Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Quick Recap....

 Three projects at different stages.

Firstly, I completed my Sille Slipover during the week....

(I think the use of the word 'vest' confuses some

 as what we know as a singlet is called a vest in Britain)

I knitted it slightly longer than the pattern suggests

because I like my lower back covered.

My "Violet Crumble" quilt is at the binding stage, 

which I will hand stitch to the back this week, 

while I'm on another short road trip.

I will get some glamour shots while I am away!

I am also planning my next quilt... 

an 'all solids' pattern by Tara Faughnan

See you next week!


Monday, April 1, 2024

And moving on....

 With grandchildren poised to arrive at any moment, 

The hexie shape with two triangles was added.

I thought I'd give a quick update on my latest start. 

It might be a while til I get back to it....!

A black and white version to check tonal balance

It's now called "Violet Crumble" after the iconic 

Australian honeycomb candy bar.

The quilt is constructed in diagonal rows, pinning 

carefully at points of the triangles.

Yes, I like a challenge!

I still have the long centre rows to join...

but it's fun to see the star shapes appearing.

Hopefully, I'll be back soon with the flimsy complete!

Happy sewing!


Sunday, March 24, 2024

A new start

 As I mentioned in my previous post, I have another 

quilt started!

A friend shared a quilt she had finished and I wanted to 

make one too!

Hers was made following the pattern by 

Stitched In Color called Honeycomb Stars.

It seems Moda published something similar back in 


I also found a similar design called Juggle by 

Bonnie and Camille, (photo taken from here )

Then I found a website where I could print off a

 template and made a freezer paper one and got 


I'm using my precious stash of Heather Ross fabrics....

And making much larger hexies!

It will certainly make a statement!

Now to cut out the adjoining triangles from my stash of 


and I can start sewing.

Happy days!


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

At last, a finish!


Gosh, it's been a long time between quilt finishes.

I have slowed down with my quilt-making.

I have another hobby, botanical watercolour painting,

 that often takes up some of my retirement hours.

I also have a bigger house to look after now that we live

 in regional Victora.

The garden is quite large and I like to help my husband

 maintain it.

A harvest of tomatoes

And now that Mr PnP has retired we are travelling more,

 if only a road trip here or there.

We also enjoy exploring all the little towns nearby,

as well as trips back to Melbourne to visit 

family and friends.

D'Arenberg Winery in McLaren Vale SA

How many quilts do I really need?

I don't have many new friends or ones that I know well

 enough to gift them to.

But this one was started on a whim and I love it!

Quilting on my Juki!

It is now called Patio Garden because I didn't find

 Checkered Garden, named by the creator, 

very inspiring!

I had the perfect backing in my stash.

I remember buying 4 or 5 metres of this last year

 from Darn Cheap 

for a very reasonable or 'cheap' price!

It is quilted in a simple grid design 

with a lovely aqua Aurifil thread, 

one of the reels I won in a giveaway a few years back! 

I think it will make a great baby quilt 

for bassinette or floor.

I took my quilt on a little trip to 

Lambley Nursery and 


And stopped in Clunes when I saw this old cart, 

the perfect backdrop I think!

I think my mojo is back because I have not one 

but two quilts in the planning stage!

Happy sewing!

Quilt finish #1 for 2024

Lifetime quilt #153

48" square


Sunday, March 3, 2024

Busy, busy!

Another four blocks to my Checkered Garden...

and one more 

makes nine!

This layout...

Or this?

La Finestre is complete, 

with still some design decisions to be made about 

those 'blankish' corners.

I'm still considering how I will quilt it too?

And this is a commission quilt I am making.

While it is not the prettiest quilt I have made,

 I'm trying to put some love ❤️ into it!

Happy sewing!


Thursday, February 22, 2024


 Hello, I'm back!

It's amazing what a break filled with sea, sunshine and 

total relaxation does for one's mojo.

Before I went on my little road trip...... 

I made some progress on my "Le Finestre" quilt.....

I celebrated a birthday recently 

and my special friend Elizabeth sent me some lovely 

fabric and a sweet pair of scissors!

Who wouldn't be motivated?

Some of these fat quarters were $2.50!

I also purchased some new fabric to add to another 

project I started just before I left.

It is the "Checkered Garden" tutorial  

by "Film in the Fridge", available here 

It comes together so well!

I've now made four....

They finish at 14" square, so I am aiming for a 

3 by 3 arrangement 

to give a baby quilt of 42" square.

I love how they look together

And looking forward to making five more soon!

I hope I remember how to use my sewing machine......🤔

Happy days!


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