Saturday, 28 March 2020

INTERNATIONAL SISTERS BREAKING THE RULES.

THIS WAS OUR LAST NIGHT TOGETHER BEFORE GROUP GATHERINGS WERE BANNED.
This COVID-19 has gone crazy.
Quilters have plenty to stitch at home but we miss the group visits and chats.

Our group got together for an International Sisters Workshop.
It was a relaxed fun night. If we only knew what was to come.
I had a sample block made and some more cut out. Most people made 2 blocks.



The ladies from the other end.
We are very lucky to have this space available to us every week.
We now appreciate it even more now that we cannot get together and use it.
 I think we should have a party when we finally can meet again.



Here are the nights efforts made by this group of ladies. It was a fun tutorial night.



Preeti kindly gave me permission to share her pattern at my group.
Let's all support her too. Go over and see what she is up to.
https://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/2019/05/international-sister-block.html

I really want to thank PREETI for her kindness.

And here are my sisters breaking the social distance rules and sticking together as one.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Spotlight sit n sew..

I have been a bit distant lately and now it is time to catch up. I haven't  sewn for quite a while.

Our group had a sit n sew at our local SPOTLIGHT store.
There were 7 of us for up to 4 hours. Sitting sewing, chatting, knitting and talking to customers.
It was a good day.

As you can see I was working on the baby quilt from the ones I have shown finished.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Finished quilts --- 2 baby quilts and cuddle bunnies FINISHED

I've been busy knitting and sewing some baby quilts for my brother to give as gifts.
2 knitted cuddle bunnies.



And I even had matching labels...


These are the 2 lovely, cuddly baby quilts finished withtheir matching cuddle bunny.
These were knitted with chenille yarn.


We went for a drive to deliver them to my brother.
The drive was 450 kms each way.
So a drive there, out for dinner, stay over and then home again the next day.


While sitting having our morning coffee a little friend had a rest on the fence.
KOOKABURRA








Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Bird cage Key holders

I started these key holders a while ago. Maybe a year.

That are my no.11 on my UFO 2020 list.
When I drew out the numbers to be worked on in January I drew no. 7.. For some reason I pulled these out of the cupboard and started sewing. Crazy me then realised they weren't what I was supposed to be finishing. Anyway 2 are done but I do have another 4 to finish when no. 11 does get pulled out to do... I might just get them finished.
They are great to have in your handbag as the keys don't rattle around and they are kinda cute.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Visiting Sisters from New Zealand & Canada.


Fabrics from Raewyn from New Zealand & a special one from Canada..

A Sister from Canada.

Sisters fromNew Zealand.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Baby boy and girl quilts nearly done.

I wasnt feeling well when I first got up Saturday morning so I went back to bed for a nap. Got up at 11.30 and did some grocery shopping. Came home and sat about not really too well. I just read some blogs and watched tv.. once again I was falling asleep so off for another sleep. Woke up hungry and ate. I finally felt like I was awake at about 10 pm...
Hubby was away for the weekend so I focused on the 2 baby quilts I need to finish this month.
I managed to get the tops done and I'm started. posting this from my bed at 3.35 am - Sunday 
Here is the boys one .... ( sorry about the lighting but given the time I can't do much about it).
And the girls one
I want to quilt them when I get up. I hope I feel bettter...Otherwise it will be next weekend when I get back to them...
I GOT THEM BOTH QUILTED ON SUNDAY.


Simple quilting design.


Baby boy quilt quilted, binding on ready for hand stitching down.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Winter mug rug Swap...


I was part of a winter mug rug swap.
I received my mug rug from Tracey in QLD. It is just lovely. About A4 size.
Tracey used astiff bag batting which I have not seen done before. It makes it more sturdy than usual.
I might try this with the next one I make.



This is what I made. First up was some fun stitching.

A cute little Dresden snowman. I had a lot of fun making this one. Not your traditional mug rug.
It measures 8" from point to pint.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

INTERNATIONAL SISTERS - Texas wildflowers

Bloggers are so generous. 
I received this beautiful Texas Wildflower fabric from Karen at

Well , I have put this fabric to use and made my first block...



I have seen this block on a few sites and wanted to join in.
Read this funny story about how the blocks multiply..
https://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/women-of-color.html
If you want to join in with making these girls go to see the post PREETI has done with a tutorial.
I think PREETI is amazed with how widespread this block has become.
https://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/2019/05/international-sister-block.html
This is how the began.
https://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/2019/08/feeling-blue.html

Monday, 3 February 2020

Loving my Bloc Loc rulers....


