Have just spent the end of last week & the weekend at the AQC in Melbourne. Inspirational!!!!! Some of the quilts on display were absolutely amazing to say the least. Two times I tried to take my camera in and left it home both times. The Royal Exhibition Building is the perfect setting for a quilt show. It is lovely to look up at the ceiling and all the beautiful paintwork.

Anyway I purchased some new Silk Pearl threads from Maytime Heirlooms by Valdani and was inspired to come home and try them out. So I designed a new little pincushion using the threads. They were so soft to work with. I had to use a larger eye needle due to the thickness of the thread (perle 12 from memory). Went to bed at 2.30am after staying up making a pattern for it too.

Here is a picture of my “Little Bluebird Pincushion”. It sits nicely on top of my sewing machine as it is narrow.


Since then I have made another 2 and am in the process of a couple more. Quick to make and a little addictive.

Patterns will be on the website soon and are available for order to quilt shops.

Now I need to start work on some more projects – no rest for the ……. “addicted”!!! (Tricked ya!!)

Bye for now,


New Releases

This year has been busy and is rushing by too fast. This post will be rather long so it may pay to make a cuppa before proceeding.

Earlier in the year I made a quilt for my sister’s birthday. I decided to also make it available as a pattern, so stitched another one in a different colourway. This first picture is of my sister’s quilt.

Sisters Quilt

So I then decided to make it using a linen background and in pinks & greys. In the pattern I also included wording in the quotes for not only sister but mother, daughter, friend and families. So thanks to a friend, my sister quilt became entitled “Especially for You”. It would make a great gift for Mothers Day or for a sister or friend.

Especially for You

My next project was a present for my friend for her birthday, so using the same fabrics as I did for my sister I set about making this table runner, which she loved.

A Trio of Daisies 2

Once again I remade it with a slightly narrower border and in contemporary colours, which is now available as a pattern called “A Trio of Daisies”. There is a small stitchery with a butterfly in the centre of the large dresden plate.
I am totally hooked on Dresden plates – just love them.

A Trio of Daisies

I also have just released a new quick & easy baby pattern called “Happy Tails”.

Happy Tails

All of these quilts are currently on display on the Blue Willow Cottage stand at the Australian Quilt Convention that is currently on (18th – 21st April 2013) at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton. If you are in Melbourne this weekend the show is well worth a visit. Pop by and say “Hi” as I will be working on the stand for the duration of the show and would love to see you. These patterns will be available soon on my website.

So as you can see by this extremely long post I have been rather busy with needle and thread in hand. Other projects have also been in the works so will pop back later on and maybe give you a sneaky peek at what I’ve been up to.

Bye for now,


Lattice Garden

It has been rather busy in this neck of the woods so I have a few pictures to share. I should have posted a picture of this quilt a little while ago. It is called Lattice Garden and is made using the fabric range “Secret Garden” by Lynette Anderson.

Lattice Garden

This quilt is quite quick to put together and features some applique hollyhocks which can be done by hand or machine. It would even be great to use up some fabrics from the stash that we often have put away.

My next post will be about some new patterns that have just been released. Stay tuned.