They go from poor, amateur and badly photographed to better, more proficient and better photographed. I’m making no claims for expertise, but they were all made for someone, and have happy homes with friends and family. Click on any photo for a better close-up. And in the unlikely event you want to use a photo, or need information about or want to duplicate any quilt, please ask. Designs are my copyright (see the Small Print Page). The most recent quilts are at the top, for the older ones, please scroll down.
Let’s make a start.
Anemone, a scrappy quilt for myself. 6 years in the making
Can You Teal the Love, an Ovarian Cancer quilt
Tyger, a quilt for my SIL, a Wests Tigers supporter. As if you couldn’t guess…
Twilight, a quilt for my niece Mariella
Floribunda, a quilt for my niece Jojo
Lullaby, a baby quilt made for my Tai Chi teacher’s god-grandchild in Austria.
Days Gone By, a quilt made from scraps generated by the work of Days for Girls. Donated to DfG to raffle to raise funds.
Heaven For Beginners, a quilt made for my husband’s niece Caitie, to take with her to study in Brisbane. Made from F2F swap blocks
Opal, a scrappy quilt, divided in two to make a hanging over our bed.
The Hatbox Quilt. Six years in the planning, three years in the making, appliquéd and hand quilted. A most beloved quilt.
Scinteallate, a field of glittering stars, to be auctioned at the Nude Lunch in aid of Ovarian Cancer.
Bougainville Nights, front….
… and back
Go Teal it on the Mountain, another collaborative fundraiser quilt created to benefit Ovarian Cancer Australia
Colours of Happiness for my friend Chippy, in celebration of friendship, motorbikes, curry and colour!
$11 Rainbow scrappy quilt. Everything was scrap except $11-worth of dark blue sashing fabric…
Signed, Tealed & Delivered, a postal-themed quilt for Ovarian Cancer Australia
Bonnard, a lap quilt for my sister Barbara
Sea Glass, a bed quilt for my sister-in-law
The Blue Hour, a caravan bunk quilt for the Husband
Gallimaufry, a caravan quilt for me
Gonna Teal Your Heart Away, made from a pattern by Teresa Down Under, and donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia
Tealed with a Kiss, another one for Ovarian Cancer Australia
Stay Positive, a quilt made for the benefit of Ovarian Cancer Australia. It is composed mainly of donated blocks.
Grey Nomad, a scrappy quilt made for a travelling friend
Time for Teal, a quilt made of mainly donated blocks for the benefit of Ovarian Cancer Australia. It raised $500 for the charity at auction 🙂
The Cloths of Heaven, a quilt to celebrate the marriage of my niece
Canterbury Bulldogs quilt for a rugby fan – and the last time I’ll make this quilt pattern; there have been two others.
The Bookcase Quilt for my niece Lucy, the Unlikely Bookworm!
Worldwide Friends, front. A collaborative English Paper Piecing quilt entirely hand-stitched by me, with contributions of fabric and poetry from blogging friends around the world.
Worldwide Friends: the back, with the haiku panel in the centre.
Aimée, a long overdue quilt for my sister in France
Amistad, a quilt to celebrate a friendship.
Jumble, a baby quilt I made in a great rush for Baby Gnu Too.
Isfahan, a warm lap quilt for my father
Broken Bottles, made for my sister in law, Yvonne
The back of Broken Bottles, showing the quilting detail
Happiness, with late afternoon shadow. Feb-May 2014
Back detail, with stained glass effect
The Tree of Life. Made for my brother
Paul’s 60th birthday present
Back detail: reverse of the quilting
Three ‘flying quilts’ for my nephew’s triplet baby daughters.
Left is Komeet (Comet), centre is Vlucht (Flight) and right is Wervelwind (Whirlwind)
The backing fabrics and labels. I’m letting the parents decide who gets which quilt!
One of my favourites. It’s called Desert Spring. A man’s quilt.
Made for an avid Swans supporter
My heirloom quilt. English paper piecing. Many thousands of hexagons, each sewn by hand, and then quilted by hand. Nearly a year of work.
Anna’s Garden. A quilt/playmat for my great-niece.
A Tui for Anne. Not a quilt, a wall hanging,
for a Kiwi friend who was homesick in Canada.
Go the Pies!
Me in front of Morning Tea at the Quilting Bee. Full size shot to follow.
The finished thing, hanging from my design wall pole. Lots of work, lots of detail, glad it’s finished, hope it does some good for the CanDo Cancer Trust
A close up of the centre of the finished quilt
A wall hanging I made for the waiting area at the Coffs Harbour Breast Screen NSW clinic. They have a lot of butterfly themed art.
A quilt for Baby Gnu (his daddy is Big Gnu…)
The back of Baby Gnu’s quilt
Jen’s French Braid quilt, keeping her warm in London
The Japanese 9 Block, on my sister’s spare bed in Dorrigo
Hearts in Splendour, a quilt I designed for a friend
to make for charity, and ended up making myself.
