Santa and Sack

christmas-cave-oct-2008-059-5This was a very cheap Santa sack I got in the after Christmas sales, when it was even cheaper, but it was an awful sack with a very sub standard back.

The back was used as the backing, but it really needed the wadding to add some body to the whole thing.

Santa’s Advent


Purchased panel with fabric trims fused to felt and cut out to hang on the tree.

Dana Dimpling

dana-dimplingOnce upon a time I was trying to work out a project using pieced background blocks, and another featuring 3D dolls which could become a workshop and/or series of classes.

Dana Dimpling is one of my favourite original doll designs, and she makes an easy 3D applique too.

This little picture was started way back when, and the binding was added in 2007 so I could take photos of the corners and the join to use in my patterns.

The binding was stitched down in December 2007.

Sharmaine’s Shelf Elf


Lyn Fullgrabe’s fostered daughter in law does pottery,

including elves, pixies,

or whatever.

This one usually resides on my sewing room window sill,

but he found himself amongst the

Christmas decorations one day.

Printed the photo onto fabric, added a border,

with hand and machine quilting.

A Christmas present for his ‘mother’ in 2007

Australia’s Favourite Car

December 2007


During our trip to Canberra in 2006 I found a post card

to send to Nigel.

However, I didn’t send it, but scanned it, enlarged it,

printed it onto fabric,

added borders and some quilting!

I found the Holden fabric at the

Barossa Quilt and Craft Cottage,

so had to work around the colours

in the printed postcard and the fabric.

Completed in time for Christmas 2007

Travelling Man


December 2007

Lyn took this photo of John in Europe,

and I just liked it.

Printed the photo onto Miracle Fabric, added borders, and hand quilted a few of the interesting lines.

Given to Lyn for Christmas 2007

Posted it in such a hurry that I forgot to take a photo.

Echidna, Tea Towel Art

echidna-424th October 2006 to March 5th 2007

Mum bought this tea towel as a Christmas present for me

when I took her to Broken Hill in 1994.

Vicki asked me what I had got for Christmas that year,

and she stated that a tea towel wasn’t the most inspiring gift a mother could give to a daughter, but then she hadn’t seen the tea towel.

Sadly, neither Mum nor Vicki saw the finished product.

echidnaThe art work is signed Stewart Merrett,

and this was one of a series of tea towels by the same artist.

The project finally got underway when the tea towel and narrow border fabric came together while I was making a quilt top using Australian fabrics and some printed blocks which were 10 years old.

The nearest the tea towel will get to drying dishes

is hanging on the wall in the kitchen.

27.5 x 32 Inches 70 x 81cm

Machine pieced, Machine and hand quilted.

Linen and Cotton Fabrics, wool/polyester wadding

It’s all in the Wording

Completed on November 25th 2006

In August, 2005 I borrowed a book from Glenice called

Quilt Treasures, which documented The Quilter’s Guild Heritage Search.

I saw a quilt featuring a monogram which included all the letters of the alphabet,

and started playing with the idea immediately.

It was twelve months before Glenice got her book back!

In July 2006, at the Golden Harvest Quilters Hi-Fibre Retreat,

I started cutting fabric to try the ideas in a wall hanging.

The panel was completed that weekend.

It was bordered, sandwiched, quilted and bound in November 2006.

The title came about because people wanted to know what it said.

My answer is that you can read into it whatever you like.

Every English word is there, even the swear words,

if you look hard and find the letters in the right order.

15¼ inches x 21½ inches (39 cm x 54.5 cm)


Glenice was laid to rest soon after we moved from Bordertown to Crystal Brook,

Michelle called me a few weeks later to let me know that there would be a garage sale to clear some of the contents of the stash. 

I selected a variety of items from what was on offer, including the book!

Olde Worlde Santa

olde-world-santa-002 Santa panel was purchased from Judith and Kathryn, Tanunda,

during a Mystery Bus Trip with the Golden Harvest Quilters.

One of the fellow travellers told them that whatever I did with it would be great,

so I hope it lives up to all expectations.

It was done over a period of time, with borders added before the Christmas in July Exhibition

which I put together in 2002, but didn’t start quilting until July 2005.

Found heaps of toy buttons in Seymour Crafts, Country Craft and in Murray Bridge,

while the tree pot came from Warracknabeal.

The figure was quilted in 2005, the background in 2006 at Gumtree Quilters meetings,

with the tree crocheted onto wire and binding stitched down at another meeting.

The outer border was machine quilted and tree and toys added in November 2006.

