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Slide shows of the quilts on display at the Milton quilt show in Ulladulla NSW, Australia.  There were just over 90 quilts on display.

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Our local quilt show is this coming weekend and I have nine quilts in it.  Yes.  Nine.  I submitted four with completed paperwork and photos.  I also gave the committee chair 5 additional quilts that fit the criteria and could be used if needed.  Typically the show has 100-120 quilts in it.  By the deadline, only 30 odd quilts had been submitted.  The call went out and we now have a suitable amount of quilts so it should be a great show.

The quilt group (Milton Quilters) tends to be a ‘front’ for charity work and eating.  Every other year, we do a raffle quilt (and quilt show) with proceeds going to the local hospital auxiliary.  The quilt we made this year is stunning.  All of the flowers were hand appliqued with the tiniest of button hole stitching.   The gorgeous quilting was done by member Robyn Kelly.

We also do a ton of craft items for the “crafty ladies” stall.   These items aren’t your typical craft show crap…we have some HIGH END crap that we have made!  Last week five of us spent 4+ hours pricing and marking the donations.

All this said, if you are in the Ulladulla area, be sure and stop by the Library/Civic Center between 10 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10.  $5 admission.  You won’t be disappointed.

And, if you AREN’T in the Ulladulla area, I’ll be sure to take pictures and do a blog post of the lovely quilts on display.


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Warning:  Long post with lots of photos ahead.

This is our NON-Huzzzbund quilt.  An improv double wedding ring inspired by the quilts in the book Double Wedding Ring Quilts – Tradition made Modern  by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.


I used mostly my Japanese taupe scraps to crumb piece many of the melons and centers.  I used several different prints for the rest of it.

I believe I started doing the crumb piecing as a leader/ender project in June/July 2017.  The centers and melons were put together at our Lillipilli retreat in August.

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After I had the quilt put together into 2 chunks, I did a fair amount of embroidery on the blocks.  My plan was to embroider ‘stuff’ that represented Mr. W and my life together.  I would sit on the couch in front of the TV and we’d chat about what I should embroider that night.  We actually had a list of ideas on the arm of the couch that we would reference and add ideas to.

You know how you have those little SECRET things you say to each other?  Those cheeky little comments?  Those special little moments that make you smile?  Well, a lot of those secrets and situations were embroidered on the top.  Some of them are private, some aren’t.  Some of them are abbreviated (BMWA) and some of them aren’t (shut the fuckin’ door!).  Some I would share the meaning with you if you asked – others I would just smile and let you guess.  All have stories behind them.

I included cows (we have 7 Murray Greys), our passports, names of local beaches, our birthdates and names, a surfer (have I ever told you about my unfortunate surfing accident????) and rugby references (DrewBaby & Dr. Sharon!).  Also included was just random crazy quilt embroidery on the crumb pieced blocks.


As this is an amazingly special quilt to me (and Mr. W), we decided to splash out and have Christine Fahey, an amazing quilter from Moruya, quilt it for us.  My instructions to her were to simply have fun and not to over quilt it.  She did an absolute gorgeous job on it.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  The quilting is whimsical and fits so perfectly with the feel of the quilt.  She added to the conversation of the quilt.  One example….sometimes Mr. W or I will say to the other….”You don’t mean that, do you?”.  Well, Chris quilted “of course not!” next to that comment.


We have the quilt hung in the yoga room right now.  Mainly I put it there in order to make sure it is hanging straight (it IS!) as it will be in the local quilt show in June.  Once the show is over I think I want us to have it in the TV room to curl up under.  A quilt like this needs to be used, not folded up on a shelf.


It is absolutely my most favorite quilt I have ever made (and I’ve made a LOT of quilts).  I love many of the quilts I have made – but to me, this one takes the cake.  It might not be the most perfectly sewn quilt I’ve ever made – but it has my heart in it.  It has our love in it.  Who knows where this quilt will end up but I hope that when someone, someday is looking at this quilt and trying to figure out something about the person who made it…I hope they at least figure out that we were totally and completely in love and enjoying life to the max.


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AHIQ Hookup

Ad Hock Improv Quilter Hook-up

I have been very slack at linking to Kaja’s Sew Slowly and Ann’s Fret Not Yourself monthly hook-up.  I love the work of these two gals and hope they continue doing this in 2018.

I have no excuse other than just been so tired lately.  And uninterested in blogging.  Insomnia is my nemesis.  I used to sleep so well.  I miss those days.  Since menopause, my sleep patterns simply suck.  I don’t like it at all.   Minor issue – I know.  Suck it up Princess and know how fortunate you are!

Moving on…I have made 2 improv baby/toddler sized quilt tops lately.  Two family babies are due to arrive next year.  There will be no sweet little baby quilts from this great auntie.  🙂

This one is using 4 ‘building blocks’ from a demo I’m giving to 2 local quilt groups in February.   Crumb piecing, string piecing, curved/drunkards path and slash – with the triangle ones thrown in for good measure.  I used pretty much all of my left over grey fabric and purchased the orange Moda grunge dot fabric at a local shop (Mulberry Tree).  Left over fabrics were used on the back.


The second one was from a bright, solid, jelly roll (20 fabrics) that had no purpose.  I posted for ideas on an Improv FB site and someone suggested a bargello.  BARGELLO?  I’ve never, not even for a moment, been interested in doing a bargello but I thought – why not?  I didn’t like the straight edges of the strips so I freehand rotary cut them a bit.  All the cross cuts were done freehand also.

The 2 inserted fabrics and borders are from Frond Studios – fabrics I bought at Fern Hill Quilt Shop while in South Amana, Iowa earlier this year.

This one is next in line to be quilted.  I have a Sweet 16 on loan from a friend so I’m maximising the amount of machine quilting that I am doing.



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My last improv to show is my indigo/shabori quilt.  This is the one I’m currently FMQing. Fabrics were all dyed by me.  I’ve done 3 dye sessions with indigo and really enjoy it.  The fabrics are so soft as some of them are up-cycled.  I’m trying to keep the quilting fairly big to maintain the softness.

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That’s my show and tell for the month.  Looks like the sun has come out so it’s time to hang a load of clothes on the line and then head to the beach for a sit-and-read.  A friend of mine gave me the book “Unconventional & Unexpected – American Quilts below the Radar 1950-2000” and I can’t put it down.  Both the writing and the quilts are amazing.


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DWR Update


Double Wedding Ring Update.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe inspired.

Most nights I sit and embroider on it while watching TV for an hour or so.  Memories of our life together.




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