Tree Hangup


A few years ago I acquired a piece of net. I thought it might make a hammock for a doll. It became just another bit of the clutter in the sewing room, but didn’t take up much space, so just got squeezed into a corner and stayed there well after I decided none of my dolls, or even the bears, needed a hammock.

Earlier this year we helped to cleaned out a friend’s house, and I claimed a rolling-pin. Mind you, I try to avoid cooking, and I already had a rolling-pin, so I claimed it purely because I was thinking I could use it without soiling it with food!

One day I took out the net, and hung one end on a hook, and pulled out the bottom, and it became a triangle … and pretty much any triangle looks like a Christmas tree to me … so … something to hold the bottom out a bit was required. The rolling-pin was waiting for me to work out how the attach some cookie cutters to it to hang in the kitchen … but then the two ideas meshed into one.

The border motifs from a panel (which had already become a swag) needed something to hold them up, and the net was available, along with that lovely old rolling-pin.


Now, I need another rolling-pin to hang the cookie cutters from though! Or inspiration for another way to use the cookie cutters … without soiling them with food!



Hanging Cards



18th, 19th January 2015

2015 1 Hanging Cards 1

Recycling Christmas cards … turned them into wall hangings.

These are all vertical hangings.

2015 1 Hanging Cards 2


This batch will go to a market later in the year.

Christmas in July Scrapbook

2009 Scrap Books 020

This is an old book which was partly filled with designs started soon after I started quilting with the intention of making a Christmas Quilt. The quilt was made, the book was never filled or covered. It now holds a small part of the scraps saved from a pile of magazines.

2009 Scrap Books 021

An article about Christmas cards, with a few secrets hidden under the loose leaf on the right hand side.

2009 Scrap Books 022

These two designs were not used, and I am so glad I didn’t use that snowman! He would give me the creeps there as well as here! Note to self …… change the eyes before using this fellow in the future!

The pattern pages have been given a touch of colour with a few small pictures added.2009 Scrap Books 023

I don’t know that these two are much better, but they were used. What was I thinking with the back view of the angel? (I was trying to avoid doing a face, as this was before I was designing my own dolls.)

Starry Starry Night

2009 Scrap Books 024

Tone on tone, with three stars cut from scraps of fabric fused onto a seeded homespun cover. The book has been stiched with gold thread and a bell added to the top of the spine.

Everytime you turn the pages bells ring!

2009 Scrap Books 025

Inside are bits and pieces saved from more magazines from 1990 – 2005, and sometimes I slowed down gluing stuff onto the pages to do a sort of collage instead of fitting in as much as possible.

2009 Scrap Books 026

And sometimes I still crammed them in loosely but with an eye for colours which didn’t actually scream at each other.

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.

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

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!

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


Quilts Started 8, finished 9

String of Beads Runner 2 2004

3 x Nine Patch Table Runner 2004

Santa at the Drovers Camp 2002

Double Wedding String of Beads Tale Topper 2004

Gumtree Quilters Scraps with the Gumnut Angels

The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I get

Memory Lane

Brooke’s Bouquet 2001

My Dad’s OBE

Also started

Christmas Gold

9 Patch Table Runner in Pink

Double Wedding String of Beads Diagonal

Moonta Bay Jetty

It’s All in the Wording

Christmas Trees

String Pine with cotton reel trunk 5 foot


String of Beads

Double Wedding String of Beads

Monet’s Garden in Close–up


B C Bear

New ….Beginners One Day Workshop

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

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


We Wish You …….

…….. a Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year

December 1987

Tree Trim Workshop001

This is a recycled version of the greeting made while we were living in Woodside.

In that version the letters of the first part of the message were stitched together without backing inthe shape of a tree. The second part of the message was added and the letters were stitched onto two banners to use when Dad’s extended family had their Christmas reunion at our place, still in Woodside.

The pattern for the original letters didn’t include the remainder of the message, so I drew up my own patterns, but they turned out a bit skinnier than the originals.

The banner was a bit unwieldy to use indoors so I added the message to a red background.