Sunburnt Quilts

Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery

Catching Up On June.

Posted on June 28, 2017 | 8 Comments

NB. My blog issues re following seem to have been sorted out. If you wish to follow please use the follow by email directions near the comment section (not the RSS feed at the top of this page – that is not working.) My blog is also now showing up in blog readers again so can be added back there again. Sorry for all the problems. I will put this notice at the top of my next few posts as a a reminder.


Time to get in a quick post for June. I have been busy with a lot of sewing activities, but none worthy of posting. Plenty of cutting and preparation and lots of projects at the halfway mark. It has turned very cold here so lots of inside time for sewing.

Here are a couple of small finishes – a couple of Marg Low felt decorations.

I have also started a McKenna Ryan quilt – Chrissy Down Under.. Two blocks done so far.

This is going to be a very long term project. The first two blocks are a mixed bag. I like the end result of Santa and the animals at the beach. The fabrics work well in the design.

However, the other block with the Tassie Devil bothers me as there is no definition on the devil. You can’t see his arms being held in front of him. I think I will need to stitch over them in a different colour. I have held off on the eyes and nose until I decide what to do.

My husband has been busy again knitting a jacket for our 2yo grand daughter with his spun wool. It looks lovely and is so warm.



We have been enjoying a few Melbourne activities lately. I had a Tiger Moth flight over Melbourne. We have been to the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor with our grandchildren and we are going to go on the big wheel next week. It seems every activity is associated with height and views.

I hope your week is going well.

Cheers, Karen





Stitching The Time Away.

Posted on May 25, 2017 | 12 Comments

Not a lot of big projects on the go but I have been catching up on a few stitcheries.

These are part of a set of 12. I think I am up to the half way mark.

I suppose it is appropriate to have snowmen at the moment as we are only a few days away from the start of Winter.

These penguins are also part of a set of animal stitcheries from The Birdhouse.

After working on very fine embroideries it is a good change to have something simple to work on.

I always enjoy the flowers that choose to bloom in Winter, and the azaleas are putting on a great show. But I find it extra special when there are some pretty anomalies that come along as well.

This is a white azalea that has a very fine pink edge and a slight pink tinge.

But as you can see, every now and then we have a flower that is totally pink. This doesn’t happen every year, so it is a bonus when it does.

Have a lovely week and enjoy the coming weekend.

Cheers, Karen



A little Bird Told Me.

Posted on May 16, 2017 | 12 Comments

I do have a little bird, but it hasn’t really told me anything.

This is a Trish Burr design that was in a Christmas issue of Inspirations magazine the Christmas before last.

It is worked in single strand DMC and is only a couple of inches in size. It is worked on hanky linen.

I have a second design to stitch and will wait for that to be done before getting both framed.


I have also completed some more of Bonnie Sullivan’s designs.

The berries are supposed to be stitched but I would like to use buttons instead. That can wait until after quilting.


This one is small but really sweet.

These designs are a pleasure to work on  and come together very quickly.

I have a quiet week coming up so lots of stitching plans. Hope you can have some stitching time, too.

Cheers, Karen


Bits And Bobs.

Posted on May 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

Bits and pieces seems to be the way  my sewing and crafting weeks are going at the moment.

I have finished another one of these crochet bunnies, but this time have added some coloured yarn as well.

I saw several variations of this pattern on Pinterest and liked the inclusion of coloured stripes.

I have managed to complete the first of the wool applique pieces from Bonnie Sullivan.

I have several that I am going to make and rather than turn each into a framed piece I am going to incorporate them into a quilt.

Now for some knitting.

I had a ball of the bamboo blend yarn left over from making a dress for our grandie last year. She now has a hat to match.

The pattern is interesting as it is knitted as a corner to corner design. It creates a great texture.

Last of all, two dozen toiletry bags.

My sister volunteers with Red Cross and works with many refugee groups. They have had bags of toiletry items donated but they are in clear plastic bags. We thought it would be an idea to put them into something more pleasant and appealing. Not sure how many will be needed but this is a start.

