Sunburnt Quilts

Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery

Christmas Letters.

Posted on July 30, 2014 | 17 Comments

Steady progress is being made on the blocks for a Christmas quilt. It is from a pattern by Viv Robinson.

These are my blocks so far – not all the hand stitching is complete on them.

Sunburnt Quilts - Christmas

Sunburnt Quilts - Christmas

Sunburnt Quilts - Christmas

Sunburnt Quilts - Christmas

Sunburnt Quilts - Christmas

All the applique is raw edge machine stitching. And a lot of the decorative lines are also machine stitched.

So, four more blocks to go.

Last weekend on the Sunday I attended a lovely stitching day at Monbulk with Lisa Cantlay, (FigNBerry ), Marg, (Marg Low Designs) and Karen Martin, (Mrs Martins).

The projects were great, the food delicious and the company was wonderful.

We were so lucky with the weather. We had beautiful sunshine streaming in the large windows.

Here are Marg’s projects.




There were also a couple of bookmarks in this set, but not in the photo.

And these are Lisa”s projects.




They are all gorgeous.

Thank you Lisa and Marg for such a wonderful selection of projects. And thanks to Karen Martin for all the supplies and patterns.

This is the one I worked on for the day.


I am also working on the circle ornaments and the felt birds.

There is also lots of sewing happening for a couple of American Girl dolls.

Hope your week is going well.

Cheers, Karen




A Little Sunshine Is very Welcome.

Posted on July 25, 2014 | 11 Comments

It was a delight to wake this morning to see the sun shining and some blue sky. We have had several weeks of overcast and rainy days. And a lot of fog.

It is still chilly and there is some wind, but seeing the sun makes a big difference.

I made the most of it by taking some photos of a little finish.

Sunburnt Quilts 2014 - Zig Zag

This is a small quilt, probably wall hanging size.  I did it as a mystery quilt workshop earlier this year.

Sunburnt Quilts 2014 - Zig Zag

I would have liked to make it larger but I could not track down sufficient fabric. It is from Leesa Chandler’s line, Passage to India.

I had trouble keeping the quilt still for a photo so it is waving about.

(But at least there is sunshine and blue sky.)

Sunburnt Quilts 2014 - Zig Zag


And the backing has nothing to so with the front! It was simply the right size.

Sunburnt Quilts 2014 - Zig Zag

The quilting was very simple – straight lines following the zig-zags.

Progress on all other projects is extremely limited at the moment as I have been helping my mother prepare her house for sale. We have had weeks of cleaning , sorting and de – cluttering. She is 85 and would like to  move into a retirement village. The work has been worth it as we listed the property on Thursday, had an open house on Saturday, then received a wonderful offer on Monday. So, pending all the checks and balances we will be moving my mother in about 6 weeks.

I am hoping to fit in a little sewing in between packing boxes. I do have this weekend to myself and am attending a stitching group on Saturday and then a workshop with Lisa Cantlay,  (FigNBerry) and Marg, (Marg Low Designs)  on Sunday at Monbulk.

I hope you have a lovely weekend planned, too.

Cheers, Karen




Busy Fingers.

Posted on July 16, 2014 | 17 Comments

I have had a busy couple of weeks which have kept me out of my sewing room, but I have managed to keep some handwork with me for those spare moments.

These are some stitcheries from Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse.

Sunburnt Quilts - Stitchery

It is from a little booklet called All Creatures Great and Small.

Sunburnt Quilts - Stitchery

I am not sure yet if I will make these into a quilt or a wall hanging. There is plenty of time to make up my mind as I stitch 10 more.


I am also stitching away on these little snowmen blocks.

Sunburnt Quilts - Stitchery

This a quilt pattern from Fig’N'Berry Creations called The Snowmen Are Gathering.


I am testing my limited crochet skills by making a ripple blanket. I decided the only way to improve my skills was to work on projects that pushed me a bit.  I must admit that it has been lovely to have this blanket sitting on my lap in this cold weather.

Sunburnt Quilts - Ripple Blanket


I am also sewing down the binding on a lap quilt. Hopefully I can post that one soon.

