Tuesday, June 11, 2019


I am determined to use as much of the fabric as I can, including the offcuts from the star blocks.

These blocks and others I've made will be used in the border. We had a long weekend so I had plenty of sewing time. Let's not discuss the housework that may or may not have been done.

I know this fabric style isn't fashionable anymore but I'm lovin' it! Hope you managed to squeeze some sewing or crafting into your weekend.

Saturday, June 1, 2019


They are not called The Snowy Mountains for nothing
The ski season here in Australia started early when 40-50cm of snow fell on the mountains this week. I live a long, long way away from this winter wonderland but the cold winds blow all the way to Sydney.

Which means I get to wear my coats and scarves and gloves! For the morning at least.

After a couple of hectic weeks, I managed to organise some time in the sewing room which needed a serious tidy before any real stitching could begin.

When I resized the original Miss Rosie pattern, I miscalculated a wee bit and soon began to realise that the original 36in quilt was going to be around 100 and something inches. Yikes!

So I've split the project into two quilts. I even have a name chosen for this one. Not tellin' yet.

Saturday, May 11, 2019


I think there is enough fabric here to make twenty-five quilts but for now I'm just making one.

There are a couple of fabric lines here - Sachet Potpourri by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics (2009), some Lecien and random fat quarters.

I am loosely following a discontinued Miss Rosie Schnibbles pattern which I have resized. Schnibbles are about 32-36 inches I think.

I wasn't going to make floating stars at first but I'm glad I changed my mind.

I have been looking at blogs where the quilt maker is using pieced backs - with lots of pieces and I know some of my APQ blogging buddies do this too. I think I'll be doing that here just so I can use all this fabric.

Saturday, April 27, 2019


Since my previous post, work on this project stalled but at long last (five years later?) this top is finished.


The two blue borders are machined pieced but the rest of the top is hand pieced using the English Paper Piecing method.

The quilt top meaures 64 inches square.  As for quilting, that will have to wait. My favourite long arm quilter has retired (much deserved) and the number of loose threads on this thing is diabolical. Looks like I'll be quilting this one myself. 

The red fabric (by Robyn Pandolph) while beautiful frays like crazy. 

The quilt is my own design inspired by a quilt I saw in an APQ article about Make Do and Mend quilts.

I'm calling this quilt Federation Stars as it reflects the colours and design elements of the Australian flag and the star-filled night skies and red dust of the Australian outback.

The flag's original design (with a six-pointed Commonwealth Star) was chosen in 1901 from entries in a competition held following Federation, and was first flown in Melbourne on 3 September 1901, the date proclaimed as Australian National Flag Day.

I love it. It's a strong coloured quilt but ever since I made Patriotic Paisely for my brother, I've wanted to make another red, white and blue quilt.

Patriotic Paisley - from a pattern in an APQ Quilt Sampler with fabrics from a Minick & Simpson range

I also realised that I hadn't show you this finished quilt top.

Sorry about that.

This quilt is made from the offcuts of this quilt.

Abundant Baskets - a Kim Brackett design in Simple Abundance fabric by Bonnie & Camille
Well, while I search for a new long arm quilter, I can start on a new quilt from whatever fabric I pull out of the cupboard first.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, January 20, 2019


the corner . . . 

Three sides finshed and one to go. There was a time not so long ago when I fell out of love with this project.

The romance is back on.

Soon there will be borders. The suspense is too much!