Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Always Learning!

 I had little idea of how rulers worked with machine 

quilting, so its been a big learning curve!

But I'm having fun in the process!

After only one lesson, and plenty of YouTube time, I'm 

enjoying trying out many designs.

The four week, 20 hour quilting course was very 

reasonably priced.

Having to buy seven rulers to start was not so good!

That's why I am trying to educate myself.

There's no way I am going to be talked into more 


(Besides, the teacher took too much time helping 

student learn how to use her fancy new machine,

or selling threads to other students!)

There are so many great videos out there to help you.

This one  (linked) by Angela Walters might inspire you!

All you really need is a ruler foot and a quilting ruler.

The ruler foot needs to be either a low or high shank 

one, depending on your machine.

Quilting rulers are made by many, many companies!

You may notice there are two different looking rulers 


solid straight and curved ones,

The stickers are there so the rulers don't get mixed up in class.

and ones with cut outs.

And there are little rubbery bits of tape attached to help with grip

I haven't quite worked out which ones are better or 

which I prefer yet...

So I guess I'll just keep practising!

Still some wonky sewing happening!

Happy sewing!


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A Lull...

 in the quilt-making at least!

While I wait for my Blossoming Blooms quilts to be 

professionally quilted,

I have not been inspired to start a new quilt.

That's not to say I haven't been dabbling in other fabric 

related pursuits...

I visited a small Vintage textile/garment exhibition and 

these two dresses caught my eye...

An unusual floral arrangement with pomegranates and 


I also finished my Whittaker pinafore, all except for the

buttons and buttonholes!

The front...

The back...

I will need to get some 'glamour' shots when it is 

properly done!

I have also been enjoying a change of pace working on 

this jigsaw puzzle! 

While it is not fabric, it is designed by Monika Forsberg.

She designs fabric for Gorman, a favourite dress shop in 


 AND for Anna Maria Horner's Conservatory range.

In fact, Blossoming Blooms is made primarily from her 


Finally, I prepared blocks and a table runner for a 

"machine quilting with rulers" class I'm starting on 


I really love this colour palette!

Maybe this will become my next quilting project?

Happy days!


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Keeping Up To Date!

 As I mentioned in my last post, if you receive my posts 

via email, 

this feature will soon be no longer available!

I don't think there are many blog 'posts'  delivered here!

So you will need to re-register using the new form,

at the top of the column on the righthand side of this 


This is the form you will need to fill out!

You may also choose to follow through Blogger itself.

It is what I do for all Blogger blogs.

This is what I see when I open my reading list

On any particular blog, there is generally a "Follow Me" 


Those that you follow will then appear in the reading 


Come on, follow me!

I open up the Reading List and all updated blogs are 

listed there!

I hope this has helped you understand the changes that 

are coming.

If you need more information, please leave a comment 

and I will see if I can help!

Happy days!


Monday, April 19, 2021

A Blooming Flimsy!

I got this finished last night....

Well, most of the top was done on Friday,


but there were stamen to be added to the bud flowers.

The pattern says to fix them with adhesive backing 

and then zigzagging around the edges.

I knew I would prefer the neatness of appliquéing them!


The top finishes at 75" square and now needs another serious pressing after all the manhandling involved in appliqué. 

On another note, today was the day eleven years ago I started blogging at THIS blog- SUZ'S Dandelion Wishes.
I blogged there for about four months, before moving across to this one! It was fun(?) to read those posts again, and kind of embarrassing! I had 7 followers after four months and a new Juki machine!

It's appropriate that I mention it today because Blogger is making a significant change to the way some of my followers receive my posts. If you read my blog via the email option, that will change. I have a friend who is going to help me give you another option, but unfortunately you will have to resubscribe! Stay tuned!

                                    Happy days!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Missing again!

 It was my husband's turn to have a break, 

so I've been missing from this blog and my sewing 

room again!

We stayed at a beautiful B&B in Mansfield

I did manage to finish my Daisy Love Purse from 

Treehouse Textiles between my return from Tassie and 

my getaway in Mansfield!

I also got some more blocks made for my Bessie 

Creek Road quilt.

I'm foundation paper piecing the arcs on these.

While away, I spent many an afternoon stitching more 

of these blocks too.

While away I happened upon a small quilt show in a 


The ones I really liked were all made by the same girl!

And earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be chosen 

to test a new quilt pattern for Freebird Quilting designs...

(based somewhat on the design linked here)

This is the fabric I have chosen to work with....

and the start of what I cut out today.

I managed to get a small part of it pieced... 

before it was time to get outside and enjoy the late 

Autumn sunshine!

I think that's got me caught up!

I promise not to disappear again....

well, I don't have a holiday planned, at least!

Happy days,


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Missing in Action

 well.....missing in Tassie, actually!

My sister and I have been on a road trip around 


I took my latest quilt finish with me.

"Worries In My Pocket" had a little holiday too!

I quilted all the lines with my walking foot, even the 

curvy ones!

I love how it looks on the back too!

I am gifting this to a very special person who made my 

retirement a reality!

He has long admired my quilts and my Instagram 


He thinks having 2000+ followers is a big deal! 😄

I hope he likes purple!

While we were away we rummaged through op shops

 (thrift stores to my Northern Hemisphere readers)

for doilies, vintage sheets, and even clothes!

And of course, some patchwork fabrics and wool came 

home with me too!

Now it's time to make some plans for all this lot!

Happy days!


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