Thursday, May 30, 2013


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, 
summer an oil painting 
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
-   Stanley Horowitz

I do love the month of May! With the days getting shorter, the nights becoming cooler and the trees in all their rich, autumn glory. 

The past few weeks have been a blur of creating, visiting patchwork shops, a fabulous weekend away and meeting friends. The launching and currently full BOM Citrus Sweet Love designed by Emma, Sarah and I...

A couple of trips to Amitie of course and meeting lovely friends....

L-R) Judy (a very fine house), Lucy (amitie girl) 
Louise (lululollylegs), Jen (amitie textiles), me! 

with some lovely fabrics purchased and swooned over! I even spied some of Jen Kingwell's new patterns (a terribly blurry photo taken by me, ooops!)...

and Jen's new BOM Bring Me Flowers received in the mail...these first blocks are almost stitched ready to show!

A wonderful parcel all the way from England containing Michael Oakshott's new range of Oakshotts...Impressions. Aren't they divine? I will be making something up with these delicious fabrics soon.

Then to top it all off, last weekend my gorgeous stitch group and I took off for Ballarat! What a time we had (and I will try not to make you too jealous!). Seven of us stayed here (Evandale a place we can highly recommend if you are looking to stay in Ballarat for a few days!)...

...two doors away from Ballarat Patchwork!! It was so lovely to see Emma again and even though she is selling her wonderful shop, I know she will still be creating. Oh I would love to buy that place, alas, it is a little far away for me!!

Yes, that is money ready to spend in my hot little hands!!

I was privileged to meet two girls I had met on instagram here, Deb and Katrina, the world is such a small place! Next a visit to Morgan in her gorgeous 'take you back to your childhood' shop Crafty Squirrel, and coffee at Such N Such where more money was spent! A little walk beside the lake to catch a lovely sunset before a fun evening of a lot of food, laughter and even a little stitching!

Next day was on to Ballan and a visit to an amazingly well stocked Millrose Cottage. It was such a wonderful surprise to run into good friends Lizzie and Meredithe and Glenda as well as meeting another instagram friend, Bernadette. 

Phew, what a time! Tomorrow I'm teaching my free motion quilting class at Treehouse Textiles which I'm really looking forward to. So that about wraps up my month of May. I will leave you with a picture of a sound barrier wall on one of the highways in Melbourne (don't ask me where, I'm hopeless with directions!). I thought the colour and design was really eye catching!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Applique with Scissors

Following on from this post I have made another 'scissor' drawing, this time keeping in the citrus theme...

These little quilts are fun and satisfy the need to play with lots of colour and fabric!

The raw edge applique around the little shapes is complemented by the free motion quilting.

I love the Keiko Goke stripe fabric for the binding. Gorgeous crayon-y colours!

It was fun to include a little of the selvedge in the hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt...

Millie decided she wanted to model this little quilt, she does it so beautifully don't you think?

I have my next one planned already!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Block of the Month!

Today I am so thrilled to be able to show you our new BOM (block of the month) quilt created by Emma and Sarah (Treehouse Textiles) and me (Cabbage Quilts)!!

Introducing Citrus Sweet Love...

Our BOM design is made up of 12 on-point blocks, created using hand piecing and machine sewing methods...

Added to that are the 6 beautifully organic applique blocks (we have stitched them using needleturn method, though they would be just as gorgeous using any method of applique).

Then the lovely grey sashings with their salmony cornerstones, as well as the triangle borders with their striking pinwheels, set off by lovely degrees of grey.


Citrus Sweet Love has been a delight to work on across our design, choosing colours and yummy fabrics, stitching it up and adding some lovely hand quilting to finish.

Now For The Details!

Limited places – Mail out begins first week July, 2013
$45 per month (postage included) for 12 months (Australia)
$50 per month – international (postage included)
Cost includes fabric to create Citrus Sweet Love quilt top, patterns and instructions, postage.
Quilt measures 150 x 200cms.

To the best of our ability we will give you the exact fabrics seen in our quilt however on some occasions we may need to substitute, you can be confident that our fabric substitutes will be gorgeous.

We will also be running workshops in conjunction with our BOM program to help with template piecing and needle turn applique

To register your interest in Citrus Sweet Love please email Emma, with your name and phone number so she can contact

We hope you love our quilt just as much as we do! xo