A welcome quilt

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This quilt was waiting for us at the country house. It was made by the Laundry King’s aunt and is in great condition. I hope that some of my quilts are as enduring.

Crossing things off

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As I prepare for travelling to the United States for the holidays, I am crossing things off my to do list: the latest issue of the Serendipity Studio Newsletter has been dispatched to subscribers; instructions have been sent off to Quilters Companion for a new project in 2014; broad bean seeds have been planted and […]

Sweet Kisses in Progress

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We have been without an internet connection (apart from a 3G dongle and iPad) for over 48 hours and will not see restoration until Monday at the earliest. Fortunately, the radio and sewing machine still work so I have been able to complete some more “X ” blocks for a quilt for my five year […]

Gay Marriage Equality Quilt Design

Power Points Pattern by Brenda Gael Smith

Before the gay marriage equality logo went viral on social media last month, it was already a familiar motif to me, albeit in a different context. Back in 2007-2008, when I was developing designs for my Power Stripping workshop, I made this quilt that I called “Power Points” because the motif recalled an electricity outlet […]

Looking Back on My First Quilt

In just a week, I will be off to Adelaide to teach Shibori Serendipity and Serendipity Circles at Quilt Encounter, the annual retreat of the Quilters’ Guild of South Australia. While I am down that way, I will also be giving a presentation to the evening Guild meeting on Thursday, 5 July 2012 (7.15pm for […]

Ready for House Guests

Guest Bedroom at Casa da Praia

With his closest living relatives arriving from the US any day now, the Laundry King has been undertaking a cleaning frenzy around Casa da Praia with a modicum of assistance on my part. Our guest room gets lots of morning sun so generally I leave a sacrificial Ken Done doona cover in place. However, the […]

Stepping Out with Quilters Companion 49

Quilters Companion 49

It is the 10th anniversary of Quilters Companion magazine and inside Issue #49 you will find my classic quilt project Stepping Out. Based on a Victorian floor tile design, Stepping Out escapes from black and white into the glorious colour of Kaffe Fassett prints. I confess that I do not have any photos of the […]

Power Stripping with Kaffe

Kaffe Fassett Designer Roll

The postal system has yet to deliver my complimentary/contributor copy of

Welcome to SFO

Rose Quilt Detail

When we arrived at our family accommodation at San Francisco, the guest bed was made up with a different quilt. Gone were the suffolk puffs from vintage scraps. In its place was a rose applique quilt with big stitch quilting made by one of the Laundry King’s aunts: Here’s a close up: One of my […]

Bordered & Basted

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It’s been a B&B (borders and basting) day. Somehow the fabric I printed last month with Prints Charming has turned into an 80x80in bed quilt. The border fabric wasn’t exactly what I had in mind but the colours work and, quite serendipitously, the repeat on the stripe fitted my centre perfectly so that could mitre […]