Sunday, October 7, 2018


Don't you just hate it when after a session of chain piecing you discover this.

Nevermind, they invented the stitch ripper for a reason!  Later on, it looked like this.

I'm already thinking about my next scrap quilt. Perhaps this one, if I can find the pattern for it.

Sunday, September 23, 2018


This is Crackle Quilt. A 2011 design by Aneela Hoey which caught my eye after I found a layer cake of fabrics at Spotlight which did the same.

It's been waiting patiently for some attention much like my other projects - neglected but not forgotten. I shan't offer any excuses for not sewing a stitch these past months but I have been sustained by all the wonderful projects you have been making and sharing.

I enjoyed my time in the sewing room yesterday. The feel of the fabric in my hands. The rhythmic click of the needle and the snips of scissors.

This is a finished top now and will soon be left in the tender care of the longarm quilter to work her magic. I'm looking forward to sewing on the binding .

These Solomon's Temple blocks were pressed and refreshed as well. Only one more block to finish before I start to piece these together in to something more substantial.

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Started by Jan-Maree after an Australian soldier, serving in Germany, was given a quilt by the Americans.

She felt that we could do better and she has. Even after her house burnt to the ground.

The project makes quilts and laundry bags (plus other goodies you can include) for Australia Defence Personnel on serving overseas.

Thousands of bags and quilts have been made so far.

I decided to contribute and made a quilt from a jelly roll and fabric found at Spotlight. Both have posted and are on their way.

the badge (left) is the Regimental badge; the label is specified by Aussie Hero Quilts
Apologies for the ordinary photos as I was rushing to get this in the post.

He's a Corporal in the Royal Australian Army

Thanks Dad, you are an awesome quilt holder - no shoes!

 A bright laundry bag
Last post I bemoaned the throat space on the Janome - a paltry 4.5 inches! Apart from the trials quilting this, I really enjoyed making these for the Corporal and I thank him and his comrades for their service.

It was such a good feeling to finish a project. It's been so long I'd forgotten the feeling! It has spurred me on to work on the other UFOs in the pile.

I hope your weekend had some sewing time.


Monday, March 12, 2018


. . . aaaaaanndd we're back.

Sorry about that. I got sick and then busy and then sick again and then it was suddenly March.

I know I said I was working exclusively on the EPP project but those darn squirrels at Katiemaytoo's and Canuck Quilter's found their way Down Under and set up camp at my place.

I'm working on the Aussie Heroes quilt because there's a deadline and I'm rubbish at deadlines.

So, just some random quilting because pushing this much quilt through the ludicrously small throat space on my Janome QC6260 is stress-inducing. This model is supposedly a Quilter's Special. Yeah right.

To be fair it was a gift and I was most grateful. It sews like a dream. You just can't quilt anything larger than a mug rug on it.

Just the binding and the label to finish next weekend.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Well, you were warned that this project would be on repeat for a while yet.

It's actually starting to look like a quilt and the inter-webs have been scoured for ways of straightening the edges - from stitching specially designed pieces to cutting bits off.

No decisions made yet but I happened upon some bargains at Penrith Patchwork.

The dark blue print is backing fabric from the sale bin; the white/red/blue print was heavily discounted if you bought what was left on the bolt; and the lighter blue is a wee bit of William Morris. 

These should finish the project nicely.