Working with The Storyteller's Sampler Quilt ebook

For ppl who may have purchased the ebook there are two sites which I recommend you check out.

On this site you will learn how to print directly onto your freezer paper using either you inkjet printer or your laser printer. Inkjet is totally non-stress and laser is also IF you pay attention to a few little must do's that Lisa discusses. Read the entire post before diving in and printing.

If you buy freezer paper by the roll use your rotary cutter and ruler to ensure your cutting edge is straight or your printer may play up like mine did :-(

The second site is Linda Franz's site where you will find lots of top tutorials and information. For this book her
tutorial 'How to Print Custom Sizes' is exactly what you need. Even if you didn't buy the ebook you may find some interesting information here so check it out.


Telling Tales goes to the show

Just received photo of Moya, a friend of mine, at a recent show standing in front of Tall Tales a quilt I made using blocks from The Storyteller's Sampler Quilt.
Great photo isn't it?
If you want to make a large block version of the original quilt using EPP check out Eppiflex as they are going to be running it as a BOM.
Or you could simply do as I did, scale the blocks up and hand piece them. Many of the blocks in this quilt are the more intricate since that was what I was looking for at the time. It is totally hand pieced, my favourite technique, but if you want to make your quilt by machine there are plenty of blocks to choose from.
Has anyone started their blocks yet?


Collection 3 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Yet another seven blocks completed. Raconteur was supposed to be my first pastel quilt.  About thirty blocks into it I discovered that I was not a pastel person and so although I tried to primarily work with pastels I ended up using many bright pastels.

So where did the names come from for these blocks?
Fox Pawed was named after I accidentally cut some of the fabrics from the wrong fabric and so had to work out a new design with the pieces. Friends of mine at uni had lived in a house they called Fox Paw Manor a play on the french faux pas and I have always remembered this and call errors fox paws with friends.

After the Showers was completed one afternoon as I relaxed at home watching the birds come to life and foraging for food after a long wet spell.  The bow ties resembled their wings and the central start their prey.

Burning Bright appeared to me like the explosions from the midnight fireworks of New Year's Eve.

On a trip to Alaska one year I purchase a few bags of coloured pebbles as I collect strange things at times. These small pebbles sparkle so and are used in one of our board games and so Ketchikan Jewels  was named.

One to the Left was named because it was another error and the outer blocks were supposed to be placed outside of the kite but as I didn't have the design with me when I was sewing it I put it where I thought it belonged but that was one spot to the left.

Paprika reminded of the spice of the same name, hot and sweet. 

And last but not least is Raspberry Swirl, why are so many of my blocks named after food... probably because I love food and sweets in particular:) 
These are definitely a gorgeous collection and should look great when finally sewn together into a full quilt.

Collection 2- Where Did That Name Come From?

Rice Pickers
Rice Pickers was made when Paul and I were travelling through Asia and we drove past these rice fields. I had never seen anything so lush and was amazed at where the rice could be grown. I always thought it had to be grown in large flat areas, as it needed constant, or regular flooding. You can tell by this comment that agriculture was not a subject I excelled at... or was awake for.
It appeared to be up the side of what had once been an almost vertical hillside.
The villagers had cut away at the sides of this small mountain/huge hill and terraced it entirely.
Although there were no rice pickers at the time the large triangles in this block reminded me of those old straw hats we saw being worn in old time TV shows and movies.

Crème de Chantilly
It was 2009 and we were visiting Paris to see our eldest son who was studying there. It had been 18 months since we had last seen him and it coincided with Paul's birthday. PJ bought a birthday cake complete with Chantilly cream, a favourite in Paris. The colours and design reflected the cake and its decorations. Our household has never worried about pink for girls and blue for boys.

A Merry Christmas
We have a star on our Christmas tree that we bought before children. Like us it is a little more worn at Christmas but still there in pride of place. Christmas has always been for Paul, aka the elf, the most special of times so I designed this block to reflect our Christmas star.

I remember watching a news item about the Sydney Mardi Gras and seeing the floats pass by. I found the costumes and colours used amazing and so flamboyant. I tried to show the swirling and activity of those costumes in this block.

Cafe Crème
Our local cafe makes a very good cappuccino and I would go there every Saturday after my Pilates class with some of my classmates. This block was named after our regular outing.

Not Here Thanks
On the way to Sydney we pass through a suburb with a huge Nuclear Free Zone sign. One of our boys at the time said if there were bombs dropped would that mean they were not allowed to land here? Older child said how do they get the nuclear medicine to hospitals if they are not allowed to come through here.  Out of the mouths of babes as they as they say.
So the spaces on the block surrounding the nuclear symbol represent this attitude of ’Not here thanks.’

