24 April 2018

Darling Little Dickens

That has to be one of the cutest fabric names ever.  There have been a few baby boys born in the last couple of weeks, the last one being born 11 days ago. Karen picked up the top and backing to quilt on Monday last week.

I collected it from her last Thursday and sewed the binding over the weekend.

I had a fair bit of unplanned time at home last week and used it to trim the rest of the Snippets hourglass blocks.

Had to make one block:

The half square triangles and hourglass blocks are now sorted into the larger Snippets blocks and packed away for another day.

Another "Cakewalk" quilt top is also underway.  It will be single bed sized and have a border - this is a customer quilt.

Last October I put a bundle of fabrics together to make "Line Dried" designed by Coriander Quilts.  I really like her patterns - they are well-written and easy to follow. 

I cut into the fabrics on Sunday night.  There are 4 different sized blocks and two versions of three of these blocks.

Block 1A
Block 1B
I'm using fabrics left over from my "Swoon" quilt and also the recently finished "Medley" quilt.  Lots more cutting to be done for this quilt top.

Last night Mum, Lynell, Mum's friend, Nora, and I went to see "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" - such a wonderful movie.  I know I read the book about 10 years ago but had forgotten much of the story.  Marina - go to see this movie :)

17 April 2018

Scrappy Stars

"Scrappy Stars" is another quilt designed by Camille Roskelley (ThimbleBlossoms) and is made using fabrics designed by Camille and her mother Bonnie.  I raided the scrap drawer for the stars and was able to use the scraps to make a large percentage of the stars.

 The quilt is pretty big at 86-1/2" square.

Karen quilted this one with Rainbow Hearts, my current favourite quilting design.

Orange orange-peel designed fabric for the backing and scrappy navy Bonnie and Camille fabrics for the binding.

When I was picking up "Scrappy Stars" from Karen, I mentioned I was heading home to cut out a cot quilt for a new baby boy.  Karen gave me these beautiful "Darling Little Dickens" fabrics she had left over from her own grandson's quilt. 

I added three Hatched and Patched soft blue fabrics to the mix and there was enough to make a version of "Bradley Street".  We had stitching at my place last night and Karen took the quilt top home to quilt - amazing when serendipity takes over.

Have been waking up very early lately so all the trimming is finished by my Bonnie and Camille version of "Snippets"

and one block has been made.  Karen and I have both made this quilt before using FigTree fabrics.

Sad day at home today - one of my huge gum trees is coming down.  Turns out it's over 40% dead and Council has given permission for it to be removed.  The remaining trees will be having all the dead wood removed.  It never stops at my place.

Finally, a photo Michael sent through of the cutest ever jumper model wearing a beanie GG made and a jumper Nanna made last year.  We had such a great day on Saturday.  I took ChaCha and Mum to Sydney and we met up with Michael and Gulli at an inflatable play area and Jenni and Kurt also came along.  The little ones played/ran for 3 hours.  We all then went to meet Peta when she finished work and we had dinner together in Redfern.  Top day.

Time to make some progress on the Ohio Star cot quilt.

10 April 2018

Lots of Blocks

There has been lots of tv watching over the last few days - it's great having the Commonwealth Games on in our timezone - so 224+ half-square triangles ironed for "Snippets" quilt hourglass blocks.  More to iron another night.

Made lots of progress on the Ohio Star cot quilt over the weekend, in amongst house work and spending time with Mum.  I think this will be the final layout and these blocks are ready to be sewn together.

The customer has requested two quilts.  The second quilt is "Cakewalk" designed by Thimble Blossoms.  It will be very pretty in all reds and pinks with white background.  This will be the third Cakewalk Quilt I've made.

Michael, Peta and Gulli had a fun time on Sunday afternoon cooking.  Looks like the little cakes were delicious.


Looking forward to the weekend - I'll be spending time with both little Sweethearts.

