Sunday, August 31, 2014


Pattern: Babies by Amy Bradley
Material:  Scraps for applique, Timeless Treasures by Amy Bradley for Sashing and Border.

I am very  pleased to finally have the quilt that started all my sewing exploits, FINISHED!!

Well before Jake (GS) was even thought of, I started a patchwork quilt class at Kates in the hope that one day I might have a grandchild and lucky for me, I now do.

Now this sewing craze has totally obsessed me, and I find myself hunting material stores and surfing the net for ideas and patterns, I absolutely love it.  Not to mention all the lovely and talented bloggers who I am meeting along the way.
Finished at last

Kate opted to teach us the Quilt-As-You-Go method and what a terrific idea for my first large quilt.  I was able to practice my free motion skills on the smaller blocks without having a heavy weight dragging me down.  Once all the blocks were appliqued and embellished, it was just a matter of sewing on the sashings, border and then binding.

BABY IN PRAM - My favourite block - I did paisley free motion on the background.

BABY IN CAR - This one has what I call 'Lollipops' in the background because they reminded me of Stop Signs and I thought that was appropriate.


 BABY IN BOAT - The quilting on the background really stands out on the plain fabric.

 BABY IN PUSHER - This free motion was a variation on stippling with flowers thrown in.

 BABY IN WAGON - Loved the brickwork on the background, it really suited the fabric colours

 BABY IN SWING - Free motion on this one was a continuous spiral .

Completed.  Sashing, Border and Bound in a bright yellow to complement it all.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SAL - Patchwork Loves Embroidery, Gail Pan

Last week I ordered Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan from The Book Depository.  I was so excited when it arrived I could hardly wait to start something.
Then I checked Gail's blog, and guess what........ there is a Sew A Long for this very book !!! 

Martina from Sunshine-quilting is hosting the SAL and as I already have the book, I decided it will be fun to join the other ladies and meet new friends.

If you choose 1 project for each linkup, you will have made 5 projects from this lovely book.
It runs from 1st September and ends 31st October so there's plenty of time to make what you can.  Its totally up to you, but if you're anything like me, you'll want to make everything!!

I've picked out some material and threads for my first project, which is going to be the Home Pillow.
My selection of fabrics and my first project selection


Friday, August 22, 2014


Its been a while since I have done any work on my Bella Garden Quilt, there's been so much else to keep me busy, but its back on now.

I've almost completed the applique features, just a little stitching to do and it will be complete.  Those dreaded wisteria flowers took forever but they were worth it.

I've decided to change my quilt from the original a little, and omit the bird pictures on the top and bottom.  I feel it would just be too big to do anything with so I will add a couple of borders and then think about the quilting.  Not really sure how to quilt this, the material is so vibrant it wont need very much at all.  If anyone has any suggestions or examples, please let me know.

If you have missed Block one its here and Block two here

Mr Frog
Lily flower

Finished Applique 

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Our second block class for the Heirloom Cream on Cream and we created what I call, a Peep Block.

We edged white print-on-print material with lace and piping, then folded and sewed to create a square with the center four pieces opening up to reveal a secret surprise.      I chose to do a candlewick lattice heart in the center but there were others with pieces of lace or embroidery, whatever your fancy.  Lace cut-outs were then sewn out from the centre square to fill the block out.

Full Block with Peep closed

Peep Open to reveal heart
Block three coming up and its a Crazy Patchwork piece.....stay tuned for the pics

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