Sunday, August 16, 2015



That's about all I'm prepared to spend these days on an iron. Not that I haven't purchased more expensive ones but they just don't perform. They would leak. They wouldn't steam. The cords weren't long enough. They would spurt dirty brown spots all over the clothes.

Besides, they all seem to be made in an overseas country these days and quite probably in the same factory.

This one seems okay - so far.

Didn't have a lot of time to spend sewing this weekend and as the machine was already set up with black thread, I did some more work on the charity quilt.

Getting to the tricky part joining larger pieces with 1" and 1.5" strips. Thank goodness for the walking foot. I can't imagine it would be so easy to sew these without it. Smaller pieces yes but not these larger pieces.

Hope you found time to sew this weekend.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Okay, so this is actually a star (almost) but it soon joined some stripes.

When I looked at this image I remembered Love's post about sewing blocks around the wrong way and smiled. You'll be relieved to know that I put this block together the right way around on this occasion.

Not so the two halves of this project. Oops.

After some unpicking and a good chuckle at myself (well, Love's post should have made me more cautious), I fixed the error and got started on the quilting.

Haven't had a chance to sit and sew in a block (ha-ha! I made a pun) so I've been sneaking in a row here and there.

It's good to work on a smaller project for a change as I need a short break from all the big projects. I see now why Ruth likes making all those tables mats and doll's quilts. She's a smart cookie that one.

Hey Love, did you notice the patriotic element in this project. No? Oh well, once it has been gifted and I can reveal the whole thing it'll make more sense.

(There I go again with the half-reveals. It's becoming a habit).

At least I have fully exhausted those star prints - well, nearly. There were some Christmas coloured ones that I have kept aside.

Hope you get some stitching time in this weekend.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Look what came back from the quilter!

Just needs its binding

It's going to be a real struggle to send this quilt to my sister

It's looks so nice on my bed

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Now that the Park Avenue Rosettes quilt is at the long arm quilter, my attention has turned to another UFO - the charity quilt I started last year.

This is a Quilt-As-You-Go project of my own design. Three more connecting strips to be quilted then I can stitch it all together.

It's quite a large quilt and I thought I'd used up most of the star prints, yet there is a mountain of fabric leftover. I'm sure it breeds and multiplies if left in storage for too long.

Since this is a scrap busting year (given just how much fabric I have, I'll be stash-busting for the next 20 years!), I thought I'd make a couple of extra projects from all the leftover star prints. Most of it is skinny strips about 1 3/4in to 3 inches.

Can't give too much away as these are gifts for a dear friend who visits this blog and I'd like some element of surprise.

Last weekend it snowed in the Blue Mountains which are about 55 miles (90km) west of where I live. 

Image courtesy of the Blue Mountains Gazette, Sunday 19 July, 2015
 A whole 4-6 inches of the stuff!

(for those of you in Northern America, Europe, Canada and Tasmania, the guffawing can stop now thank you very much)

Of course, it doesn't snow all that often around these parts or for very long (a day or two at best) so we aren't equipped with snow ploughs, salt or any other snow-busting devices. As a result 4-6 inches of snow means the whole area grinds to a halt. 

I live about 22 miles (35km) from the coast so no chance of snow here but my-oh-my was it cold! About 11-13 degC (52-55F)

(enough giggling already!)

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Gee, did this quilt give me some grief.

I'm so glad that I posted about the issues I was having. Your responses, suggestions and ideas were just the ticket.

No sooner had I put this project aside than I found a bag of leftover strips from making these blocks mixed up with another project.

There were just enough strips to make a border on the quilt and I really liked the idea of extending the background fabric. 

Problem solved!

The top is finished now and with the long arm quilter. Thank you all so very much for your support and encouragement.