Saturday, July 4, 2015


Having made friends with a wonderful bunch of bloggers on the APQ site, I thought it would be fun to make a swap block quilt. That was back in 2010.

After a really positive response - especially as most of you were sending your blocks to the other side of the world, we ended up with an amazing selection of blocks. Everyone included an incredible selection of extra goodies as well. 

Wasn't planning on it taking me five years to finish mine!

Others were more diligent and you can see their efforts here on APQ Blog Buddies Swap.

I treasure this quilt. Each block reflects the person who made it.The fabrics chosen tell you a story about the person who made those blocks.

The quilt measures  68 inches by 68 inches and was machine quilted in a Dutch Scroll pattern by the very talented Kim at

Kim's suggestion was to use a large, simple design so as not to distract from all the colour and movement in the quilt. Thanks Kim!

I also chose to have an un-fussy border and binding (cream on cream print). 

It has been such a special journey and this quilt represents that. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Well sort of. sigh.

I've made two borders for this quilt and both of them are just wrong. Remember these?


No really. The border I made from these was out of scale and swamped the delicate design of the quilt centre.

Another attempt was lacklustre at best.

In the original Figtree pattern, Joanne used a print for the border.
Figtree Quilts - Rosettes reproduced by kind permission
Frustratingly, I have purchased three different prints for that border and none were quite right. Yellowy creams and dirty greens when what I wanted was a soft blue.

So no more purchasing from the internet and so far quilt shop offerings are falling short. 

In the meantime, my EPP project is receiving some attention.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


It's cold. It's bleak. It's winter.

It's also the shortest day of the year for us.

Sitting with a quilt over my knees, needle and thread in hand and a hot cup of tea seems to be a good thing to do on a day like today.

This very special quilt is very close to being finished now.  As soon as we get some sunshine for a decent photo, I promise to show you.

Happy Stitching.

Monday, June 8, 2015


Injured my hand the other week. Minor but you quickly discover how much you rely on said hand when you don't have use of it.

Did give me the weekend off from house cleaning though.

So this weekend I had some catching up to do. Got the binding sewn onto my quilt and now it needs sewing down. Not such an unpleasant job when I get to sit in the sunroom on a winter's day. Except that quilts mysteriously develop five corners.

Also worked on some more of those Solomon's Temple blocks. That Simple Abundance layer cake is like the Magic Pudding - it just can't be used up! There are still usable pieces left over.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


It hasn't all been quilt shows and high teas around here.

Well actually, it has been.

So when the long arm quilter called to say this quilt was ready I couldn't get there quick enough to collect it.

Spent most of yesterday trialling fabrics for the binding before realising that just a neutral tone-on-tone would do the trick.

Oh, I'm sorry did I hear you say that looks awfully like the quilt back? Shouldn't I be showing you the quilt front?

Not just yet . . .