Friday, September 30, 2016

Piecing it together...

On my last post, I showed you this...

I thought I'd share how I went about it.

I did hand piece it, slowly...

much like an Ohio Star, on-point....

 with curves!

Even the back is interesting to see the way the 

seams behave!

And here are all my September blocks together!

And the ones we've chosen for October...

Although I'm not sure I'll do the pumpkin...

Halloween is not significant to me, here in Australia.

Happy sewing! 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Eli is certainly growing....


I tested a Halloween block for Nadra....

for her new Creepy Critters quilt pattern.

And have been working on my 

Chuck Nohara blocks...

This one still needs to be stitched...

I'm still contemplating the best way to tackle it?

And I finally got these 'mug rugs' out of the

 WIPs pile!

Have you worked on something fun this week?

Happy days!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Rose by any other name...

I had admired this quilt....

Rail Fence Quilt by Rose

and this one.....

Another of Rose's quilts!

on Pinterest recently, (one link is here),

to find that Rose, the maker, was offering her 

leftovers to me! 

Blocks Rose didn't have a use for!

After a friendly email exchange with Rose...

these beauties recently landed in my post box.

And heaps of 'scraps'!

 I haven't decided what I will do with them but there 

are plans being made!

I gathered up my meagre stash of

 Cotton and Steele... 

shopped for more at The Quilt Shop, in Eltham

with a couple of pretty fat quarters thrown in!
where they were having an amazing sale!

all playing nicely together!

So I guess I have another WIP or two to add to my 

never-ending list!

But the story doesn't end there....

Rose also included these pretty vintage circles,

which I am going to make into a mini 'quilt'....

of sorts, for my sister.

I am now making a couple of gifts to send back to 

Rose as a thank-you!

Happy sewing!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Smooth Sailing

I have just started my long service leave...

132 days of time away from work,

just for me!

It's what I'm calling my Retirement Rehearsal!

Seen on my morning walk.
We have no big overseas trips planned, because I 

know we won't be able to afford those when we 


So I'm just planning lots of little things to do to fill 

my days...

like lots of sewing!

I've come back to these, 

to make the "O Christmas Tree Quilt"

as my preferred evening sewing...

At the workshop with Wendy Williams earlier in the 

year, she shared some of her tips.....

like putting the fabric 'flower' under the felt 


using pistil stitch and colonial knots....

Better to hide the fabric than make a wonky applique one!

and this pretty orange stitch (below)

 I can't remember how to do it, 

or even what its called!

The other tip she had, which I have tried to adhere 

to, was to cut all the scraps into circles before 

storing them for future use!

And I will be re-familiarising myself with 

Elizabeth's posts over at Occasional Piece!

She hosted a quilt-a-long earlier in the year

and shared some of her pretty fabric with me!

And for those who asked the last time I posted

 this picture:

Kits are now available from Wendy's website here.

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bubbles of Love quilt

This is my fourth finish for the quarter,

 first shown here

It's a difficult quilt to photograph...

Maybe because there's not much colour contrast?

I traced around a couple of shapes 

(that seemed to do the trick)

with a hera marker,

not wanting to use any 'ink' on the delicate fabric.

Backed with white flannelette and bound with this....

another recently re-homed fabric!

Finished size- 40" square

And another finish for my FAL!

Original list here

Happy sewing!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rather Random Thursday....

There's been some fireworks here this week...

So not much sewing has been achieved!

A couple of Chuck blocks,

a bee block,

and a block for my "Word Play" (Spelling Bee) Quilt...

Catch you soon!


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