19 May 2015

Goodnight Irene

In January I cut out a second Goodnight Irene quilt, on Saturday the label was attached and the quilt was given to my dear friends to celebrate their milestone birthdays - between them they turned 100.  This is quite a large quilt at 88-1/2" square and I think it goes well with their bright personalities.

Karen quilted it with a hearts and flowers design, which is a great pattern that doesn't detract from the piecing.  I bought a wideback for the backing and it's so nice to have a backing with no seams.

I'm a few months behind making a quilt for a family member.  The blocks for Orange Swoon have been cut out for 6 months but other things have got in the way.  Friday night I started working on these blocks - they are a huge 24" finished.

12 blocks to go - the original pattern has 9 blocks but I'd like to make this king-size.  I've collected 32 different orange fabrics - such a big range in shades of orange.

18 May 2015


Fireworks is together.  I love the border fabric - such a great mix of all the fabrics in the quilt top.

There was a fair stack of these lovely bright fabrics left, so I decided to make a quick zig-zag quilt - I owe a few people baby quilts.  This one will be going to a sweet 2 year old soon.

I had a day off last week and took these two quilts and the X-block cot quilt over to Karen for her to quilt.  

My friend Barbara is recently home from a 5 weeks cruise around Asia.  We had dinner together last week and she gave me this huge box containing my birthday present but I couldn't open it till I was at home.

This is what was inside - it's just fabulous!  And it suits my home (and me) so well.


For our on-line group's birthday present, Sarah was sending to me and this is how my parcel arrived - stitched up all the way around!  Cheeky thing.  Such a fun idea and she used lovely Fig Tree fabric for the "wrapping".

Out came the unpicker.  So many lovely, handmade goodies inside - all made using more beautiful Fig Tree fabrics.

Had a lovely birthday/Mothers' Day with all the family and catching up with friends during the week.

A friend, Lynda, came to visit during the week and also brought me a present:

 My friends have great taste and style :)

08 May 2015

Last Night of the Proms

Months ago I received an email from Sydney Symphony Orchestra about the "Last Night of the Proms" concert coming up in early May.  Thought it would be a great Mothers' Day present for Mum so bought tickets and off we went last Saturday.  We had lunch at one of the cafes on the concourse - such a busy, bustling place.

The concert was so wonderful - beautiful music and then lots of audience singing towards the end of the second half, flag-waving, streamers etc.  Loved it.

Following the concert we had dinner with Matt, Elizabeth and our little sweetheart - it was Matt's birthday on Sunday.

Finally got around to sewing the last four "Fireworks" blocks and spent some time arranging and re-arranging the blocks with some help from my friend Amy in Oklahoma - a little more tweaking and I'll be ready to put the quilt top together - can't have two orange-centred blocks next to each other.  These fabics are so bright, they might even glow in the dark!

A little bit of shopping this week from a favourite shop - thinking very carefully about what to make with this lovely stack.

The Best News came yesterday with the safe arrival home of my dear friends Lynell, Darren and Robyn - they were in Nepal when the earthquake struck, trekking within a few kilometres of the epicentre.  They had to walk for days over the most rugged terrain to find an area where a satellite phone worked to be able to get a message out that their group was ok and then to arrange for helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu.  So wonderful to have a chat with Lynell last night.

01 May 2015

Another Frolic

Love when a plan comes together quickly and easily.  I wanted to make a quilt for a very special little boy, knew he loves Mickey Mouse and had recently seen some very cute fabric that happened to go with a small jelly roll I had at home of navy/red/black/white spots and stripes.  So, another Frolic quilt came about with Mickey Mouse fabric as the feature rows.

Karen quilted it with very cute Mickey and Minnie heads and I sewed the binding on a couple of nights ago.

Finished stitching the binding down last night while catching up on some recorded tv shows after delicious roast lamb dinner Jenni cooked.

I have another 3 quilts to bind then I'll be caught up.

29 April 2015


Finished stitching down the binding on pink "Frolic" last night.  This is a great quilt pattern from Allison Harris (CluckCluckSew).  I've made a few of Allison's patterns and they are all very well written, fresh, modern designs.

The quilting was simple ditch-stitching with the Bernina running stitch outlining the plain fabric zig-zags 1/4" in from the seam on both sides.

This is a great pattern for using up lots of 2-12" squares/scraps and 2-1/2"x4-1/2" little strips.  I made a slight change to the original pattern by leaving off the top and bottom borders and adding setting triangles to the sides.  It's a great cot-sized quilt.

I love the backing fabric - it's one of the patchwork prints from the Whitewashed Cottage range.

The quilt will be posted off to a precious new baby born last week.

27 April 2015

Whtewashed Cottage

There's been some finishing off and sewing over the last few days.  I received a charmpack of Whitewashed Cottage as a gift and bought a second pack to make this lap quilt using Puss in the Corner blocks.  Karen quilted it for me with my favourite Orange Peel design.

I sewed on the binding so that I could start stitching it down while minding my little sweetheart when her Mum and Dad went out for dinner on Friday night.

Finished it off while watching the ANZAC march and services on Saturday morning.  There are so many pale fabrics in this line - they would make great backgrounds.  Love the orange peel quilting Karen did - think it's my favourite design.  The quilt is approx 50"x59" and shortly will be going to a sweet 2 year old little girl.

Have done as much stitching on Little Chicken Feather as I can before the little one arrives.  His name and birth details will then be added to the stitchery before the top is quilted.

Still trying to make a decision on border fabrics.

The weather was pretty miserable for most of Saturday and Sunday - went into the sewing room after I arrived home from Sydney on Saturday and sewed up this little child's quilt while watching some "Gilmore Girls" episodes and then "Gallipoli" - the blocks were cut out and sewn into the 9 patches probaby in 2011.  A dear friend bought me an X-block ruler and pattern book for my birthday that year - I made a couple of little quilts at the time.  I'll definitely be making more from the book.

Sewed up the backing for this little quilt yesterday morning.  I hope to quilt it soon - stitching in the ditch will be enough for this one.

In the afternoon I decided to pin baste the pink Frolic cot quilt


ditch-stitched the rows

followed by a "running stitch" on the plain zig-zags - about halfway stitching the zig-zags so they might be finished over the next couple of nights.

It's about time I did some more of my crochet granny squares

These are going to be something special for Miss ChaCha.  Going to visit Karen after work today and I'm hoping the Mickey Mouse Frolic quilt is ready to pick up.  It was so chilly this morning, I really wanted to stay at home.

23 April 2015

Go Four It

This year's sewalong quilt with American Patchwork and Quilting is called "Go Four It" because it features lots and lots of 4 patch blocks.  There are three quilt designs.  I really want to start the king-size Rainbow Rows version later this year.  Jenni asked me to make a cot quilt so this little yellow and white Rainbow Rows came about.  All the photos are dull because we have no sunshine!  So much rain has been falling.

I love the backing fabric Jenni bought - fantastic Aboriginal design with touches of yellow so it really suits the front.

Karen quilted it over the weekend with lovely clouds - the curves are a great contrast to all the little squares.

Working with yellow makes me happy.


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