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.

23 March 2018

"Medley" is Together

The "Medley" quilt top is together - it measures approximately 67" square.  The colours are much more vibrant than in the night-time photos.  I hope to drops it off to Karen over the weekend.

 Backing and binding were sewn up yesterday

and I spent the rest of the evening cutting out extra blocks for my "Summer Nights" quilt - the rest of the blocks will be made by the other Beehive members and should arrive in December so I'm hoping to be ready to sew the quilt top together after Christmas.

My dear friend Robyn has recently returned from a skiing trip to Japan.  She brought home presents!  Very cute Japanese socks and a fold-up shopping bag.

Spending tomorrow with Gulliver - really looking forward to that.  Think we'll visit Auntie Jenni and Uncle Kurt.

20 March 2018


Two blocks are required for April's Bonnie & Camille Beehive - "Fireworks" in the last blog post and "Nantucket".  I've avoided making this quilt because of all of the bias edges so I thought it best to make my sampler block first

before making the block to send off to Nicola next month.

Sewed up May's blocks as well - one of each to send off and one of each for my sampler.


Stitched down the binding on the Hunter Star quilt last week while watching tv.

Medley border 16 flower blocks as at Friday night:

Flower blocks as at Monday night - all done!

Pinned the flower blocks into rows last night at stitching.  Borders 17 and 18 are straight strips of fabric.  Border 19 strips are sewn up too.

Hope to have the quilt top together before Easter.

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.


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