Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I’m still here….

…….things have been a tad busy. Not as much time as I would like to quilt. Today I managed to get some stitching done on the blue and pink quilt. I like how it’s coming on.

Dianas quilt texture 3PicMonkey Collage

Dianas quilt texture 2PicMonkey Collage

Looking good…….

Dianas quilt wider viewIMG_0440

Dianas half ST

Fingers crossed I’ll finish tomorrow.

Thanks for popping by.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

I’ve been given a challenge……

A while ago I sent  Jan of A Passion for Vintage Textiles some old knitting patterns, you can read about that here.

I truly didn’t mean to challenge her but she sees these old patterns as a challenge and has responded by issuing a challenge to me! A squishy envelope with very Canadian style writing arrived in my letter box.


 Inside was this fabric, with a challenge to me to turn it into some thing gorgeous.

Challenge fabricPicMonkey Collage

The large piece is  37” x 20” and the smaller pieces are 2.5” square.                       .

Any ideas folks??? Help me out here pleeeeease.


PS.  Jan, I think the Tea Cosy looks great.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Sundries…..

My op shop treasure of the week:
B and W quilt Collage 2
Blue and white strippy, toile with beautiful quilting. Loving this. The quilting is all hand  guided. Queen sized, in excellent condition.
To go with our happy quilt for Sakurako, SP Andreena has gifted this Teddy.             SP Moira made the sweet heart to go around Teddy’s neck and wrote Sakurako’s name on the back.
My latest project on the frames. SID completed and some ruler work started:
pink and blue no 2PicMonkey Collage
……and just because you didn’t see him last week, here’s tough tough Kaiser:
tough tough Kaiser PicMonkey Collage
Hope you’ve had a nice weekend and a great week ahead planned.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sweet Peas

We had a nice gathering of Sweet Peas on Wednesday.

Margaret has put together this very bright quilt for her Grand Daughter.Laurel Burch fabrics with just a touch of solid colour fabric.

Margarets laurel Burch

Peggy had two quilts to show. Her medallion star quilt….

Peggy's star medallion


……..and the top she made with her Birthday blocks

Peggys birthday quilt

Moira is working on a Fat Cat quilt:

 Moiras fat cats collage

Can you see Mary’s modern baby quilt in the background? All nicely finished with magic binding.

Debbie brought along her Noddy quilt.You may have seen it before but it well worth a second look.

Debbies Noddy quiltIMG_0384_1 

Debbies noddy blocks 2

Not a huge show and tell but lots of happy chatter, laughter and yummy morning tea.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy, happy, happy…

…that Sweet Peas Happy Block quilt is completed. It’s so pretty, bright and cherry.

happy blocks on angleIMG_0368

I framed each picture with a simple leaf and loop design, then popped on into the picture to put in a few lines of texture.

Happy blocks

The ladies excelled themselves finding some superb picture fabrics:

Five happy blocks

Did you spot the Magic Binding?

I used Soft and Bright batting with pink Minkie. The quilt has turned out plush and soft.

happy block quilt backPicMonkey Collage

Thanks to Mary for putting up the directions for Happy Blocks on her site. This certainly is the ideal pattern for a group project.

HBlock blowing in breezeIMG_0356

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday sundries

Our cats take their cat scanning duties seriously. No sooner do we pop a quilt on the floor and they appear.

Cat and quilts PicMonkey Collage

Food has been pretty yummy too. Fillet Mignon (thanks Richard) Saturday, Roast wild turkey breast today. Yum oh.

Yummy foodCollage

Peggy has been busy planting out our pots:

Daffodils bulbs planted with Pansies on top. This is going to look brilliant.

Daffs and pansies

Polyanthus and Violas here:

Polys and violasIMG_0352_1

Nice little op shop find, Temuka ware with Pansies.

Pansy plates temuka

I haven’t seen this pattern in TeMuka ware before. Anybody know how old it is?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Journey’s end……

….finally there.

quilt by front door

angel shot of quiltIMG_0313_1

I used a new (to me) border finish:

New border 2

If you want to know how to stitch this border pop over and visit Kathy at Tamarack Shack. She has a very good tutorial.

For the back of this quilt Peggy sewed together strips of fabric from a cotton kimono style robe. It looks so right for this quilt.

Back of quilt collage

I really enjoyed stitching different patterns on this quilt.

different stitching patternsPicMonkey Collage

Thanks Peggy, I had fun.

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