Inky Quest and Colouring Book is due to be released soon - I wonder what inspiration awaits there!

Oakshott Kaleidoscope Quilt


Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

I have recently had the pleasure of working together with my sister Rita from Red Pepper Quilts on a commission project for a raffle quilt.  Rita chose the fabrics, layout and colours and pieced the quilt - I absolutely love her eye for colour - she chose a wonderful selection of Oakshott fabrics and I believe she has done an incredible job with this quilt.  I was then given free reign to quilt as desired.

The quilt was a delight to quilt - Rita's accuracy with her piecing is just incredible.  I decided to quilt with a combination of feathers, loops and continuous curves.

Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

Hopefully this quilt will be a great success as a fundraiser.  I have loved working on this quilt together with Rita.  More information about the making of the quilt and further images are available at Red Pepper Quilts.

Photo by Red Pepper Quilts used with permission

A Baby Quilt for my Neighbour


My new A1 quilting machine arrived last week and I have spent some time getting used to the differences.  I am happy to report that I am loving it.  The first quilts have now been quilted and I would like to share the very first quilt I quilted on my new machine.

The quilt is a beautiful baby quilt pieced from fabrics provided by my sister Rita from Red Pepper Quilts.  Rita and I spent an afternoon together cutting, piecing and pressing this little quilt - we had a lovely time sewing together - something we don't do together very often.  I am very lucky to be able to occasionally access her wonderful stash and her eye for colour and design.

The quilt was quilted with one of my favourite all-over patterns Splash which has given it great texture.  The quilt has been made for my neighbours who have just had a baby boy - hopefully it will be well used and loved.

This should be the first of many more quilts to be quilted on the new A1 machine.

Zutphen - A Sampler Quilt


I have recently quilted a beautiful sampler quilt for my customer Jenny.  Jenny's quilt is named "Zutphen" after the location of Petra Prins' Patchwork & Quilting Shop in the Netherlands.  Jenny was lucky enough to visit Petra's shop and purchased the pattern "Project Rood".  Petra regards the pattern more a layout rather than a pattern with individual blocks coming from several now famous quilts including "Dear Jane", "Nearly Insane", "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler" and "The Civil War Diary Quilt".  Jenny included nine additional blocks to make the quilt rectangular rather than square.Zuthpen has 50 blocks which are 6inches square each.  As Jenny loves feathers I incorporated feathers wherever possible including a lovely feather in the sashing.This Dresden Plate block is one of my favourites:-Some more detail of the quilting and Jenny's beautiful piecing and applique:-I love Jenny's border too:-Congratulations Jenny on completing a beautiful quilt and thank you for letting me quilt it - I had a wonderful time working on your quilt.[...]

Gammill Classic Plus For Sale - SOLD


I have decided to upgrade my Longarm Quilting Machine and would therefore like to sell my Gammill Classic Plus.The machine is a 2006 Gammill Classic Plus which is in excellent condition and perfect working order.  It has been used on a part-time basis operating 2 days per week during that time.The machine has the following features:26" by 10" Throat Space with 21" quilting area;Stitch-Regulated & Manual stitching modes;Electronic Needle Positioner and Single Stitch;Horizontal and Vertical Channel Locks;Low Bobbin Alert;Run-Time Clock;Dual Data Display Panels - for pantograph quilting and freehand quilting;Double-Capacity Bobbin;Built-On Bobbin Winder;WorkStation Attachment for Circles, Ovals and more;Portable Stylaser;Built in Light Fixture;Edge-Rider Wheels;Steel 12' Powder Coated Stand with Pivotal Access;Accessories:Extended Throat Plate, providing a larger flat surface for ruler work;Horizontal Small Spool Holder for using small spools of threadLarge Spool Holder for using larger cones of threadOwner's ManualNumerous M size Bobbins;Spare Bobbin Case;My Gammill has served me well in my quilting business and has also been used to quilt my personal quilts including various award winning show quilts.  The machine would be great for someone wanting to start a machine quilting business or for personal use.Buyer would need to pay for transport or pick up from Northcote, an inner Melbourne suburb. Australian purchasers only!  Please email me privately at if you would like further information or are interested in purchasing my machine.MACHINE HAS NOW BEEN SOLD - THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST![...]

Australia Quilts Exhibition


In September 2014, Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork / European Patchwork Meeting celebrates its 20th anniversary in Alsace, France.  Australia is the guest country of honour from outside of Europe.

