LowVol Pink – where’s the inspiration

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Time for my second “Laura pretends to be the Green Fairy” block! Someone on Quilt Club Australia asked where I got the inspiration for designs. The obvious answers are other quilters, designs in architecture and the natural world. The transition from “I can stipple” to knowing what to quilt where and making it look amazing isn’t fast, or natural or … Read More

Rainyside quilting

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Not a lot of rain around here, but I did get a chance to start quilting my Rainyside baby quilt! This is the top corner… or the bottom corner. There was too much white, so I decided to mimic one of the patterned stripes. Yeah, it’s a bit uneven. More luck in the square areas. I wasn’t sure about the … Read More

FMQAL – FMQ Feathers take 2

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After the super easy peasy first FMQ feather block, I decided to demonstrate some different ways of pimping your FMQ feathers. I say pimping, but I think plain, perfect FMQ feathers are a lot harder than adding a bit of variety (and visual distraction). Ok, this isn’t a great example. I am noticing a huge difference between blocks I quilt … Read More


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  On the second day of the Free-motion Feathers workshop I went to, we had the choice to complete a structure piece or just go mad practising feathers. I opted to go mad.  I just wasn’t in the mood to work within the lines… I googled a picture of a peacock, sketched the outline of the bird, the brand and … Read More

Busy hands…

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It has been a difficult week or two for me. A recurrent sinus infection knocked me about for a week before I’d booked in to go to a free-motion feathers class out at Handcrafter’s House – so bad, I nearly had to cancel despite having done little besides nurse it. I got home tired, exhausted and out of sorts after … Read More

QCR initiation and a bit of leave

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It has been a long time between posts, but hopefully that is about to change! After 9 months being flat tack at work giving birth to 7 websites (with the help/hinderance of about 36 people whose greatest experience of writing online was having a Facebook account – shudder), I’m on leave. In Australia, we have the opportunity of long service … Read More

FMQ at Avalon

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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to spend a weekend at the beautiful Avalon Homestead out in Toodjay with Michelle of Handcrafter’s House. The aim of the weekend was to learn to use rulers with the Sweet 16. Michelle said we’d be making something like this. Or this. Ha. I thought Michelle was delusional. But we set up the Sweet … Read More