14 x 18 inches

Billy Tea ….. but no damper


The labels, left over from ‘Louie the Fly’

(which was started in 1997 and is still unfinished)

fell out of a box while I was looking for the printed panels for

‘Australia in Black and White’

It was started immediately after that quilt top was completed on 23rd October,

and with a pause to put together the echidna tea towel which was in the same box, it was completed, quilted and with binding added, two days later.

All cotton fabric from the stash, with patched wadding from the scrap bag,

so I can call this project a freebie.

Machine pieced and quilted.

25 inches wide, 31.5 inches long.

64 cm x 80cm

You can’t have too many Friends

………………..or too many Bears

you-cant-have-too-many-bears-002At the Golden Harvest Quilters 2003 Hi-fibre Retreats I handed out the first of three lots of instructions for a Square Sally.

( Somebody asked how Round Robins got here name because they are usually square, so …..)

My soft and cuddly character was meant to be a portrait of B C Bear, but there wasn’t a suitable background fabric, so I changed his fur colour, and he became Chubby Chops.

The bear was cut out on July 15th 2004, just before I wrote the second lot of instructions which said to give him/her/it something to read, but he was completed and borders were added before the retreats started.

There are advantages to knowing what is coming next year!

The quote was added using Fabrico marker, and is an adaptation of a quote from Imelda Marcos, who said you can’t have too many shoes or too many friends.

Bought two fabrics at the 2004 Retreats, one from Country Craft, one from Barossa Quilt Cottage, with bears on them, so I could give my bear something to play with before bringing back the completed project in 2006.

The hand quilting was done at Gumtree Quilters meetings between 2005 and 2006 retreats.


The Hurrier I Go the Behinder I Get


In March 2005 a lot of Golden Harvest Quilters swapped Christmas stockings with three gifts inside them. We were not allowed to open the parcels, and each month another parcel was added. I swapped with Mog Barclay, then moved to Bordertown and couldn’t get together with her to open our parcels, so on the day Mog, Judy 4 and Shirley had afternoon tea at Mog’s house, I had my own private party to stop the suspense, complete with coffee, cake and bubbly.

My parcels included a cushion top with some matching fabric, with instructions to finish it any way I wanted! I added a border at the top to make the square rectangular, and quilted it at Gumtree Quilters meetings during March/April and May 2005, added binding on 24th May, 2005

Cotton Fabrics, Wool/polyester wadding, hand quilted. 18 x 21 inches

Memory Lane

Started and completed in July 2005


In July 2005 I was trying to teach myself how to use a Corel Draw, but having more success with Corel Paint, and experimenting with printing directly onto fabric. I scanned one of my favourite photos of the garden in Kadina, then played with it until it became a watercolour painting! I’ve always loved watercolours, now I can do them myself, without a brush even.

I printed it, then added borders, wadding and backing then hand and machine quilted it and added some embroidery and charms. Made over four days, …. but it is only little.

The Memory Lane sign was made for the Golden Harvest Quilters Exhibition at the start of the tenth year of the group. The stage area was set aside to display a quilt from each of the previous years …. a walk down memory lane. A few days before the exhibition was to be set up Vicki rang me and asked if I could find a fence, a post, a sign to put on the post, and something to hold it all up on the corner of the stage! Within a few hours I had found an old pallet/picket fence, an old fire plug post and a weathered piece of wood. I sprayed some black spray paint into a small jar and painted the sign fee hand with a paint brush left over from when we had a couple of kids around the house, then found a bolt to hold the sign to the post through holes which were already there. (But not quite centred!) An earthenware pickle jar became a post hole, and on the day held some echium flower spikes so they looked like they were growing near the fence.

After the exhibition was over, the sign, fence and post came home with me, and when I opened the garden during a local festival the garden was named ‘Memory Lane’ because most of the plants had been donated by family and friends, or had been purchased because they reminded me of past gardens. The sign became part of the garden landscape. It has moved to another garden, but without the post and fence, and was hung on the outside of a patio in the next garden.

A few years later it became part of a Golden Harvest Quilters exhibition again, when the exhibition was called Down Memory Lane. I took it back and it was placed just outside the door outside the venue.

Cotton Fabric, Wool/polyester Wadding 12 inches x 15 inches

A Quilter’s Retreat

A Quilters Retreat

A Quilters Retreat

2000 – 2004


In 2000 I issued the first part of a challenge at annual Hi-fibre Retreats at Port Hughes.

