Sunday, July 28, 2019

Not much sewing....

but plenty of fabric and quilts, all the same!

I attended the Craft and Quilt Show in Melbourne 


Machine quilted by Karen Terrens

mainly to see my friend Jenny's beautiful quilts, two 

of which were adorned with ribbons!

Her skill at rescuing old and worn quilts and 

re-making them is nothing short of magical!

Much of her piecing is done by hand too!

Machine quilted by Karen too

Another friend, Karen, was awarded a ribbon for this 

machine quilted piece....

What a stunning colour!

I was also impressed by this clamshell mini quilt...

20" square with each clamshell piece being 

no more than 1"!

I know I could never achieve anything like these but 

they are a wonder to see and marvel over!

I did do some stash enhancement at my favourite 

fabric discount shop, "Darn Cheap" fabrics, last week.

These will make great baby quilts,

don't you think? 

Happy days,


Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Productivity has slowed down now that I am back at 


but I try to sew for a little time every day!

Yes, I am lucky to have a wonderful husband who 

loves to cook.

    Anyway, here is what I have been working on.....

Two blogging friends have made inquiries about 

getting this free block pattern that I originally 

accessed through Craftsy, now owned by Bluprint.

I remember at the time that Bluprint only retained 

certain files and it seems this was not one of them.

               If you'd like a copy please shoot me an             
                  email and I will send it to you.

                     (Edited: The original post and creator of this block is acknowledged here)

    To take a break from the mess of paper piecing I

        decided to try something new and simple...

And I did a mock-up in a photo collage app to see 

what it might look!

And what it looks like after four blocks were 


This will become a baby quilt for one of my medical 

carers whose wife is due to have a baby next month.

This quilts name is "Prickle" because a group of 

hedgehogs is a Prickle.

Happy sewing!


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ruby Tuesday

That is the name of my latest quilt finish and #9 for 


I felt I needed a break from all the greens, so pulled 

a blend of pinks, reds, corals and creams from my 


My friend reminded me of the simple but effective 

free pattern by Film in the Fridge called "2 by 4"

The tutorial is found here

As you can imagine, it came together very quickly!

While waiting for the basting spray to dry I made a 

label and binding.

One reason I made this little quilt was to try out 

another machine quilting design from "WALK", the 

walking foot book by Jacquie Gering.

I traced a petal shape with my water dissolvable 


And I think the petal design worked well, 

even if some of it is a little wonky!

The second reason was to have another quilt in the 

gift cupboard, this one maybe for a girl.

In fact, I think I have found a recipient!

The third reason?

I needed to make a quilt I could call "Ruby Tuesday"!

Finished size 49" by 45"

Pardon the boring indoor photos....

the weather is dark, dreary and windy this week!

No glamour shots for this girl!

Happy sewing!


Monday, July 15, 2019

The love of quilting!

I had the opportunity today to share some of my 

quilts with my colleagues!

I have never done anything like this before,

and it felt quite a privilege to be asked!

People were very kind in their comments and 


 I got my friends to help me hold the quilts.

I especially loved telling them about the


I have made the world over through our love of 


Pardon all my goofy poses.....

we do strange things when we talk, don't we?

My hope is that I have convinced some of my


to take up sewing or quilting!

I loved the chance to pass on my love of quilting!

I might even find some new friends to sew with!

I hope you enjoyed my little trunk show!

Happy sewing!


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Flying North or South!

That is the name of my latest finish!

I made the label when I took a break from writing school reports!
I had wanted to make a flying geese quilt for a long 

time and had various versions pinned on Pinterest.

Just some of the 25 fabrics in the quilt

And I'd been collecting fabrics for quite some time...

One arrangement I considered
The Meadowland quilt, of which I have made two, 

 uses the four-at-a-time 

method of construction,

so I used it this time and it came together quite 


Although I did decide to make an extra column as 

originally it was 48" by 60" - a little skinny!

Normally I like skinny, just not in my quilts!

Making the extra five blocks took no time at all.

My friend Deb suggested I get my hands on this 

quilting book

And I was thrilled that one of the nearby libraries 

had it!

So it is quilted in wavy organic lines.

I like the little hints of red scattered across the 

greens and blues.

 It was another glorious Winter's day,

perfect for some glamour shots!

Quilt details- "Flying North or

54" by 60"#8 for 2019
Lifetime Quilt #112

Happy sewing!

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