Category Archives: Journey

Reflection {2016}

1.  Square in Square 2. Lunar Lines 3. Spoonflower Sampler 4. Cheri d'Amour 
5. Treehouse Ladders 6. Daughters Love 7. Fly Away 8. Push-me, Pull-me 9. Mad Dash 
10. Rails 11. Sunday Best 12. Fractions (upcoming post) 13. Abstract Triangles I 
14 & 15. Abstract Triangles II & III 16. Denim Blues

I am super excited, taking this time to see what I accomplished this year as I did way more than I thought I did. Above were all my finishes in 2016. I am so pleased to see that 3 of the quilts were old WiPs (~2 years in the making), and 3 were magazine submissions.  I am most excited that 7 of these projects were gifted and that included a quilt to my son and my mum.

This year, definitely has not been without its challenges, especially with my Mum and her struggles. We (myself, husband and son) are happy to be able to see her and the rest of my family at Christmas, and get to spend this time with her before the now inevitable end. Thank to all those who bought a Daughters Love Pattern, all proceeds have been donated to NZ Cancer Society.

Lastly, as we wrapped up on the year, I decided to take a look at goals I set for myself. I have not really looked at these goals until now… and I was curious how I did.

  • Make that quilt for my son and one for my mom.
    Completed (both a quilt for my son and mum)
  • Continue making my designs into reality. My goal is to make 1 quilt a month…12 quilting projects total.
    I have continued to do QDAD but on an intermittent basis and been exploring more improv in that last couple of months. I did accomplish more than 12 quilting projects this year. Thumbs up!!
  • Start a blog or Instagram series, related to design (plans are underway).
    This changed to a Color Blog series which was fun to run, even though schedules were what they were. Thank you to all the folks who helped out during the series and/or sponsored it. Such a great time.
  • Release at least 4 patterns (PDF and in Print).
    Partially completed, I published 4 new patterns via pdf and updated 1 older one. I have my template for print patterns but have not executed further on it.
  • Go to Spring Quilt Market (I was approved/qualified!!)
    Did not get to do this year and it looks like it might be a 2018 thing.
  • Teach at least 4 quilting classes and attend at least 2 quilting classes.
    I taught 4 quilt design classes and attended classes at our guild’s retreat (from @melintheattic) and Sewtopia Atlanta (Elizabeth Hartman and Denyse Schmidt). Great time all round.
  • Submit quilts for consideration to juried quilt shows (definitely QuiltCon 2017)
    For Quiltcon 2017, I submitted 3 new quilts and 3 were accepted. I submitted another one was a repeat submission that had been juried in before but I modified; and rightfully so it was not accepted a second time around. I also got 2 quilts juried in and accepted into the Modern Quilt Showcase at Quilt Festival and 1 quilt juried into the Modern Quilt Category for an AQS show.
  • Submit an application for an art gallery showing.
    Work in process, currently building out a theme (have 8-9 pieces out of 10 ready)
  • Make some decisions about my brand to set up for the future.
    Keeping with what I have, at the moment, but have new logo’s/branding for patterns etc. Thanks to the wonderful Melissa @ meliherboth (IG)

Additionally, I wrote by first published article (fantastic Tech. Editor Ginny @minnowpeck (IG)), and presented my first quilting webinar for the MQG…..with more things coming next year!!

I need to gather my thoughts for my goals next year and take stock in my outstanding WiPs, but I have a couple of big ideas brewing. Check back here in the new year for my 2017 goals.


Blogiversary {Giveaway}

Folks, who knew, that after having sinus surgery and deciding that I should start using the sewing machine I bought 6 months ago, I would be here. Welcome to my 4 year blogiversary. Wow!!

Sometimes, I am amazed that I kept with a hobby for 4 years and other times I can’t believe its only been 4 years, its gone by so fast.

This year has been an amazing journey. I want to thank all of you who have joined me and supported me on this journey, both here and on Instagram (IG). Looking at October 2015 through September 2016, these are some of my most memorable projects & WiPs. mosaicdd25f3e4fb290200b7e0c21c02c4d93b5baf4c6d

This year has been a big year. I have loved experimenting and playing with different techniques and color. I have loved teaching my new quilting classes. I hope the year ahead is as good to me…I know it is starting out well.


As a thank you, I would like to give away a $80 gift card to Hawthorne Threads. To win:

  • Leave a comment, about what quilting topics and themes you are interested in at the moment.
  • If you are a follower, leave a second comment letting me know how you follow.

A winner will be randomly chosen and announced next Sunday 9th October at 8pm.

Winner: Melanie C (email coming your way with the gift certificate).



In the Works {Update}

Keeping it real…I have made progress since my last post, though not as much as I hoped. At least its moving in the right direction.

So what’s happening…

From the releasing pattern front, I have managed to release the 3 pattern of 4 patterns (Abstract Triangles, Daughters Love and Altitudinal Ecosystem) with Mad Dash coming the first week in October. So overall completed all that I set out to do in September. YAY!!!

