Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ants' Nest by Ruth

Hi everyone,
Here we are on the last day of the month so I am sending a photo of my little quilt to everyone.
Hopefully Pam will get it in the post today.
I've been away for six weeks and only got back on Saturday so I hope to keep in touch a bit more now that I am getting back to normal----whatever that is!!!!
Twelve comes into this little quilt because I have put 12 ants on the ants nest.
Keep stitching,


Dominos by Judith

Evening All
Time is running out and I've not yet had a chance to master blogger so please forgive me this time for sending my Twelve challenge via email.

Attached a photo "Domino" my quilt for the Twelve Challenge.  It was machine pieced and machine quilted before appliqueing and machine stitching the details of a double six domino.

Dominos was never one of my favourite games but since making this quilt I have learnt that the game of Dominos has many variations - I am in the process of finding out more and who knows may even get to enjoy it - I hope so as it would be a great way to entertain our two youngest grandsons.

It's been fun taking part in this first challenge and I look forward to seeing all the finished quilts and learning about our next challenge.

Happy stitching


"12 ties" By Jane

I really enjoyed making this for Pam....I have decided that Sashiko will be my constant for everyone. I thought for a while about other methods but this seemed the natural option for I am looking forward to the next one!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


A few weeks ago I was glancing through my mother's shopping list before going to the supermarket and I asked a very mundane question, "would you like half a dozen or a dozen eggs?"  Her reply was "a dozen." 
There's no need to continue with this story, other than to say that the cutting and placement of the applique pieces proved to be much more of a challenge than I'd ever anticipated.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I spent some time looking into the number 12.  I found out lots of mathematical properties of 12, but nothing that pointed to a quilt.  I thought of a dozen, but I couldn’t draw a chook!  I thought of a dodecagon or a dodecahedron – both too hard to draw on paper, let alone reproduce in fabric.  So I decided to think laterally.  With what other items in my life was the number 12 associated?

When the original topic had been "9",  I was going to do something about the worst Beatles song ever recorded, “Revolution 9” from the “White Album”.  Thinking about this took me to the garage where all my old records are gathering dust on a shelf, looking rather sad.  There was my quilt – the sad demise of the 12 inch long playing record, superseded by CD’s, DVD’s, iPods etc.  So my quilt is a warped and melting LP, surrounded by the names of some of my favourite old recording artists from the LP era.

It is always nice to learn something when making a new quilt.  This time I learned more than I needed to know about the number 12 as well as the fact that I am not very good at writing with my machine!  More practice needed in this department!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Never Enough Time By Kerry

12 Went around and around in my head as I know it did with all of you. Because I can not seem to make a quilt lately without a circle in it . I started to think about maybe a clock and then it just occurred we never have emough time to quilt. Hence the name Never Enough Time. The base of the clock is a time line just like we did in history lessons. I did use my Cut Around tool to cut and then pieced the circle. Of course all the fabrics used are my batiks again I wanted to use something with circles on it. Hope you all like it and I look forward to the next challenge.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Twelve Talented Butterflies

Hope you all don't mind but have been on the computer for a few hours learning this new skill and would forget if I waited till another day.
My quilt is showing twelve very clever images crossing the ditch.
How good it is to know you all and share in this first theme.
So grateful that I am the one to receive the first twelve quilts.
Helen is our next theme picker and quilt receiver.
Cheers and happy quilting,

12 in the ditch - swim! by Margie

Back to basics! This simple block known as "Bright Hopes" was the first I ever made when I firs went to patchwork and quilting classes in 1989.  In my quilt for Pam there are 12 blocks each with a bright centre, one for each of us; and I've used twelve different blue fabrics for the sea. So here we are in the ditch - I hope you can swim!
It's a little early because next week I'll be at Fibre Arts @ Geelong with Deb. I'm doing Mary Crehan's class Footsteps and Journeys - tell you all about it later.
Does any one know how to crop the photo.s?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Twelve! by Deb

I went round and round with the theme "Twelve" and kept coming back to a 'dozen'.  Hence the eggs!  After many years of appliqueing chooks on teatowels (to sell) I had plenty of pictures to choose from. I thought this poor chook looked suitably horrified at the thought of twelve babies!  As I said in a previous post I quilted the background before I did the applique - much easier!  I enjoyed doing this and am really looking forward to the next theme. (Click on image to enlarge.) 
I keep forgetting to put my name on the post.  Perhaps we should all make a habit of putting it in the title?

Monday, September 6, 2010


No, this isn't my "12" quilt - it is last year's Quilt Encounter Challenge when the theme was "Emus".  since I have  never blogged before I thought I would have a play and figure out how to do it and how to get my pictures on it.  with a little trial and error it seems to have worked!

My "12" quilt is finished, but I will save revealing it, as well as writing about the experience,  until the end of the month.

Many thanks to Jane for setting this up and to Pam for inspiring us.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cheers from Pam

Had a great afternoon yesterday working on my 12x9. Once I had made up my mind as to what I was going to do it was a lot of fun. Still have more work to do to finish it, but it is nearly there!!
Happy quilting,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello from Anna

Hope you all got the photo of my finished quilt. The font for the letters of the twelve is called "Oz handicraft" which I thought was very appropriate!! The other two NZ ladies Judy and Ngaire are going to write about themselves for you so you get an idea about the two of them. Anna

rolling along

I've decided to stay in my comfort zone - machine pieced, traditional, scrap, hand quilted - I've finished my quilt and the fabrics I've used are shown here. I'm also thinking I'll make two blocks for each theme, one to keep [top only] and one [quilted and bound] to send on and then at the end I can piece my second set together to make one large quilt. Thanks Jane for the set up and thanks Deb for getting the ball rolling; and also Pam without whom....