Featuring Helen — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Hi friends!  Today’s featured quilter is Helen from Patchy Work of Mini Grey.  I got to know Helen a bit while participating in Doll Quilt Swaps, I love her style and was so happy to feature her here!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Helen!


1. When did you begin quilting?
About 7 years ago. I was looking for something to do with my hands in the evenings watching tv and started doing some applique and then it sort of grew into sewing quilts.

2. Why do you quilt?
Ohhhh, what a question!  Because I like colour! I like slicing up fabric and then sewing it back together. Because it is satisfying to lie in bed and pull a quilt up to your chin that YOU have sewn and quilted and its the only one like it in the whole world!

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
For free motion quilting, a new needle and a freshly wound bobbin does wonders. And don’t let your husband know exactly how much you have spent online on fabric!

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
Rainbows and flying geese! In a previous swap I had done flying geese in sort of a wonky line, it was greatly admired, so I put a spin on it and did them in a circle.

5. Do you sew other things?
Not any more. I used to sew clothes for the girls but they are now bigger and not so appreciative anymore!

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I live in a small town in northern Australia called Kununurra, google it on goggle earth, you’ll see its miles from anywhere! There is a small quilting community here, no sewing shops though! All shopping is done online. My blogging buddies have become great friends around the world. You can read about my sewing adventures here.


Wow Helen!  I googled it – Kununurra is way out there!  I love how small the world seems when we share online.  Thanks so much for sharing with us!


By | 2017-02-06T09:18:48+00:00 October 1st, 2010|Featured Quilter|13 Comments


  1. Alberta October 1, 2010 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Your flying geese in a circle is so very striking!!!

  2. Jennwith4 October 1, 2010 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Beautiful quilts!

  3. Tammy October 1, 2010 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Life has been way tooooo busy over the last several weeks to keep up with your creative life, Amy…but what a joy it was to stop today and see Helen’s handiwork! It’s beautiful! I would love to have that pink and purple flowered one hanging on my wall so I could smile all day long :-)

    Tammy ~@~

  4. Allie October 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Wow – she’s amazing – thanks for the intro, I’m following her now!

  5. Beth October 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful quilts! The detail is amazing. One day I will make something just as pretty. Until then I will admire yours ;o).

  6. Linda October 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Beautiful quilts!

  7. liz grundvig October 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Wow, are you ever creative! Those are gorgeous!!!

  8. Thearica Burroughs October 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I love the quilts shown in your interview! Lots of color and happy quilts!

  9. Jackie October 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I just love everything that Helen does! Bright and beautiful all the way. Great to know a little more about her too!

  10. Cathy A October 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Wow–gorgeous quilts! It seems like Australia has some really talented and very creative quilters from the blogs I read!!

  11. liveacolorfullife October 4, 2010 at 8:21 am - Reply

    These quilts are fabulous. I especially love the flying geese. Thanks for the great interview!

  12. AJ October 5, 2010 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I *heart* Helen!! I’m lucky enough to have 2 of her creations on my wall!! Great interview!

  13. Mary May 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    An inspiration for sure. I love the never-ending line of flying geese…. especially the bright colors on the white background. Lovely.

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