19 October 2015


"Fresh" is a quilt pattern designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms from her "Simply Retro" book and the fabric I've used is from a variety of Fig Tree & Company ranges with Moda Bella Solid 97 for the background.   It's a very large quilt (95-1/2" square).

I love this quilting design - it doesn't overwhelm the piecing but adds great texture.

I started stitching down the binding on Saturday night while the baby slept and finished it off yesterday afternoon when watching a movie with Mum.

Friday night I sewed on the last couple of  "Niner" rows

and last night added the last rows to "Shortcake", our stitching group's quilt for this year.

Next year some of us are hoping to make "Snippets".

Busy week coming up.

16 October 2015

It's that time of year again ...

Most of my stitching friends are starting their Christmas projects and that means sneak peaks and no showing the finished goodies until after The Big Day.  I put the quilt piecing aside earlier this week and started some Christmas sewing.  These pretty Christmas fabrics were from a giveaway on Instagram hosted by Samelia's Mum and the green spot was in my stash.

Finished this one off last night.  I have more to do.

On Wednesday Mum and I had a quick trip to Sydney, lunch with Elizabeth and ChaCha and a visit with Peta, Peta's Mum and Smudgie.  Went out for dinner with friends, followed by the first Hawks home game for the new basketball season - very exciting game - always a great game when they play well and win.  Looking forward to the next home game on 25th.

Last night I sewed on the last couple of diagonal rows to Niner.  I've decided to add piano key borders to the top and bottom to make it longer (a rectangle rather than a square) and it will fit better on a queen-sized bed.

Almost the weekend.  Babysitting my little buddy tomorrow night - so looking forward to spending some time with him.

13 October 2015

Log Cabin Quilt

This quilt is from a pattern called "Jelly Rolls Gone Wild 2" by Me and My Sister Designs.  They also designed the fabric.

The quilt was started at a workshop in July with Barb and Mary and the binding was stitched down on Sunday night.

All of the fabrics these girls design are so happy and great fun.

Karen quilted pretty bows all over the quilt.   I've always loved bows.

Thrilled to bits with how this quilt has turned out.

12 October 2015

Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler

This quilt was made as part of a Quilt-Along on Instagram and started in June, quilted last month and had been left on the couch till I felt like stitching down the binding.  I loved making these blocks and was happy to use up some of my Bonnie and Camille stash.  I tried very hard to not repeat any fabrics.


I really like this curly quilting design.

Last week I sewed Niner blocks and sewed some blocks into rows.

One more night's sewing and the quilt top will be done.  I'm going to be very disciplined and finish off two other quilt tops before I start something new (we'll see).

Had a busy weekend:  lots of housework, gardening etc on Saturday and out for lunch with friends yesterday.  No machine sewing but there was hand sewing stitching down bindings.

09 October 2015

The Wish Quilt

Started in late 2008 and my baby grandchildren's name were sewn onto two stars last night.  The Wish Quilt was quilted about 5 months ago and then sat on the lounge waiting for the binding to be stitched down until 2 weeks ago.  It then needed some buttons attaching and a little bit of handstitching before I could say it's finished.

Karen did some fancy quilting which turned out very well.


I've been using the unquilted top as a tablecloth at Christmas time since 2011.  Will be lovely to have the finished quilt on the table this year.

06 October 2015

Long Weekend

Late last week I received a message from Sarah with a couple of photos of my Fresh quilt on her frame.  It's looking so wonderful - can't wait for it to arrive home (hopefully this week).

Last week I finally got around to finishing off the 9 patch blocks for Shortcake

and sewed half of the blocks into rows.

Shortcake is a fairly large quilt (88" x 96") and will easily fit on a queen-sized bed.

I needed a change from Shortcake over the weekend so decided to make a start on Niner - I cut out about half of the blocks in January and sewed most of them on Sunday then cut out the rest yesterday morning.


Another 24 nine patch blocks to go and I can start putting this one together.  The background is white with little red dots and I think it will look very cute.

Had a lovely day out in Sydney with Barbara on Saturday - we spent quite a few hours shopping and designing shoes at "Shoes of Prey" and visited both babies.  Sunday I cleaned out the spare room to set up the quilting frame (which has been dismantled in the garage for 18 months since the great flood) and met up with the stitching girls in the afternoon - it was such a hot day.  Yesterday morning, another hot day, I spent a bit of time setting up the quilting frame then Mum and I went to see "Oddball" - such a great Australian movie based on a true story, and afterwards I finished setting up the frame.


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