Amanda Daly

Amanda Daly
I've been passionately working with fabric for more than 25 years . . . relax with me as you read about my life and my quilts

Saturday, 10 December 2011


I don't want to spend too much time with my head down sewing these days...I might miss something.

Firstly the goanna on the roof and yes he/she after taking a walk on the roof (frequently of late) does walk down the brick wall head first. These photos are of the smaller of the two goannas who have made themselves at home in and around our home. We have taken to keeping our doors firmly closed.

Then the hailstorm last Sunday, a very chilly day for December...

...and the photo of the wallaby (taken through my kitchen window) this lovely creature who has also lived in and around our bush garden for years, has taken a liking to our geraniums...yum!

We haven't any pets but are delighted to have so many visits from native animals.
At this rate I'll never finish my quilt.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Fibonacci Workshop

Are you a member of The Quilters' Guild of NSW ?

Why not join me for my 2 day designing quilts with Fibonacci workshop to be held on Monday and Tuesday 24th and 25th October at the Epping creative centre.

Learn about the easy number sequence I use in most of my designs. Start designing your own quilts, or if inspiration is in short supply you could tackle the quilt photographed, or one of my other quilts, or perhaps just use one of them as a jumping off point.

I'm led to believe there are only 3 spaces left

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Katoomba in July

The Country Pickin's retreat at CMS in Katoomba was wonderful.
Magnificent views over the 3 sisters, Lyre birds, great food, interesting projects and of course the best of company.

It's taken me a couple of days to recover, perhaps I'm not as young as I used to be.

During our 2 hour lunch breaks everyone found something worthwhile to do, some chose to have a nap, a trip down in the scenic railway to the valley floor, a shopping trip to Katoomba, or just a stroll along the cliff top to admire the view.

Log fires kept us warm and the slight chill in the air outside felt good.

We've booked again for the same weekend next year...looking forward to it already.

I'm off to Tamworth to teach another workshop next weekend, must remember to pack my winter woolies again.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Weekend Retreat Katoomba

With the quilt show over (wasn't it great) it's now time to turn my full attention to helping Robyen at Country Pickin's at the Corner to organise the first of what I'm sure will be many annual Christmas in July quilting retreats.

5 teachers including yours truley will brave the cold mountain air, fill our cars with supplies and head off for a weekend with magnificent views over the three sisters, slow combustion fires to keep us warm, all meals cooked for us including a Christmas in July dinner which along with the many delightful Christmas theme projects will warm our hearts.

There will be extra long lunch breaks so that we can take a walk along the cliff top, or ride the scenic railway to the valley floor. Shopping, or taking a nap might be on the agenda for the less adventurous.

Still a couple of vacancies in workshops including Tita Leach - beautiful Santa Sack, Katrina Hadjimichael - foundation pieced quilt, Vaness Thomas - reindeer and bear, and Margaret Cormack - stained glass table runner. My class is officially full but I could be pursuaded to take just a couple more.

Let Robyen or myself know if you'd like to join us.

Monday, 2 May 2011

The Seven Deadly Sins

I didn't have time to go to the AQC in Melbourne this year. I usually manage to find time to fly down there even if just for the day, but my teaching schedule, my husbands 60th birthday and Easter all made sure that I wouldn't be able to get there this year.

I was represented though by my entry in the themed challenge "The Seven Deadly Sins" My entry was based on the sin of "Greed" and how this sin underpinned the Global Financial Crisis. The quilt was made in layers with the map of the world going down first and covered with white netting to give it a misty, distance look and the crashing dollars, city etc over the top. All raw edge appliqued and extensively free machine quilted. The man at the bottom sweeping up the reduced value $'s is a silhouette taken from a photo I took of my long suffering husband with a broom, he was endlessly patient with me while I took pics from every angle.

I'm looking forward to seeing the other 30 quilts in the exhibition alongside The Quilters' Guild of NSW quilt show in Darling Harbour from June 22nd - 26th. Go to the guild's web site for more information - there's a link a the bottom of this page.

Saturday, 19 March 2011


Last weekend I spent an very engaging couple of days teaching my Fibonacci workshop to the ladies of the Seaside Heritage Quilt group and enjoying the tranquility of Forster / Tuncurry.
Thanks ladies

Friday, 4 March 2011

My tidy inner self

On the inside I am a perfectionist, very ordered, neat and tidy.
This might come as a surprise to a casual observer, after all my house is nearly always messy, I often spend needless hours looking for something that I neglected to put away in its place and my newly organised studio turned into a disaster area so quickly that I didn't even have time to take photos of the perfection.
I give so much time to reading books on de-cluttering and wandering around my local storage shop looking for solutions and I give due attention to the process of de-cluttering. I guess I should be given full points for effort but the results are mostly hard to see.

I was very impressed with this made to measure pin cushion (not mine of course, I mostly keep my pins on the floor), well done Josh.
(Lorraine are you impressed).

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Enter a quilt

Entries for The Quilter's Guild of NSW annual show to be held at Darling Harbour from 22nd - 26th June close on Friday 11th March. I hope everyone is hard at work putting the finishing touches to their latest masterpiece.

I'm particularly interested in promoting the Junior sections and there are some very talented young people out there in quilt land, so don't be shy and enter your wonderful quilts in this magnificent show.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Precious moments

The photo is of my grandson Saxon being introduced to my very frail mother.
With very poor sight and general health and after yet another stroke, she is now bed ridden in a nursing home. Nenny finds it very difficult to communicate and is finding life extremely difficult.
The time they spent together was very rewarding for all of us, Saxon was content to lay in her arms and Nenny was engaged in life, the difference in her was amazing to see.
The oldest and youngest members of our family - precious moments indeed.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

A year in review

2010 was a wonderful year, some of the highlights in my life were -

The birth of my first male grandchild, Saxon.

Meeting many wonderful quilters as I traveled around teaching workshops

The publication of some of my original quilt designs and the launch of my new range of patterns

Some wins and successes with my quilts in various quilt shows and challenges

Knowing that one of my quilts traveled with the My Place exhibition to France and other quilts were exhibited in Japan and New Zealand

Visiting Norfolk Island (I could easily live there)

Finding time in my hectic life to indulge in occasional long lunches with friends

Discovering some really healthy lifestyle options

Gaining my teacher accreditation with The Quilters' Guild of NSW

Having my Waratah give me one magnificent bloom

Adding pearl cous cous and pomegranate salad to my list of great things to make and eat

Finishing a heap of quilts and starting many more. . .

. . . and finally in the last few days of 2010 - the complete overhaul of my Studio from the ground up. It's only 3.5m square, so I had to plan everything very carefully. Just a few more finishing touches and it will be ready for a few photos and an unveiling on the blog.

I love the idea of a new year, a new beginning, so many plans for 2011 and so much to look forward to.

Happy New Year