From a project perspective, they have all moved forward.

Sew Ready to Play Blog hop – The mastermind project, completed and posted a tutorial on Monday.

Mad Dash – binding is underway. I had some issues, with wonkiness when machine binding so switched to hand stitching it. I think its related to the pressure of the foot while stitching through 2 layers of batting. Only one side to go and this should be finished before the weekend.
Sunday Best – My favorite project at the moment, and I finally got over the fear of what to do with the quilting and decided to just start. After all, a finished quilt is better than an unfinished one. Right??!! Here’s how I started…

I really love this block as a whole:

Orange Creamsicle – all the blocks for the top are now complete. All hand-stitched. I just need to hand-stitch all the straight seams. This is slightly modified from what I posted on Instagram (IG), as I changed one of the blocks backgrounds for more balance (top right).orangecreamsicle_top
Directional Lines – Is a new project start but has a deadline of October 14th. It’s my #whatshadeareyou for RJR fabrics project. It is another improvisation project. Can I say I love this already and I have only done 8 lines.

Overall Project Plan

Here’s my overall project plan and recent changes.

Project Dates Current Status
 Mad Dash  September
(3rd FAL project)
 Sunday Best  September October
(4th FAL project)
 Orange Creamsicle  October TOP (underway) BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Directional Lines  October TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Quilt Market Project  October TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Fractions  October November
 NY High Line  November TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Ode to Clothes  November December
 Beating Heart  November December

How are your projects going??


In the Works

It has been a while since I have documented, on my blog, my WiPs. I have been using Instagram mostly to document the my additions to various projects. However,  I am feeling the need to finish some  of these projects, which lets to active planning and accountability.

So here goes….what am I working on that needs to be completed for September/October/November time frame?

September Projects – Quilts

Sunday Best: Goal is to finish this quilt in September. The top and the back are all ready for basting/quilting.

Week9_SundayBest  SundayBest_Back

Orange Creamsicle: An Improv hand-stitching project which I would like the top and back to be finished in September. I am still deciding how large it will be…maybe 36″ x 48″ or I might do 48″ x 48″??

Ode to Clothes: Part of a study that I started out of the blue last night, inspired by Lance Letscher’s paper/paint work and #makedoquilt. Made from clothes – T-Shirts with Cord and Wool Trousers. I would like the top for this one complete. It will likely be a mini quilt – currently a ~24″ square. I thinking of adding more negative space. More to come on this project.

Mad Dash: Goal is to complete this quilt, this weekend. Binding is ready to be stitched on.MadDashFront

September Projects – Pattern Releases

I am so behind on these, I know I promised patterns in August. For some reason life just gets in the way ;-).  Anyway, here are my new planned release dates.

Abstract Triangles – September 5th (next week !!)

Abstract Trio _1

Daughter’s Love: September 19th (All proceeds for the first month will go to a cancer charity).


Mad Dash: September 26th

Overall Project Plan

Project Dates Current Status

 Mad Dash

(3rd FAL project)
 Sunday Best  September
(3rd FAL project)
 Blog Hop Project  September TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Orange Creamsicle  October TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 World of Angles  October TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Quilt Market Project  October TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Fractions  October TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 NY High Line  November TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Ode to Clothes  November TOP (underway), BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND
 Beating Heart  November TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

As previously, projects are likely to shift and I am flexible with this list. It just helps me to put it down on “paper”.


Quilt Journaling

I have always jotted down ideas, kept inspirational images around, stored great color palettes but everything is usually all over the place. After Melissa @meliherboth presented her quilt journal, I was determined to consolidate and keep a better record for myself.

I suppose I kind of already do that here on this blog, but the journal offers me a tactile option, something physical. That truly appealed to me.


I use these sketchbooks, which have these great covers are designed by Sarah Watts. I love the blank pages and the thickness of the pages are perfect when adding the glue. Oh, yes I get to glue, play with layout and some drawing.


What do I put on the pages as a keepsake, you might ask? It really depends on what that particular quilt inspires me to include. I so like looking at the variation between quilts.

Some basic information I always include though:

  • Name of quilt
  • Finished Size of quilt
  • Quilting description or if I send it off for quilting and by who
  • Date it was finished (a complete finish)
  • A collection of fabrics that went into the quilt
  • Inspiration / Spark for the quiltJournal_Fractions

Variable information:

  • If it is a block based quilt – I include measurements of the block so I can write it up or remake in future.
  • Block layout or color layout options or various sizes.
  • If it is improv. – what limits am I using, any key designs I have used and the inspiration for those designs.
  • If new techniques – I add notes on what I have learned along the way (hand-stitching notes)
  • Quilting design ideas
  • Design changes along the way

Once the project is finished, I take Polaroids of quilt (using a Fujifilm Instax Camera). These I place in an envelope which is glued to the page…a finishing touch for the quilts.

I must say, I love the creative side of making the journal. A little like project work back in school.

How do you all keep track of your quilts? Do you journal? What do you add to the pages?