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More Wedges from Esperance

I’ve been busy playing catch up these last few days and have started designing my next quilt in EQ7. The theme for next years’ exhibition is 2 colours and I’m thinking of working in purple and hot pink!

I’ve also finished downloading and resizing the photos I took of the Esperance girls work last weekend.

I think they did some amazing work, they all learned and completed 4 techniques in 2 days.

Chris used a fabric featuring tigers to make her fancy  wheel.

Fancy Wheel using tiger Fabric

Corina used a rose fabric to get 2 different semi circular designs.

Corrina's Fancy Wheel using Rose Fabric

Deb used a Jinny Beyer board Fabric for her wheel.

Debs' Fancy Wheel using a Jinny Beyer Border Fabric

Lauren used the same Jinny Beyer border Fabric as Deb but in a different colour way.

Laurens' Fancy Wheel using Jinny Beyer Border Fabric

Margaret used a beautiful striped fabric.

Margarets' fancy wheel using a stripe fabric

Rhonda used a fabric featuring small zoo animals, She did each of her quarter wheels with a different design. Here are 2 of them.

Rhondas' fancy wheels 2 quarters showing zoo animals  Pixie made a beautiful fluted wheel in hot pink with sparkle and lime seen here as well as a quarter of her Fancy Wheel.

Pixie fluted wheel in pink and green

PIxies" fluted wheel one quarter

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Wedges from Esperance – Part 1

Yesterday I returned home after spending a fabulous weekend teaching and sightseeing around Esperance. The students were all enthusiastic and keen and produced some stunning work. I taught at the Bandy Creek Angling club which had a beautiful outlook over the harbour.

Angling club outlook

The weekends’ workshop covered several techniques that can be used with the Dresden plate rulers to give different designs. Ten ladies attended the workshop and they can all be seen below with some of the work they created during the weekend.

Esperance girls

On Saturday the girls worked on Spinning Wheels and Daisy Wheels. Hillary is seen here stitching her strata together. This is the first stage of making the Spinning Wheel after cutting is completed.

Hilary at work

Here is the end result.

Hilarys' block

Below are some samples of the work Lauren produced over the weekend.

Lauren's work

Jane is seen working on one of her wheels!


Below is the Fancy Wheel Jane made on Sunday – Wedgewood Blue seems an apt name for this wheel!

Janes block

Here is another amazing Fancy Wheel made by Elizabeth. All the girls did some truly stunning working so I will post more for you to see later this week.

Elizabeths' Fancy Wheel

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Wedges with a Difference.

Today has been a largely wet, windy and dreary day here in Perth.  A perfect day to stay at home and sew. I didn’t get around to sewing until after lunch as I had to finish writing and printing my workbooks for the workshop on the weekend. Then I had to take them to the printers to be bound.

Once I got around to sewing I had some super fun playing with the wedges yet again. I just love these rulers, they lend themselves to so much. How do you like the dogs below? aren’t they just a hoot! I can see the potential for a scrap quilt using this design. I can also see a good use for the novelty prints in my stash.

Circular block made with dog fabric

As I’m using the Dresden Plate ruler , I thought I should make a Dresden Plate, so here it is. I really like it, it could possibly be the beginning of a table-cloth or maybe a two colour quilt for next years’ exhibition. We’ll see.

Red and White dresden plate block.

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Finishing the Wedges.

I’ve spent the weekend putting finishing touches to the wedges I showed in my posts earlier this week. So far I’ve managed to quilt all 4 of the projects. I got up early this morning and put the binding on the table runner which is now complete. Here is a close of  the quilting on the table runner.Fluted table runner block quilted

And the finished table runner!


I used Superior So Fine thread for the quilting, with the Bottom Line in the bobbin and used a size 70/10 Superior Titanium Topstich needle. It was a pleasure to quilt these mini projects

Once I finished the table runner, I took the dog out for a walk and then home to put the binding on the Daisy Wheel!



Only 2 more wheels to bind and all my samples will be ready for the workshop.


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More Wedges!

I spent yesterday stitching out another 2 wedges, I really enjoy making these they are so much fun and come together very quickly.

Below is the Daisy Wheel Wedge. This wheel is made up of 20 wedges!

Daisy Wheel block made with Dresden Wedge ruler.

Whereas the Fancy Wheel below is made up of 16 wedges. I really loved making this as the outcome is always a lovely surprise. I was going to use the Stack and Whack technique, but found it saved no time so fussy cut the wedges.

Fancy Wheel block made with Dresden ruler

And now onto the quilting!


Working with Wedges

I have always enjoyed working with wedge rulers as there are so many design options. In the late nineties and early twenties I used to teach classes using the 9 degree wedge ruler. Move on to 2012 and I am now updating this class using the Matilda’s Own Dresden Wedge rulers. They come 2 in a pack and are good value. One ruler will give you 20 wedges per circle, while the other will give you 16.

You are not limited to making Dresden Plates alone with these rulers. I have been working on a range of different designs for the workshop I will be conducting in Esperance next week.

As I have been stitching these designs, my mind has been flooded with several more designs, so I will be playing around over the next few days and hopefully get some posted.

Below is a picture of the Spinning Wheel design

Patchwork circular design

Another design is the Fluted Wheel which has to be one of my favourites and so easy and quick to sew. I am going to make a table runner from these samples below.

Fluted Wheel Table RunnerI have 2 more designs on the go, a Daisy Wheel and Fancy Wheel which I hope to post in the next day or so. Then it will be onto the quilting!


What I’ve been upto!

Oh My! How I have neglected my blog over these last few weeks, particularly in the run up to QuiltWest. Now the show is over, I’m getting back on my feet again and playing catch up. Before the exhibition I was busy working on my quilts for the show along with many QuiltWest duties. One of my entries was a medallion which should have gone in the 2011 exhibition but never did get finished on time. The other started out as a sample for my Feathers and Fillers Workshop, but as I worked on it I thought I might as well enter it in the exhibition.This quilt is a wholecloth using black fabric

Below I have outlined the steps taken to get this quilt completed.

1. The quilt design is firstly chalked on the black fabric. I love Mariners’ Compass so drew the design up first in EQ7.

Chalked Design

2. The quilt was then layered and pinned ready for quilting. The backing fabric was the same as the top. I used black cotton poly wadding.

QuiltTop Pinned

3. I then quilted around all the chalked areas in black thread as I knew that the chalk was likely to rub off while quilting with all the handling.

4. I started stitching from the centre outward. The first thing I did was outline the sections and then filled them. I had so much fun stitching this quilt. The thread I used was Mettler Polysheen both through the needle and in the bobbin. I used a Superior size 70 titanium topstitch needle with excellent results.

Stiching in the centre

The filler I used in the centre is pebbling  for the blue threads.  I used alternating designs for the lemons thread, I called these fillers pathway and mini circles.

stitching in centre of quilt

Here is the finished quilt, I’m rather pleased with my new workshop sampler.Finished Quilt At the moment I’m putting finishing touches to some new samples for the workshop I’m teaching in Esperance later this month. Hopefully I have a post showing some of these works in progress in the next day or so!

Finally, the little dog has got caught out again…cat napping, she knows she is not allowed on the bed!

dog on bed