She couldn’t line up the seams, and I couldn’t let an imperfect quilt go…
The Tangerine 9 block. It’s on my spare bed.
My first ever attempt at FMQ. And it shows!
Henry’s Twirling Stars. A small quilt for my sister’s son. He’s outgrown it now.
Bella’s Twirling Stars. A small quilt for my sister’s second daughter.
Francesca’s Butterfly. A small quilt for my sister’s eldest daughter.
French General lap quilt, made for the
CanDo Cancer Trust to raffle to raise funds.
Tracey’s English Country Garden. Love those colours and big, overblown flowers. It’s on the bed in her spare room.
Sam’s Australian Spring. Made for my nephew and his wife.
Kye’s Autumn Swirl. Made for another nephew’s bed.
The back of Kye’s Autumn Swirl, showing some pretty wonky quilting.
Donna’s Daisy Daisy, made for the birth of her son.
The back of Donna’s Daisy Daisy. The FMQ is a little better…
Kate, these are so beautiful! Even with wonky stitching, that only you will criticize, they are quite lovely. I’m so glad you posted all your hard work. Favorites? The Pies and Anna’s Garden.
You have inspired me, and now I have to get it in gear and gather the photographs of my past work. Most are minis for table and wall… and most were given away! 😉
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So beautiful! I really like your black and white one. It’s simple, but very striking.
It’s the most recent, the simplest and the one that took least time. I’m very happy with it, and so is its new owner. Her husband, on the other hand, is not so happy now that his team quilt no longer reigns supreme at footy time!
Wow you have some really stunning quilts here – I really enjoyed looking at them all. Love the triplet ones at the start – are they your own design, they look so original. 🙂
Yes, they’re my design. I had to do something that didn’t take too much work, as I was suddenly producing three quilts instead of one! The hexagon quilt was the most time consuming but not hard, the quilt I’m working on just now is the most technically demanding. I’m looking forward to doing something easy next to give myself a holiday!
These are beautiful. I’m sharing with a quilting friend of mine.
Thank you! I have been dipping into your blog every so often, and thought it made sense to follow now. I too went ‘bareheaded’ during chemo; it’s too hot in Australia for wigs! I made up for it with Tshirts with messages on. My favourites were “I just can’t do a thing with my hair” and “At least you’re not staring at my boobs. Oops. Too late”. It’s the men that stare, don’t you find? Women get it pretty quickly.
I love the t-shirts! And I’ll admit I wore my “I fight like a girl” t-shirt pretty often too. I was amazed at how few people even seemed to notice I had no hair. I did wonder, and still do, how many men I know are surreptitiously scoping out my boobs trying to figure out which one is the reconstruction. 🙂
They’d be wasting their time with me, I haven’t had mine yet, some time later this year, I hope. I have a whole bunch of other Tshirt logo ideas that never made it onto fabric, but perhaps I should do some and give them out at the local oncology unit while the girls are getting their cocktails.
What a great idea!
Also — and I should have said this first — thanks for following!
No worries! Always good to get another perspective on our common issue.
I agree. Everyone has such different reactions. It’s important to have as many as possible available for people to read so they begin to understand that any way you feel about things is okay.
I just had a look at this quilt page of you, my God !! you are a real ARTIST !!!! You have made soooooo many beautiful quilts, I possibly can’t tell which one is my favorite, I just can’t choose as they are all so lovely !!!
Rita, that’s so kind of you. My quilts aren’t particularly complicated or technical, but they are made with lots of love and thought about the person they are going to. Perhaps that makes the difference…
not complicated or technical ???? I wouldn’t know where to begin with a quilt !!! For me they are true works of art !!
Lovely blog and gorgeous quilts. The MOTH & I passed through Mackay in 2012 on our way to Bowen. Hope your doing ok after the rains this year.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. And it’s fairly rare for someone to know where Mackay is, let alone visit! We were lucky with the weather, and didn’t get clobbered too badly.
I looooove quilts! When my baby girl was born she did get one from a dear friend. She made it by herself. After two years I still can`t believe how beautiful it is!
If you can sew at all, you can make a quilt. Mostly, it’s not about the sewing, it’s about the colour, the arrangement of the pieces and – just giving it a go. She’ll be old enough for a grown up bed soon, and that’s your chance to find out if you have discovered a new passion!
Yes, I can sew and crochet and I am a very crafty person. It would be great to make the first quilt on my own. I guess, there will be plenty of cold winter evenings to do so!
Put it on your To Do list for 2016! Let me know if you need any help or if you get stuck. I made my first quilt 30 years ago, so I’ve had a fair bit of practice…
Is there a pattern available for the “Go Teal It on the Mountain” quilt?
I’m afraid not. It was a collaborative piece and almost every block is uniquely the work of its creator. There would be considerable copyright issues to overcome in producing a pattern!