Hope your week is going well.

Cheers, Karen



Making The Most Of The Day.

Posted on July 4, 2014 | 17 Comments

Trying to take an outside photo of  a quilt is very tricky at this time of the year. It can be windy, cloudy, wet or any combination of all three.

Today was very cloudy and windy, but I took advantage of the wind easing off to snap a few pics because I knew there was rain forecast for the afternoon, and then for a few more days.

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

You can see from the clouds in the sky that the rain is coming.

This is the contrast to taking a photo inside on the same cloudy day. Not quite up to the mark.

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

But at least  you get to see it. This quilt is from a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman in her book A Practical Guide To Patchwork. This is the same book I used for the Kitchen Window quilt.

The hardest part with a cloudy day was getting the true colours of the fabrics. Some of the block close ups show it better.

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

The fabric is from an early range by Rosalie Quinlan called Sweet Broderie.  I figured it was time to use it rather than keep looking at it. Very pretty fabric and so different to my normal choices.

Binding was done in the darker of the pink fabrics.

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

The backing was pieced from all the left over fabrics.  Hardly a scrap left now.

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014

And the quilting was done by my lovely Long Arm Quilter, Pam.

Sunburnt Quilts - July 2014


As always, it is very pleasing to have another finish. And I am also pleased to be back inside where it is much warmer!

Enjoy the weekend.

Happy July 4th to my US family and friends. Enjoy your celebrations.

Cheers, Karen



Bits And Pieces.

Posted on June 30, 2014 | 14 Comments

Sunburnt Quilts - Tiger slippers

Sunburnt Quilts - Slippers

When I saw these little slippers I couldn’t resist buying them. They only came in baby and toddler sizes.  I would have loved to buy them for older children, too.

I have been completing a few little stitcheries.

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The bird is from Teddlywinks, the tree is from Marg Low Designs and the star has completely gone from my memory. I am sure it will come to me later.

I have finally been able to return to my Jacobean embroidery and have made some progress.

Sunburnt Quilts - Jacobean

Still lots to go, but I will get there.

In keeping with our cold weather I have been crocheting hats.  Not for me – they are doll size. I will make a couple of scarves to go with them.

Sunburnt Quilts - Crochet Doll Hats

In amongst all of this I was the lucky recipient of a fabric panel and jelly roll from Deb Strain from her new Halloween fabric range.

Sunburnt Quilts - Deb Strain's fabric

I am looking forward to playing with this gorgeous fabric.

I have several sewing days planned with friends this week. I think that it’s the best way to spend these cold Winter days that we are having.

Cheers, Karen




Australia Post And Tilda.

Posted on June 27, 2014 | 15 Comments

I posted my Tilda swap yesterday afternoon and was very surprised to receive an email from Christine this morning to say that it had arrived. Well done Australia Post!

Christine, of MacDonald’s Patch, is my swap partner for this round. Christine’s camera doesn’t want to work so I will post my photos for the swap.

I have enjoyed Tilda books for many years, so I had a lot of fun choosing my projects.

From the book, Crafting Christmas Gifts, I made the snowman and penguin.

Sunburnt Quilts - Tilda Swap

They are rugged up for our Winter and will wait patiently for Christmas.

I couldn’t resist playing with ribbons, so this heart was a perfect choice.

Sunburnt Quilts - Tilda Swap

The heart came from the book, Tilda’s Summer Ideas. The ribbons are stitched onto a gorgeous green Tilda fabric.

The next item is a notebook and cover.

Sunburnt Quilts - Tilda Swap

This is actually a Marg Low design but it is made with Tilda fabrics.

Inside there is one of Marg’s little notebooks.

Sunburnt Quilts - Tilda Swap

I have enjoyed making these items for Christine and am thinking I may have to make a few more for me to play with as well.

Enjoy your Tilda items, Christine, and stay cozy and warm this weekend.

Cheers, Karen



A Tilda Delight.

Posted on June 21, 2014 | 15 Comments

We are up to the second swap in our FHFS group.