Australia Quilts is an invitational exhibition curated by Brenda Gael Smith to showcase the diversity of Australian quiltmaking.  There are 34 featured artists and I was thrilled to have one of my quilts selected for this exhibition.


At present the quilts in the collection are making their way over to France including my quilt Purple Haze.

Detail - Purple Haze

Brenda has put together a beautiful website - Australia Quilts - Exceptional Quilts from the Great Southern Land to showcase the quilts that are part of the collection and to learn more about the featured artists.  I encourage you to take this opportunity to view this stunning collection of Australian quilts online.

If only I could accompany my quilt to France ...

Quilt Ladder


My studio is fairly small - there is not a lot of storage space and not much wall space to display quilts.  I had recently seen some great Quilt Ladders online and asked my very handy Dad to make me one.  Dad is a retired tiler and very handy with carpentry, bricklaying and many other trades.  Two weeks after my request, my quilt ladder is home and he has done a fabulous job.

With 10' ceilings, I was able to have a 9' ladder built - the ladder is about 20" wide and the rungs are spaced about 17" apart placed on an angle to accommodate the quilts.

I spent this Sunday morning selecting a range of quilts and quilt tops to display - I managed to take a picture of the now tidy section of my room.  It will be great to be able to easily change the quilts on display.

Thanks Dad for a great job - I might see if I need any more quilt ladders for elsewhere in the house.

Vic Quilters Showcase 2014 - Sanderson's Apprentice


I spent a wonderful day today at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair with my sister, Red Pepper Quilts and our Mum. We had a great time shopping at the many booths, chatting to many familiar faces and viewing the wonderful quilts on display as part of the 2014 Vic Quilters Showcase.The highlight of the day, however, was being awarded First Prize in the Longarm Category as well as the Matilda's Own Excellence in Longarm Quilting Award for my quilt Sanderson's Apprentice.Sanderson's Apprentice is a Sanderson Star quilt which was inspired by our visit last year to the Brisbane Exhibition - Quilts 1700 - 1945 which was an exhibition of quilts from the V&A Museum in London.  I was particularly struck by a stunning Sanderon Star Quilt by an unknown maker in yellow and cream fabrics with incredible hand quilting.  Being a machine quilter, hand quilting a quilt like this was clearly out of the question. The Sanderson Star design is named after its creator - Elizabeth Sanderson.  Elizabeth was an apprentice to the quilt marker and draper George Gardiner of Allendale, and her iconic style and expert skills made her more famous then her tutor.  Her reputation spread, and she set up her own business, taking live in apprentice to learn the trade.  My version of the Sanderson Star Quilt was made with Oakshot Cottons.  The quilting motifs are based on traditional quilting designs but I have re-drafted them for machine quilting.  The quilt incorporates shadow trapunto for all the quilting elements - a bright red layer of fabric has been placed between the quilt top and the wadding to create the pink and apricot glow.Detail - Sanderson's ApprenticeMatilda's Own Excellence in Longarm Quilting RibbonI would like to thank Vic Quilters for organising a wonderful quilt exhibition, the judges for what must have been some very difficult decisions and the volunteers for making the quilt show possible.  Congratulations to all those who entered a quilt for what is a fantastic display.  I would also like to thank all the sponsors for their continued support.  I will be heading back to the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair on Saturday for another dose of quilts and shopping.[...]

Toy Time Circus - A Baby Applique Quilt


I have recently quilted this Toy Time Circus Quilt for my customer Mrs Hope.  The quilt was made for her grandchild's first birthday and she did an amazing job on the applique.

I had lots of fun quilting this quilt - using lots of swirls, pebbles, feather fill and loops.

It was great seeing each of the characters come to life with the added quilting details -
I think the Lion is my favourite!

The Giraffe and the Bunny are very cute too...

And the Teddy of course...

I hope you have enjoyed this lovely baby quilt - I had a great time quilting it!

1930's Vintage Le Moyne Star Quilt


I have found myself collecting vintage quilt tops with the intention of quilting them.  I must have about eight quilt tops and to date had only quilted one of them.  As a result, I decided that I really needed to get one quilted to justify adding further quilt tops to my collection.I quilted the following gorgeous 1930's Le Moyne Star quilt which I purchased in Houston in 2011 for  a mere $82USD.  The quilt measures about 68 inches square.  Here is a section of the quilt before quilting:-I designed the quilting on my recently purchased Wacom Cintiq Tablet.  I love that you can preview quilting designs onto images of the quilt.  This was my quilting design - the final quilting only varies slightly from the original design.I was thrilled with the final result - I love the secondary design which has been created by the quilting lines.Some better close-ups of the quilting:-And a single block:-That is one quilt top down ... at least 7 to go.[...]

