Sunday, March 29, 2020

Count Your Blessings

and other random ramblings....

I am usually one of few words, here in blog land.  

And I'm not sure I can say anything that hasn't already been said about this 

 predicament we all living?

I could rant and rave about incompetent administrations, in the government 


employment but negativity will not help....

So here's my little list of positivity:

Adventure Bear is waiting for this to be over too!

2. Listen to this: Pub Choir

3. Take a class here: Bluprint classes are free until 9th April- knitting, drawing, 

quilting, sewing classes. Plenty to inspire you!

I even bought backing (in the centre) before I started this quilt!

4. Watch an uplifting movie.  "The Way", "My Summer In Provence" and 

"Roman Holiday"  are all on my list. 

SBS here in Australia has them all 'on-demand'.

5. If the weather allows, get out and walk. I'm guessing, when we are on the 

other side of this, everyone will need new clothes.

There will be one group who have lost a couple of kilos because they got out for 

a dose of vitamin D every day and their 10,000 steps. 

The second group will have gained a few because they've binged, boozed and 

snacked the days away! 

I know which one I'd rather be! 

This morning's sunrise

6. Look for opportunities to help one another. If you want to feel good, do good!

7. And of course, it's ok to do nothing. There will be days like that, so be gentle 

with yourself, stay connected and rest.

If you're looking for me, I'll be right here working on two new quilts,

This is for a mystery quilt-along on Facebook

and counting my blessings!


Saturday, March 21, 2020


is Italian for 'pathway',

and the name of my latest quilt finish!

I began this one back in September.

It is a paper pieced pattern called Boston Pavement.

Three rounds of straight line quilting

I don't think it is any longer available,

but there are other versions around.

There are more details on this blogpost.

Anyway, I was supposed to be holidaying 

in Italy in May....

Enough said?

Quilting it helped take my mind off the gloom and 

doom we are all experiencing, 

to varying degrees.

It was pleasantly quiet, wandering around taking 

these photos too.

As I noted on Facebook, quilters have been in 

training for this social isolation for years!

Here in Australia, we have not been officially 

quarantined but many are choosing to stay at home.

We are teaching online, and mostly from home,

 for another week, 

then some serious crafting can begin.

Plans are being hatched!

Quilt No.3 for 2020
Lifetime Quilt No. 122
 53" X 67"
Boston Pavement pattern

Stay well friends!


Sunday, March 1, 2020

"Snuggle Bunny"

is the name of my latest finish.

I again followed the Art Gallery "Snuggle" pattern for 

this Dashwood Studios panel

 I quilted straight diagonal lines in the outer pattern

but was eager to test my Free Motion quilting skills,

now that I have my Juki back!

 To say I was chuffed with the effect was an 


The quilt finishes at about 36" square,

a good size for a baby play mat.

 Both the backing and binding came from my stash!

The label will have to wait until I return from school camp!

But quilt #2 for 2020 is finished!

#121 all-time quilt
Art Gallery "Snuggle" pattern

Happy sewing!


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