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Helen Draper

Dance of the Baubles

Dance of the Baubles

It happens every year. Although we have twelve months to plan for Christmas, many of us leave everything until the last minute and December becomes a month of manic frenzy combined with merry good-will to all. The myth of a jolly family of rosy-cheeked children singing carols as they calmly decorate the tree […]

Fiesta Time

Fiesta Time

Don’t you love it when you see a photo of a quilt that takes your breath away? My friend, Linda Reim’s quilt, Fiesta, did exactly that. Linda’s colourful collection of Fiesta dinnerware  inspired her to make this glorious Fiesta time quilt. Fabrics and templates The blocks are a […]

Listening to the Fabric

Listening to the Fabric

It has become apparent that my quilts want to design themselves. Each of my quilts begin with the fabric and, by listening to the fabric, the quilt design comes together. It will take just one fabric to grab my attention, then another one will want […]

Appliqued Altar Cloths for St Brigid’s

Appliqued Altar Cloths for St Brigid’s

Last week, one of our local churches, St Brigid’s, celebrated 120 years and I had the honour of being asked to applique two cloths for their special day. The inspiration, artwork and design were created by two talented members of the church, Margaret and Alan. Margaret and […]

Dainty Bess

Dainty Bess

Bright fabrics continue to lure us as our weather gets chillier. This bundle of beauties followed me home last week and were perfect for the Dainty Bess quilt. I love it when the fabrics do all the work. Dainty Bess uses half square triangles, similar […]

Gypsy Garden Quilt

Gypsy Garden Quilt

Quick and easy quilts can be so gratifying.  We’re all so busy these days and the time we get to spend quilting has become very precious, so it’s good to able to whip something up in a few weeks rather than a few years. Gypsy Garden is perfect for […]

Cherish Quilt Free Pattern

Cherish Quilt Free Pattern

Our Cherish Quilt Free Pattern is the perfect gift to make for yourself or for someone special. It’s the prettiest quilt with a delicate, old-world look and now is a great time to make it. Get it now Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s Day 

Moon Shadow’s Magazine Debut

Moon Shadow’s Magazine Debut

It was exciting to receive the latest issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting to see my Moon Shadow Quilt in it. It’s always thrilling to see one of my quilts in a magazine. This issue is great for those of us who like to stitch by […]

Easter Egg Bunnies Wall Hanging

Easter Egg Bunnies Wall Hanging

Share the joy of Easter with the adorable Easter Egg Bunnies wall hanging. The cute bunnies with their big floppy ears and big bunny feet are easy to make with fusible webbing and a simple blanket stitch. Are they Easter Egg Bunnies or Easter Bunny Eggs? […]

Stunningly Simple

Stunningly Simple

The planets aligned last week so I was able to spend time in my sewing room making a small quilt that was inspired by Maxine Rosenthal’s book, One Block Wonders. This dazzling quilt is a kaleidoscopic explosion of colour, movement and pattern. My quilt was cut from just 1.8m (2yds) of fabric (a […]