Sunday, March 29, 2015


I started making Barbara Brackman's 'Stars in a Time Warp'. Each week on her Blog there is the history of a different fabric and pictures of star blocks. You can make one or as many Stars as you wish using that particular colour or type of fabric. At the moment I have only made one in each but I hope to make more later on, as I have several fabrics in each variation except for the Overdyed Green.
 So far we have had Turkey Reds - Prussian Blues - Shirting Prints - Chrome Orange or Cheddar - Overdyed Greens - Double Pinks - Madder Prints -Indigo Blue - Chrome Yellow - Green Calicoes and Purples.
Here is a picture of my Stars so far.

My other project - Mrs Millar's Journey -  is progressing slowly. This is one of four baskets on the side blocks of the quilt and I have two of them stitched down.  

Time to sit and sew and watch the World Cup Cricket final.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I have started off with a photo of the next block that I have finished for the Under the Cherry Tree quilt. I'm glad to have the berries sewn on as there was quite a few.

Then I started a new quilt and this is the centre block for Mrs Millar's Journey quilt designed by Liz Willing. The large leaves and flowers overlap onto the surrounding blocks and will be sewn down when the blocks are attached.

A couple of visitors to the garden. They were quite happy to sit there and devour our tomatoes straight off the plants.

Last Friday I went to Ballan with a couple of friends and saw this quilt show. It had been put on by Millrose . Patchwork shop, cafe and accommodation.

one of my favourite.

just a section on a quilt.



Needless to say we also did a bit of shopping while we were there.
I did finish my Grandson's cot quilt and forgot to take a photo before I gave it to him.I'll take one when it gets hung up.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sewing things

I'm still sewing the wallhanging which can't be revealed yet but here's another 'critter'
that has found a place to hang on to. A Green Tree Frog.

and when I wasn't at the sewing machine I finished another block for the Under the Cherry Tree quilt.

It was such a beautiful day I washed my Civil War Brides quilt and with the wind blowing it has dried and is ready to use.
One of my favourites.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 2015 - just made it.

I have spent the Summer holidays making a quilt that I've had the pattern for, for a long time. Pumpkins and Turkeys by Jan Patek. Just one of those patterns that hangs around in the bundle of 'one day', you know what I mean.

The next job was to make 9 blocks for a Swap that is happening later in the year and 1 small Spring quilt for another Swap I've entered, due in April ,and I can't even show them to you. Later!
The next one on the list is a wallhanging for my new Grandson and here is one block for you to see. The quilt is full of Australian animals and this is the Desert Lizard. I used my reproduction fabrics for all of them and they have worked out wonderfully. I've spent the last week and a half sitting at the sewing machine making the 12 blocks and [ watching the tennis] I'm now at the stage of sewing it together, so it shouldn't be too long before I can reveal all.

By the way Happy New Year.

Monday, December 22, 2014

This Year's Finishes

I thought I'd look back and see what I had made and finished this year. The first three quilts I started in 2013 but were finished this year. Quilted and bound. 

Lori's Big Top Pattern.

Sandra Boyle's Peony Medallion

Jan Patek's Coxcomb and Stars

This year I started and finished the following.
Solomon's Temple Block
I think I'll call it 96 Pieces, still to be quilted.

Sue Ambrose's Briar Hill
still to be quilted.

Di Ford's Sutton Grange
quilted and bound.

Karen Styles Chintz Hexi's
still to be quilted.

Irene Blank's Message in a Bottle
booked in for quilting in Feb.

Marg Sampson-George - Crib Quilt
quilted and bound and wrapped for Christmas.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you All.

Monday, December 15, 2014

I've been doing a little sewing..

...throughout the year and not showing it on my blog, until now. I first saw these blocks
here and just liked them so much I knew I would make them one day. Meredithe drew up the block for me with all the measurements and I never realised until I saw the draft that there are 96, yes 96 pieces in each block.  It's been slow going but I am really happy to have it finally finished.

I have used a large selection of different blacks, blues, reds and shirtings. Just one question to ask... Do I add a border and if so what colour?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's been a while

My last post had a picture of this bundle of fabric from the range Bella Suede Collection by P&B Textiles, Basics. A collection of bright tone-on-tone colours.

and this is what I have come up with after several days of thinking, several days of cutting and many more days of sewing. I finally finished it last night. It is almost 60" square. The first photo was taken with just the lights in the room on....

and this photo is with the camera flash on.

I got a new camera for my birthday which will take a bit of time to work out if I'm ever game enough to switch off the Auto button. The camera informed me the flash was needed but I think the clear colours in the first photo are closer to the actual colours. Here are a couple of close-ups of the fabrics so that you can see the designs.


and todays job has been completed. It's that time of the year again.

and my Christmas Cactus quilt is up too.