Ann Dagg's Quilt


I have recently quilted a version of the following Ann Dagg's Quilt which was pieced and beautifully appliqued by my customer Ruth.  Ruth used the pattern by Di Ford which is based on a quilt by Ann Dagg which is in the Smithsonian, Washington DC.

Ruth's quilt was quilted with feathers curling into the applique in the outer border.  The remainder of the border was quilted with straight lines.

I love the central applique panel of this quilt - I don't (can't) applique myself but appreciate the endless hours this must have taken.  I quilted the central panel with feathers around the outside, a few sprays of feathers amongst the applique and filled the background in with pebbles.

I hope you have enjoyed Ruth's version of this stunning Ann Dagg's Quilt - it was certainly a pleasure to quilt.

Double Irish Chain Quilt


It has been a long time since my last post - no excuses really - I think my summer holidays just got in the way.  Having had a wonderful break, I am back to quilting now and have just finished an enormous Double Irish Chain quilt for my customer Chris.  Chris gave me free reign on what to quilt and the setting areas of this quilt certainly allowed for some creative quilting.

Inspired by the quilting of Judy Madsen from Green Fairy Quilts and her book "Quilting Wide Open Space", I came up with the following quilting designs.  Each block has been quilted with a feathered motif while the blocks around the outside of the quilt have been cross-hatched and then quilted with double continuous curves.

The following photo of one of the blocks shows the detail of the quilting design - each feathered motif is surrounded by my favourite background fill - pebbles.

Due to the size of this quilt, I was unable to take a photo of the entire quilt.

I hope you have enjoyed Chris' quilt - I can't wait to see her reaction when she picks up her beautiful quilt.

Snowflake Medallion Quilt


My customer Christabel has made the following Snowflake Medallion Quilt which I recently had the pleasure of quilting.  Snowflake Medallion is a design by Emma and Pam Jansen which involves both piecing and applique - I am sure you will agree that Christabel has done a fabulous job.I had lots of fun quilting this quilt and incorporated lots of feathers and loops.I do particularly love the centre of this quilt and have surrounded the centre applique design with a wreath of feathers and filled with my favourite background fill - pebbles.And who doesn't love a back which is almost as beautiful as the front.Thank you Christabel for trusting me with this incredible quilt - I had a wonderful time quilting it and am thrilled with the results.[...]

Double Wedding Ring Quilt


I love Double Wedding Ring Quilts and am always impressed by anyone able to piece this design. While I have quilted some DWR Quilts, I have not pieced one myself.  The following beautiful Double Wedding Ring Quilt was hand pieced by my customer Fiona.  Fiona has created a stunning scrappy DWR Quilt with plain white spaces for the quilting design to shine.

My initial idea was to quilt feathers in the white spaces, however, Fiona had a much simpler vision for her quilt.  While designing the quilting motif took me out of my comfort zone, I was really please with result.

The design was quilted with the aid of rulers but did not require much marking - I placed dots on various points of the diagonals and used a small circle and one curved ruler to quilt the design.

Fiona has collected her quilt and was very pleased with the finished quilt - her challenge now will be to bind the curved edges of the DWR Quilt.

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Circles Quilt


I am once again participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival organised by Amy of Amy's Creative Side from October 25 to November 8, 2013. The Blogger's Quilt Festival is an online quilt festival where bloggers from around the world showcase a quilt. Once you have had a look here, head on over and take some time viewing the other wonderful quilts.
This time, I am sharing a quilt made by my customer Sally.  Sally has tackled curved piecing for the first quilt she has ever made with wonderful results.  I love Sally's selection of oranges, blues and greens.
Sally's quilt has been quilted with a simple figure 8 loop for a modern looking quilt.
I hope you have enjoyed Sally's quilt - remember to head on over to see many of the other wonderful quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival - enjoy!

MQX Quilt Festival Ribbon


I was thrilled to find out late last week that Double Cream has won an international ribbon.  I had entered Double Cream in the Wholecloth Large Category at MQX West in Portland and was very excited to find that it had won First Place in that category.  It was an honour to have my quilt exhibited amongst such incredible quilters but even more so for my quilt to be awarded a ribbon.

