Dec 13, 2013

Things I've Discovered

While working on my last Quilt I discovered lots of different things about my process of designing and making (in no set order). I have now had a little time to reflect on some of them and am sharing with you so you may learn from my mistakes.

I always buy fabric for a project and rarely use just from my stash. I need to purchase more of the fabric that I love as I tend to use more of it in a project than I anticipate. Why? Because when I design I change my mind several times along the way.

The first quilting design may not always be the best option. Tearing it out does take less time if you pull the bobbin tread.
 Ugly Stitching!
Much better!

Try new things. I have never been a huge fan of appliqué - however there are many different finishes for appliqué. I could not see an easy way to piece my last design quickly and with a challeng deadline looming I oppted to look at alternatives, namely appliqué. I tried many different finishes before I settled for using 6mm elastic to conceal my edges, essentially creating a stained glass window effect.

Never leave heavy tear away stabilizer in a quilt - it will feel crunchy and not snugly.

Challenge yourself. This could lead to new and exciting things.

Heat and starch can set some washable pens - always test! Yikes! I love how fine the Sewline Styla Pen is.

When using the walking foot - my machine prefers two layers of batting. The walking foot is my friend. I love free motion quilting but not when I have to wrangle a heavy quilt though my small throat space. I can only dream of owning a longarm.

When pin basting - pin on the floor then move to a more comfortable position to close all of those pins! What a difference to your back and knees.

Mimic design shapes through the quilting. Creating unity.

Sometimes less is more! I tested different options for quilting. It is worth the extra effort.

Proportion and scale are important! While using my design wall over the last few months I got used to looking at the single arc of the DWR with the seam allowances. The proportion of the design was lost as soon as I took those allowances away. I think it had a lot to do with the print i was using. Who would have thought that 1/2" would make a difference.

What has been your most profound discovery about your process? Please share.

Quilt on...

Dec 5, 2013

WIP - I Can't Stay Out Of The Sewing Room

I'm not supposed to be in the sewing room after last weeks effort to get the DWR Challenge Quilt done.... However one can't help ones self.  The week before last I purchased this bundle on sale at my LQS, thinking how wonderful it would look all pieced together for my little gal.
It's cut - all 102 squares ready to sew while she is not looking... It may just appear under the Christmas tree!

Linking up with Lee from Freshly Pieced for Work In Progress Wednesday. Thank you for hosting and letting us all tag along for an awesome viewing of everyone's work.

Happy quilting...

Nov 30, 2013

Eternity - A Modern Take on The Double Wedding Ring

Eternity - My Modern entry for NYC Metro Mod Quilters Double Wedding Ring Challenge. Once I started playing around with the EZ Quilting Double Wedding Ring Single Arc Template - I came up with many different ways of using it. So many options, decisions, decisions! I wanted to create dimension and texture. I thought "What if I cut a straight piece of fabric and gather one side of it?" More on that in this previous post. I loved the circular shape created by joining 4 single arcs together. I interlocked these to create a chain and echoed this chain in the quilting. I appliquéd the rings and concealed the raw edges with elastic. Not a very traditional quilting fabric I know, 6mm bias binding was not available to me at the time and elastic was the next best option! This quilt measures 42 1/2" x 55".

Story behind the design and the quilt's title - This year we are celebrating ten years of marriage and the joining (linking) of families who have known each other for 50 years or more. Our Maternal Grand Parents were good friends who painted, vacationed and gardened together. My husband and his family visited me in hospital when I was just 4 pounds something. Needless to say he wasn't very interested in his future bride at the time. I have wanted to make a quilt representing our union and love - this is it and I am in love!

A huge thank you to all who organized and sponsored this challenge and also to those who have entered their amazing quilts. 

Edit - Things I discovered while making this quilt.

Nov 28, 2013

Gathered Here Today

Delighted to share with you my single ring entry "Gathered Here Today" for the NYC Metro Mod Quilters Double Wedding Ring Challenge.

If you wish to read more about the process of making this gathered ring see here.

Jul 18, 2013

We have a Winner!

A huge thank you to all who have visited my post. I hope that you have all found lots of inspiration and hop too and get sewing.
Gill is our lucky winner of the Double Wedding Ring Templates. I will be in touch shortly to organize mailing them.
Happy quilting

Jul 13, 2013

Double Wedding Ring Fun

Welcome to the New York City Metro Modern Quilt Guild’s Double Wedding Ring Challenge and Blog hop.

I was very excited to be asked to be a part of this hop, as in my “want to be a quilter” days, I admired many a DWR quilt and thought that “one day” I just may make one. Victoria Findlay Wolfe contacted me just before the movers arrived to pack up my house in America, which gave me enough time to retrieve my templates and other necessaries from the sewing room. Since then I have had a month in “limbo” or as some put it “homeless”. This is why my progress on this project is not very far into the first ring. I have now moved back into my old house in sunny Queensland, Australia and have been here just long enough to get my sewing room sorted enough to start the piecing of the rings.

Double Wedding Ring Concept

When I think of weddings - I think of a fussy and frilly event, where someone traditionally says “We are gathered here today...”.

When I think of marriages – I think of the solid foundation 
needed for success.

I have combined these two thoughts and come up with the start of my Double Wedding Ring piece.  A solid red foundation or background and a gathered, fussy cut ring.

The gathered ring has been mounted onto a tear-away foundation before piecing. I’m a little unsure how successful that will be once I have all the seams joined and I need to pull it all out.

I have found Simplicity’s, Simpli-EZ Double Wedding Ring templates by Darlene Zimmerman easy to use and love that there is a Single Arc available to compliment the Traditional Double Wedding Ring Set. I have a set to give away to one lucky reader who leaves me a comment at the bottom of this post.  This is open to all, not just fellow Aussie readers.  Please tell me what item from your sewing room that you couldn’t live without? For me, it is my thread snips. I will choose a winner on the 18th of July.

