Saturday, February 18, 2017


Look at this beauty!

This week I received a parcel of goodies in the post from a lovely lady - Kelli H - with whom I've been corresponding since we *met* on the APQ Blogs some years ago.

It's from a Civil War BOM that she saw at a local quilt show. The thing with a BOM is that you only get enough fabric to make the block.

Me: Yep, that's right.

There are no leftovers.

Me: Yep, I've got it.

There can be no mistakes.

Me: I'm all over it.

So then I went and cut the squares the wrong size. Not deliberately mind.


This meant I had to go diving into the fabric stash to see if I had something that could substitute. I found some fabric from Merrit - another APQ blogger I shared emails and little gifts with.

I like the idea that this project has fabrics from both these lovely ladies. I also found some fabrics from Ariane that I had stashed away and forgotten (sorry Ariane) which go well with some fabric Christine sent me. I'm getting a miniature quilts vibe for these.

I also thought I'd use up the last of the blue, brown, and dark cream spot fabric that I've been working with lately.

I'll be making alittelbitbiased's Square Dance Quilt. Here's her version. I like the colours she has used.

Square Dance by A Little Bit Biased

There is still fabric left over so I plan to use it in the backing.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Teal is the chosen colour for February 's RSC2017 Challenge. Or Aqua. Or Sea Green.

None of these colours are in my scrap bag so I've substituted light blue.

There are some wonderful blocks being made - in the right colour - and you can see them here.

The weather here has been wretched. This is what New South Wales (my state) looked like yesterday.

It actually looks like the state is on fire. Which is how felt. Especially without air-conditioning. We've been promised cooler conditions this week. Fingers crossed.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Still using up the small pieces from this scrap bag. A mug rug and some pincushions. Unbelievably I still have enough fabric leftover to make a baby quilt.

It's been dreadfully hot here and I haven't felt much like sewing so these little projects are keeping me going.

Making some no-bake slices (bars?) for morning tea at work this week. The old favourites - lemon coconut, continental, choc-peppermint and ginger caramel.

Lemon Coconut Slice -

Continental Slice -
Choc Peppermint Slice -
Ginger Caramel Slice -

Saturday, January 21, 2017


It's been far too hot to quilt so I've been making some smaller projects from the scrap bin. I've wanted to make these zippered pouches for ages. So much fun.

Even treated myself to some labels. There are more of these cute pouches on the horizon.

Meanwhile in Sydney where heatwave conditions have seen temps in the mid 40s (degC that is) . . .  


Sunday, January 15, 2017


I've been watching the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for a while now and you know what?  I fancy giving it a go this year.

Frankly, I'll never get through the stash if I don't make a start. 

It's hosted by So Scrappy and she has been running it for a few years now. Deb A over at VTQuilter has definitely been an inspiration.  She has made some fabulous quilts over the years. I found her blog via canuckquilter. Of course, I'm not in their league - they are both amazing quilters.

Back to the RSC Challenge for 2017. . . 

Each month a colour is announced and you make one or several blocks in that colour. One block a month will do me and I'm using a pattern called Handy Andy designed by Janelle Noack which was published in Homespun (June 2013).

Homespun Magazine ~ June 2013
Here are the RSC 2017 Challenge colours


The colour for January is Purple and here is my first block. Measures 10.5 inches.

You can read more about the challenge at So Scrappy here and I'm linking up.