Monday, April 14, 2014

Sewing up a Storm....(pun intended)

A long wait at the airport

gave me plenty of time to plan

what sewing I was going to tackle

when I finally arrived home!

First up, Debbie's MCM bee block...

Rolling Diamonds by knottygnome

Do you think there is enough contrast in it?

Next I pieced all my Scrappy Sandwiches together...

I'm looking forward to quilting this soon 

when I get backing and batting.

I have my binding ready though!

Finally, my Liberty cushion...

Before stitching it together

has its final stitches completed.

But I will save the full reveal for another day!

Did you have some sewing time this weekend?

Happy sewing!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Watching the news...

rather than being part of it!

Rather than risk being stranded by the floods anticipated to come as a result of 
Cyclone Ita,
we beat retreat from Port Douglas yesterday....

We had fun....

relaxed and ate luscious food!

Now my sewing machine is calling me...

I hope to have something to share very soon!

Happy days!

Friday, April 4, 2014

"Adding Layers"- a book review

Kathy Doughty's new book, "Adding Layers- Color, Design and Imagination", is indeed, full of 'vibrant, graphic designs!

A glance at some of the words used in the names of the quilts- 'spin', 'fractured', 'party' and 'madness' are an indication of the fun and movement in the quilts featured.

I like the rationale behind the book- the challenge 'to expand ideas and habits'. 

I love this one!

Kathy asks us to consider "what type of quilt do I want to create?"
- 'a pop song' - modern, popular, fashionable
or a traditional 'symphony' of colour and pattern.
An interesting concept.....

Practicalities such as tools/rulers, a design wall, stash fabrics and cutting techniques are all discussed in the first part.

This leads to the first group of quilts.  Kathy encourages us to 
'put our stash to good use'. We all need to use our stash!

My stash....

This section is full of unique and colourful 'scrap' quilts, one using ricrac, another an applique border of household items:

Not sure I'd make this with the 'odd' mix of applique though?

The next section is about using time saving templates, but most importantly, with traditional cutting methods also being provided.  

Shapes such as triangles, diamonds and hexagons feature here:

I love this one!

The final chapter is devoted to scale; 'upscaling' specifically! Large baskets, lilies, churn dash and stars take centre stage:

I like this idea. I think it could be applied to many patterns with interesting results.

There is no indication of the difficulty level for the projects but most, in my opinion, would require competent quilting/sewing skills.

Although I have not made anything from this book (yet!) the instructions are detailed and seem well written, supported by drawings and photographs, for those visual learners out there.

Kathy's style has always been innovative and brave and she continues to inspire with her latest publication.

I'm trying to decide which quilt to make first!

But that will have to wait, I'll be lazing by a pool or walking along a beach for the next week!

Happy sewing!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Welcome April!

Another month....

Another calendar!

April Shower and Autumn Leaves



Friday, March 28, 2014

Friendship blocks for March!

Yes, it's that time again.....

Friendship + and x blocks for March are here!

Well, they may not be here in person, 

but they are here on the blog!

These are the blocks I made for Carla.....

Chocolate and cherries- YUM!

Here they are sharing some time together 

before they were sent on their way...

I made one with the colour-way variation again.

Can you see it?

And here are Carla's for me....

Look at that rogue turquoise one!

You are a scallywag, Carla!

It is starting to get exciting...

Only two months to go!

Happy sewing!


Sunday, March 23, 2014


When I showed you these scraps,

I intended to play with them!

And this is the result....

the back...

the back first, before I ironed it!

This measures just 11 and 1/4 inches.

As does this one!

the back...

I'm thinking of either combining them into a mini,

I even like the angles of the seams in this one...
with another one.

Or should I keep them separate?

I have plenty more of these scraps to play with,

 in the meantime!

Happy sewing!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Something had to give....

When nursing duties took over, 

the blogging went first!

Then the sewing!

But I'm still here!

 I've manage to make....

 a solid spiderweb block for Cindy!

pieced more of my Scrappy Sandwiches,

and spend some time playing with even more scraps!

Just a 'sneak peek' of the back at the moment!
And today I cut into my precious little

 Liberty stash....

to make a new cushion.

Finally, I have a new addition to my library.

Kathy Doughty's new book has some amazing 


not just in pictures but words too!

Would you like a review?

Here's to more sewing days,

and less nursing ones!

Happy days!


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