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July 11, 2017

There’s hope for quilting in the fine art world.

In May this year Sarah Contos won the Ramsay Art Prize, she won $100,000 with her 21st Century Quilt titled “The Long Kiss Goodbye”. The Ramsay prize is described as Australia's richest prize for young contemporary artists. The quilt is massive; it’s 10x20 feet, that’s roughly 3x6 metres! In photos I can see it has oversize binding and large trapunto...

July 10, 2017

It's hard to believe it's already been 18 months since I last wrote a blog post, last year life got really busy with my son starting school and then our renovations over the Summer. 2016 was really a rough year in many ways. This year has been going much better and I've had time to sew and paint again.

In this post I wanted to share a few of the tools and products I find the most useful to create m...

January 5, 2016

A few weeks ago my friend Ali gave me something I've always wanted, a writing desk. (she calls it a bureau).  She had rescued it from her neighbour who threw it out as rubbish. To me there’s something special about writing desks, maybe they remind me of when my Dad was alive. When I was a child he’d take me to antique stores and our house was full of beautiful antiques.


My son was very excited abo...

December 6, 2015

My introduction to fabric was from a very early age. Mum worked in a quilt shop when she was pregnant with me and when I was about 4 she opened a quilt shop called 'Quilt Connection' with her friends in Lower Hut, Wellington. I grew up knowing not to use fabric scissors on paper, accustomed to stepping on pins, threads always on the carpet, needles sticking out of the arm of the couch, the whirr o...

November 27, 2015

So a few months ago Bernina asked me to be one of 5 kiwis chosen to represent Bernina New Zealand in a global challenge. The challenge was called The Bernina International Community Project 2015 and involved 5 countries; South Africa, India, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. 5 people from each country were chosen. The 5 kiwis selected were Catherine McDonald (Aotearoa Quilters president),...

November 13, 2015

This was “the” quilt for me, it was the art quilt I dreamt of making from the moment I became aware of the existence of art quilting. I knew I needed to be an art quilter for a couple of years to learn the techniques through experimentation to be able to produce such a quilt and when the time was right I set about making it.


At the beginning I wasn’t really sure how to start. I merged elements of...

November 1, 2015

I am often asked what fabrics I prefer for my art quilts or what my stash contains.


For art quilts I use:


  • sometimes batiks as they make great skies and slightly textured looking backgrounds, they are a blank canvas for threads but without looking flat (and they don’t fray)

  • fabrics I can easily use for pavements, buildings, grassy lawn, floors and walls etc

  • hand-dyed & hand-painted fa...

September 26, 2015

So having decided yes I will do this blog thing I thought a proper introduction might be a good idea.


We are a family of 3; I live with my husband James and my son Phoenix who is 4. We have 2 pets, a black Labrador dog named Sabah and a blue Siamese fighter fish named Nebuchadnezzar. We live in Christchurch, New Zealand, I’ve been here since 2006 (ex-Wellingtonian). We have been through the earthq...

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