Saturday, June 25, 2016

It’s all about large and vintage around here……

I have just completed this large Grandmother’s Garden quilt.

Grandmothers Garden one

Instead of the usual round flower beds these ones are a elongated shape. I loved looking at all the fabrics used, lovely vintage pieces and some clever fussy cutting.




I quilted the hexagons with big soft flower shapes, which I think look like cabbage roses.

A nice plump classic feather seemed the perfect finish on the borders.



I love Hexi quilts.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Peggy’s Fairy Garden

Two years ago our Sweet Pea Project for the year was a Row by Row Round Robin. Peggy put some fairy fabric and flower fabric in her bag and requested a Fairy Garden themed quilt.Here are the rows that were made for her.

After some time in a dark place to mature Peggy pulled out her rows, added some extra Fairy themed fabric and made this super quilt.

Fairy in the garden one

I soft custom quilted it for her. Different stitching for each row.

fairy garden four 

Fairy Garden two

Fairy garden three

Since completion the quilt has gone on quite a journey. You can read about it here on Peggy’s blog.

Thanks for popping by


Monday, June 06, 2016

Sunday Sundries

Jack Frost has ben a bit tardy arriving this year but he has finally arrived in style. Our front garden this morning. Brrrrrrrr

Frost June 6th 2016

Anyone for frozen hydrangeas?


This morning tucked up cosy and warm I prepared for a morning of sewing and sharing with Tracey who wanted to learn how to foundation piece patchwork.


We both stitched a heart and after Tracey left I made my heart into a mug rug.

FP mug rug

I keep forgetting to show you a Kiwiana quilt that Peggy made and I quilted.

Peggy's Kiwiana quilt 

Isn’t that an interesting pattern?


Sixteen patches and pinwheels. Simple but very effective.

….and look at this Pacifica backing – perfect! :

Peggys kiwiana quilt back

Meanwhile……..a sneak peek at a vintage quilt I have been stitching:

Joannes quilt sneak peek

……and what would a Sunday post be without some kitty pics?

Simba loves a box

Simba in carton 9mar2016

Hershey, Mr Busy, helps to sort  linen.


Special fur friends.

Thanks for popping by



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Sundries.....

No job is too small for my buddy Bertha:

An easy way to quilt three small blocks. Lined up on a single piece of backing.

It's always good to have help on the sewing area. Hershey sitting plonk right on top of Peggy's lap top 
that she had set up for sewing instructions. 

We have had wonderful willing workers at our house again. No job too big or too small:

Maxime and Mylene from France. A lovely couple - who surpringly love Downton Abbey just as much as we do!

Gardens weeded, garage deep cleaned, windows washed, we're all set for winter now. 

A lovely touch of late autumn across the river from our house.

As I have said before, I am sure cats have an innate colour sense. Look at Hershey on this quilt top. I'm sure he knows these colour are so complimentry. Does he know his nose is pointing to "cat"? 

I think he does.


Friday, May 27, 2016

A quilted hug for a special young man…..


Just before Easter Cat of Catalina’s Cottage mentioned that she was making a quilted hug for a special young man called  Max. When I heard the sad story about how Max had lost one of his Mums about a year ago I felt very sad. Cat made the quilt top with clothing that had belonged to Max’s Mum. Knowing what a  busy lady Cat is I offered to quilt the top. So here it is…..

Cats hug quilt2

A very appropriate backing:

Cats hug quilt3

I hope young Max feels lots of love when he snuggles under his quilt.

Thanks for popping by. TTFN


Monday, May 16, 2016

A border without....

A quilt. A long long time okay I quilted this for Terri: 

In the bag she brought the quilt top in there was a long strip of the border fabric. Terri said she was intending to make cushions or perhaps bed runners. I said if she left it with me I would quilt it. Well good things take time! 

Yesterday I loaded the long strip of fabric on Bertha. Not much wriggle room! 

I used Renae Hadadins "no mark" technique to create a feather spine.
Stitched a feather all the way along then went back and filled the open spaces each side with straight line fill. 

As I worked my way along it wasn't easy to see how this was working. 
.....but when it can off the frame....

Am I happy? Yes thank you!

The back looks very modern


Happy days, I love to quilt! 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Strawberries and Cream

I have just finished stitching on this beautiful quilt for Fiona. 

So much to look at on this quilt.

 Fiona's embroidery exquisite. 

Lots of pretty detail

I know this quilt holds special meaning for Fiona. I feel honoured to that she asked me to quilt it for her. 

Thanks for popping by.


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