Sunday, September 11, 2016

Quilting at Mount Colah

After a long 'pause', my quilting service will resume on Friday 14th October 2016. I couldn't be in two places at one time.... In all the places that I have been and will be until early October, there isn't a wonderful long-arm quilting machine like mine (Gammill Statler).

I look forward to providing my quilting service to my returning and new clients from the middle of October 2016 onwards. The quilting fees remain unchanged.

On another note, I will also be able to update my blog more regularly, as I have done in the past. It's the plan and, here, I'm hoping. :-)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I'm always pleased to see quilts that I quilted hung at the Sydney Quilt Show. This year, in an hour that I was walking around and admiring all the quilts, I saw the quilt by Heather. A little while later, by chance, I bumped into Heather. It was the first time that I  have met her in person after our several correspondence, and a number of quilts that I have quilted for her, up to this point in time. This is because Heather lives in Brisbane and I'm in Sydney. We got along very well and had a fun time at the Show.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy Recipient (of My Poncho)

At the time I was knitting the poncho, it was suggested to me that I should make it a little bigger, and I took up the advice by adding an extra row. With this, I ran out of the variegated wool and had to wait for 2 winters for the same coloured wool to reappear in the shop. I finally finished the poncho during last year summer (December 2015). The finished poncho, however, turns out to be too big and too long for my liking.... This weekend, the weather in Sydney is freezing cold and my neighbour, Haleh, kindly invited me over for a cup of tea. I had a quick think about it and decided to bring along the poncho with me to give to her as a gift. It fits her nicely and she was so delighted to receive my hand knitted poncho in her favourite colours. I enjoyed the process of making it, and am so happy to have found someone who appreciates and will be making use of the poncho.... I have started to knit another poncho again, in the size that I think would fit me. It will be a long while before I finish it, I think, considering all the projects that are currently 'in progress'. :-)

2016 Sydney Quilt Show

Last year, I missed the entire 2015 Sydney Quilt Show as I was in Paris at the time. So, I'm very happy to be around home this month. I went to see my 'House Quilt' hung at the 2016 Sydney Quilt Show last Thursday. It was a glorious day at Darling Harbour. Quilts on display were so marvelous. I also enjoyed catching up with many quilters that I'm fond of but rarely see them, including my quilting teacher, Meg Orr. It was definitely a wonderful day for me at the Show.

Travelling to the Show by ferry.

mE and my 'House Quilt'

 Photo of the quilt top when I entered it to the Show in March 2016 on the closing date,
2 days after my return from an overseas trip.

 Quilting, quilting, quilting.... I had to get the quilting done earlier in the process before leaving home for another trip  overseas.

Covering up the quilt label was required before I handed the quilt in,
a couple of weeks before the Show started.

.... I keep saying to myself that I would get organised early for the next year Sydney Quilt Show, and I'm trying to.... but.... !! So, I will see....

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Quick Quilt for My Little Sister

After two weeks of moving and reshuffling small and big things around in my quilting room, including the monstrous 12 foot table for my wonderful Gammill Statler, I had half a day and half a night to quickly finish this quilt for my little sister, before hopping on the plane and taking the finished quilt with me. She likes pink, and hence, the quilt is pink although it's a little bit too much pink for me.! She loves the quilt, of course. :-) And now, all my beloved friends would like one and have put in their orders.... There wouldn't be a dull moment (for me) for a very long time.!!



Friday, March 25, 2016

A few presents for babies

Quilt panel comes in handy at times, and so does cloth book panel when I need to quickly whip up a present for a baby. Lately, in between my travelling, I have done just that.... I couldn't really complain with having the wonderful Gammill Statler at my disposal, and not to mention those two (not so) little hands holding the quilts up for me while I was taking photos. :-)


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

(My favourite Christmas tree from Zermatt, Switzerland)

Wishing everyone who drops by to read my blog a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2016, with good health and happiness.... Last year seems to have gone by very quickly for me. It must have been all the good time that I had and all the things that I love and enjoyed doing, and still continue to enjoy some of them, quilting is definitely one of those. :-) .... Since I have settled back into the routines after my last trip to San Francisco, I have been very busy with the festive season celebrations, catching up with family and friends, and not to mention all the quilting to be done.!

Before I left for San Francisco, I had one free morning to make a Christmas wreath for the front door. I bought Christmas fabrics from a local fabric shop for the project. It turns out quite nice (I like it, anyway) although it doesn't look exactly like the one in the picture from where I have got the idea from.

I have got a few strips of the fabrics left over from making the wreath. I had an hour free on Christmas afternoon before my big Christmas dinner cook up started, so I made a pot stand by wrapping the strips of fabrics around piping cord while sewing the cord round and round in circle using my domestic Bernina sewing machine (which I also love). The idea isn't new. I have learnt the technique from when I was becoming 'acquainted' with my Bernina when I first acquired it, and have made a few of the similar pot stands previously. My crochet skill comes in handy for the edging, giving a nice finish.

I hope to be around home more this year, with only two overseas trips planned, so far. I'm looking forward to spending more time sewing, quilting and cooking all the yummy dishes while 'fitting in' work here and there in between.!!!! :-)