Friday, September 9, 2022

A Turret Obsession!

I will be moving soon...

From bayside to rural!


No, this is not our house.... 

Not our house.

or this!


One thing that I noticed when we moved 'bayside' 

was how the architecture was so different 

from what I had been used to.....



               Can you tell what caught my eye? 


Turrets!


A modern take on a turret!

Turrets seemed to adorn many of the houses 

in the neighbourhood.



A turret, according to the online Oxford dictionary is



 "a small tower on top of a larger tower or at the corner of a building or wall, typically of a castle."


Well, there are no castles, but some are pretty 

spectacular!


I became a bit obsessed with finding just one more....



 
sometimes going for a detour on my way home from 

somewhere....


 in the hope of finding another!


Some were hard to see and photograph....


hidden high behind fences and vegetation.


And others humbly sit atop modest 

homes, for all to admire!



Trust me, these are all different!


I think I will miss these....

I wonder if there are any more out there I didn't find?


Oh, this is our new house.......


We move in this week!

Happy days

SUZ

Monday, September 5, 2022

Monday, August 22, 2022

New Brighton Gardens

 a quilt finish! 

I thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt,

joining Elizabeth @OPQ in her free sew-along!

I started this back in January, not long after we moved 

to our temporary home at the beach.


And it is finished just as our time here winds up!

I've quilted it in Perle 8 thread, appropriately using a 

reel of Superior threads

 that Elizabeth sent me eons ago! 

I guess it was waiting for this quilt all the time!


Then I raided my depleting stash of threads, 

using a DMC in purple and finally some Aurifil hot pink.

I pieced the backing from fabric I had in my stash,

and bound it in an orange print bought specially for this 

quilt.

I was organised enough to make the label before I 

bound the quilt so it is firmly attached to the back!


It is windy here in Brighton today, and rain is on its way.

So just some quick shots outside....

with this one to leave you with!


Quilt #4 for 2022
Lifetime Quilt #145

Happy days!

SUZ


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Faded Love

 ......my Ditsy Doileys quilt is now finished. 

And it also has a new name,

which suits it much better!

There is this pretty painted wall nearby so we headed 

there this morning before it got to windy....

You can see a little of the backing fabric, pieced from 

leftover pieces of sheets I have previously used.



I machine quilted around each square , first in the floral 

borders and also in the plain ones.

I then added some hand quilting, using a variety of 

threads .....

The winter sunshine played pretty shadows across it as 

I stitched!

Of course it was appropriate to use a doily as a label!

"Faded Love" finishes at about 60" by 70"


Happy days!

Quilt #3 for 2022

Lifetime Quilt #144

SUZ

Monday, August 8, 2022

A trip down memory lane

 So much has happened since I first published here as 

"PatchworknPlay" on 8th August, twelve years ago!

Today is my blog anniversary.

My style has certainly changed.

this is from pre-blog days!

And how the world has changed....

our world expanded with sewalongs and bees,



My favourite bee quilt


and narrowed during lockdowns.

Double Donuts- a lockdown quilt

We've travelled far and wide, 






welcomed children and grandchildren, 


 and said goodbye to dear family and friends.





My late father's 90th birthday quilt

We've expanded our repertoire of quilting skills,

jumped on trends

I clearly remember jumping onto this trend- the Scrappy Trip Around the World!
 

Sherbet Pips- the first fabric range I ever made and used in ONE quilt.

and gone our own way!


During this time I have had over 1.5 million views and 

over 13,000 comments.


"My Small World" quilt certainly received the most comments

My most popular post is "Making Sandwiches", a tutorial 

to make this quilt.... 


I have written nearly 900 posts, and have nearly 600 

blog followers

and over 2,500 on Instagram.

I get a regular number of followers who comment- 

💖 THANK YOU 💖!

But also I still receive comments by those who are "no-

reply commenters", who are basically anonymous.

When they ask a question, I feel really bad that I 

cannot respond!

I've been treated to visits by some amazing 

international quilters....

Tula Pink

Kaffe Fassett

Jenny of Missouri Quilt Company


                                                                                     
Jen Kingwell

      
                                                                                        
Anna Maria Horner

Rachael Daisy

Of course I've made quilts , 


and cushions  


and Christmas decorations 


and felt toys, 


wee braw bags, 


zipper pouches, 


Christmas stockings, 


pillowcases, 


pincushions, 


napkin 'rings', 


felted animals



even a wedding dress!




                         I've knitted, 



                         made dresses, 
                                        

                used felt in many projects
                                       
                           
                         and embroidered too!


I had a pattern published in Homespun magazine!


And entered ONE quilt in one quilt show....


a quilt I don't really care for, (although it does adorn 

our bed at the moment)!


.......never again.

This little touch with fame made me smile...

Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet fame

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me.

I love this photo for its simplicity.

And thanks for your support over all these years!

and this one too!

Sadly a blog anniversary giveaway is not possible any 

longer- postage is ridiculously expensive!

So sit and have a cuppa with me,





and a macaroon perhaps!

 
Or a glass of something cold!



as my 'thank you' to you!

And a bunch of boronia...

 
because the scent is heavenly!

Here's to good memories and new beginnings


Happy days!

SUZ

















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