Thursday, January 2, 2014

Our Country Home

Country Hearts was  the first Block of the Month that I designed so it has a very special place in my heart.  It was in 2003 and the fact that it was very successful gave me the courage to continue the journey on my own.  The prairie girls in the first row and the love birds in row 5 still make me smile.
The second country quilt I designed had an Australian flavour with the outback style house and barbed wire fence in the bottom row.
 I chose a block from this quilt to make into a wall hanging, showing how to use elements of a pattern to create something new.

Then I decided to try my hand at a pretty, feminine quilt with easy piecing and some sweet applique and stitching so Bluebird Cottage was created.  We sold it as a pattern and kit very successfully for many years.  It is still available as a pattern now because pretty floral fabrics NEVER go out of fashion, do they.

I am really enjoying my walks down memory lane and re-visiting some of my first quilts for Patchwork Pumpkin.

Happy Stitching till next time

from Therese.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Summer Sampler

I know I have posted about this quilt before but it is now finished and the classes are starting tomorrow. The class format is eight 2 hour sessions and can be done anytime between now and the end of summer.

 It is summer here in Australia and lots of people have their annual holidays.  There doesn't seem to be much available for those people who are so busy during the year, they can't get to a regular class.

 I had a lot of fun making this quilt because it had to be small, it had to be easy but with lots of different techniques to learn.  I wanted a quilt that a real beginner could make but would still offer something to an intermediate quilter too.

I am passionate about hand quilting and I have used different techniques in the blocks to demonstrate how quilting changes everything.  Even by just changing the thread. Click on the photos to see what I mean.

So Happy Stitching,

from Therese