Fiona is extremely organised and has already sent me her gorgeous parcel.  I have been watching her give little peeks on her blog but never thought it would be coming to me.

Look at how Fiona has used pretty doilies to decorate the parcel and make a tag.

Sunburnt Quilts - FHFS Tilda

And look at what I found peeking out at me when I undid the wrapping! Isn’t she sweet?

Sunburnt Quilts - FHFS Tilda 4

You need to see all of her to appreciate how delightful this little rabbit is.

Sunburnt Quilts - FHFS Tilda 2

She has the most gorgeous pinafore and hat. And her body is made with a tone on tone print that is really effective.

I am going to let her guard the chocolate for me for a little while.

Fiona’s work on this little darling is beautiful.

Of course you need to see the item that was around around her and keeping her warm on the long distance journey.

Sunburnt Quilts - FHFS Tilda 1

Fiona has made a gorgeous wall hanging in beautiful colours. This will brighten up my sewing room!

I have admired for a long time the work Fiona does when quilting her feathers, and I am thrilled to now have an item she has personally quilted.

Thank you Fiona for your kindness and generosity with these gifts.  Your work is beautiful and I feel so very lucky.


Cheers, Karen.




For A New Arrival.

Posted on June 13, 2014 | 17 Comments

This is the quilt I have been working to finish this week.

It is a baby quilt ready to head to a new baby who arrived last week. Lots of HSTs turned into this.

Sunburnt Quilts - Baby

I took it outside for a photo on the grass in the sunshine. but the grass was uneven and I realised it made the border look wobbly. I can assure you it isn’t.

So I gave up and came back inside.

Sunburnt Quilts - Baby

I have done all the quilting on the white parts of the quilt. Lots of straight lines around the edges.

Sunburnt Quilts - Baby

And plenty of bubbles between the lines and in the centre of the squares.

Sunburnt Quilts - Baby

I chose to leave the coloured sections of the quilt without quilting. It gave a soft and puffy effect.

It should be in the post on Monday winging its way to Canada.




Welcome Winter.

Posted on June 7, 2014 | 16 Comments

Here we are at the start of Winter, but my trees seem to have skipped a season. As you can see in the photo there are hardly any leaves turning colour or falling to the ground. Yet only a few streets away, these same trees have dropped their leaves and the branches are bare. Very strange.

Sunburnt Quilts - June


It has turned very cold and it is perfect weather for being inside and sewing. I have a lot of projects on the go, but very few finishes.

I have been quilting away on this one and am ready to start the binding.

Sunburnt Quilts - June


There were a few left over HSTs so I used them to make some doll quilts.

Sunburnt Quilts - June


I was also asked by our grand daughter to make another mattress and pillow for her second American Girl Doll.

And I included a small crochet doll blanket.

Sunburnt Quilts - June



I have been busy sandwiching and pinning some tops ready for quilting.

Sunburnt Quilts - June



And I have made the backing for this one so I can send it to my quilter next week.

Sunburnt Quilts - June



Just for fun, I have been going to Secret Santa classes with Rosalie Quinlan.

Here is our most recent project.

Sunburnt Quilts - June


We have a long weekend here to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, but I didn’t get invited to the party. Maybe next time!

Have a lovely weekend.

Cheers, Karen



A Sunshine Day.

Posted on May 11, 2014 | 16 Comments

What a beautiful start to Mother’s Day! The sun has been shining all morning  and looks like staying for the whole day. Couldn’t be better.

I managed to finally finish a  little wall hanging that had been waiting patiently for so long. It only needed the binding done,, but that was delayed because I could not find the fabric I had set aside for it.  I finally bit the bullet and bought another piece.  Should have done that ages ago.

Sunburnt Quilts - Bicycles

Love that blue sky!

I machine quilted in the ditch to stabilise the quilt, then did some hand quilting in the borders and sashing with Presencia perle thread.

Sunburnt Quilts - Bicycles

And also a little more hand stitching inside each block.

Sunburnt Quilts - Bicycles

I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed the hand quilting. Although I am not sure that I am ready for a whole full sized quilt.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Cheers, Karen


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