Last night I bundled up a very special project, with some backing fabric and gave it to my lovely friend Anita, who is a talented Long Arm quilter.  That’s a sneek peek of it up there – a quilt for my youngest, Michaela.

In the spirit of craftspeople everywhere, Anita and I have done a bit of a barter.  I taught her a little bit about blogging and photography for the web (and helped her set up her blog), and she is going to custom quilt this treasure for me (yipee).


Above is the quilt I made for Amelia (The lovely Rosalie Quinlan’s pattern, “Rebekah Amy’s Quilt“) which Anita quilted for me.   This one is an edge to edge design, rather than custom quilting.

I think I am probably driving Anita crazy with my specific directions for the custom quilting (I have a very clear picture of what I would like), but I know she is going to make it look incredible.  It is a real collaboration.

Anita’s quilting business is based in Warrandyte, Melbourne, and her work is lovely.  She recently took the plunge to quit her day job and dedicate herself to quilting.  I am so excited for her, what an enjoyable career change.  Go and check out her fabulous work on her new blog, you might even have a quilt top of two you could give her to finish.  Anita’s business is called Hillside Quilting.


Hello also to all the people visiting my blog via links referring to my Star Fruit Cushion Tutorial. Ever since I sent it in to Whip Up on Tuesday, I have been enjoying following my stats to see where people are coming from.  People from 62 countries have looked at it, and links to it have been posted on several American sites, as well as Turkish, Portuguese and Italian.  I am finding it all very exciting, and a lovely reward for putting in so much time on the tutorial.  I hope some of my new visitors will enjoy my site enough to visit again, or send me a photo if they make a cushion of their own.

Jennifer, a friend from North of the Yarra Quilters Guild, has made the first couple of cushions out there, that I have seen, a medium sized one you can see on her blog, and a larger one for her young daughters to sit on, that is still to be photographed.

What are you excited about at the moment?

3 thoughts on “Exciting

  1. Oh, I love those colours in the sneek peek of Michaela’s quilt! I wonder if it’s going to be what I think it is – it looks like the fabrics you showed us hanging on the washing line way back last year…? I shall look forward to the big reveal! At the moment I am feeling excited about going to the Country Living spring fair in a couple of weeks, although my bank balance will probably hate me, I had such a lovely time at the Christmas one that I couldn’t pass it by!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Rachel xx

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