Applique Day Today / Berries and Blossoms Quilt

Its an applique day today, making an early start while the rest of the house sleeps. My faithful Kitty Kat is here to help.

Kitty Kat  Ready to start Quilting

I have spent snippets of time in between spending time with family, making all these circles and flowers for the borders of my quilt. 160 circles on the border alone, but well worth it as they really look great. The borders are basted and all ready to be stitched down. I am stitching my applique invisibly by machine, although it is faster it is a little tedious at times. A good audio book keeps me going, I have been listening to ‘The Summer Girls’ by Mary Alice Munroe.

Applique Flowers  Pine Valley Quilts Blossoms and Berries  Pine Valley Quilts

Happy Stitching


Linking with Esther Aliu

Star Flower Table Runner

My Star Flower Table Runner Pattern will be in the Autumn issue of Quilt Mania Magazine. Along with the pattern is a short video on the placement of the center flower. Anyone who had purchased this pattern previously may be interested in this video, you can find it on U-Tube. The video will also be shown on the Quilt Mania + app for portable devices. With this app you can download your magazine and read it on the go, with the project they have a small video on the techniques used etc. I love this app and find it great to be able to have access to all this extra information that goes with the project.

I have not done a video before so this is all new to me and I might add a little scary to know that it’s out there in cyberspace for all to see. haha  It was a lot of fun to make, and a good way to show different techniques etc.

Star Flower Table Runner / Pine Valley Quilts

Quilt Mania Autumn Issue / Star Flower Table Runner







Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you all.

Happy Stitching


Breath of Spring

It truly is springtime here at Pine Valley Quilts !


Although lately a little wet for my liking.

To celebrate I have been working through my pattern collection and slowly making all of my existing patterns available as PDF downloads.

The latest pattern I have done is my Breath of Spring Quilt Pattern.

Breath of Spring / Pine Valley Quilts

If you feel like making this lovely quilt inspired by Springtime.

You can download a copy from the downloadable patterns tab, or from my pattern store’s at Etsy, Craftsy and The Pattern Spot.

Happy Stitching


Blackberry Ramble Table Runner

Snowed under in bookwork lately and no time to quilt, don’t you hate paper work.             I thought I would take a wee break and share some pictures of my Blackberry Ramble Table Runner. The pattern is now available as a downloadable PDF.

Maybe you have already seen this table runner as it has also been in Quilters Companion magazine earlier this year.

Blackberry Ramble TAble RunnerBlackberry Ramble Table Runner Blackberry Ramble Table Runner Blackberry Ramble Table RunnerBlackberry Ramble Downloadable PDF’s are available for sale on Etsy, Craftsy and The Pattern Spot.

Invisible Machine Applique with turned edges has been used to applique this table runner, you will find my instructions on how I do this included in this and all my applique patterns.

Over at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting blog she shares her tips on using monofilament thread. It’s great information and worth sharing.

Have you had problems with your monofilament thread ?

Happy Stitching


Berries and Blossoms

I have had this applique quilt on the go for a while now. I have got a little stuck with it’s progress, I need to kick start myself along with it as the top is almost finished. Only three more borders to applique.

And all those circles to make ……………. 120 more to go.

I started with these fabrics. Pulled from my stash, I have been wanting to use these reproduction fabrics I have been collecting. Love that purple !!!

Berries and Blossoms FabricsThis is the first flower and I’m loving it.

Berries and Blossoms FlowerThis is the first block, pleased so far. But oooh a lot of circles.

Berries and Blossoms BlockA  rough picture of the four blocks together, I have been wanting to make a four block applique quilt for sometime now. I think it may need some kind of border ?

Berries and Blossoms four blocksYou can just see in the next picture the diamond border I have put around the four centre blocks. Now for the applique border, I have one corner stitched down so far.

Berries and Blossoms Applique Border Berries and Blossoms Applique Border Now I need to get on a finish the other three corners. I am also planning an edge around the quilt to finish it.

My favorite fabric so far is that green and brown print in the leaves. Amazing how the fabrics you are not so keen on end up making such a difference.

Which is your favorite fabric ?

Happy Stitching


Lilly”s Table Mat Class

Totally enjoyable weekend, filled with quilts, and new friends.

We had load’s of fun in class making Lilly’s Table Mat. A wonderful group of ladies, lot’s of laughter and sharing.

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Thank you all so much for a great weekend.


Happy Stitching


Delbrook Quilt Company

Heading on down to Delbrook Quilt Company in Hastings for a great weekend teaching my ‘ Invisible Machine Applique Class ‘

The quilt I am teaching is ‘Lilly’s table Mat’.

Lilly's Table Mat 4_edited-2PDF patterns for Lilly’s Table Mat are available here

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Vintage Crosses Class

Hello Everyone

I had a great time at Cottage Flair with the ladies in my Vintage Crosses Class. I am looking forward to seeing the quilts they make, I am sure they will have them made in no time.

Vintage Crosses Class My next class at Cottage Flair is the Blackberry Ramble Table Runner on the weekend of the 27th and 28th September.

Blackberry Ramble Table Runner

Blackberry Ramble Table RunnerHappy Stitching



Miracle Chalk on Sunburst Quilt

Hello Everyone

Today I have been having a lovely day quilting my new Sunburst Quilt. I made this small quilt over a month ago and I am only getting around to starting the quilting. This is working out to be a really fun quilt to quilt. To mark my design from a quilting stencil I have used Miracle Chalk with the powder puff thingy. It seems to work wonderfully, you just place your stencil on the quilt and then swipe the duster filled with chalk to get a solid marked line.

Miracle Chalk Miracle Chalk Starburst BlockI then followed the lines with stitching and used my steam iron to remove the chalk marks. It all worked a treat.

Friday I am off to Cottage Flair in Rotorua to teach a class on my Vintage Crosses quilt. Last months class was filled with such lovely people, I loved my time with Jill and the ladies in this gorgeous shop filled with goodies.

Here’s a picture of the lovely ladies in my last class.

Vintage Crosses ClassRosie and I took some great photos on our walk today, hope you like them.

Harbour View sunlight through the trees Have any of you used the Miracle Chalk ? I would love to know your thoughts.

Happy Stitching


A little Wool Project

Hello Everyone

Such a lovely day today, this morning we had the worst frost I have ever seen. The sun is out and the day is warming up.

I purchased some lovely pieces of wool some time ago with the thought of doing some hand stitching at night, now that the nights are getting colder I am keen to get started.

Here are some pictures of my progress so far………………..

Wool Applique Wool Applique Wool Applique

Wool AppliqueI am afraid the colours have not come out so good in the photo, the blue looks a little greyer in the photo of the circles above. I have used a brown linen fabric for the background, I love the look of the linen mixed with the wool. The cotton print fabric I have used for the basket has been a small piece I have had in my stash for a very long time and I have loved it so much I have never been able to part with it. I think it fits perfectly in this project. I am however a little upset with the way some of these wool fabrics are fraying. Does anyone have any tips to help with this ?

Well I’m off to enjoy the sunshine.

View of harbourHappy Stitching


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