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.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Where did December go? Christmas? Yikes - Happy New Year!

After a less than average quilty output in 2016, I thought I had better get my act together this year.

You can see my UFOs in my new blog header and they are there to remind me every time I open my blog that they need attention.

I saw a wavy machine quilting pattern on a quilt that I'd like to use on the Raindrops Baby Quilt. Thought it best to try it out first and hey, we needed a new table mat for our family room table.

Not bad. I think it will do the trick. 

When I was searching the inter-webs for some zippered pouch patterns I discovered that 2016 was the year to Quilt The Stash.  I soooo need to use the fabric I already have. I am not allowed anywhere near a quilt shop this year.

  Oh well, better late than never!

Sunday, November 13, 2016


by British artist and aviator Harold H Piffard - a thin line of red poppies separates war from peace

As so many do at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at memorials, in schools and workplaces all over the country, we stop to remember the sacrifice of those who serve and give their lives in the pursuit of freedom.

Although I'm sure it never feels quite so noble an action when you are being shelled, bombed, strafed or shot at.

This artwork brings to mind my grandmother, who married her Canadian Officer sweetheart in August 1918 only to lose him in October the same year - just three weeks before the war's end.

Just one sad story among far too many.

Aussie Hero Quilts was started by a lady who heard a story about an Australian solider serving in Germany, receiving a quilt from an American organisation. She felt ashamed that Australians didn't have a similar organisation and so set about righting that wrong.

She encourages the making of quilts and laundry bags, posted with gifts and treats to Australian Defence Personnel serving overseas.

I heard about Aussie Hero Quilts through my long arm quilter - Kim Mariani. Kim makes and quilts donated tops for this group. It seemed a small thing to make a quilt and laundry bag so here is my contribution.

I bought the charm squares from Spotlight (a bit like JoAnn's) on special ages ago and had them sitting there with no particular idea in mind. The strong colours grabbed my attention and turned out to be a good choice for this project. 

The quilts have to be a special size to fit the cots they sleep on which just happens to be 42 inches wide.  I think this might be a Moda Bakeshop pattern.

I plan to use that wavy quilting on this project. I'd love to quilt rain drops on the baby quilt but I don't trust my skill level. 

Lest We Forget

Monday, October 3, 2016


I needed to take a break.

Too much to juggle. Family, work, health, home. The usual things. Oh, and the house needed re-wiring.

A recent trip to the Blue Mountains with a stop at Post Office Patchwork at Glenbrook has reignited my sewing spark.

Fell heavily for some Tilda fabric (Lizzie the quilter knew it would happen) - Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane.

Thought it would make this pretty clamshell cushion designed by Red Brolly.

Peach Blossom Cushion by Red Brolly

There's even a free pattern. It's rather a clever way to make the clamshells too.

Just across the road is a funky cafe - The Church at Glenbrook. Great coffee and treats.

from The Church Glenbrook Facebook page

from The Church Glenbrook Facebook page
I'm looking forward to sorting out the mess in the sewing room and stitching again.