Sunday, January 4, 2015

Biting the (proverbial) bullet

It's time to stop procrastinating and list my 2015 quilting goals

Complete 12 quilty UFO's (in no particular order)

Rectangle Wrangle

Carolina Crossroads

X + Quilt

Economy Block Quilt

Pickle Dish

Tribute to Judy

Thimbleberries Cats  top done

Grandma's Country Album

Single Girl


Great Granny Squares

Omigosh II

I have two daily quilt block goals, the Somerset Patchwork Star a Day blocks and the Farmers Wife Sampler blocks

Bricks and Stepping Stones is my current leader/ender quilt

I want to finish three Block of the Month Quilts

Pies and Tarts


Citrus Sweet Love

I'm swapping two blocks a week with two friends (so making two sets of three blocks).  They are Scrappy Sisters Choice blocks reduced to 5 inches.

I would also like to

Make a Tardis Quilt

Finish ONE hexagon quilt this year

Quilt one Charity/donation quilt per month

Only buy fabric for backings or to complete a specific project

Start a Millefiore (La Passacaglia) quilt

Make a quilt for myself from my Tula Pink stash

Finish the quilts I promised to my kids/partners/grandkids


If I get this accomplished, I'll be SO happy

Friday, January 2, 2015


um, hi...

"tap" "tap"

is this thing on??

Whew, can't believe it's 2015

Where did last year go?

Quilting, illness diagnosis, drs and specialist appointment and quilting.

Can't forget that a grandson entered the family

 Also quilted, sewed, hand pieced.

Demonstrated hexagon English paper piecing four times, finished the second Insanity quilt top in Kaffe Fassett fabrics

Finished three quilts for me.  Disappearing 4 patch in Terra Australis fabrics, Omigosh in Civil War repros and my own design, Nana's Pansies.

 Nana's Pansies and a ball I made for my grandson won prizes at Pakenham Show

All my kids and grandchildren got together in September (eldest daughter, and her family traveled a LONG way to get here)

Other than that there was the usual family stuff, a broken arm (Mr 11), birthdays, school camps, kids growing up way too fast..

I'm looking forward to 2015 being a little quieter so I can quilt and blog

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, January 2, 2014

It's alive!!

My new website that is

I really wanted a place for my machine quilting and so I can sell off some of my stash

New Year means studio clean out

It's still a work in progress,but any progress is good!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013...

A little over three hours 'till New Year

So much has happened this year

I have dreams for 2014

We will see how it unfolds

Thank you for reading my blog this year, and prior to that

I hope to continue with a little more regularity in the future

I will leave you with as link to a New Year's Eve classic

Dinner for One

The introduction is in German, the play is in English

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hexagons and Insanity

I enjoy hand piecing, it's portable and sociable

Ever since I saw this magazine, I was hooked on half inch hexies

The award winning cover quilt is titled Insanity by Rhonda Pearce

10,339 half-inch-a-side hexagons

Insanity I started on February 1st 2008 (2009?)  Originally, I cut my own papers and just used scraps of 30's repros.  Decided I really liked the pattern and bought pre-cut hexagon papers.  The background is a not so great no-name homespun.  The accent border is a 30's repro pink from 2000

Rubbish photo, but too big for laying out anywhere in my house

Insanity II started on the 24th July, 2010.  The day that a Kaffe Fassett workshop was announced for 2011.  I wanted some show and tell for the day.  Background Emma Louise 707 and the accent color is a Japanese solid from Amitie Textiles

Insanity III started on the 6th August, 2011.  Jo Morton fabrics and a lovely Judy Rothermel turkey red for accent, background is a natural homespun

I don't think it's odd to love a pattern so much that multiple quilts are made

These quilts have taken on a life of their own, they are mini celebrities.  I often go places and get asked if I've brought one.

Insanity II is within 1500 pieces of being finished and I'd better get cracking.  There's a Kaffe Fasset workshop next year, and I'm GOING!!!!

and if anyone's wondering, I do have several other hexagon quilts on the go.........

showing off my stuffs at Hexie Friday and Design Wall Monday

Saturday, November 2, 2013

It WAS a Friday finish!!

A teacher at the kids school left yesterday on maternity leave.

It was decided that said kids (well, mum) would make her a quilt

Here's Liz's quilt, a couple of days in the making

A bright and cheery I Spy, perfect size for a first quilt, 38.5 x 44.5 inches

the back is the same red as the accent border

Sometimes you just have to have a "quickie" finish to make you feel good

Linking up to AmandaJean and Sarah

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Design Wall Tuesday

I'm a day late, but that's OK.......

On the design wall today..... Left to right Spider Web (Quiltville pattern) Bangles (Sarah Fielke, from a book I won at Jo's Country Junction blog)and Rectangle Wrangle (a Bonnie Hunter pattern from the book "Scraps and Shirttails II") Bottom left corner, the Single Girl Quilt blocks are STILL waiting
 their turn


and this is me and Miss S-L (aged 8) She was bored on the weekend so we made Mr Bear a quilt now the rest of the girls want to spend time with me in the upcoming holidays, miss 12 wants to make a BED!! quilt

 ....linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times