Tree of Life

My ‘Tree of life’ quilt was completed in time to hang our in our Easter exhibition. My sister, Maree St.Clair machine quilted it beautifuly as usual. The stars around the edge are taken from the Rajah quilt, so I call them my Rajah Stars. the Rajah quilt was made by Convict women aboard the ship called the Rajah, on its way to Van Diemans Land (Tasmania) in 1841. It was made as a gift for Elizabeth Fry, an English Quaker women, who worked to improve the life of the prisoner in Newgate Prison, London.


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I feel like I have been so busy, but, don’t seem to have much to show for it.

The patchwork group Iam a member of, had an Easter Exhibition. I entered three of my quilts, and also entered the challenge section. The Challenge was to use some or all of two pieces of the fabrics participants were given, and make a wallhanging around the theme, which was ‘Lighting up Bendigo’s Icons’. I chose to Depict Father Henry Backhaus, who came to Bendigo in the Gold mining Era. On the wallhanging I have shown him overlooking his tent chapel, the precursor to St. Killians Church which he founded.


The ‘Open Book’ reads ‘In April 1852, a gentle faced man with auburn hair falling to his shoulders, rode down Bendigo Valley. He was George Henry Backhaus. He soon endeared himself to diggers of all creeds, on the gold fields’

Machine embroidery, pencil, fabric marker, raw edge applique.

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Feeding the Chickens

I purchased this panel at the Australasian Quilt Convention we visited at the end of February. It reminds me of school holidays spent at my maternal grandparents home, and many times ‘feeding the chickens’.

I am going to piece it into the centre of a quilt I’ll call My Favourite Things.


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Another Medallion Quilt

I am using one of my Jane Austen’s Coverlet, replica panel ,to be the centre of a new Medallion Quilt I’ve started.

 An American friend, Rose, sent it to me. Time to use it.


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Medallion Doll Quilt

A friend, Joan, came out to sew the other day. I was supposed to be helping her, but we kept calculating wrong, and ended up with little brown and white triangles that were the wrong size. Joan left them for me ‘to make a dolls quilt’ so I did! it measures 11 inches, and I’m hand quilting it.


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Pink & Brown Quilt

I been developing a few different ideas for piecing, by sewing strips together, This is the result, so far.


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Doll quilt

I made the four patch Doll Quilt for my niece Amy’s fifth Birthday present, by all reports she likes it! what more thanks could you want. I made it in her favourite colours. It measures about 22 x 24 inches.


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Nine patch Blocks

This month I’ve been fiddling with fussy cutting and making nine patch blocks stayed tuned for the rest of this.dscf7833

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E. Dickens Quilt

dscf7776dscf7779dscf7772dscf7771dscf7783Near the end of February, I attended a quilt show/ Craft Fair in Melbourne. Whilst there my husband, myself and a patchwork friend Diane, went to the NGV to see this quilt that had been recently found in Central Victoria, in a damp shed. It has undergone some conservation work, and is now in the NGV collection.

There is a little error in the text box displayed beside the quilt. The stitching that is around every piece of broderie Perse applique is indeed Blanket stitch as you would expect, and not chain stitch as stated.

Enjoy the pics.

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And now there are ten….

dscf7827I am up to ten rows of my Dear Jane completed.

The pictured Puss is my dear patchwork buddy ‘Iggy’  who likes to be where I am sewing, cutting, piecing, in my face, she is just delightful.


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