Sunday, May 2, 2021




72 x 64 inches

Pattern is Crackled by Aneela Hooey

Fabric - a fat random quarter bundle from Spotlight plus extras

Batting is 80% cotton/20% polyester

Quilted using Westalee 6in spiral ruler (blocks) 

and the 12in arc (border)

Started: January 2012

Finished: May 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021



It's been a lot of fun to quilt this project. The quilting is a little wayward in parts but that's okay.

I found this border pattern on the internet and I think it works for this quilt.

On the home stretch. . . .

Saturday, April 10, 2021



Welcome back!

Last time we caught up I was making sandwiches and that was where we left things. I really had no idea what pattern this quilt would be quilted with because it was always destined to be sent to a long-armer.

Well, I left things too late; the long-armer retired and many hours were spent contemplating a design. It's a reasonably big quilt (for me) and the thought of quilting it was rather daunting.

Many hours with cups of tea, the internet and quilt magazines later, I remembered that I quite liked the way CanuckQuilter quilted one of her quilts using rulers.  Having ordered my ruler foot and template set from Punch With Judy, it was time to watch the videos and give the set up a run.

I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to use the Janome with its 4 inch throat space - because it wasn't.  So I abandoned that idea and moved on to the new love of my quilting life, my made-in-Vietnam Quilters Choice machine.

Ahhh, much better. I did also purchase a new Supreme Slider but it had the most noxious odour that I had to get rid of it. Luckily, quilts seems to glide fairly smoothly on the new machine.

I like these Westalee rulers. Leonie is terribly clever to work this all out. If you plan to quilt with her rulers I recommend that you watch and re-watch her videos. Then do exactly as she says for the best results.

So, your first block is probably going to be your worst and your second last block will be your best. 

First block and it's a wee bit wonky
but that's okay with me

So, one down and 55 more to go!

The colours in this quilt make me smile. Hope you have enjoyed some stitching time.

Saturday, January 9, 2021



Nope, not this kind (although it does look delicious). This quilt top needed to be sandwiched because I'll be quilting it. 

Crackled - a quilt designed by Aneela Hooey

After watching some videos on U-toob, I thought the pool noodle method would work but this quilt is a lot larger than I recalled - 64 x 76 inches thereabouts so that wasn't going to work.

Then I found this method which I had tried before with foldback clips which didn't work as my sewing table top is too thick. So I went and bought some clamps from the hardware store.

So what's so special about this method you ask? Lots of folks do this Ann, big deal! Ah, but you see Amelie (that's the lady in the video) has a neat trick.

She tapes skewers to the table to align with the seams and fold on your backing and quilt top. Genius.

Behold, the magic!

Seriously, this actually worked a treat and so did the clamps.  I had tried clamps before but don't have the strength to squeeze them open. These clamps, however, are much easier to use. You squeeze them to close them.

Yes, yes alright  you say but show us the work in progress . . . 

Ta-da! This method means that I can baste quilts at home without having to crawl on the floor.

Hmmm, I'm going to go and make sandwich. 

Friday, January 1, 2021


The new year has ticked over here in Australia and it kind of feels a lot like the old one.

Rather than resolutions, I prefer themes. Last year it was scraps. This year it's Finishing. As you can see I have quite a few quilt tops needing attention. 

Whilst some progress has been made in setting up the sewing room, it still needs to be finished.

So this year, the blog is going to be a wee bit boring I'm afraid as I work my way through that pile on the second shelf. There is a baby quilt to make but it's a simple design so that it can be finished.

My wish is that the new year brings you relief from the trials and tribulations of 2020.  May your bobbins always be full.