Monday, July 30, 2012

Proudly presenting.....

Summer Stars!

After an extended period of hand quilting.....

Thank you Daniel for holding up this monster!

 on a cold Melbourne afternoon

I have a finish!

It is a big one....64 inches by 84 inches!

The backing is pieced with a small piece of spot...

added to a wonderful piece of floral vintage fabric I 

had been saving!

And my 'stand-by' binding....


Finally, some of the 100 or more circles I hand 


Happy sewing!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIPS Bits!

There still has not been as much sewing time as I 

would like.....

but there is no point dwelling on it.....

I have completed Jazz Hands #7....

This bottom point is not working.....?

which gives me a few days of July left to concentrate 

my hand sewing time.....

on the hand quilting of "Summer Stars"....

Not sure why I thought quilting around these circles 

was a good idea!

I only have 85 more to do...

with very little thread left! Ugh!

I've had a couple of daylight hours at the machine....

But I am not quite ready to share my "Echo" 

completely yet...

And I may have cut into some fabric to make.....

yes, some Grannies....

Linking up with Freshly Pieced....

Happy sewing!


Friday, July 20, 2012

There's an Echo in

Back at work......

Little time to sew.....

Nine blocks - partly done.......

Three to go!

(Oh, that rhymes!)

Happy sewing!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Thanks for popping in.....

Would you like to see some fabric I have recently 


First, some fabric shopping.....


to add to my meagre stash, 

Fiona sent the three fabrics on the left hand side of this photo!
which has been generously supplemented with  

yummy scraps from Fiona @ Poppy Makes

Thanks Fiona!

And some fat quarters......

I've never had any Castle Peeps!

And pretty DS FQs I won in a giveaway

Now would you like to see where I sew?

I thought, as I had tidied up before my return to work 


you might like a little look at my sewing space!

This is in the corner of my bedroom......

And most of my stash is in those two plastic tubs 

under the desk!

Finally, I have been working on my new "Echo" quilt 

this weekend!

I hope to have more to show you soon....

What have you been up to this weekend?

Happy sewing!


Friday, July 13, 2012

At the End of the (Cross)Road!

Yes, I am happy to say "Crossroads" is finished!

This is the biggest quilt I've ever machine quilted on 

my home sewing machine....

And it is a monster....

83" by 69"!

(Although I have just read someone describe a 79" by  63" quilt as 'perfect lap 

size'.....that's one big lap!)

It made it very difficult to photograph on my own!

I'm sure there were passers-by wondering what I was 


trying to toss it over a fence....

or the playground equipment!

I quilted in a simple grid, straight line quilting....

to match the backing!

This quilt was to be a Christmas present for family 


but with plenty more winter weather still to come....

I think it might be going to its new home real soon!

Otherwise I might snuggling under it and it won't be 

going anywhere!

Happy days!


Thursday, July 12, 2012


To the uninitiated that means......

Pay It Forward!

(which I had totally forgotten about!)

So I was totally surprised today to receive the cutest 

pincushion and key fob 

from Jan!

She blogs over at 

She makes the cutest things....

and uses beautiful Liberty fabrics! 

So THANK YOU! again Jan for your wonderful and 

very 'British'  P-I-F parcel!

*  *  *  *

Now I have to fulfill my side of the "pay it forward"


Here's  how it works:

1. I will make a little something for the first 3 people 

who comment on this post. It will be a surprise and it 

will arrive when you least expect it.

2. I will have 365 days to do it in. What's the catch? 

To get a handmade present from me, you have to 

play too! This means YOU pledge to send a little 

handmade something to 3 readers of your blog. It 

doesn't have to be quilty - just handmade.

3. You must have a blog.

4. Once you receive your 

"little something", you must post about your Pay it 

Forward on your blog. 

To keep the fun going - be sure to use the Pay It 

Forward badge. 

So if you'd like to PIF, best the first of three to leave a 

comment on this post and sometime in the (not too 

distant) future, you'll be receiving something 

handmade by me!

And may all your umbrellas shelter you from the rain..

Or shade you from the sun!

Happy days....


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WIPs Wednesday.....

It has been four weeks since my last WIP post when I 

put my list out there.....


Winter dress- made and worn - twice- in Sydney!

Wall quilt....

 and placemats for my sister!

Secret project #1- Reading bag.....

Secret project #2 - Project Gingham.....

Another Jazz Hands block...

which is strictly really a WIP....

A couple of potholders which weren't on the list!


"Crossroads" quilt- being machine quilted at this very 


Some secret star blocks for a friend...

"Four Patch"

both patterns sourced from here,

and the hand quilting on "Summer Stars" is slowly 

coming along...

And I've started another quilt.....

Cutting into my precious stash of "Echo"!

I can hardly wait to get stuck into this.....

My WIPs list is a little shorter and a bit more 


Which is just as well, as its back to 'paid' work soon!

Linking up here @ Freshly Pieced!

Back to the quilting!

Happy sewing!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday Stash.....

Some basics......

and some pretties....

and a recent win.....

in a giveaway!

Not sure I'll be changing the world with these!

(Linking up here)

Happy sewing....

I'm off to doing some quilting!


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