Friday, April 17, 2015

"She Loves You"

That is the name of this pretty heart block...

from Jen Kingwell's new book "Quilt Lovely!"

Each block finishes at 7.5"...

and come together easily!

I have been working my way through the rainbow...

with a negative one thrown in for good measure!

For now I am playing with layouts....

but any further additions may have to wait!

Today my sewing room is being given over to a 

visitor from France!

Just as well I have some new hand sewing needles... 

to try out!

Happy sewing!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Another Finish!

A triangle quilt had been on my 'to-do' list 

for quite some time now...

I chose to make mine from Denyse Schmidt's 

"Picadilly" fabric range from Spotlight,

complemented by Kona solid in Limelight...

I had great success with spray basting, 

using 505 Spray and Fix for the first time-

hardly a pucker in sight!

I used my favourite thread- Aurifil!

No.1231, which I call Pacific Lime of course!

It was a perfect match!

I quilted in a double diagonal line about 1/4" 

on either side of the triangles....

giving a diamond pattern all over!

It is not a large quilt-

about 44" by 56"

I think it would make a great picnic quilt...

or maybe just a couch quilt!

Now to decide what to make next....

Happy sewing!


Saturday, April 4, 2015


I have been piecing some individual blocks 

this week.... 

Pattern testing this "Star Gazing" block

 for Gemma at Pretty Bobbins!

I think it might become a cushion cover?

These heart blocks are from "Quilt Lovely",

which may become a quilt?

and my bee block, paper pieced, for Stephanie-

our Queen for April in the MCM Bee.

I picked up this bargain at a country op shop 

last week...

nearly three metres of backing for $6!

(Just need to buy some matching thread and 

 I can start quilting the "Pacific Lime" quilt.)

And finally all these buttons sent by Cindy, 

as a souvenir of QuiltCon!

Thank you quilty friends, I love these!
Happy sewing!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wandering Free!

Perhaps it was the arrival of the school holidays,

The pattern is from "Beyond Neutral"

Or the beautiful Autumn weather,

but a burst of energy has seen me achieve 

Preparing for basting

a quilt finish!

And today was the perfect day for a photo shoot!

I have called this "Wandering Free" 

for a couple of reasons....

The recipients have lived and travelled in many parts 

of Australia...

and the fabric was called "Nomad", which I received 

for 'free' from P & B Textiles last year.

This quilt was made almost entirely for free, 

as I was able to use a vintage sheet for the backing!

Even the binding seems to 'wander' all about the 

edge, front to back!

I quilted it in a simple and subtle grid pattern,

using cotton batting.

The 17th green at Ballan Golf Club!

Happy sewing!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Star Jump Pattern winner....

If I thought I was going slow before,

It seems I have come to a complete stand still! 

Although I am consoling myself with this pile of lovelies.....

At least I have been knitting!

And this is going to be ready for our Winter!

I owe you a winner to Jess' "Star Jump" pattern...

#21 was Karen S!

I have contacted Karen 

and Jess will have the pattern to you soon!

Happy sewing, I hope!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sew slow.....

This is the way my sewing has been going recently...

Echidnas don't move too fast!

I made a triangle pouch from a tutorial found at

"A Spoonful of Sugar" blog

I need to tidy up my zipper ends 

for the next one!

I also made a couple of 'gender neutral' bibs,

for my sister to gift.

And finally I am making some pretty yo-yos ...

for my next Four-In-Art mini!

There is still time to enter the giveaway for a copy of 

Jess' Star Jump pattern, over here.

Like that echidna, I'll have my head down this week, 

getting my school work finished before our next 

term break!

Then maybe I will "sew fast!"

Happy days!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Star Jump 4, and a giveaway!

I had the great pleasure to recently test a new 

pattern for Jess @ Elven Garden!

I'm trying to sew from my stash this year, 

so I chose to use solids and spots,

in co-ordinating colours.

I had some Ikea "Numbers" for the backing.

I kept the quilting to a minimum....

utilitarian is what I call it!

I intend it to be used and loved!

I have gifted this to a friend who is having her 

4th baby!

Jess calls this pattern "Star Jump"!

And as I was #4 of 4 children, 

I named my quilt "Star Jump 4"!

Jess has kindly offered one of these "Star Jump" 

patterns to a lucky reader of my blog!

So, you know the routine....

leave a comment and I'll randomly draw a winner 

next week!

In the meantime, if you'd like to buy a copy, it's 

available here @ payhip!

Happy sewing!

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