Monday, 5 October 2015

2015 Mystery Quilt Part Four

Hi everyone!  Next instalment is here!

There are four more to go. Hope you’re enjoying it!


This week we should be working with larger pieces of fabrics. Hopefully it should all go together quite quickly. Do you have any ideas yet as to how it will look?

From Background fabric, cut (84) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles.

From Blue fabrics cut (336) 2 ½” squares.

Draw a light pencil line across the diagonal of the blue squares on the wrong side.


Lay this over a white rectangle right sides together and stitch on line. Flip block back and press in place.


Repeat with remaining four sides.





Place in a ziplock bag marked Unit D. You should have 84 of these units.

That’s it!  See you next week!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Jacobean Wall Hanging

I’ve been plodding away for a while at the never ending pile of UFO’s, and finally – after many years I can call this one done.  I’m not sure if I’ve showed you this before, and if I have, well – time to see it again!







I seriously don’t know what I will do with all of these tops.  This one is too small to be anything more than an annoyance.  I don’t now why I started half of these things.

It’s going to be a very hot weekend here.  It was only last week we had the heater on – this weekend it’s summer weather.  No wonder everyone has colds.

Have a great one!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Crochet Bag

So you know I've been crocheting lately, right?

I do like the not having to concentrate real hard part of crocheting.  It's something I can pick up and put down easily and interruptions don't matter too much.  And I have a lot of interruptions.  That's why I don't cross stitch anymore.

I've had a bee in my bonnet about making a rainbow crochet bag.  There's a free pattern floating out there on pinterest but the instructions have been removed, so all it does is serve to annoy me that it's not available anymore.  But it's soooo close.... Just goes to show you can never remove everything on the internet.

Anyhoo....I found this delightful website:

And she has this wonderful bag:

Which is nothing like the original idea in my head, but so cute anyway.  So I thought I would have a go at my own version.

You have to buy the pattern but it wasn't expensive and I really did need instructions.  And despite English not being her first language (Vendulka's words, no mine) they were really, really easy.

So do you think I nailed it?

As typical with cheap computers and camera phones, the colours are not exactly true but I was very, very pleased with the result.  It's tiny, and really only good for little girls, but it was the best fun!

I may have another go with different colours later on today.  

Hope your day has been filled with lovely, craft things.


Monday, 28 September 2015

2015 Mystery Quilt Part Three

How’d you go with parts one and two? Ready for a bit more sewing?

From yellow fabrics, cut (196) 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles.

From blue fabrics, cut (392) 2 ½” squares.

Make 196 flying geese using the following method:


Draw a light pencil line across the wrong side of the blue fabric.

Lay over yellow rectangle, right sides together.


Stitch on pencil line, and cut away excess. Fold back and press.


Repeat with another blue square.


Trim and fold back, pressing into place.


When complete this unit should measure 2 ½” x 4 ½”.

Place in a ziplock bag and mark as Unit C. You should have 196 of these units.


Unit C – Make 196

That’s it!  See you next week!

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Something a little different

One of my daughters is seven and is in junior primary at the moment.  Her class is filled with many lovely, little personalities.

Her teacher is very, very pregnant, and had her last day yesterday.

Have you noticed when it’s known you’re a quilter, people ask you to do things?  It was my pleasure to be asked to help comprise a quilt for the lovely mother to be.

We had a vague plan – the other teachers organising it had no training in quilting at all, but they had the idea to have each child draw a picture on a square.  The rest was up to me.

We handed the quilt over yesterday.  There may have been tears.  They may have been mine.
























I found this fabulous binding fabric from Spotlight a year or so ago.  It’s so perfect for this kind of project, I will have to try and source some more.

They all did rainbows.  No one told them to do rainbows.  But rainbows are lovely.

So there you have it.  Picture heavy, but how could I cut some of those precious little pictures. I’m thinking that I may do a tutorial one of these days (please don’t hold your breath, it may never happen!), so we shall see.  Not rocket science in any stretch, but I did do a couple of tricks which made the whole thing run very smoothly, and smoothly is what you’re aiming for with a class full of seven year olds.

I am about to go to bed now – my all day sewing day was a great success.  Of course, I packed way more than I managed to do, but I had a lovely day filled with lovely friends, and that’s all you can hope for, really.

Hope your day was quilty!

Outta here....

Sewing machine is not there...

Nothing on the design wall.....

Oh, what a lovely pile of assorted sewing must be Sit and Sew day at Quilt Group!

Eight hours of uninterrupted sewing?  I'm not excited at all!!