Double Wedding Ring Challenge

Who doesn’t like a good challenge? Sew along with us and enter your work at the end of the year. Believe me when I say that your entry could change your life! I entered the SLMQG and EZ Dresden Challenge last year – winning the challenge opened up loads of opportunities for me! Besides – we all love to sew!

Quilt on...

DWR Challenge

The NYC MOD quilters are excited to announce the Double Wedding Ring Quilt Challenge!

We have partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity, Interweave and Juki to Use the Double wedding ring template/or pattern to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes from our sponsors!

Don’t be afraid of the Double wedding Ring! This is a challenge to learn a new skill, try new techniques and let your creative exploration shine through on this traditional pattern!

This is a challenge FOR EVERYONE, All quilters… of any style from Anywhere! This is an international challenge.

Please note : in each category, a quilt must be made of three layers and bound. To get your creative juices flowing, The Quilt Alliance (one of our generous Sponsors) has put together a PINTEREST page with examples of Double Wedding Ring quilts included in their Quilt Index. Feel Free to pin Double Wedding Ring quilts.


SMALL: ONE RING! Easy! size: under 20″ or smaller… This is a great way to play and learn your curves, and try your own version of making this fun design!

TRADITIONAL: 4 rings or larger…  Make the traditional double wedding pattern by using the template and your choice of fabrics…not straying to far from the traditional style. Four rings or larger for this category… must have three layers and bound.

MODERN:  4 rings or larger… ANYTHING GOES!  How can you interpret the double wedding ring, put a MODERN spin on a traditional design? Piece it, applique, fuse, whole cloth? Possibilities are ENDLESS!!!  No rules other then, it must have three layers and bound.

You don’t need to use Darlene’s Double Wedding Ring templates to enter, but we’d sure like it if you did! Any double Wedding ring template will work.

Come back here to link up your projects in their correct category. You can enter up to three times, one project in each category, any project you have started this year.

EZ Double Wedding ring challenge and single arc is available at or at your local store. You do not have to use this template to enter the contest.

Judges: Darlene Zimmerman ( EZ quilting), Vivika DeNegre (Interweave), Lisa Mason(president of NYC MOD), Victoria Findlay Wolfe(Quiltcon Winner, with Double Edged Love) Elisa Albury

We have some amazing sponsors who have donated FANTASTIC prizes! See below for the list of goodies!


Images must be uploaded by Dec 1st.

Upload your image by category here: (click each category)




Winners will be announced Dec 15th, 2013  **Winning quilts with need to be sent in by January 1st.

Winner categories:
1.       Grand Prize from any of the 3 categories
2.       One winner from Small
3.       One winner from Traditional
4.       One winner from Modern
5.       Judges Choice
Prizes include:
Grand Prize:
·         Photo of the Grand Prize project in EZ/Simplicity advertisement in Modern Patchwork Magazine,
Complete collection of EZ Templates by Darlene Zimmerman, Deluxe sidewinder and Deluxe Bias Tape and Quilt Binding Machine
·         Juki HZL Exceed F600 Sewing Machine
·         Featured in an article in Spring issue of Modern Patchwork 2014
·         15 Minutes of Play
·          FQ bundles of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Darlene Zimmerman collection
Additional prizes for all other categories will include:
o    EZ Quilting Templates and Notions
o     Special gift from Modern Patchwork
o    15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
o    One year Membership from The Quilt Alliance
o    Oliso Irons 3 small traditional and modern
o    Gutterman Thread (In-home Cabinet) 100 spools, 100 m, 100% cotton
o    $50 Gift Certificate to Canton Village Quilt Works
o    Gift Certificate from Fabric Depot online store
o    American Spirit by Fairfield queen-sized
o     FQ bundles of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Darlene Zimmerman collection
o    Fabric Bundles by New Castle Fabric
o    Fabric Bundles by Fabric Traditions
o    Darlene’s latest quilt
o    The Spray and Fix Sewing Adhesive Collection by ODIF USA traditional
o    A  FREE class at
o   Joy of Quilting by Kathy Doughty, Material Obsession


July 8th
​NYC MOD​ Quilters
 July 9th
Emily Bailey
Shelly Pagliai -
July 10th
Amy Ellis
Faith Jones
July 11th
Amy Smart
July 12th
Dan Rouse
Elisa Albury
July 13
Jenny Cameron
July 14th
Jane Davidson
July 15th
Joanna Wilczynska
Jackie Kunkel-
July 16th
Kathy Doughty
 July 17th
Lisa Mason
Flaun Cline
 July 18
Pat Sloan
Jessica Alexandrakis
 July 19th
Jacquie Gering
Lee Heinrich
Monica Solorio-Snow
“Double Edged Love”  by: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Quilted by: Lisa Sipes
Best in Show, QuiltCon 2013

Edited - 18thJuly 2013 - Thank you to all who left messages for me. We do have a winner, Gill - I will contact you shortly.

Jul 5, 2013


We've moved and have been in our house a week already.

The sewing room is progressing and I'm pleased to say that my machines started without any problems. I'm looking forward to stitching again soon - will keep pestering to get my desk built. I will need reminding next time I go away for three years, to remove fluff and oil well!

While unpacking I spied some ideas for quilts that I had before I started quilting. Not sure if anything will come of them.

Sorry no pictures yet - tapping this on my phone and have not the correct app to select photos from there. Hope to get the net connected in the next few days.

Enjoying a warm winter in the Southern Hemisphere!

Happy quilting!