Sunburnt Quilts

Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery

Melting Snowmen.

Posted on December 13, 2017 | 14 Comments

It is super hot here today so no snowmen would survive. There would be a lot of puddles instead.

Thankfully my snowmen are made from felt and can withstand the heat easily.

I have not made this design before so this time I made enough to give away and one to keep.  I am only half way through my plan to make one of every ornament for myself that I have already made and given away. I will start off again in January.

Slow and steady progress is being made on the Aussie Christmas quilt panels. Love this one with the possums.

There are quite a few embellishments for the stockings but they will have to wait until later.

I am thoroughly enjoying the designs and the fabrics.

With the heat today producing a hot wind I decided to bring a couple of pots inside. They tend to burn easily so needed protection.

Hydrangea and aster.  I have been waiting for both to come into flower and did not want to see them turn brown in one day.

Lots of gifts have been wrapped here and I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope it is not too stressful where you are.

Cheers, Karen


Off The Radar

Posted on December 5, 2017 | 13 Comments

Summer has started here with a bang – as in storms and rain. Our state had severe weather warnings out and there was a lot of rain in some areas as well as flooding. No flooding here but a lot of rain and the garden is happy. I know the weeds are growing fast.

I have completed a full set of Lynette Anderson’s stitched decorations in time for Christmas.

Each one now has its wooden button attached and is ready to be used as bowl fillers.

Some knitting has also been completed.

This knitted as a size 2 in lovely yarn from Bendigo Woolen Mills.

Not a lot else to report from here as the last two weeks have been quiet on the stitching front. I have been off the radar as hubby had full knee replacement surgery. Lots of trips to visit hospital and then time at home. I must say that I am amazed at how quick the recovery is. No crutches needed anymore and minimal pain. Now that I am not needed as much I will get back to reading and commenting.

How many days until Christmas?

Cheers, Karen



A Red And Grey Extra Quilt.

Posted on November 15, 2017 | 14 Comments

This is a re-make of my Woodland Quilt from last month.

I wanted to make it in totally different fabrics so it was not a baby quilt. I went with the red and grey so it can fit with Christmas without actually being a Christmas quilt. I have used these fabrics in several other quilts.

Again, I kept the quilting to a simple all over meander.














The backing was another grey from the range.  And the red continued into the binding.

So there we have it. Another quick and easy finish at 41 in sq.

We have had three lovely hot days here but I can hear the thunder rolling in. Hope it brings some rain as well as a change.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Cheers, Karen


Parallel Lines.

Posted on November 6, 2017 | 17 Comments

This is the last of a group of quilts I had quilted one after the other. There are still 3 sandwiched and still waiting, but I wanted to stitch the binding and have a few finishes.

This is a pattern I have used before from Leanne Beasley’s book, Romancing The Road Trip. I first made it in a red and grey Christmas quilt (Aug 31st, 2013).

I used fabrics left over from another quilt – Kitchen Windows ( March 26th, 2014).

I chose to straight line quilt with a multi-coloured thread. I have a lot to learn with this in regards to where to place the lines and how to prevent puckering. But I have to start somewhere and am actually quite happy with the end result.



I had a fun fabric for the backing. Not quite enough so I added a matching green to provide the width. The leaves in this fabric remind

me of the children’s story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

And it shows up the quilting quite well.

It was finished off with a bright blue binding.

This one definitely fits the description of bright and cheerful.

Hope your week is the same.

Cheers, Karen





Under The Sea.

Posted on October 31, 2017 | 11 Comments

An extremely easy finish for this quilt.

This one started as a bright and colourful panel that was purchased at a quilt show last year. I simply added the last blue batik border and then found lots of bright batiks to use in the piano keys around the outside.

I quilted the centre of the panel with wavy lines to hopefully look like water.

I then quilted loops, squiggles and fish in the borders.

I found a fabric for the backing that was the colors I was after. It is a Halloween theme but the colours worked so I used it.

It looks lovely on the bed with the sun shining in. Very cheerful.

It is Halloween and I know the neighbourhood children are getting ready to head out. They will have to dodge the showers this evening but I am sure they will still have fun.

Cheers, Karen



Happy Turtles.

Posted on October 23, 2017 | 12 Comments

This is a quilt design from People, Places and Quilts that I found when we were in South Carolina.

It is the sort of design that can be used in so many different ways. The pattern only has a single block design to be made as many times as needed for the quilt size. Then there is the decorating of each turtle. The originals had ric-rac but I chose to quilt each shell instead.

