Friday, February 12, 2016


Summertime in Australia and the Christmas break is over and the patchwork shops re-open and run Summer School in January. Sometimes a workshop for a day, sometimes over several days for a new pattern. I went to Sue Ambrose's workshop at Somerset Patchwork for a workshop on her new quilt - Sweethearts.

It's hard to believe that I found so many pale, floral, sweet coloured fabrics in my stash but I only needed to buy a couple of light coloured background pieces for the melon shapes' block. The Stars, Flying Geese and 9-patch I machined and the Melons, 1/2Circles, and Button block I hand appliqued.
I'm busy hand quilting my Sue Spargo 2015 BOM quilt, when I finish I'll show you.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Australia Day.

2016 Australia Day.
 a good day to start blogging for a new year.

I have been busy sewing while watching the Summer tennis.
Here is a picture of the quilt I made. It comes from Edyta Sitar's book.

I saw the quilt in November and just wanted to make it.
There was no thought of putting it in the pile of 'to do' patterns. All the fabrics came from my stash and it was lovely deciding which ones were in and which ones were not. It is a large quilt with a width 94.5" and a drop of 80.5"

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Finishing the Stars

The last 2 Stars are made and the year long Time Warp Stars from Barbara Brackman have come to an end. It has been very enjoyable learning about the different fabrics and the history of them.

I then spent some time cutting the fabric and sewing together all 99 Stars. I have had metres of a 1830 Cheddar and Illuminations repro fabric for a lot of years in my stash and it was great to have an appropriate reason to use it.

Another 'Under the Cherry Tree' block finished.

 This month the borders have been put on my Sue Spargo BOM2015 quilt so quite a few things are coming to an end,  just like this year.


Saturday, November 14, 2015


Melbourne is known for it's changeable weather. Warm and sunny one day, torrential rain the next. It only lasted about 10mins but it certainly came down.
and when it rains like that our overflow certainly works. It helps not having a flat block of land and it runs down the driveway.
Last weeks Time Warp Stars asked for Provincial Prints and this is what I used.

and this weeks Stars, Roller Print Clouds and Storms. I had these two in my stash.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Stars, Stars and more Stars.

Week 40 and the Stars are Cadet blue
and Celestials.

Week 41 Neon                                                                                                       

Week 42 Sprigged Muslins                                                                                       

and also Indiennes.                                                                           
What I have used are not 'old' or 'repro',  but originally fabrics from
India were known as Indiennes .
 I have used these Indian cotton fabrics that were
from a stall, at the Melbourne Quilt show.
The trader had piles of fabric squares of every colour and
  design and I bought a few at the time.     

Not counting the last eight Stars here is my bundle. I believe making them is coming to an end so I will now have to decide what setting I am going to use.
How far will Ninety stars go?


Friday, October 30, 2015

New Fabric

Early in September I was asked if I would like to use some new fabric being released at Market in Houston, and I happily said yes. This large envelope then arrived and inside

were these beautiful fabrics.
 This is part of the first range of fabrics from Mary Fons called Small Wonders,
 for Springs Creative.
After deciding what to make I set to and did some cutting. Can you see the little elephants on the white  and the little elephants, camels and palm trees on the navy. 
and this is what I made. ( Yes I know, another bag but you also know I love making bags. )

Here is the inside pocket - I did manage to use all the fabrics.
Tah - Dah.
As market was at the beginning of the week this fabric range is now available and will be in the shops soon.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Spring sewing time.

I finished my Country Roads mystery quilt by Lori of Humble Quilts blog. It's a great small quilt and I enjoyed making it.

Week 38 of Time Warp Stars and this is my Asian-style and Black & Grey Stars.

Week 39 Claret Red Stars.

Week 36 was Lancaster blue and Greek Keys. I made the blue stars but only found fabric in my stash with Greek Keys yesterday. I didn't think I had any, but I'm finding I'm looking at my fabrics in more detail now.

This weeks stars are cut but not sewn yet, I'm still busy stitching Sue Spargo's BOM 2015.
It will be revealed when it is finished. Just two more months to go.