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!

Sunday, January 13, 2019


. . . and lots of them.

Have I mentioned that I'm not a fan of summer?

To distract me from this I'm still working on the EPP quilt. This is the other side of the quilt and it will need trimming before I add the first border.

In other news, I've found my next scrap quilt.

My blogging friend Kelli H gave me a Cat's Cradle ruler a couple of years ago and I can use it to make some of the blocks needed for this quilt. Mine will be a square version.

Other UFOs  to finish first though.

Sunday, January 6, 2019


Sides make the meal. I quite like a good salad and French fries. Sides make a rag tag bunch of blocks start to look like a quilt.

At long last this project is showing some real progress. I borrowed this idea from crazymomquilts as most other versions involved cutting the blocks. After five years stitching these together there was no way I was cutting into them.  Needs a good press and a bit of a trim.

Meanwhile, on the other side. . . . 

Yikes - what a mess!