Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Winner, winner..

Chicken dinner!

Well, roast lamb perhaps!

I've used my random number generator 

to come up with #10

I have emailed Karen!

(A couple of commenters did not have an email linked to their comment.)

On the weekend I made this baby quilt top....

for my hairdresser who is having a little girl in 


I started with 5" squares, and 'fudged' some 

eight-point stars to fit,

I added a 3.5" border of that cute Lizzie House print, 

and a piano keys border of 5" X 1.5" pieces to the 

top and bottom.

Now onto the quilting and binding!

Happy sewing!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Be My Neighbor!

I made this block for Debbie for the Gridster Bee for 


The pattern came from a free QAL by Moda, called 

"Be My Neighbor"

This is the one I made for my own sampler!

using my small stash of kerchief girls fabric.

And a group shot!

And I labelled this one with their corresponding 


I wonder what September will hold?

And there is still time to enter my 

blog-versary giveaway...

if you'd like to have this pincushion live at your 


I'll draw a winner mid-week.

Happy sewing!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Pincushion Parade!

On Instagram, throughout August, 

there is a pinnie (pin cushion) parade every day, for 

those who want to join in!


I started by sharing this old favourite...

which had me looking through my photos at others I 

have made....

(or been gifted!)

These were all gifts from blogging friends!

 that live somewhere else in the world!

And this one lives beside my sewing machine...

and use it most days!

I decided I should make a couple of new ones too!

I found a couple of small cross stitch panels that I 

won in a giveaway a l..o..n..g time ago!

They were perfect for this quick little project! 

Would you like this one to live at your place?

To celebrate my 7th blog-iversary I'm giving away 

this little pincushion....

If you'd like a chance to win it, tell me, in the 

comments below, about your favourite pincushion....

Did you make it yourself?

What size is it?

Where does it live?

I'll draw a winner in a week!

Happy sewing!


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Not Working Harder....

just smarter!

Well, mostly! But more on that soon...

I've been making Month #5 block of "Delilah" quilt,

while "Alice" sits in a corner and sulks, 
because she didn't turn out as pretty as hoped!

I commented that these North Star blocks seem to 

take longer to cut out than piece.

So I thought I'd share how I managed to make the 

cutting a bit quicker.

I cut rectangles of each fabric 

(here are the measurements for each shape:)

T19- 2" x 5"
T20- 2" x 4"
T21- 2.75" x 5"

and layered them in groups of four, flipping the 

template as required.

Rotating these smaller pieces of fabric is much easier than turning oneself inside out cutting around all these corners!

Pressing seams open makes for a block that lays flat 


A completed block from the back....

and from the front!

This one is quite subtle, which I like!

This wasn't the smartest bit of sewing of the day.....

needless to say a bit of 'un-sewing' was required!

Ah, that's better!

Here are they are together,

and a group shot of all my blocks so far!

Two more of these to make and Month #5 is 


Happy sewing!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

All work....

and no play, makes for little sewing time!

On my desk at work- gifts from special friends!

I have my Month 5 Delilah templates, and some new 

fabric waiting....

And fabric ready for binding Chucky!

Cutting this out probably took as long as the sewing 

will take!

But I hope to be back with a flimsy finish soon!

Happy days!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rainbow Stepping Stones

is finished!

So many favourite fabrics...

 and long forgotten scraps...

And in all it's rainbow goodness!

finishes at 72" by 68"....

Simple straight line quilting, about 2 inch apart.

Inspiration from here.

 "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" fabric for backing,

and binding.

And on this pleasant winter's day...

a Hellebores- Winter Rose!

Happy days!


Friday, July 14, 2017


Do you ever finish a project, 

 (my Random Stepping Stones quilt is finished)

More photos to come

and not know what to start next?

Too many choices, too many ideas!

I have been collecting solids for a few months now...

But what pattern to choose?

Or what to make from my "Alice in Wonderland" 


What about making something with my black and 

white fabrics?

Any ideas gratefully considered!

In the meantime, I might just make a few more 

bandana bibs for Eli!

Happy days!

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