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 


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!


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Faded Love 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


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- 


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, 



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!


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