Wednesday, 25 May 2016

alphabuddies two

What do you do when you have too many blocks left over from one quilt? 

You make another!


I didn’t have enough blocks to make a whole ‘nother quilt like the one in the last post, and to be honest, who wants to make the same quilt twice?  But I did need to use these random panel blocks up and I knew once they went into the cupboard, they would most likely sit there for another ten years before I did anything with them.

So while I had the mess all out, I struck while the iron was hot (literally!  Hah!) and made another one.

I’m even less invested in this quilt than the last one, and I am quite prepared to actually finish this one and donate it way.  It should be giving someone small some pleasure, rather than sitting in a cupboard for years and years, don’t you agree?

In country news, it’s RAINING.  I literally cannot remember the last time it rained.  Needless to say, it is sorely needed and it’s been softly raining ALL DAY which is just blissful.  And it’s cool and crisp and wet, and perfect, perfect weather!  I won’t complain about the washing I forgot to take in.  It’s worth redoing a bunch of washing if we get some rain!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

A flimsy for you

I showed you yesterday (or was it the day before?) the start of my latest project.  It was a simple quilt panel, I had downloaded the pattern years ago and it was sitting there, taking up time, waiting for me to just get on with it.


It was easy enough to finish, and the results are lovely, I think.





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I’m not sure if I’ll finish this one yet or just leave it as a flimsy.  I have a few almost done quilts (what’s new?) that only need half an afternoon or so and they will be done, so perhaps I will do them. 

It’s been lovely May weather here.  We have those crisp autumn mornings that turn into the lovely, sunny days, and the leaves are slowly changing colour.  Though for some reason it’s not as colourful as previous years – perhaps the leaves have forgotten what time of year it is? 

I hope you’ve had a sunny, sewing day. 

Sunday, 8 May 2016

More Brights

I think I am detecting a theme.
Many years ago, when I was in the shop, we had a kit for sale.  I left the shop eight years ago, the kit is older than that.  It’s been staring me in the face for many years, taking up so much space in my cupboard because I did something unusual for me – I cut the fabric I needed for the kit and put it away for my quiet times.  Hah.
Consequently I have masses of fabric taking up all sorts of space.  So I did something rash – I took it out of its plastic bag and I cut the kit out.

I am unsure why that photo is blurry.  It wasn’t blurry when I took it.  It was a panel, you needed to stitch around it and it was one of those quilt in a day things.  It’s taken me not much more time than that and I can tell you it’s nearly done!

Another blurry photo.  It’s coming along swimmingly.  I’m not sure how much more I will get done tonight but I am confident I can get it finished tomorrow – the top at least.  And you know the beauty of that?  I get to move a whole bag of fabric from the ‘ufo’ pile to the ‘stash fabric’ pile. 
It’s really just a case of me moving fabric from one side of the room to another but it feels like an achievement.  And I’m also doing something secret squirrel in brights so the more I have the better.

And so lovely readers, thank you again for popping in.  With luck I will have the finished top for you to see very soon.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, 2 May 2016


We are just finishing with the last days of the school holidays.  It’s been a term of speed, that’s for sure.  I seem to be getting old – all the clich├ęs of time moving too fast, blink and you’ll miss it – they all seem to be coming out of my mouth now.  

We’ve just had a lovely week on a houseboat here on our wonderful Murray River.  I took many photos that I shall upload soon but for now I will leave you with just one – the view from my bedroom window for a week.


Horrid, isn’t it?


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Scrappy Log Cabins

I’m not sure if this is something I have shown you before or not – I can’t find the original post if I had.  If only there was a feature on blogs where you could tag each post and be able to sort through them easily.  Oh wait…

A long time ago I spent ages making a glorious reproduction log cabin in civil war fabrics.  You all know how much I love thirties prints so I thought it might be a good idea to make a thirties version.


About ninety percent through the making of the quilt, I realised it was going to be a behemoth of a thing.  It was too, too big.  But I’d stitched it all together and I’d put that in the back of my mind.  It was easier to forget how big it was rather than unpick it.

But when I laid it on the queen-sized bed I had designed it for, it was far, far too enormous.  So I bit the bullet, unpicked the thing and restitched it into a more manageable size.

It’s still a monster, but it’s better.  And it fits the bed with a lovely drape, so I am happy.






Of course, I now have a million leftover log cabin blocks.  So I stitched those together also and I have now got a smaller version.  Tadah!






It’s the perfect day today for bright, sunny fabrics.  I really do love them with their lovely colours.  I’m all about the colours at the moment.

Which is a bit of a conundrum really because I have many, many pieces of civil war fabrics, which at the moment really feel a bit drab.

