Monday, 27 June 2016

flying geese–what to do with them….

So the wayward blogger is back.  Once again I’ve disappeared off the planet, it seems.  The mojo (or lack of) is still happening, but hopefully it’s starting to make an appearance.  It makes blogging life hard when your blogging and quilting mojo have shot through.

But I have a finish!  And I’ve photographed it!  I’m winning today!


It’s really not the best of photos.  But the story is that I had some flying geese left over from another project, and really didn’t know what to do with them.  So they ended up being these blocks. 




Sometimes when I take a photo of a quilt I have finished (or a flimsy, should I say) it looks fabulous.  Sometimes, it really doesn’t.  This flimsy obviously needs lots of quilting to make it look its best.  But I have many other flimsies that I will quilt first.  Or at least think about quilting first.

In other news, it’s bitterly, bitterly cold.  And I’m loving every minute of it.  People complain a lot about the weather here.  We are either really hot (45 C) or really cold (8 or 9 C) and it seems there are people on either side who hate those extremes.  I admit, a 45 degree day is no good for anyone, but I love these cold, crisp, bright days.

I’ve managed to finally finish my Allietaire quilt, which I shall hopefully show you in the next few days.  I’ve let myself down with the borders on this one, and I don’t know why.  I’ve followed all the rules, and it’s still quite whoofy.  I can only put it down to the bias edges that Bonnie used on her outside triangles.  That and the fact that this quilt is enormous.  I keep saying that I won’t do another Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt but you and I both know that I will.  Of course I will.

So there you go, lovely readers – an update of sorts.  I trust you are keeping warm or cool and fit and well.  And I hope you’re having a quilty day!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Lucy Boston block two

I'm forcing myself to sit still and concentrate on my craft for a while.  I have time today to do just that so I've been playing around with my Lucy Boston block.

I'm blogging on my phone which is really hard edit wise so forgive the out of place photos.  I'm trying to work out which arrangement I like the most.

I think I'm going to go for the middle one.  What do you think?

You know, people (technology companies) seem to be determined to steer us away from traditional computers.  Maybe I'm just being an old fart but I really dislike doing anything on a tablet other than surfing and watching tv.  And don't get me started on this phone business.  How anyone can type on them is beyond me.

Bah humbug.  I'm going for block number two.  That's decided.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Technology Woes and Losing My Mojo

I've been absent again.

A number of things have happened the past few weeks.  

I'm flat chat, fully booked time wise right now.  I don't know where my day goes but it just goes and I collapse into bed, knowing that my to do list is no shorter than when I got out of bed that morning.

How do Supermum's do it all?   I wish I were super organised.

(as an aside, whenever I say in desperation to one child 'I'm NOT SUPERMUM!!', the baby of the family always pipes up 'I think you are! Bless her cotton socks).

I do work on three separate computers.  Two of them mine, one for work.  I have two computers because I have children who need access to the laptop for school and play, and anyone with children know you just can't keep anything nice.  So I have my lovely shiny laptop which is my own.  No sticky fingers, no downloaded apps I didn't approve.  The work computer won't play nicely with the home computer and the printer doesn't work on both computers and then I downloaded something on the new laptop which made all the proxy settings stop working and then I had to find out on another computer how to fix it and it was all very stressful...........and hours and hours of my day get sucked away.  

Deep breath.

I fixed the proxy setting thingie.  Crossed that off my mental checklist.

And somewhere, I have misplaced both my my blogging and my quilting mojo.  Do you know where I have put them?

I literally have nothing on the board to show you.  And nothing to talk about.  It's all Blah Ville here.

How do we shake the lack of mojo?  How do you shake it?  I'm sensing a serious declutter is on the cards, both physical and computerwise.  I suspect overloading has a lot to do with it.  There's stuff EVERYWHERE here, and there's so much digital distraction also.  I think I'm going to have to uninstall Pinterest.  There's a big, fat time suck there.  And even Facebook, or at the very least remove the quilting and knitting and crafting groups I belong to.  I am so easily distracted right now, and not enjoying sewing the projects I have started, and yet all the while drooling over the next ten I want to make that I've pinned somewhere.

So my quilting mojo is missing and it has taken my blogging mojo with it.

And that's the way things stand here.  

How about you?  Are you quilting up a storm or are you stuck in mud like me?

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!