Double Cream with MQX Ribbon
I wish I had been able to be there but thanks to Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works who took some photos for me, I was able to feel a part of it.  I can't wait to see the photos of the other quilts in the exhibition.
I would like to thank the organisers Janet-Lee Greer Santeusanio and Mary Schilke for organising a fabulous quilt show as well as the sponsors, in particular Superior Threads who were the sponsors for the Wholecloth Large Category.
Double Cream - Centre

Quilts in the Barn 2013


I had a wonderful time visiting Quilts in the Barn 2013 on Friday.  It was a glorious Spring day, a wonderful setting, a chance to catch up with quilting friends and a fabulous display of quilts.The beautiful barn This year's exhibition was "All About Chintz" and there were certainly some wonderful examples of Chintz quilts.  I loved the two quilts which greeted you from above as you walked into the barn.   The following stunning quilt caught my eye - it has a beautiful chintz  centre surrounded by a plain border.  The quilting on this quilt is simply amazing.  Unfortunately I don't know whose incredible work this is.I spotted the quilt I only finished quilting last week surrounded by beautiful reproduction fabrics for sale. Mary Koval from Mary Koval Antique Quilts was this year's guest at Quilts in the Barn.  Mary is an American quilter who has emerged as a leading expert in the field of American quilts and antique fabrics.  Mary had brought with her a collection of vintage quilt tops, fabrics and quilt blocks for sale.  The following is a quilt top which came home with me - it will be treasured and hopefully quilted.  Does anyone know what this quilt block is called?  Thank you Linda for a wonderful exhibition.  I am sure it will have been a great success and you will have raised much needed funds for Breast Cancer Research.  I will look forward to Quilts in the Barn 2014!   [...]

All About Chintz


Quilts in the Barn 2013, organised by Linda of Quilts in the Barn is on again next week - the exhibition is being held from Friday 27th September through to Sunday 29th September, 2013. The exhibition is a fundraiser for breast cancer research.
This year's exhibition is "All About Chintz" and I have just finished quilting a beautiful Chintz Quilt for Linda.  Linda's quilt features many beautiful chintz printed fabrics from Den Haan en Wagenmakers.  The solid red fabric is also a chintz.

Linda's quilt has been quilted with feathers on the red chintz - I do love a plain fabric with feathers.  Simple continuous curves have been quilted on the printed chintzes.

The centre ..

I am certainly looking forward to this year's Quilts in the Barn Exhibition - best wishes Linda for what I am sure will be another wonderful exhibition.

Irish Double Chain Quilt


I would like to share a beautiful Double Irish Chain quilt I recently finished quilting for my customer Ann.  Ann's quilt was made with 1 inch squares and was quite large.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to take a photo of the whole quilt but here is a section of Ann's quilt.

All of the light coloured 1 inch squares were quilted with continuous curves while the centres of each Irish Chain were quilted with a separate motif.  Yes, I did count the centres - there were 120 - lots of stops and starts but worth the effort.


Enjoy your quilt Ann - thank you for letting me quilt it for you.

Diamond Sawtooth Quilt


You may remember the beautiful Diamond Sawtooth Quilt which I quilted for Linda from Quilts in the Barn last year which I blogged at the time here.

Linda entered her quilt in the Vic Quilters Showcase recently and was as excited as I was to have won a first prize ribbon in the Traditional Two Person Professional Category.  It is the first time one of my customer's quilts has won a ribbon - it was lovely to see it displayed with its two ribbons.
Congratulations Linda and thank you for sharing the moment!

Vic Quilters Showcase 2013 - Double Cream with Ribbons


I spent a wonderful and exhausting day today at the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair looking at incredible quilts, shopping and catching up with family and friends.  I am thrilled to say that it was also another ribbon winning day.  My quilt Double Cream not only won a First Prize Ribbon in the Longarm Category, it also won the Longarm Machine Quilting Award as well as Runner Up Best of Show!  Double Cream is my second Shadow Trapunto Quilt.  This time, rather than using a batiste, I have used a cotton sateen as the top layer.  The quilt has cut-away trapunto and has been layered with a bright yellow fabric to give the off-white on cream effect.  The central feather vase is my own design and is surrounded by my favourite fill - pebbles. The border is a traditional inter-woven feather with each corner set with a feathered heart.  Rather than cross-hatching the back-ground, I have used a continuous curve design as a filler again blending into pebbles.  Here is Double Cream with its ribbons and the proud owner.   I would like to thank Vic Quilters for organising a wonderful quilt exhibition, the judges for what must have been some incredibly difficult decisions and the volunteers for making the quilt show possible.   I would also like to thank all the sponsors for their continued support.  I will be heading back to the Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair tomorrow for another dose of quilts.[...]