Participants had to make a house block before the next years retreats,

when the instructions were to add a path border, then in following years

a garden and finally a fence.

Almost every technique available was used in this wall hanging,

and hand made buttons were purchased from Llewena Newell,

who also ‘retreats’ each year.

No fabrics were purchased for this project, they all came out of the cupboard.

The finished projects were gathered together in July and August of 2004,

by which time a new challenge was underway.



Roundabout Christmas

Christmas tree

The Stringy Pine





Bob and Buttons

Cole and Buttons

Shaggy Pine and Snowy

Frozen Assets

Buttoned Down Pine

Christmas Patches Tablecloth

Buttoned Down Pine 2

Buttoned T Tree

Triangle Trees

Table Topper

Table Topper Too

Table Topper 5

Table Topper 3

Table Runner

Table Runner 2

Table Runner 3

Table Topper 4

Table Topper 6


Broomstick Santa

Broomstick Golli Girl

Broomstick Doll

Christmas Trees

Curvy Pine

Strippy Scraps Pine (Christmas Tree)

Jingle Bells Faux Fur Faux Feather

Dolls, Teddies and Miniatures

Pyramid Box Tree

Fabric Covered Spiral wire Tree

Loopy Crochet Faux Feather Tree


Tinsel Alternatives

Tulle streamers

Ribbon Streamers

Green Boots

Mini Books

Why Rag Dolls are so Lovable

Why Teddy Bears make Great Pets

Run, run as fast as you can, You can’t cat me I’m the Gingerbread Man

Tinsel Alternatives

Christmas trees

Country Friends

Robyn D Redding initiated a Round Robyn project within the Golden Harvest Quilters. Eight members were divided into two groups of four, and in March, 1999, we all had to have a centre block prepared to do the rounds’. Robyn was in the other group of four, but I have chosen to keep her name in the misspelled title for my quilt.

I used a block which my Mum pieced together for me to make a green and white sampler quilt, and which has been in the UFO pile for 10 years. (Now there are only six green and white blocks in the UFO pile.) The design is one of my originals, and is as yet un-named. I added the geese fabric triangles, to put the block on the diagonal.

The first project I had to work on belonged to Margaret Searle, and her centre block was a basket of flowers. The first border had to have triangles, and I added light hearts in a pink background….. the triangles were at each side of each heart, but certainly not a dominant part of the design.

Wonder how it will end up!

Wonder what has happened to my block! With those geese I would have added a Flying Geese border, but what has Sharon done? And what colours has she used?

Next in line was Ruth Meier’s bag, with a centre block with lots of triangles, and the first border also had lots of triangles. Ruth has used a pansy fabric in her block, and I found a similar fabric and added large triangles in the centre of each side of the quilt, with a light background around the corners appliquéd with pansies. The large floral triangles give the effect of a square on the diagonal behind the centre block and first border. Very pretty, and just one more border to go.

What was happening to mine while I worked on Ruth’s? If Sharon didn’t add Flying Geese, what would it look like, and what would have happened next?

The next bag contained Sharon Freer’s quilt, her centre block with lots of points in primary colours, the first border Flying Geese(?) added by Ruth, and Margaret has done a lovely simple vine appliquéd onto a yellow background.

I added Patchwork Jigsaw blocks to the corners, with scrap rectangles added to the sides. Very simple, but have found that the further from the centre the simpler the border needs to be. Wonder if the others have found the same thing. The finished quilt is stunning, with lots of movement and colour. Really happy!

Now we have the day of return to look forward to. The wait feels like forever.

My quilt was the first to come out of the bag, and WOW! Nothing like I had imagined it, no Flying Geese, but……. WOW!


And Margaret’s has changed totally since I added the first border, and even Ruth’s is different with just one border added since mine.

I was totally blown away when I saw mine, and the other girls seemed to be just as stunned with theirs. The other four quilts are wonderful too, and as varied as our four.

This has been one of the best projects I have taken part in.





And the suspense was a killer!

Now I had to get it sandwiched and quilted. I had planned to add another border when the project started, as I thought it would be a bit small to be useful, but it looks finished without adding anything except wadding, backing and binding. The quilting was not completed until September 2001, and the binding added immediately, in time for A Quilters Garden exhibition, 2001

Finished size inches (cms) square

All cotton fabrics, wool/polyester wadding.

Machine and hand pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted.

Centre block design by Judy Butcher, Pieced by Emily Malycha

Border 1 pieced by Sharon Freer

Border 2 pieced and appliqued by Ruth Meier

Border 3 pieced by Margaret Searle