Sunburnt Quilts

Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery

Sam and Sadie.

Sam and Sadie are a pair of cloth dolls from Katie’s Homespun Stitches. They are really easy dolls to sew and the pattern had great instructions. I have made quite a few of these over the years. I made the first pair with waffle cotton – an unusual fabric for the body of a doll […]

Blanket Embroidery.

When I started to learn embroidery one of the things I enjoyed doing was working with wool. I started with a blanket from Lee Lockheed‘s book, Wool Embroidery and Design. It has a central heart. And embroidery in each corner. I backed the blanket with a good quality quilting fabric and then bound it with […]

A Bake Shop Quilt.

Last year in July there was a quilt in Moda Bake Shop that caught my eye. It used half square triangles of Winter Song and was made by Jodi of Simply this that and the other. The quilt used turnovers. I wasn’t able to get turnovers but did find a couple of charm packs and […]


The film”How To Make An American Quilt”, (1995),  led to a visit to Australia by Patty McCormick. She was the advisor for the quilts in the film. Patty conducted several workshops and I was able to attend one of them at Pakenham’s Sewing Connection. Patty displayed her quilts and gave talks on the making of […]

Stars and Stripes.

I have always enjoyed the Thimbleberries designs – fabrics, patterns and books. I chose one of their designs for an early quilt making effort. It involved a small amount of applique around the stars and then some simple piecing. Sometimes I enjoy making the smaller quilts just because they come together so quickly. And then […]


This post has a mixture of patchwork and embroidery with a house theme. The quilt with houses and trees was another class at Primarily Patchwork many years ago. I started the quilt there and then finished it at my LQS in Pakenham. Colourful and simple. I have also completed several cross stitches with a house […]

Pillows and Stitches.

Every now and then you come across some things that are a little bit quirky. I think this doll and the cross stitch fit into that category. The doll is a pillow angel. I think I found the pattern in a Dolls, Bears and Collectibles magazine. Unfortunately I can’t remember which one, how long ago […]

Autumn Leaves.

A long time back I found a stall at the Gembrook market where a lady was selling fabrics she had dyed herself. I really liked the colours and put the fabric aside while I waited to find a quilt pattern I thought suitable. I later found a quilt in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine […]


Just a quick note for today. This quilt was made simply with a charm pack of Poetry, by Moda, and then adding white sashing. It then had stitch in the ditch quilting. Too easy for a basic but pretty quilt.

Cabins in the Forest.

This quilt has an interesting combination of just a few blocks. It has a house block that is split with a log cabin and it has a tree block also split with a log cabin. It then has flying geese in the border. The house blocks are supposed to be placed in the centre and […]

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