Friday, July 1, 2016

Stacks more quilts!

Hello again! Thanks for saying with me. Now, where was I? Oh yes, showing off the fabulous work by our St Mark's Quilters at our May workshop.

Barb brought along two great kindy quilts...



Michaela knows you can't go wrong with sock monkeys.
Gillian showed us how easy it can be to make a quilt with lots of kid-appeal from a printed panel. Both the jungle quilt (above) and the farmyard quilt (below) are hers.


And finally, a wonderful team effort by Di B and Margaret. If you look closely you will see Di's signature orange peel quilting in those corner squares.


As usual, there was stacks of sweet goodness to fuel our efforts, this time a delicious lemon-iced bundt cake and a chocolate chip fruit slice cooked by Perdita. Yum!

 What bounty!


Stacks of quilts!


Over the course of the day, fifteen St Mark's Quilters had a fun, productive time at our May workshop (yes, it IS that long since I blogged!), finishing a bumper pile of colorful quilts for RPA Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit and 'The Marcia' kindly for autistic children.


Barb and Gail caught the pieced hearts bug after I introduced them to the True Love mini quilt pattern by Megan Pitz in February, and here are their finished Blankets of Love.

By Barb

By Gail

And Liz won't be far behind once she's quilted this blue and white beauty.


Teamwork by Susie W and Di B resulted in this lovely Blanket of Love.


I wanted to smuggle this kindy quilt home in my bag. Di B used one of my very favourite Kaffe Fassett fabrics, combined with gorgeous brights!

 And this one too! Di B finally cut into her precious Emma Jean Jansen Linen Cupboard fabrics, and the result is totally amazing.


Chester gave it his seal of approval.

Margaret used a panel to make this quick and clever quilt, perfect for a little boy who loves big machines.


And Di C had fun with frogs for this one.

In fact, there were so many finished quilts to photograph that I needed to split this post. See you on the other side!




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Many hands

Sorry about the blogging hiatus, friends. I just popped out for a spot of quilt making, self-organizing, and family time. There might have been a tad too much time spent on Instagram too.

Now, where were we?

You may recall that back in February Perdita brought along this large quilt top to our St Mark's Quilters workshop.

We all agreed that it would be perfect to have on hand to donate in case of an emergency, and Gail, bless her heart, offered to quilt it on her domestic machine.

Pinning could have been a challenging job for Gail alone, but there were plenty of willing hands at our March workshop.

A Kwik Klip is the best way Di B and I have found to close those safety pins without pricking our fingers, but without one of these some of our quilters chose to leave their pins open, while Di came along behind to close them with the Kwik Klip.

It was done in under 15 minutes!

Many hands do make light work.

Here are a few of our latest finishes.







Remember I shared this little pieced heart pattern at our February workshop?

Di J

A few of our ladies have started on their own versions, and this is Gail's Blanket of Love, with the heart shape cleverly repeated in the negative space. Perfect for one of the tiny bubs in the Newborn Intensive Care Nursery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.


Di C has pinned this cute Noah's Ark panel and plans to domestic machine quilt it into a Kindy quilt for The Marcia.

And Sue W has similar plans for this panel.

Finally, something I hope will make you smile. 

Like all of us, Chester loves *91 years young* Margaret, so when his friend Matilda the golden retriever (Margaret's grand-doggy) wasn't nearby he moved in for some love and pats. Beautiful picture of them both, don't you agree?

Saturday, February 20, 2016


Love was in the air last weekend, Valentine's weekend, as St Mark's Quilters gathered for our first Saturday workshop of the year.

This is our sixth year stitching Blankets of Love for Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's Newborn Intensive Care Unit,  and our seventh making cot sized quilts for the little ones at the KU Marcia Burgess Kindy, and we love our work!

With permission from Megan Pitz @canoeridgecreations I shared her True Love Mini Quilt pattern, and took along my version. With an extra border or two it makes a very sweet little Blanket of Love, and would look gorgeous hanging on a nursery wall.

Sue was hand piecing a heart block of her own, to be joined up with three others for a flower effect.

Di C and Perdita wasted no time cutting out fabrics for new quilts.

This was Perdits's latest sweet finish, perhaps suitable for an Easter bub?

This donated quilt top found a volunteer eager to take it home and finish it as an 'emergency' quilt.

Gail carefully pieced these little blocks, undaunted by all the Y seams.

She also brought in these two cheery Blankets of Love. 

[The quilts in my photos are really not as wonky as they look. It's just that I like to photograph them in the bright shade outside in the garden, and our grassy lawn is particularly lush and spongy right now after a good rainfall.]

Michelle relaxed with some big-stitch hand quilting. So pretty!

Sophie and Susan brought in this cute finished Kindy quilt, made from a jelly roll and two bunny border prints.

And this Blanket of Love.

Barb made these two beauties.

...and this delicious French Apple Cake for our morning tea. Yum!

Gillian was still feeling the Dresden love.

..and we loved the lemon slice and chocolate cakes she brought along!

There was no need to ask Margaret how she spent her holidays. Look at all these beauties from our hexie queen!

Robyn's hand piecing is meticulous, but when time prevented her finishing this beautiful little quilt with hand quilting Di B helped in with a great spot of team work, and machine quilted it. 

Finally, look who had a birthday this week. Happy 12th birthday, lovely Matilda!🎉