Monday, March 12, 2018

No sewing - just stashing

Decided it was time to tidy up a few 
containers of large fabric pieces over 1.5 metres and ended
up realising that I had far more than I thought!

I have two containers filled with older stash, like these below

then I have two more with Kaffe Collective fabrics -just one shown.

All this re-shuffling was to free up a basket for these
Tula Pink All Stars with her Pom Poms and Tent Stripe,
I already have a quilt marked out.

Below are her solids, if I've posted these before then apologies.

This overload of colour reminded me that I'd intended
to show you you a teapot my daughter gave me for my

I don't use it, I have it on the bench for eye candy!!

On the subject of colour I'm posting two flower photos,
one is of a favourite rose coming towards the end of flowering

the other is a flower of the palest kind
but with the most delicious Summer scent
which fills the air in the evening,
we know it here as
Queen of the Night.

Happy Quilting


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Found Treasures and one more for Mardi Gras

Reading posts on Sunday I was thrilled to see the this post below from

because I loved this pattern of hers a few years ago when
it was published in a magazine. This was one
I had to make and began it as a project for RSC 2015.
There were a few projects on the go and sadly the Geese Migration
fell off the radar, but seeing her photos again had me thinking!!
I hunted in my parts box and found these.

The blue one had to be quickly photographed just now, couldn't
find the original.

I'm going to hop into RSC 2018 and finish, hopefully,
with two blocks in each designated colour.

The only actual sewing today was another quarter log

which means I can now link up with
Julie and Linda at
sew, stitch, snap, SHARE
and see what treats are in store today.
Linking up Sunday with
Cynthia and Oh Scrap!

Monday, March 5, 2018

A quilt for Sam

As if I didn't have enough projects to keep me busy
I realised that our youngest grandson will reach the
tender age of 5yrs at the end of April.
I made his older brother his 'grown-up' quilt for his 5th, so it was choosing fabric time.

Sam has very definite ideas on what he likes and doesn't like.
Pulling out my basket with colourful children's fabrics  he picked the one
I was secretly saving for myself!

His brother had picked a piece of fabric with lots of
colourful safari animals for his
quilt,  Sam said he would really like one just like Jacob's but
faced with the reality that I wasn't going to try and copy the other one
he accepted graciously!!

The particular plain colours he would like were red and black!!!
I bit of cajoling needed here I thought.
I found some Tula Pink ladybird fabric and persuaded him to
go with this and a selection of solids. Jacob helpfully
said that frogs would eat ladybirds, Sam was sold on the idea.

I thought we'd avoided black but no - so thinking quickly I pulled out a length of
black fabric with multi coloured dragonflies, told him they hover around ponds, 
frogs live there and they eat dragonflies. Yes, he thought that was good.
I now have to put these together, I'll add strips of the frog
fabric and  going with the idea of Chinese Coin strips
between the four feature panels. Keeping it simple.

I found an older piece of limey green fabric with brightly coloured
spiders so a few strips of that would work.

Last week a new book arrived in the mail box, I'd ordered this
two weeks ago after seeing it, I think, on Instagram.

Wonderful, wonderful book which is split into six sections, stay with me and I'll
just list them.

Impact of Quilts and Quiltmaking  on Health and
Health Care Outcomes.

The Art of Health Related Quiltmaking.

Individual Experiences of Health and Wellbeing through

Public and Collective Quiltmaking for Health and Wellbeing.

Quilts in Healing Environments and Clinical Care.

I bought my copy,  it's an expensive buy, but your library
may be able to locate one. I reckon this is worth every cent!!

Back to Sam's quilt and more reading later this evening.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Back at the machine!!

After a difficult three weeks I finally feel I'm coming out of the fog
and ready for some action - simple action was the order of the day

First up a few more strip sets for
Freshly Squeezed - nice and easy.

Next in line using up a stack of left over batik strips,
I've seen many quilts using this simple block and decided to 
make a start, so quick and easy.

Below I have just a few blocks thrown willy nilly
up on the wall, not even trimmed yet, I have heaps to make so I'm
going to wait until I have enough for a decent size quilt. and
then start the time consuming part of placing in a pleasing

There were a few inches of the strip sets left over at the end
so trying to be more organized I'm cutting
these into 2 and 1/2" wide strips, they can go in my parts box.

I like the look of these on a black background, I found an old piece
of black felt and covered a padded board to photograph individual
blocks and bits and pieces.

Whilst I was in my miserable place an order of Tula Pink solids
arrived to cheer me 

and I just love the saturated colour  of these fabrics, in fact
I was so thrilled I promptly ordered more and given 
 the news from Free Spirit I'm pleased I did
as I read and heard that once these stocks are gone thats it,
until the dust settles. Reading a few lines today it seems that
the designers may have found a "new home".

I had notification that the Tula All Stars fabrics were in so
these should be on the way to me tomorrow.
It seems to be a case of "feast or famine" as the new range
from KF Collective may be released in March and
having seen a preview of these I am in
seventh heaven.

After this binge fest of fabrics I shall be very strong and
resist further buying!!

Due to my missing three weeks my poor garden has suffered somewhat,
weeds galore due to the heat and humidity and then pouring
A walk around this morning though found  two of my favourites were
flowering to cheer me,

a lovely dahlia given to me by a neighbour all of
32 years ago
and below my spiky bromeliad, touch the leaves at your peril!!

I think I have my colour mojo back now, so until next time
happy quilting!