12 March 2018

Fun Weekend

My fun weekend started with Little Sweetheart staying over on Friday night.  It's always a fun time when the my grandbabies visit.

We visited GG for lunch on Saturday then it was hometime.

Saturday night I went to see "Calamity Jane" - a Hayes Theatre production that came to Wollongong.  Fabulous show - so entertaining!

Last night I had dinner with friends to celebrate my dear friend Lynell's birthday - always such enjoyable company.

Weekend sewing was fairly limited - made a start on Border 16 of "Medley"

and two "Fireworks" blocks for April's Aussie Bonnie & Camille Beehive.  One to be sent out to Alison

and one for my sampler.

Karen has finished quilting Hunter Star - very cute star design - will pick it up tomorrow and sort out the binding.

06 March 2018

Bradley Street

Last night I stitched down the binding on "Bradley Street".

This is a free pattern from the Moda Bake Shop and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  The main fabric squares from from 2 charm packs of "Ahoy, Me Hearties" designed by Janet Clare - very stormy looking sea colours.

Karen quilted it with a design called "Ebb and Flow" which works very well with the sea theme of the fabrics.  I'm trying to use as much fabric from my stash as possible and was pleased to find I had fabrics to use for the blue flying geese as well as the binding and backing.

Border 15 is on "Medley" - it is now 42-1/2" square.  Flower blocks are next - they are fun to put together.

05 March 2018

Clambake Cot Quilt

Last week two of my quilts appeared in Karen's Instagram feed - that meant that Karen had finished quilting them!

"Bradley Street", a large cot-sized quilt, which will be bound tonight while I'm watching the Oscars

and "Clambake" cot quilt.

I picked up both quilts at stitching on Saturday afternoon and sewed on the bindings later that afternoon.  The "Clambake" binding, a very cute strawberry print, was stitched down while I was watching tv on Saturday night.

There was just enough backing left over from the Low Volume Log Cabin quilt to use for this cot quilt.  I love this "Just Another Walk in the Woods" fabric (designed by Stacy Iest Hsu).

On Friday I was fortunate to attend the annual International Women's Day event in Wollongong.  Jessica Rowe was the special guest and what a wonderful speaker she is.  So honest and natural and she has a great gift of being able to communicate with everyone in the room.

Last week's sewing time was mainly spent making the Hunter Star cot quilt - it's now with Karen for quilting.  The "Stellar Baby" fabric used for the blocks is so very cute.

Another great weekend has gone way too fast.  Saturday afternoon was enjoyable chatting with the stitching girls while I did some cutting out.  Mum and I went to see "The BBQ" at lunchtime yesterday - we really enjoy seeing movies showing life in contemporary Australia.

Was able to spend the rest of Sunday in the sewing room working on "Medley".  Round 14 has been added since this photo was taken.  I love making this quilt - always something interesting to look forward to.

26 February 2018

Nine Patch Waltz

Last Monday night Karen dropped my off "Nine Patch Waltz" quilt.  This quilt is designed by Fig Tree & Co and is made with their fabrics.  I sewed on the binding late last week and finished stitching it down last night while catching up on some tv shows - any tv viewing lately has been the Winter Olympics.

I'm so happy with this quilt - love the "Avalon" fabrics, designed by Fig Tree, and especially love the secondary design (circles).

The backing fabric is also from the "Avalon" range.  I love yellow in quilts - always adds some sunshine.

Karen used "Twisted Tatting" to quilt this one.  It looks so good.

Had a busy weekend:  out for dinner with The Schoolgirls on Friday night, family lunch in Sydney on Saturday at Jenni and Kurt's new home (the little ones were in great form after their visit to the aquarium in the morning), ChaCha stayed over on Saturday night and we had a busy Sunday.  Headed into the sewing room after she went home and sewed up the rest of the "Medley" friendship star pieces while watching "Denial" on dvd - an excellent story based on the events of a libel court case in UK.

22 February 2018


Lots of bits and pieces sewn over the last week or so.

Sewed up the next block for the Aussie Bonnie & Camille Beehive - "Norway".  Each member was assigned a colour with aqua for the outer corners.  This first block is to be sent to Sheena next month

and this very scrappy block is for my sampler that I hope to make early next year.  These blocks are enormous:  26" finished.

Tonight I'm going to try making a "Nantucket" block - two ladies have requested this design and I'm just a bit nervous about sewing this one up.

"Bradley Street" cot quilt is at Karen's to be quilted.  Will feel good to have this cot quilt finished before the baby arrives.

The Stitching Girls came over on Monday evening for the first time this year.  Karen brought "Nine Patch Waltz" which she had quilted for me over the weekend.  It's just lovely!

I really like this yellow "Avalon" fabric I used for the backing.

Finally back to sewing the next border for "Medley", which will be made of 36 little friendship star blocks..  These are 3" finished.

No movies this week but hoping to see "Finding Your Feet" next week.  Looking forward to dinner with The Schoolgirls tomorrow night and lunch with the family on Saturday. 

16 February 2018

Little "Moda Love" Christmas Quilt

Last weekend I picked up three quilts from Jenny at AngelCake Quilting.  Thanks to the Winter Olympics I've had plenty of tv-watching to stitch down the bindings.

The last one to be finished is a little Christmas quilt to cover the board and wires under the Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs Christmas Tree.

This is a great quilt pattern provided free by Moda Fabrics and any size squares can be used to make the blocks.  I made a larger version a couple of years ago with Star Wars fabrics for a cot quilt.  This one is ~32" square.

Jenny quilted it with cute holly, berries and ribbons.  The binding was made a few years ago for another quilt (and wasn't used) and the red star background fabric is leftovers from ChaCha's Christmas dress.

Last night I finished "Clambake" cot quilt top.  Another quilt from stash fabrics.  This is a great design for a quilt in a hurry.  Underneath is "Bradley Street".

There was just enough of this cute fabric left to back "Clambake".  This will be going to the quilter on Monday, hopefully along with "Bradley Street".

15 February 2018


Stitched the last section of the binding down on "Nova" last night - it was pretty hot but I've worked out a way to hold the part I'm stitching without having the quilt on my lap.

"Nova" is a quilt designed by Kim Brackett from her book "Scrap Basket Sensations".  I have a few of her books and the designs all feature clever use of 2-1/2" widths of fabric.  The beautiful colours in these fabrics show up better in the following photos.  This quilt isn't very big - a good lap size - it's as big as I could make it from the fabrics I had.

The fabrics are Hofman Batiks and the colour range is called "Splash".

A floral batik fabric for the backing and multi-coloured batik binding.  Jenny at AngelCake Quilting quilted this one with a spiral design, which looks good against all the sharp angles of the blocks.

One small Christmas quilt to bind then I'm up-to-date.  Not much machine-sewing time this week.  Hope to finish off the "Bradley Street" and "Clambake" cot quilt tops over the next few days and possibly get back to "Medley".  Going out Friday night and no other plans for the weekend, except usual household stuff, so definitely looking forward to some time in The Pink Room.


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