I Love Lucy
This was one of my favourite TV shows as a child. I always saw Lucille Ball as being surrounded by many people all of whom loved her.


Tel Aviv to Aqaba

Paul and I are now travelling after having spent a couple of quiet days in Tel Aviv. We went out to see a movie one evening about some hippies in an Israeli settlement. It was interesting listening to their conversations about reasons for moving to the settlement and their feelings towards the Palestinians which were quite varied.

Day before yesterday  we traveled from Tel Aviv to Aqaba in Jordan. We were really pleased we weren't having to negotiate crossing the border ourselves as both sets of border control were very finicky.... and I didn't even have my camera in sight!

First up Richard drove up to the stop sign in Eliat, Israel. He was told to reverse about a car length back to the line on the road. There he had to open the boot of the car. With their car you simply press a button near the boot, you don't open from inside the vehicle. I went to open it. The customs agent was, 'You need to get back in the car. The driver must open the boot.' 

Took about half an hour to get through the four offices needed for processing our documents and then pass out of Israel. It was then almost an hour to go through Jordan's side. Between the two crossings you have two huge wire fences, like you see around prisons in movies, with barbed wire at the top and a  river of sand about 20m wide. I asked the Jordanian guards about the fence and they said it runs along the entire Israeli border but is wider in some places.

The crossings are just a series of small rooms in a couple of long weatherboard buildings, think of the old colonial buildings you would have seen in movies of Africa. Paul and I are yet to acclimatise as we were
wandering around in our lightweight trousers and summer tops while everyone else, including Richard and Hilde were wearing jumpers.
Temperature was about 14 to 16 ... their winter and everyone wears jumpers
in winter 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

We were very lucky that there was no one in front of us in the queue and that Richard and Hilde had a diplomatic car otherwise we would also have needed to change the car plates over and their documents would have taken longer to process. Seems as though the Israelis are so disliked in Jordan that cars with Israeli plates are quite likely to be vandalised. Their plates are diplomatic and don't state which country they are from.

One funny thing at the crossing was that quite a number of tourists fly in to Eilat, catch a cab to the border crossing, walk through the two checkpoints
and then catch a cab on the Jordanian side. There were about ten or more cabs waiting for walkers when we passed through. There were probably 30ppl being processed by the time we left and they were all walkers. Someone said they fly into Eilat as the cheap airlines do an £80 return ticket from the UK.

The scenery is amazing. I will post more photos when we find decent internet .... Possibly tomorrow night but if not, then after we return to Tel Aviv.

Travelling to Eliat we traveled through their equivalent of the Grand Canyon but in desert form. As I said to Paul it looks like an atomic bomb was detonated wiping out all vegetation. Next you had a number of years of winds blowing away the loose soil. Leaving barren rock as far as the eye can see. Many of the formations remind me of the majestic fjords of Norway, just without the vegetation or water. Very dramatic and awe inspiring. 

Unlike our previous trips here we have seen very few towns since leaving Tel Aviv. Two max over five hours of driving and one of those is the border crossing. We've seen a fair number of beduoin groups. That would be a very
hard life.

Richard said they are quite ingenious ... need to be to survive. We have seen NO water sources whilst travelling. All the river beds look like they haven't seen water in centuries ... Oh apart from when it floods will explain that later. Anyway the beduoin would dig a number of huge holes before the wet season ... that's when it floods ... They put large stones/rocks into the holes. The first rains fill the holes with dirty water. The rocks are removed and I assume the dirty water is also. When the next rains come the holes are again filled but this time the water is clean. These holes provide the beduoin with water until the next wet season. I assume they can't travel far as they need to return to the holes.

Unfortunately when the government wanted to clear them out at one stage the military was dumping old cars into these wells .... they must have been huge. 

To be continued......


Let the holiday begin

Well we're now sitting at the departure lounge at Sydney airport waiting to see if our flight will leave on time. There is a huge dust storm coming in from Dubbo and the sky is blanketed in a dirty brown haze.

We're already wondering if someone is trying to send us a message. Dust storm to start the trip, rockets in Israel, floods in Petra, Jordon, terrorist alert in London and four story high tidal waves in the Canary Islands. The only place that we plan to go to that doesn't have an event in the winds is Hong Kong and we only plan to be there for a four hour stop over.


