Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Yey! I have finished my first Christmas project. I haven't completed ones that are half done but I shall be getting back to them soon. This year I have been determined to finish everything I start, thus older projects awaiting completion. So, here is my Christmas table mat made from my stash except for the backing and binding.

I have made great progress with the crib quilt.  There are a few more leaves, some acorns and a couple more critters to go on it yet.
I have had to take a break from this hand appliqueing for a couple of days. My forefinger on my right hand is rather arthritic and I have callouses on both forefingers and my right thumb!  I just happened to be in my fav quilt shop yesterday and found these (apparently popular) applique needles which are specially polished and plated to make piercing the fabric a lot smoother and therefore easier.I shall let you know how I go with them. My much used needle threader broke so I also bought a new one from the same shop.
Thanks for visiting me again.
Angel Blessings.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


I have just joined Anthea's linky as I seem to do so much English Paper Piecing  but have never joined in before. As a result of not having posted the linky every month I have a heap to catch up with . So, here are 8 of my Lucy Boston " Patchwork of the Crosses" blocks so far.( I have no idea where to find the pics of the other 3 I have completed). I am only making 12 blocks to make a smaller quilt than the original.  
And some filler blocks to surround them.
Angel Blessings.

Saturday, 8 October 2016


Earlier this past week I received Michelle's new pattern which has the cutest Aussie animals in a Christmas theme. I am itchin' for stitchin' this one.

On Thursday I went on a bus trip with one of my patchwork groups to see the " Making the Australian Quilt" exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square. Oh my! Was I in heaven! So many beautiful antique quilts made by hand, probably by candlelight.  Some of the English Paper Pieced ones still had papers in them and I guess that is how they managed to date some of them. So many beautiful Crazy Quilts, Log Cabins, Tumbling Blocks, hexies appliques and embroidery. There were also some Waggas. I did take pics on my new phone but I can't load them onto the computer. When I bought the phone they promised me I would be able to but upon trying I realised I need to download a new program which is only available on particular computers. You guessd it, NOT MINE! So, NOT HAPPY! Thus no pics. After lunch at a Lygon St Italian Restaurant we then went to The Cutting Cloth in Fairfield which I love. I  bought some fat 1/4s and some hanky linen which I have  been unable to find locally.

Then we went to GJ's Fabrics where I bought some cat fabric, owl fabric ( no surprise there) and some contrast fabric for borders on whatever I make with these fabrics.
The baby blanket is growing.
I even finished another book.( But didn't really enjoy it).
Angel Blessings.

Saturday, 1 October 2016


              Whew! I just managed to finish 4 coasters to match the table runner in time for O.P.A.M.
                                 These are hand pieced and hand quilted unlike the table runner.

So, in September I completed the above as well as.......
6 burp cloths.
And 6 bibs.
Looks like baby things are on my agenda for some time now.
Angel Blessings.

Saturday, 24 September 2016


Baby projects seem to be foremost in my sewing schedule these days. Today I made 6 bibs.

 During the week I finished another Lucy Boston block and now only have one to do before I can piece the quilt with the filler blocks.
Remember the cat table runner I made recently? I am now making 4 hexie coasters to match .
I stitched the blocks for a" Once Upon A Time" quilt about 3 years ago and bought a jelly roll for the sashings . I decided to get it out today so I could plan piecing it together but upon measuring a few of the blocks I have found that they are lacking in accuracy. Not happy! I now have to work out how to resize everything so that it pieces together properly and it hurts my brain. Hence, it is now sitting on the sewing table with the note pad ready to start doing mathematical equations. With an eighth of an inch here and a quarter of an inch there it is proving to be a pain. I also discovered that I had not done one of the stitchery blocks so I shall be stitching that this week.
Angel Blessings

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


They , (whoever "they" are) , say that some progress is better than none and I rather love that quote at the moment.  Quiet achievement  has been happening in my sewing room this past week.

                                                  I put borders on my December mini .

This little Christmas table mat is now awaiting some backing fabric which I need to find.
I have been busy crocheting a ripple baby blanket for my expected grandbaby.
I also managed to read another book! Yey!
I hope you have managed to have some cherished sewing time too.
Angel Blessings.

Sunday, 11 September 2016


I have had quite a creative weekend. It wasn't a marathon or an endurance challenge, just an hour or 2 here and there. I really surprised myself as to how much I achieved. This afternoon I completed 6 burp cloths for my grand baby due in February.


I found these flannel fabrics and coordinating cotton fabrics at Spotlight last week. to make some bibs. I haven't started them yet but we shall see what this week brings.

I cut the background fabric and all the applique pieces for the crib quilt. Here is the moon I have started appliqueing . The tree and the hill go on next. Silly me did not realise that I have up to 4 layers to hand applique in some areas! Wo!
This table runner has been planned for a while. Woohooo! I finally made it. Unfortunately, I have issues with these runners not laying smoothly for some reason. Ah well! They are just for me.
Last week I completed the November and December stitcheries to make into minis.
I am doing the happy dance very gently and hope that my creativity mojo stays with me for a while.
Angel Blessings.