Wednesday, May 24, 2017


No excuses I just haven't posted for over 2 months but there has ben sewing and life.

3 more quilt tops have been completed . I must say it is a good feeling.


Pieced back

Close up

Bonnie Hunter's  Rick Rack Nines is a swap of fabric strips randomly assembled. I worked on this on and off during the last hip replacement. I named mine Line Dancing because I am now able to sort of shuffle along with the grandies.

City Lights 
A quilt camp top from last spring .

A 15 min play exercise from Victoria 
Findly Wolf. This one has been a top for over 6 years. Happy to have it finished.

All these strips became the bindings for the 3 quilts.

Recently I have switched to magic binding.  Yes there is more cutting and two strips to make each binding BUT a nice machine attached binding.

My old hands love it.

Hope you are having nice weather. I am looking out at blue sky with cotton ball clouds.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Two for One

The saying "two for ( the price of ) one " is often used in advertising.

Well I'm not trying to sell anything just happy that two bunches of parts are now one quilt.

All finished and I enjoyed tying this little quilt. Held together nicely through it first washing.  The result is a light weight warm quilt for the toddler bed.

The crazy quilt blocks on steroids resulted in a soft looking quilt with a very vintage sense of "making do".

Just realized  the light side is a Wagga. The little quilt ticks 3 boxes. Kitchen Sink
Row by Row and a Wagga.

Now it really does have a name . Three for One. Silly but it has been fun to make.

My very best friend the " magic or flange binding " finish. This time I used the border fabric for the flange. The quilt was busy enough and didn't require more colour , sometimes simple is the best.

Enjoy your week my plan is to cut binding strips for the remaining 3 quilts in the pile. Tomorrow is machine quilt group and I will start on close to a km of binding. Ugh and yes it will all be flange style . My hands don't do that much repetative stitching any more.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Progress Report #2

Being the second progress report of 2017 I am happy to say that just by chance there are two unfinished bundles of blocks assembled and ready to tie.  Yup you read correctly  I am going to finish this little project in the way all my early quilts were completed.

Forget the debate about "is it a quilt if it isn't quilted?". All the quilts I'd seen until I was 20 something were tied. They were used loved washed and mended. What more could I want?

First up.

The low volume large size crazy blocks were made in 2011.  The inspiration was from Victoria Findlay Wolf who at that time was doing lots of creative stuff with what she dubbed " made fabric."  I must say the process way a great way to use up scraps and a non stress process. I enjoyed the exploration but never quite made a low volume quilt.

Until now these 12" blocks are perfect for a 2 sided quilt.

Second up

The flip side is more like the front and it ticks two boxes on the quilting list.

I have been able to incorporate lots of orphan blocks (some mine like the 3 at the top) . The remainde were from unknown sources, remainders from a friends clear out and the bottom row are blocks I stitched from gifted miss cut parts. 

The lay out is another popular way to construct a sampler quilt. The format proved a touch of working out a puzzle to another batch of blocks. 

Now to start tying the quilt.