Sunburnt Quilts

Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery

Embroidered Gardens.

I started to learn embroidery about 18 years ago. I had done basic cross stitch, but had never learnt any embroidery stitches. I completed these gardens with the help of my embroidery teacher, Vicki. They are both from a Diana Lampe book, Embroidered Garden Flowers. The first one is the Spring Garden. The next is […]

Red, White and Blue.

I like a lot of red, white and blue so it is not surprising to see many of my quilts using these colours. The only difference in this quilt is that I have used cream instead of white. It is made using several charm packs from an old Moda range named Coming Home. I have […]

Red Biscuit.

In the days before I had discovered stitcheries, I saw a quilt made up in a shop. It was a pattern from Leanne Beasley of Leanne’s House. It was made with red and biscuit coloured fabrics and had stitcheries inside the squares. At the time I didn’t appreciate the stitcheries and only wanted to make […]

Square in a Square

This quilt was made in a workshop at Quilters Barn when it was still located at Arawata. The shop has since moved to Loch, but I understand that it is now returning to its original site. The quilt was constructed as a square in a square and also as quilt as you go. This backing […]

A Few More Dolls.

One of the dolls I made very early on has remained a favourite. She is called Eliza-May and is designed by Rosemary McQueen from Teddyworks in Australia. The pattern was originally in one of their books and was then reproduced in an early Dolls, Bears and Collectables magazine. With such a cheeky face, you have […]

A Few Dolls.

As part of my endeavour to record the things I make, I also need to include some cloth dolls. I have been making these dolls for nearly 20 years and have seen a lot of  changes in designs. I think I still tend to prefer the country style patterns, especially the raggedies. Unfortunately the pattern […]

And Blankets, Too!

Each grandchild also received an embroidered blanket. Both the designs have come from Inspirations books or magazines. The first one was stitched on doctor’s flannel and finished with satin blanket binding. This is a close up of the embroidery. It was quite a traditional design. The next blanket was on wool blanketing using mostly woollen […]

Baby Quilts.

When each of our grandchildren was born I made quilts for them. The first quilt was based around Australian animal prints so they could identify our native animals. Basic layout of squares and then quilted with a pattern that has  some similarities to boomerangs. Unfortunately not the best photo, but the only one I have. […]


A few weeks ago we participated in a chocolate walking tour in the centre of Melbourne. It was organised by Chocoholic Tours and our guide was the lovely Suzie. We started off in the Block Arcade at Haigh’s Chocolates with samples and information about chocolate and its quality. Our next stop was Deva where we […]

Can of Worms

This quilt was made using a technique from Debbie Caffrey’s book, Open a Can of Worms. I was able to again use lots of fabric scraps that I already had. Only a few purchases were made to complete the quilt.It has been quilted with an overall autumn leaf pattern.

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