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.

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Not a lot of that around here I'm afraid.

Hopefully I can quilt this next weekend.

(and katiemaytooquilts thought her progress was slow!)

Saturday, January 16, 2016


This Way and That Way by Jodi Nelson from Pleasant Home
Disappointingly, the pattern for this quilt is no longer available. That's a shame because it's designed for 16 jelly roll strips - which is exactly how many I have.

Apologies to The Pyjama Game . . . with a pencil and a pad I figured it out!  At least I hope I have. I've cut out the fabric now, so there's no going back. 

I'm using the delightfully cute fabric from Riley Blake's The Little Ark purchased from the Fabric Pixie.

Given how much rain we've had the last couple of weeks, I may be building an ark soon myself.

Saturday, January 9, 2016


I guess this counts as my first finish for 2016.

This is a Quilt-As-You-Go project of my own design. All fabrics used were from my stash including the backing and the wadding was leftovers from other projects.

The quilt measures 56 x 90 inches and got the seal of approval from my six foot four inch tall quilt holder (DS).

I followed instructions by Fiona at bubrugz - there are different ways to make QAYG quilts and blocks but I found Fiona's instructions easy to follow.

It was certainly the only way I could make and quilt something this size although it was a bit tricky joining the last two sections together.

What it did mean was that a machine binding was the way to go - there was no chance I could hand sew all that black.

I searched the internet and found a Youtube tutorial by GourmetQuilter . I think I liked it best because she actually demonstrates the technique on a full size quilt rather than a wall-hanging or table mat.

This quilt has been offered to BlanketLovez - a charity that donates quilts to sick kids in hospital and their families. They get a lot of baby and small children quilts and girly ones so I wanted to make one for an older teenage boy. I'm waiting to hear back from them. Fingers crossed it passes muster.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Happy New Year everyone!

I realised that I haven't shown you this quilt finished. So pleased with it and soon it will on its way to its new home with my sister. Good thing she's patient as it was a birthday gift some years ago.

Once again, Joanne Knott worked her long arm magic. Nicely done.

Now that the crazy time has passed I can do some sewing. I thought it was high time I finished this project. Nearly there.

Quilt As You Go - a quilt for charity