Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015!

What better way to finish the year....

than with a quilt finish too!

This one was a long time in the making...

beginning with EPP hexie flowers back in 2013(?)

I toyed with the idea of joining them with more 

hexies, but settled on appliquing them to low volume 


I also thought about machine quilting the completed 

top, but again, changed my mind...

Quilted some straight lines on the machine 

and then perle hand quilting around each one

I chose to keep it simple with the backing,

piecing together some leftover vintage sheets I had 

in my stash.

The finished size is 47" X 62"...

perfect napping size!

I had a fun time finding places to photograph it 

earlier today!

It seemed appropriate to photograph the hexie 


against a background of real flowers!

Or anywhere that made me smile!

I have called my last finish for 2015

"Kew Gardens".

Thank you to all my loyal followers....

here's to a great 2016!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Best of 2015

A couple of my favourite bloggers have mentioned 

the "Best of 2015" linky party over at Meadow Mist blog...

So I thought I'd join in the fun!

Here are my top five blog posts from 2015....

my Pacific Lime quilt

3. "Pinks Charming"

4. Gift Envelopes

5. The "Ambivalent" Post

which touched a nerve with many of my readers!

And here is a small collage of the quilts I have made 

this year...

with just my hexie Flower Garden missing...

 I am aiming for a finish before 2016 arrives!

Happy sewing!


Monday, December 28, 2015

From Ugly Ducklings...

to beautiful swans!

Well, that may be an exaggeration, but I have 

enjoyed watching these 'ugly' fabrics....

come to life with various borders....

round one

round two

Stripes and spots certainly do the trick!

And all of a sudden they don't look so ugly after all!

Here are a few I prepared earlier!

And the blocks together yesterday, 

before I finished the last six today!

Now to decide whether I need sashing and 


Suggestions gratefully accepted!

Happy days!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Three for Three!

I have been a part of MCM Bee for the last three 


but it's time to move on.

But I thought it was important to acknowledge the wonderful friendships, albeit long distance ones, that were created along the way!

My first quilt in 2013 was "Birds of A Feather"

The lesson learned was that everyone's printer 


differently, giving a variety of paper pieced feathers.

This one certainly made me think about, and play 

with the layout!

 My 2014 quilt, only finished earlier this year because 

hand quilted it...

was my "Rainbow Connection".

I hope one day to have a wall big enough to hang 

this on, and so remember all my bee buddies,


And the last finish was my "Stepping into Christmas"

table runner!

So, three quilts in three years!

Thanks ladies, I have had a ball!

Happy Christmas everyone!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A quick update....

Amidst the madness of the Christmas rush,

Mr PnP and I have had a few days at the beach!

recharging the batteries with some walks and, of course....

some sewing for me!

In the recent Aussie Christmas swap, I received

not only two wonderful fabric creations

 but all these extras, 

including heaps of precut hexies!

So it would have been rude not to have started 

something new!

This lovely quilt greeted me at the Airbnb property 

where we stayed!

Isn't it a beauty?

I'm thinking I might make this in modern colours, 

maybe even solids.

And this is what I achieved after a couple of nights 


Not sure what I'll make yet, I'm just enjoying the 

process at the moment!

Finally an update on my Chuck Nohara blocks....

Twelve blocks made!

Happy days!


Tuesday, December 8, 2015


I decided to join the Aussie Christmas Swap...

I hope I have nailed my partner's preferences with 


from "Sweetly Stitched Handmades",

by Amy Sinibaldi.

And when you're on a roll....

this cute cushion for Poppy,

from the same book!

Every piece of fabric came from my stash...

so I am linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday,

on Wednesday!

Happy sewing!


Monday, November 30, 2015

"Stepping towards Christmas"

 I am very pleased to have this finished;

Can you spot the mistake?

Especially as I am 'unsewing' a quilt at the moment!

My lovely MCM Bee ladies made me 

"Stepping Stone" blocks,

 when I was Queen for July!

A quilt for Christmas is not very useful in a 

Southern Hemisphere summer,

so I decided a table runner was a more practical


and photographed it in the staff common room at 

the school where I live....

 I love the back as much as the front.

I think I need a big table like this one,

so I can really appreciate it!

Happy days!

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