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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I been developing a few different ideas for piecing, by sewing strips together, This is the result, so far.
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.
This month I’ve been fiddling with fussy cutting and making nine patch blocks stayed tuned for the rest of this.
I 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.