Tuesday, January 3, 2023



Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

I'm drawing a line under 2022 but I am grateful that we were spared the dreadful floods that struck our state at the beginning of last year. Those waters are now flooding parts of South Australia.

I am grateful that we have been spared the *bug*. . . so far. Family and friends haven't been so lucky but all have survived.

The news from the USA has left us aghast - vision of snow and ice storms, unimaginable tempertaures and now heavy rains and flooding. 

I hope you and your families are all safe and well.

After quite some time away from quilting, there have been moments where work has progressed. Although I haven't finished quilting the Federation Stars, I just needed to get a binding on it. I know - not ideal - but that's how I'm playing it for now.

Federation Stars

With that quilt off the sewing table, I can now start planning the finish for these blocks (this is just a sample).

These blocks will be quilted sperately and then stitched together. Not quite Quilt-As-You-Go but in the spirit of.  Makes things more managable. I'm finding it a bit of a struggle these days to push a big lump of quilt through the machine.

So that I can quilt the whole block with a design, I have an idea for sashing that will join the blocks after quilting and I can just stitch in the ditch.

It will make more sense once I've done a couple.

Happy Stitching


  1. The process for quilting your blocks sounds interesting. Sounds like the perfect way to quilt a quilt. Federation Stars is beautiful. The weather around the country has been atrocious during 2022. Let us hope 2023 is a little kinder. As for the snow bombs in the USA.....for the life of me I cannot imagine those temperatures and conditions. I'm afraid I would perish if I lived there. =) Nice to visit you again, Ann. Happy New Year to you! I am looking forward to visiting your place more often through 2023.

  2. Beautiful projects - just as I remember them. Here's to hoping 2023 allows you the time to work on these! And just in general that 2023 is chill because the last few years seem to all have had a maniacal desire to drive us over the edge!

  3. So glad to hear from you and that you are doing ok. Very pretty projects. Love those stars.

  4. I have loved your Federation Stars since you first started working on it, love the colors. Those blocks are so pretty, can't wait to see what they become! I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

  5. Here's hoping to a drama-free 2023 :) Federation Stars is lovely, and I think getting a binding on it so you can display it as you continue to work on it makes a lot of sense. I look forward to seeing how you assemble the next project. Trying some form of quilt-as-you-go is on my list for this year as well.


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