Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2015 BOM

Here is a photo of my Sue Spargo 2015 BOM. It was very enjoyable to make but a lot of work each month. I finished it off by hand quilting it and in the borders used one of Sue's variegated blue threads.

Here are a few individual photos. Each month we received the pattern for 3 blocks and wool for the background and the animals, flowers, houses etc. Each block is 6" square and there are 30 blocks.

Some of the pieces couldn't be sewn until the next block was joined as they crossed over the seam.

I have never sewn so many bullion stitches. One of the trees had 98 bullions.

I learned to sew many new and varied embroidery stitches.

I'll add some more photos when I've worked out the Windows10. Trying to download from my camera is almost impossible. Somehow yesterday Windows 10 started on our computer and I'm stuck with it and it's hassles and how slow it starts up. etc. etc. etc. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Doll Quilt Swap

Here is the Doll's quilt I received today from Beverley. We took part in Lori's, Humble Quilts blog, Swap which she arranges each year.
I love how a simple 9 patch can look so good and the fabrics are lovely.
Thank you Bev so much and thank you Lori for all your hard work setting the swap up.


Saturday, April 30, 2016


Australian Uncovered.

The exhibition of 28 Australian quilts are now on show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
 I was delighted to be asked by Janet O'Dell for one of my quilts, the Civil War Bride's quilt, being shown along with 27 other quilts from different Australian quilt makers.
I hope if you live in the vicinity of Golden, Colorado you will be able to visit and see the exhibition.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Time Flies when I'm busy Sewing

I've had a picture of a 1830 Crib quilt stuck on the door of a cupboard in my sewing room for years. I took the photo when I saw it in a book as it really appealed to me.
I was delighted when I saw that Susan Smith of Patchwork on Stoneleigh had drafted a pattern for the little quilt. This is what has been keeping me away from the computer, as I just had to make it there and then. I have thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt over the last few weeks. I had Susan's pattern reduced in size because I wanted it to be a little quilt. Here is mine, the background is a very pale cream, not white, as it looks here.

Another project I have started. I've been going through and throwing out old patterns, magazines and books no longer wanted and came across this pattern from a magazine that I had kept, as I had intended to make it for my Grand daughter. I'd ever bought the fabric for it. The project has grown somewhat as I now have three Grand daughters. You guessed it, I now have three to make. I have made one and I'm onto the second one. They are not too fiddly to make. The carry basket comes with a mattress, frilled pillow and a quilt. I think they  will like them as the girls are 4 and 3 years old.

Autumn has arrived and the Camellia's are flowering. This one has so many flowers and looks like fried eggs. They don't last long but leave a carpet of white on the ground.

and the trees are changing. This is a Crepe Myrtle.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Decision made.

Continuing on from my last post.
I decided in the end to switch three of the blocks around. Looking at my quilt like a 9 patch, [ my 9 blocks]  top central was the culprit having it's background fabric upside down to all the other blocks. I left it where it was and moved the left bird block to the bottom centre, the bottom bird block to the right side and the right bird across to the left making all the bird blocks' background face a different direction. Not what was planned but at least it looks better and I'm happy with how it looks. I didn't really have much choice in the end as I didn't have enough of the fabrics to redo it.
Today the borders went on and it is ready for quilting.

The pattern for Mrs Millers Journey will be available in a month time from the Australian designer, Liz Willing. She has a Facebook page for contact at the moment.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Would you re-do - or take the easy way out ?

I finally finished the last corner block for my Mrs Millers Journey quilt. I've trimmed the edges and laid it all out.
The background fabric is directional and I was very careful to mark the right way up for each block but not quite careful enough. I got of them the right way and one of the basket blocks upside down.
Would you re-do? 
It means removing all the applique and sewing it on again. I have enough of some, of the fabrics, to just re-cut the piece but not enough to recut all of it.

This is what the background looks like in 8 blocks.

and this is how it looks in 1 block

I have an easy solution. I can change the 3 correct basket blocks around then all 4 would be in one direction and the middle and corner blocks would be the other way.
I haven't decided what I'll do yet.
I bought a vintage doll's quilt top quite a while ago and finally decided I would make it into a quilt. I used a plain cream fabric for the backing and the binding and did a few diagonal lines of quilting. I'm happy with how it looks.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


A wake up call from hubby as he went out the door to the gym this morning, and I'm rolling over to snooze again when I hear feet running up the driveway and the loudest bang on the front door and I realised right away the parcel post had arrived through the air as it was delivered from afar [ thrown from the driveway ]. I'd been waiting for this parcel of loveliness.
Four, mixed bundles of twelve,  Fat1/8ths of Japanese Taupes.

They were on sale at HomesteadHearth and I asked for four different bundles if it was possible. One never knows what is available at Sale time and I couldn't be more delighted with the selection of 48 different fabrics.

Sorted into their colours.
Meanwhile I've been trying to finish off a few things.
Putting my Under the Cherry Tree together and I'm now making the borders. I used the K.K.Buckley square ruler pieces that click together to the size needed for trimming all the blocks to the same size. This made the job of squaring them up so easy. It was the first time I had used my set.

Sorry not a great photo.
and yes I know exactly what I'm using the Taupes for but I need to finish a few things first.