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Challenge blocks …

My local guild – along with many others Australia wide – hosts ‘The Biggest Morning Tea’ every year to raise funds for cancer research.

As part of the gathering, a challenge is issued to create a 12.5″ block in a specified colour in any technique. This year, Lavender, was the chosen colour as it represents all cancers.

All the blocks are gathered and put together into a quilt, or quilts, or runners, dependent upon the number of blocks received. These are then used to raise funds at the following year’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Last year the colours were blue and yellow, the colours of the Anti-Cancer Council of Australia, and this is one of the small quilts.

There are no surprises, that the two corner Patchwork of the Cross blocks are my contribution – as I enjoy collating Patchwork of the Cross on a Pinterest board.

Two of my other blocks also made it into this quilt, the two Dresden Plate blocks on the opposing corners.

I recently came across the book ‘Distinctive Dresdens’ by Katia Marek,

It became an opportune moment to have a go at making a couple of these intriguing versions, using this year’s theme colour of lavender. A bit later after some fussy cutting, a play with light and dark, and appliqué… these two blocks were ready for the challenge.

Inserted plates, opened out and ironed flat, form the pointy triangles.

Now as to next year, there are many more in the book to try – wonder what the colour will be and which style to try!



Spring Inspiration

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As we pulled up alongside the kerb, there was Dear M-in-Law busy weeding. The garden is in it’s Spring lull, the roses are shooting, and buds are forming. Although the garden is bare, yet colour abounds, A source of patchworks ideas … Continue reading

Beautiful Begonias

Recently on a trip to visit M-in-L in Ballarat, had us viewing the Begonias in full bloom. Ballarat holds an annual Begonia Festival and this year’s flowers were amazing.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

The 2016 Begonia of the Year

The 2016 Begonia of the Year

This is a lego version of the 'Begonia of the Year'.

This is a lego version of the ‘Begonia of the Year’.

Back of the lego version of the 'Begonia of the Year'.

Back of the lego version of the ‘Begonia of the Year’.

Ballarat Begonia Festival

The hanging baskets were particularly successful.

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Row upon row, upon row …

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Blooms in hot bright colours …

Ballarat Begonia Festival

Blooms as large as dinner plates …

Ballarat Begonia Festival

The display was breath-taking …

The colours were glorious, and if you ever get the chance, drop into the Ballarat Begonia Festival in March each year, or during April – the flowers last so well.

I wonder what patchwork quilts could come from these vibrant bright colours …..


Australian Quilt Convention – Part 2

On display at the Australian Quilt Convention, there were several themed exhibits, one of which is Lucy Carroll’s ‘The Gallipoli Quilt’. This series of quilts depicts the life experiences of a soldier throughout the Gallipoli campaign (at the Dardanelles in Turkey, during World War 1). As we Australians are marking the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day on April 25th, it was very moving to see and read this commemoration. This is just one in the series. Hop over to Carol’s site to see the quilts and read the full story.

Australian Quilt Convention 2015

‘Cove’ Gallipoli Quilt

Jan Irvine-Nealie  from New South Wales, had a display of her amazing textile work. I was so distracted examining up close her hand stitching on airbrushed pigment that I forgot to take a photo! So go to her site to have a look, but remember to come back here for the rest of the AQC tour post.

The ‘Teach Me‘ display featured works made by the tutors who were conducting classes at AQC. Two in particular stood out for me. This precise paper pieced quilt by international quilt artist Jacqueline de Jonge, positively glittered in the light, this photo doesn’t do the sparkle effect justice at all.

Enchanting Stars

‘Enchanting Stars’ by Jacqueline de Jonge

One of the blogs I follow is Esther Aliu and her amazing appliqué quilts. She has been leading a very large world wide group of followers in making several of her original designs. One in particular gained huge international recognition and now there are many of this particular quilt being made across the globe.

Hearts Desire

‘Hearts Desire’ by Esther Aliu

The ‘Best of the Best’ were quilts selected by state or territory guilds. Of course there were a lot more to see, these are just a few. From Queensland Quilters Inc. came a black and white quilt which utilises the QYG (Quilt as You Go) method of construction and the choice of background fabric makes it zing! It may be hard to see in the photo – it’s like a spider’s web when you see it up close. Took this photo for you Sheryl (she just loves collecting and using black and white fabrics)!

Everlasting Love

‘Everlasting Love’ by Margaret Tweedle

Again from Queensland, an applique stripy quilt, with a pieced background, added visual depth for the ‘hot’ colours to pop forward. Notice that this has no bottom border, it makes it look like a pelmet or cornice above wallpaper.

Quilted Wallpaper

‘Quilted Wallpaper’ by Robyn Ginn

Another from Queensland, a Judges Choice lived up to it’s title, there were no mice to be seen in the building! Rather than being a stark contrast between the black and white fabrics and the very bright owl, Jenny included some very small splashes of orange in specific parts of the background which unified, and added dimension, to the quilt.

Jenny's Owl

‘Jenny’s Owl’ by Peggy Phelps

An art quilt using raw edge appliqué and stretch velour fabric, was presented by the Canberra Quilters Inc. Us Aussie’s appreciate the ‘unrealistic vibrant colour of the lizard’ and the play on words by Bronwyn in reference to a popular film.


‘Priscilla’ by Bronwyn Hill

‘Wait, there’s more …’ to come (next time), and no they’re not steak knives!