Friday, 28 August 2015


Not too much quilting happening in these parts, as I have now managed to get the children's cold.  I know, I know - I tempted the universe last time by saying I hadn't got it so far.  But having a head cold is the perfect time to sit and finish a crocheted blanket.

I took the photos with my new Iphone and the blogger app - and I must say that the pictures turned out much better than I would have thought.  I'm a perfectionist, of course and I much prefer a 'proper' camera but this sure works when it has to.

I've made 100 of these crochet squares, and now I need to stitch them together.  I managed to get one row done yesterday, and hopefully another will be done today.  Slow and steady!

I'm by no means a good crocheter, but my girls do love a crochet blanket so it's certainly done with love.

Hope your weekend goes well!  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Thirties Blend Dresden Plate Table Runner





Hello lovely readers.  Some show and tell for you today.  I’m still plodding through photographing all my projects, flimsies or not.

I received a pack of these ‘thirties’ prints from somewhere and whilst I love them, they don’t really look thirties to me.  I’d say forties or even fifties.  They don’t go with the (rather large) stash of what I would call ‘proper’ thirties prints.  So I found a dresden plate tutorial somewhere and promptly discovered I only had enough fabric to make a table runner, and that’s what I did.

It’s a gloriously sunny day here – the blossoms are all out, you can hear the bees buzzing and the birds chirping, it’s just lovely.  The whole family has been sick with something awful the past two weeks and being the mother, I’ve been busy keeping them tucked into bed with food and drink.  This was a particularly nasty virus thing that’s been going around our schools and my family managed to catch it all at once.  So far so good for me, but I’m crossing everything that can be crossed that it’ll just fly right past me.

I hope you’ve had a lovely few weeks, I’ll be back another day with some more show and tell.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

My Blue Heaven, finished, kinda…

I mentioned some time ago that I was working on Quiltville’s My Blue Heaven.  I really wasn’t happy with my choice of colours, and I showed various layouts that I was going to try.  None of them really worked, and I decided that I wasn’t going to waste any more time on it, so I stitched them together into two separate quilts.

This is the first one. 


Dull. Boring. Waste Of My Time.


I’m not sure why it didn’t work.  All those hours in the making of the half square triangles and it just looks like a big blue blur.




Anywhoooo, I’ve got the other blocks sitting in my sewing room and they look much nicer all stitched together, so I’ve decided to use this bit as the backing, and the starry blocks as the front, and I shall have made my very first reversable quilt!


As I said, I’m not sure why it flopped.  I’m pretty sure though that it might be that my creams are not so rich as I would have like, they seem a little cold. 

But it’s done, and soon the front will be done and that’s two quilts for the price of one!

Have a lovely day.


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Finally–Grand Illusion is done!







After so many months, Grand Illusion is now done.

You’ll notice (obviously) that it’s nothing like Bonnie’s original design.  Between you and me, I didn’t love her design.  I’m not alone there.  I’ve seen many lovely interpretations of her quilt, but it wasn’t for me.  Made my head hurt, not having anywhere to lay my eyes on.

So I’ve made my own version.  I doubt she’ll mind.

I don’t mind this version now.  I’m not sure I’ll make it again and in the vast stable of Bonnie’s designs, most of which I adore, this is not one of my favourites.  But that is why we do mystery quilts, isn’t it?  We do them for the mystery.  Mostly they work for us, sometimes they don’t.  This is one that didn’t do it for me.  It’s okay.

So I’ve photographed it now, and all it needs is a label and then to go join its friends in the quilt top bag.

So how have you been?  I’ve been doing well, I think I’m on top of my work commitments and have been motoring along, finishing a few things and I will post all of that soon.  So many of my projects are almost done – in typical Suzie fashion they get a bit hard and so I put them away.  But not this week!  I’m Getting. Stuff. Done!!

Have a lovely day.