Oh well.  Perhaps in winter I’ll feel more like working on them.  But for now, it’s colour, colour, colour!

Hope your weekend is going well.  Mine is busy, busy, busy!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

More Monsters

So last post, I showed you my tumblers that I’d made from some of my lovely new fabrics. 
I needed to make an applique border.  I tried many things, I thought of clowns, trains, cars, dolls – I did not want to do monsters.  I’ve done monsters again and again and I’m sick of monsters.
The only thing that I could make work in the space was monsters.  They chose me, I think.

They look marginally creepy with no black pupils but that will come in time. 

I’m growing quite a stash of hand work to do ‘later on’.  I will have to live to be one thousand years old to finish it all.

Hope you’re having a lovely day!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Pretty Flamingos

I live in a small town.  There aren’t massive shops. 

My youngest daughter was invited to a birthday party today.  We went shopping for a gift on Thursday night, and my daughter decided that as birthday girl was very keen on flamingos, we should buy her something with flamingos on it.

Did I mention we live in a small town with not many shops?  Yes, I did!

She is quite a forthright young lady and was fairly unimpressed with the lack of availability of flamingo products, so I did what all mothers who can sew and are suckers do.  I promised I’d make her something with a flamingo on it.

And here it is.  Freshly finished at 12.30 for a 2.00 pm party. No pressure.



It’s a carry bag.  For photo purposes I’ve tucked the straps inside.

The outcome of the emergency gift?  The birthday girl barely looked at it before throwing it on the pile of presents she had received.  In fairness, there was a lot happening and she is only eight.  I’m sure she’ll have some time later on to appreciate it. 

And, my daughter thinks I’m the best mother in the world, so I’ll take that as a win.

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

More colour

I was out most of today, running children around.

But I did have an hour or two spare to myself, and I took the opportunity to sew my tumblers into rows.

It took me ages to put the colours in a pleasing way, and still now I find that some are too close together. But such is life, and tomorrow, if I have another hour or two, I shall sew the rows together.  I had to number them because knowing me, all that arrangment would get lost if I didn't.

Such delicious colours.  They look really really really bright in this photo, but they are not too bad.  I mean, they are bright, but not in the 'see it from space' way that the photo makes it look.

School holidays start tomorrow.  Where did that term go, I ask you?  I will enjoy not having to be anywhere at a particular time, I can tell you.

Have a lovely sewing day!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Need For Colour

Hi ladies (and gents?)

I'm flapping about from one project to the next right now, unable to settle on a single thing.  Remember that word from my start of year posts?  Discipline?  Not so much.  I've started so many things lately, I really need to smack myself around the head.

So one new thing I can show you that I hoped to have finished sooner is a new baby quilt.  No new babies around here yet, but sometime somewhere someone important will have one, and I figured I can have it in the cupboard for that special new baby.

I saw a really pretty quilt somewhere on facebook (I apologise if it was yours, I didn't know the name of the original poster) and I had some perfect fabric that I've been saving for 'something special'.  This design was very sweet, and though I'm not stealing the exact design, you could certainly say that I have been influenced by it.  Rows and rows of tumblers, and some applique (which hasn't been thought of yet) and then it'll be done.

Not sure why, but I am feeling a great need for brights.  Cheery, sweet, lovely brights.  The Go Cutter I have made short work of these tumblers, and after cutting them out, I was left with these lovely scrappy parts, which I have put into a special bag to use for applique.  I've also started an applique quilt that I will share with you another day.  I know.  I'm truly hopeless.

So that's my quick update for today.  I can see on the side there that I have some new followers - hello and thank you for joining us here!  I got very sad when I lost thirty or so followers a few months ago, I thought I had done something awful to offend them, but I realised it had something to do with google reader (or something else equally technically confusing).  So it's nice to have some people to take their place!

Today was a glorious, beautiful autumn day and I managed to get all my washing done and off the line - so yay me!

Hope you're all doing well, and I shall chat with you another day!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

International Quilters Day

Hi Lovely readers,

I'm running short on time today, so just a quick post, full of pictures.

I've finally had the chance to upload some from our International Quilting Day.  

We had a brilliant day, the Apron ladies (the committee) were absolutely, totally, completely exhausted by the end of the day - you can see there were many, many visitors there.  Lots of shops, lots of guest speakers, a challenge.  It was well worth the organising and so far I haven't heard any negatives, which is brilliant.  It was organised within an inch of it's life, so I'd be surprised if something went wrong.

Nothing did, all is good.

Hope you enjoy the photos, the last few are from the challenge we hosted, you can just see the corner of mine in the above photo.

Have a lovely, sunny day!