The Winter woollies are out here and the heating is on. Even so, my trees are still not showing any signs of Autumn.

We are getting a lot of entertainment from our nature strip this week. It is our week for hard rubbish collection and so many residents have unwanted items on their nature strips waiting for council collection. We seem to get between 30 and 40 cars a day coming into our little court checking the piles for treasure. Each has their own method and thankfully the majority are considerate and tidy. I am just happy to have a way to dispose of items too big for the bin. If someone else can recycle them, then good luck.

Cheers for now, Karen




A Day At AQC.

Posted on April 21, 2017 | 11 Comments

I enjoyed a lovely day at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne. Perfect weather to walk through the garden to the Exhibition Building and enjoy the displays inside. This building lends itself so well to displays of this kind. It is worth going to just to look at the lovely restoration work on the building itself.

First up I met up with Rachael from Blue Mountain Daisy.  Rachael is here for the four days of the convention and will be talking to visitors about her quilt, Whiz Bang. It was a delight to be able to share time looking at the quilts on display and enjoying a chat before Rachael had to set to work.

It was amazing to see her quilt up close and appreciate all the wonderful work that has gone into every block.

Rachael’s quilt won the NSW section, and the winner for Australia will be announced on Saturday evening at a gala function. Good luck, Rachael.

There was great variety in the quilts this year and I thoroughly enjoyed the display. There were many different sections but I will only show  a handful here.

There was a Made in Australian section.

I saw these quilts early in the morning and then when I returned found that they had won prizes.

This kangaroo won first prize. If you are interested, enlarge the picture to look at the detail and the variety of fabrics used.

The possum was runner up. It was so life like that I could imagine it running on my roof.

There was a display of quilts by Luke Haynes. He also gave a lecture in the evening. These definitely need to be seen up close to appreciate the detail.

Obviously there are hundreds of quilts on display but here is one in particular that caught my imagination.

I spotted this one because of the detail and texture in the circles and didn’t realise immediately that it also had a 3D effect. When I stepped back I was even more excited about it.

I can see why it has won so many awards.

Look at the beautiful detail.

I have only given you a small taste of the display. It is well worth a visit.

I am sure many others will also show pictures from AQC, or go to the AQC site.

As always after these events I am inspired to stitch, so I have a sewing weekend planned. I hope you can squeeze some stitching time in, too.

Cheers, Karen




Seeing Stars, Again.

Posted on April 11, 2017 | 11 Comments

Back to the UFO pile and some quilting! I was able to finish this quilt and complete the binding.

The fabric is from the range Countdown To Christmas by Sweetwater.

I wanted to make the star shape the negative space in this one so use the dots on a cream background.

Same fabric in the sashing.

The cream fabric went into the border as well.

I kept the quilting to straight lines. Tram tracks along the seams and then diagonal lines through the stars.

I haven’t done any quilting in the border as yet. I thought I would see how it sits and hangs after a bit of use. I can always add some quilting later.

I used a black with red stripe from the same range for the binding.


I happened to be in Spotlight after Christmas for their sale and picked up a perfect backing for the quilt.

The most pleasing part is that another UFO has become a completed quilt.

Winter has decided to arrive here with gusto. One day we are using the air con and the next we have the heating on. Brrr…. . And we had amazing thunderstorms and a lot of rain. The garden loved it. It looks like we will have to get used to that for a few months now so I will make the most of any sunny day we get for photos.

I hope you week is going well.

Cheers, Karen




Hexies And Rabbits.

Posted on March 28, 2017 | 16 Comments

No quilt pictures today – but I am in the middle of quilting another one!

Today is all about yarn and crochet hooks. I have two finished items.

The first is a small blanket – probably lap sized throw.

Lots of crocheted hexagons made first and then all crocheted together with white yarn. It took me ages because I still feel like a beginner, but I made it to the finish line. It is very warm and snugly so will be enjoyed in a month or two when the nights are cooler.

And the second item is a crocheted bunny. Not quite as simple as  I thought it would be, but again I took my time and was able to finish it. This one will be used as a baby gift.