06 April 2018

Hunter Star

This quilt has been finished for a couple of weeks - it is for a friend's little grandson who was born late last year.  I love the "Spell it with Moda" letters - decided to add the little one's name to his quilt as it is the same as the name of the block ("Hunter Star") and I used a very cute fabric called "Stellar Baby" that I bought from Sarah.

Karen quilted a sweet star design.

04 April 2018


The first "Medley" quilt I made was finished in March 2017 and went to live with my dear friend in England.  Another friend, Elizabeth, in USA, always liked this quilt and we started having email discussions about my making one for her.  Elizabeth found a beautiful turquoise butterfly fabric, Butterfly Garden, that she wanted for the backing and we used that as the basis for all the other fabric choices with turquoise spot on white for the background. None of the plains were used.

The quilt was finished on Easter Monday night and posted on Tuesday.

Making this quilt has been such a delight - so lovely to have someone else making fabric choice decisions and knowing the quilt is going to be loved.

Karen did the quilting in the same "Filigree" design as the first "Medley" but it was spaced out a little more.  "Medley" is a Coriander Quilts pattern by Corey Yoder.

Coincidentally, Elizabeth was the friend who sent me the beautiful Kumari Holiday fabrics to make a quilt for my own bed and those fabrics were by the same designer of the Butterfly Garden fabrics.


The week leading up to Easter and Easter itself were busy but lots of fun and great times with the family and friends.

Early last week I finished sewing "Scrappy Stars" - it's a reasonably big quilt at ~87" square and there was a lot of cutting and sewing to make the scrappy stars.

The backing and scrappy navy binding.

I dropped the quilt off with Karen on Good Friday when we had our sewing day with Paula and Rhonda, making Cake Mix Recipe 4 quilts - the recipe papers help make very accurate half-square triangles using Layer Cakes (I'm using FigTree & Co "Mirabelle" with Minnick & Simpson's "Miss Scarlet" for the background).

The girls working hard:

Karen is making a quilt with flying geese blocks:

Friday night ChaCha came to stay and after she went to bed I removed the papers while watching "Harrow" and "Silent Witness".

On Saturday ChaCha and I met up with Elizabeth and Matt at the Easter Fair in Towradgi - such a great event for little ones:  loads of rides.  Gosh it was hot.

Did a fair bit of cutting out over the weekend as well.

Susan Ache's "Seaglass" using loads of different FigTree & Co fabrics with the same "Miss Scarlet"

and an Ohio Star quilt for a customer from her children's baby clothes:

Easter Sunday was mostly preparing for the family lunch on Easter Monday and I also visited Karen to pick up the "Medley" quilt.  Easter Monday was so great - the little ones just love seeing each other and play so well together.  The Easter Bunny visited Primbee and left footprints all over the back yard.  It was The Best Day.

26 March 2018


The final Scrappy Stars block was made on 17 November last year (according to Instagram) and 17 rows of 10 blocks have been pinned together since then.  The blocks were sewn into the rows on Friday night.

Had such a fun day on Saturday with my little sweetheart:  breakfast in Redfern with Peta and Gulli; visited a couple of shops;  picnic in a park with Jenni and Kurt (Gulli rode his bike to the park and back); lots of playing and then he had a snooze in the car on the way to pick up Peta; pub dinner with Peta and Gulli and then home.

Yesterday morning I laid out the rest of the blocks and sewed a few rows before going out to visit Karen and Mum.

By early last night I had 1/3 of the quilt top together and, after rummaging through my box of Bonnie and Camille fabrics, found enough Vintage Picnic fabric to add two borders to the quilt top when it's together.  The pattern calls for a narrow plain white border - I think these two will look nice and it's good to use up the stash.

Another four rows were added after the photo was taken and I hope to add a few more tonight.  Would be great if this quilt top is together in time to give to Karen when I see her on Friday.  Looking forward to our sewing day.  The Stitching Girls are starting a quilt each using Moda "Cake Mix Recipe" Book No 4.

Peta gave me a beautiful bunch of flowers on Saturday.  The other lilies are starting to open.


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