Well things have got interesting…

It has been over a year since I have blogged and what a year it has been.  Like everyone else I have hunkered down in my house, venturing out only when absolutely necessary.  You would think this would mean a flurry of quilting activity but it has not.  Like so many I have found it hard to be creative in lockdown… and I have made a LOT of masks.

So to try and break out of this rut I thought I would share a few quilts with you that have been finished in the last year.  When I actually looked at what I had shared and what I had not I realized there was quite a bit of stuff that you have not seen… so we are going to start with this beauty…

finished aqua cross quilt

This quilt was made a one of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG) charity sew days… back when we had charity sew days… oh I miss those days and that wonderful group of ladies.  Anyway I digress…

aqua close

The block was a simple nine patch block with an extra background row on two sides of the nine patch.  I love adding the background to the block as it allows for lots of fun negative space when you lay out the quilt.  If you are not sure what I mean look at my Bee Block post from May 2018.  I used the same technique when I made the wonky star blocks.

aqua closeup

I used a ton of pre-cut 3 1/2 inch squares… I have got in the habit of  “processing” my scraps through the Accuquilt die cut machine and so have boxes and boxes of squares.  3 1/2 are my favorite size and I have made lots of charity quilts with them.

closeup 2

For this quilt we wanted to be gender neutral and a little more teen than kids – so I picked a black/dark grey printed background with white and cream prints for the cross parts.  The center squares were all solid fabrics in shades of aqua.

aqua quilting detail

The quilting on the quilt added a wonderful layer to this design, echoing the squares of the quilt in the pattern of the quilting.  I am always in awe of the amazing group of long armers who help make these charity quilts.  Their talents always add so much to the finished product.   This quilt was donated to last years Camp Erin where I hope it gave comfort to a grieving camper.


Of course I must finish up with a the obligatory shot of Mr Wombat’s pinkies.  These photos were taken last year before lock down and he was such a good sport as we drove around town looking for interesting walls to photograph things against.  I am hoping to convince him to come with me to photograph a new batch of quilts in the coming week – of course while we wear masks and social distance.


Block:  12 inch Floating nine patch
Fabric:   Scraps and selection of Kona solids.
Quilt Size:  60 x 72 inches

I love a sunburnt country…

I have finally finished my “Sunburnt Country” baby quilt… it definitely took me longer than I had planned but I think it was worth the wait.

modern baby quilt

This quilt was a collaboration with a family friend, who commissioned me to make a modern bright baby quilt that had a hint of Australia in it. You can find my original post about this project here.

graduating quilt detail

The graduated colours are inspired by the Aussie sun (bright, hot, & at times unforgiving) and because it is a baby quilt there are lots of little novelty bits and pieces to explore.

finished quilt detail cu


finished quilt detail cu2

My original quilting plan was to do a circles radiating from the yellow center of the quilt. Unfortunately my left thumb has not been co-operating, so I had to resort to drastic measures, which included getting my darling husband to baste this quilt.


The quilt is backed with a fabulous Australian print I picked up when I was home in March.

quilt back

Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie on gum leaves, perfectly Australian.

fabric detail

To finish the whole thing off I bound the quilt with a navy sketch fabric and a Wombat Quilts tag.

quilt tag

This little piece of Australia is headed to the Mid-West to keep a Aussie/American baby warm and hopefully remind her that her Grandmother in Australia loves her.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!