BOM 56 - Child's Bouquet

C56 child's Bouquet

I just love the image of young children with bunches of flowers. You see some huge ones and many smaller ones, held out to a person they love... often their mum ;-)


BOM 51 - When I am King

C49 When I am King

Funny title and absolutely no idea where it came from. Could be that it is a simple block and the life of a king often seems so simple... 'Do what I say or off with one's head!


BOM 49 - Grandma's Garden

C49 Grandma's Garden

I am positive that everyone knows the origin of this block title. Raconteur is actually just a large version of the traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden ...with a few extra pieces thron in for excitement.


Detour Tassie Style

Well trip has been good so far apart from a three hour plus detour today. Our plan for today was a three to four hour drive from Pedder Wilderness Centre in Strathgordon to Queenstown. Via direct route this looked pretty good. As we were driving along we kept passing these tiny A3 or A2 size max signs saying the road will be closed for varying times on different days along the stretch. This didn't worry us as the first date was next week. Anyway we did a bit of sightseeing at a hydro power station along the way and then just after 1:00 Paul took over for his turn....

We then drove 45km to a spot about 2km before Derwent Bridge where we encountered a road closed sign with no indication of alternative route. backtracking short distance and then taking a left turn along a road we knew was wrong we found a sign telling us that the detour we needed was back the way we had just come, no indication of how far we needed to travel to reach the detour. So we returned looking for the indicated road, called 14 Mile Road. After more than 20km we figured we had made an error as we hadn't yet encountered any roads coming off our road, did another Ueee and headed back to the road closure. At that point we figured we would follow the wrong road and ask at the next town, 400m by signage but closer to 7km in actual fact.
At the town we were told yes we had to return to the hydro power station....45km back mind you....and then a few more kms beyond that where we would find 14 Mile Road. So back we go.... again!
At the hydro power station we again ask directions and are told to look for sign saying Laughing Jack Lagoon. Good thing too because the sign saying 14 Mile Road was just a normal street sign in the middle of nowhere! At least Laughing Jack Lagoon was a big sign. Oh and nothing to tell us that we needed to take this road as the main road was closed.
We are then heading along a one lane dirt road. Note this is the only detour road for the main highway. It is also the road that the loggers with HUGE trucks loaded to the top with logs are SPEEDING along in the opposite direction! 

Saw one fellow going in opposite direction in a tiny car pull over to allow some idiot in a 4WD to overtake then he slowly pulled out to follow. A few corners later was where we passed the logging truck flooring it heading in same direction as the tiny car. We were lucky we just stopped and waited for it to pass but that poor fellow would have scored the shock of his life when he saw it in his rear view mirror! He would have been sweating over the road closure for sure! Anyway we continued along the dirt road for another twenty or so minutes until we came out 7km beyond the road closure. We had travelled over 150km to cover that 7km stretch! Spoke to one guy about the lack of signage and he replied, 'it's Tasmania'
Seems as though they are working their way down our highway. We had just caught up to 'today's' stretch of road. You would think they would work on half the road but not in Tassie, particularly where there are no nearby alternatives! Hey even a sign bigger than a normal street name sign wouldn't hurt. They do get visitors down here!
Fingers crossed for no more detours.



Collection 42 - Where did that name come from?

C42 Bouquet for Mary

Would you believe that I don't actually know a Mary and so have never had a Bouquet for Mary, however when I made this block that was the name that appeared in my head and so it remained.
C42 The Two of Us
The colour of the fabric suggested Ruby Red for this block. All of the bits in the block looked like a pile of gems.

C42 Ruby Red
As each of the sections was made of two identical sections The Two of Us seemed the right name for this block. Funny isn't it sometimes there is no reason a name just seems to suit.

C42 Twirling Dervish

On one of our holidays we saw some dancers who are known as Twirling Dervish. It was wonderful how their 'dresses' swirled. I suppose I should have named a block that spun out with the points in the centre rather than one the edge as in my block

To me this block suggested someone playing that game where they are blindfolded and they try to find people with someone calling out 'warm', 'cold' or 'warmer'. Their arms are outstretched as they are Reaching Out trying to tip someone.
C42 Reaching Out

Within was named because you had a star within another star
C42 Christabella

Christabella came from the fact of the fabric being beautiful, so bella and Chris was a friend who gave the fabric to me.
C42 Within


BOM 42 - Christabella

C42 Christabella

The beautiful (bella) fabric for this block was given to me by Chris, one of my students several years ago and the name is simply the joining together of the two words.