There are dozens of things I would like to crochet, but at the speed I work, I will have to be selective.

Not a lot else, but I do have news of my quilt parcel. It arrived safe and sound at its destination. It only took five days from Australia to the USA. ( I know my Aussie friends will laugh at this because we can’t even get a letter from one suburb to the next in that time!). I ended up sending it standard post, with tracking and I insured it. So pleased to have it there safe and sound.

We are finally having some Autumn weather here to enjoy, but no signs of any Autumn leaves here yet.

Cheers, Karen




Sudoku Quilt.

Posted on March 21, 2017 | 11 Comments

Another week, another quilt. I am trying my best to catch up with UFOs.

I received this as a kit from the lovely ladies at Sewing Connection.

This quilt came together very easily, especially as I enjoy Sudoku puzzles.

The layout is based on the 9 by 9 Sudoku puzzle. There are nine 5 inch squares from nine different fabrics. Each block has a different arrangement of the fabrics in accordance with a Sudoku puzzle.

I was able to combine some fabric from my stash to create a pieced backing.

I quilted each block with a flower motif in the middle and the did echo quilting around it. I filled in the final space with pebbles. I did loops in the sashing.

The quilting may be easier to see from the back on this one.

I decided to do a simple flower with joining loops along the borders.

This turned out to be a lovely and bright quilt. It looks great over the top of a white bed cover.

We are still having warm days, thankfully not as hot as last week, and are receiving some rain. I am surprised that we are still picking strawberries and tomatoes so late in the season. But I am not complaining.

Cheers, Karen




Quilts For Boys.

Posted on March 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

Choosing fabrics to make into quilts for children is always very tricky, especially when those children get to an age where they like to be particular about what goes in their room. Our grandie knew the design he wanted but not the fabric.

My solution was to point our grandson to a few quilt fabric websites and see what he liked. Our eight year old decided to follow his interest in Skylanders and chose themed fabric.

Here is the resulting quilt.

It was a little tricky to start with because he only chose two fabrics – the grey in the borders and stripes and the backing fabric.

To make it work properly with some contrast and interest I added the yellow and blue from the same range, plus some black.

That was my way of using a bit of quilter’s license.

The quilt design is based on the strippie quilt from Mary Quilts.  

I have added extra length and a narrow and wide border.

I decided to use the second fabric of his choice as the backing so he can change sides when he wants to.

I had this one done with the same LAQ as the cat quilt from the previous post.

The quilting design is called Plush and shows up quite well.

I had enough fabric left over to make two pillowcases to add to the parcel.

This one and the cat quilt are the two quilts that are now winging their way to the states and I am tracking the parcel’s progress very closely.

I will let you know if they arrive safely and how long it takes. I have my fingers crossed!!!!

Cheers, Karen



Completed Cats.

Posted on March 7, 2017 | 8 Comments

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.

This is one of her easier blocks but it still involved a little bit of fiddling around.

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.

The true colour of the background fabric is an indigo blue, but that is difficult for the camera to pick up.

I used a deep blue for the inner blue and binding.

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.

The backing is a great fabric from Ella Blue basics and is covered with Australian place names. I thought this was perfect as this quilt is going overseas to our grand daughter.

And the quilting shows up clearly on the backing, too. I had this quilted by my local LAQ. I think the pattern is popcorn.

Here is the quilting on the front, too.

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

I have two quilts now ready to post.

I am after any ideas or suggestions for posting quilts overseas. I will wrap them in plastic for protection and then box them. I will make sure the address is inside the package as well as on the box. And I will insure it. When I write the declaration on the box do I call them quilts or is that asking for trouble? Do I simply call them bedding?

I welcome any ideas. It bothers me that I am posting items worth hundreds of dollars and that they could go missing. Even when I have posted small items to the US and have requested they be signed for, those parcels have simply been left on the doorstep.

Thanks in anticipation for your ideas.

Cheers, Karen






« go backkeep looking »


  • Recent Posts

  • Translate

  • Quilting Gallery

    Quilting Gallery Logo