I used batiks throughout and found that a black and white print background worked well against the vibrant colours. I quilted the background in white thread but used a multi-coloured thread for the turtles and the borders.

I found enough of this yellow spotty fabric for the backing.

I am now looking at different ways to play with this pattern. I wonder if I could have Christmas turtles?

The right fabrics and a Santa hat might just work.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen





A Woodland Quilt.

Posted on October 15, 2017 | 8 Comments

Every now and then a particular fabric range catches your eye and becomes a must have. This quilt is a result of that must have.

It is small lap size at 41 inches square. I wanted to keep it simple so used the grey fabric in the large 8 1/2 inch blocks and the border.

I also wanted to repeat a few patterns. The green square in the centre is repeated in the first border and then in the binding.

I wanted the white squares to sit in each corner.

The smaller squares were fussy cut to make sure there were plenty of animals to be seen.

The green fabric features feathers. And the animals are super cute.

I used another green fabric from the range for the backing.

This close up looks better.

I kept the quilting very low key and meandered all over. I wanted the fabric to feature on this one, not the quilting.

I find it tricky sometimes when it comes to planning the quilting because many see meandering as an easy way out. I don’t want every quilt to be done that way, but I do think there is a place for it in a quilt like this.

I found this design very easy to put together and plan to make a few more as donation quilts.. I only needed 70cm of the main fabric and was able to back it with only one length of fabric as it was less than the WOF. That’s a bonus.

Loving the sunshine here at the moment.

Have a great week.

Cheers, Karen




Quilting In Spring.

Posted on October 8, 2017 | 10 Comments

Isn’t it lovely when Spring finally arrives!


The blossom has been falling like confetti on the garden and driveway.  So pretty.

It has also been much easier to get out to take quilt photos.

This quilt is a lovely reminder of our visit to Charleston, SC, as the fabrics were purchased there and remind me of that sea-side city.

I started with two charm packs which were are the HSTs in the middle.

And the yardage was used in the border. I had enough of the yardage left over to use in the backing in the centre.

I kept the quilting simple with straight lines each side of every seam of the HSTs – horizontal, vertical and diagonal. I used a neutral thread on the main body of the quilt. It gives the illusion of triangles being quilted inside each piece.

Glad I didn’t have to really do that.

In the border I did teardrops. Blue thread on the front.

And kept the neutral thread on the back. Navy binding.

Another finish done and dusted. Time for a bit of Spring cleaning too. Windows first!

Have a lovely week.

Cheers, Karen



Yes, More Christmas!

Posted on September 25, 2017 | 11 Comments

I was not quick enough today and missed my chance at taking photos in the sunshine. We seem to be getting only 5 minute bursts in between rain showers. But I understand our farmers still need the rain so that is far more important.

This quilt is a bonus as it is made using the leftover fabric from the Christmas Star quilt that was in my  one before last post.

I only had to add the green and white spot for the sashing.

The layout was kept simple as the fabrics are effective enough on their own. I did the quilting with curves, loops and stars. That works just fine for Christmas.


The backing and binding was the same green and white spot fabric. Love the way it shows up the quilting.

This fabric range has been delightful. As well as making complete quilts from it I have also used it in part in several other designs. And, yes, all were Christmas quilts.


I got myself into gear last week and sandwiched quite a few quilts. I really must not let my pile of flimsies built up so much. Although that is easier said than done as I have already made two more tops before getting any of the quilting done!! I do need to focus!!

Have a great week. Cheers, Karen





Rainbow Cats For Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

Posted on September 19, 2017 | 28 Comments

This is my second entry  in the Blogger’s Quilt festival for Fall 2017.

This wonderful sharing of quilts is organised by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side.

This quilt is another one from earlier in the year and has been on my blog before.

There are a lot of lovely pieced animal blocks around and Elizabeth Hartman has a great collection of them. I have adapted her cat mini quilt to make a full sized bed quilt.

Every cat block is a different colour. The colour changes follow a path from the top left block and travel in a zig zag pattern to the bottom corner.

I was able to find enough fabrics in my stash to make sure there were no double ups and to be able to meet the requirements for gradual colour changes.

I had this one quilted by my favourite LAQ. Love the swirls. They remind me of cat tails.

The backing is a great fabric from Ella Blue basics and is covered with Australian place names.

Here are some of the towns listed.

I had two blocks left over so I turned them into cushion covers.

I hope you have time to enjoy all the quilts in the festival.

Congratulations to Amy for the festival and thank you the sponsors for supporting her.

Cheers, Karen


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