Collection 41 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 41

What a memory that invokes of those country fairs and the difficult decision selecting our own Fairy on a Stick.
C41 - Fairy on a Stick
Clean Solutions was based on those nuclear free zone signs where people don't think that a significant amount of our medical treatments are now nuclear :-)
C41 Twisted Bunting

I just love watching bunting as it twists and turns in the wind.
C41 Clean Solutions

I'm positive we all had a dress made of the Summer Frock fabric back in the 60s .. or perhaps you have one now as the fashions return to that era.

C41 Summer Frock

As a child I just loved making Mud Pies. Didn't you?
C41 Let Me Fly

The circling birds reminded me of vultures circling some unfortunate prey that simply wanted to be allowed to fly away.
C41 Mud Pies

Halloween  this month's BOM. Don't they look like spooky eyes?
C41 Halloween


BOM 41 - Halloween

C41 Halloween

Yes I know that this isn't the month of Halloween but this block was made in October when I was visiting the US. don't you think the eyes remind you of those eyes you see in Halloween posters and cards plus in the background of all spooky cartoon?


South Bay Quilters

Earlier this year I received the following email from Sue Glass, the quilt show chair for the 2015 and 2016 South Bay Quilters Guild of Torrance California.  

For our 2015 show, our challenge was 12 ½ inch red and white blocks, and one of those submitted used your block “Patrice’s Gift” from the Quiltmaker 100 blocks magazine.  

Since then we decided to use those challenge blocks to make our 2016 opportunity quilt, which is really lovely (red and white of course), but now realize we need to ask permission from the designers of the block patterns.  

I am writing today to belatedly ask your permission, and of course we will give credit to all of the designers on a sign that will accompany our quilt as it travels around the Southern California area and is displayed at our quilt show.  

Would you let me know?  I am attaching a photo of our finished quilt so you can see how the block was used.  

Thanks very much.

Didn't they do a lovely job with 30 very different blocks. Isn't it wonderful to see such talented people who can combine blocks like this and result in such a beautiful quilt.

Their next annual quilt show will be held on 13th - 14th February, 2016. Member quilts and garments are displayed in the show. Members make the opportunity quilt and sell tickets for it, and also donate auction quilts. They meet on tuesday nights. If you are interested in finding out more then check out their web page

Oh if you want to buy a ticket in this raffle you will find a link on their web page. There is also a voucher for $1 off the entry. Check it out if you live in the area or are passing through.


Collection 39 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 39

Didn't we all love the bright pink and green Candy Canes that were everywhere when we went to the fairs as children. 
C39 Cotton Candy

Can't you just see this lime green Fluorescent Moss floating in the waterways?
C39 Fluorescent Moss

Chrysanthemums are the most common flower sold in local stores for Mother's Day. I love them but wonder, 'Do all mums like them?'
C39 Tutu in the Snow

You can all just visualise those little girls spinning in their pink tutus even though it is freezing outside. Don't they ever feel the cold. I suppose when I was little I didn't either.
C39 Mums for Mum

New Grid is identical to a block in Collection 29 but reversing the colours means they look nothing alike. It surprised me when I was writing up the patterns to discover that I had duplicated a block. Too late to change!
C39 New Grid

Must have made Monkey in the Middle around the time we visited the zoo.
C39 Reflections

The bright blue simply suggested Reflections and so the name.
C39 Monkey in the Middle


BOM 39 - Fluorescent Moss

Of course it was the colour that influenced the naming of this block. Don't you just love it?


Ghost House

I love it when I come across photos of old quilts that I made many years ago. Ghost House was made for our youngest son Richard. 

He wanted a graveyard scene but it looked so depressing no matter what I tried and so the Adam's Family style house developed into a ghost residence. It is still here at home even though he now lives in Norway. I wonder if he will take it with him some day?


Collection 38 - Where Did That Name Come From?

Collection 38

Hearts and love surrounding a loved one .... what a great way to live.
C38 Hearts Abound

I just love sitting inside watching a storm descend.
C38 Splendour of the Storm

A favourite pastime while growing up was playing Chinese Checkers.
C38 Tempest

Yes you can see the tempers rising as one circles a never ending problem
C38 Chinese Checkers

Yes there are many days that I appear to be going Round and Round and at the end have nothing to show for it :-(
C38 Strawberry Shortcake

Can you guess another favourite food of this family?
C38 Round and Round

Absolutely no idea how Couer d'Or came to be named as such. The words mean "courage of the gold" in French.
C38 Couer d'Or