I don't really do written reviews but here goes.

I saw these Bloc Loc rulers a few years back and thought they were interesting. I watched a tutorial at one of the quilt shows and thought they would be a great addition to my ruler / tools collection. When I saw the price my thoughts were put on hold. UNTIL THIS YEAR. I finally got around to purchasing a half square triangle pack. That was in July. They have sat in their sweet little packet until this years BONNIE HUNTER MYSTERY. We have had to make 100's of half square triangles. So what better time than now to learn how to use them.
WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG. They are brilliant. They make it so easy to trim up blocks, accurately too. Paired with a rotary cutting mat and the job was done super quick.
Anyway, now I'm on the hunt for the flying geese ruler set. In this mystery we have to make 100's of geese and I am not a fan. I won't get the rulers in time to use with this project but they will be bought soon.
As I said they are not cheap but well worth it. I have only found them at Punch With Judy (Australia) as I don't do online shopping well.
Hopefully you can get the chance to try these rulers and some might suit you. Treat yourself to a great gift..


Perfect every time..
This shows just how many half square triangles I have trimmed...

Friday, 31 January 2020

NEARLY INSANE UFO no... 7 --- worked on.

NEARLY INSANE.
Set in triangles need to be made.

Bottom right completed.


I have made some progress. 
I am happy where this is so far.


I'm not sure when I'll get back to it but I did make my goal and completed 7 blocks and assembled some rows. I now have half of the blocks completed..

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

My 1930's surprise.

I was part of a swap... A SECRET SANTA SWAP.. 
All,the way from the USA. came this stuffed parcel.
To make the most of the expensive postage Sheila got as much in there as weight would allow.
There were 2 cute little magnets.
An envelope stuffed full of fabric... 1930's
This panel is absolutely gorgeous..

Thank you so much Sheila.
I can't wait to put some of these to use.
If you want a site to follow and chat, swap and sew along go have a look at
Quilting Around the World.  QATW.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

2019. Blog book.

My daughter and family paid for me to get the year 2019 blog made into a book for my Xmas present. It has arrived and I love it. So many memories....
I have had these made eveery year since I started my blog.
If ever the internet dies I will still have my books as a journal.. 
I love them..



If you want yours making you can go here.....
https://www.blog2print.com

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

QAYG string blocks for GIPPSLAND FIRE VICTIMS

With the tragic fires that have been happening in Australia I want to help...
It's not much..
When we make quilts for charities the men aren't thought about as much. Our fabrics we use are more pretty and floral. This time I am focussing on males. Checks."
I have pulled all these check fabrics that have been donated to me to make QAYG blocks for the GIPPSLAND FIRES.
Jan Mac assembles QAYG blocks and sends them for Charity. I have been helping her over the past few years. She does an amazing  job at forwarding on these quilts.



My table looks a mess. BUT a happy mess.



I'm working on 2 at a time.. They go together faster..



Here they are trimmed. I think these will look great



These are the blocks I have done so far to send to Jan Mac for the people that need it in the GIPPSLAND Fires..


Saturday, 18 January 2020

2 beautiful bags...

My friend and I wanted to have a fun day sewing a bag. We did it.
We have made 2 beautiful bags that we can share with my group. 

I am playing around with a design. I have seen a few of these bags made on Pinterest and I wanted to try something..
I have seen these bags glued together, plain fabrics, bag stitched and wanted to try my own way..
So here it is...

I am loving the fabrics.
Just some scraps to try out a pattern and try to design something to share at my quilt group...
This is how it looks befor you sew the base seams...

My bag.. I am so happy with it. I use it every day for work and my colleagues love it.
Maxine's bag... It is lovely

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

UFO CHALLENGE No.. 7 NEARLY INSANE...

My No. 7 UFO JANUARY CHALLENGE project is my NEARLY INSANE PROJECT.


I started this many years ago with the Kilmore Quilters.
I have joined some of the blocks to make feel a little better.
Now I need to make this quilt grow.
So I hope to get a few more blocks sewn.

Here is the graph I am at now.
Hopefully I will make some progress on this during the rest of the month.
The blocks coloured in the coral colour are the ones I hope to get made to hopefully complete a few more rows..

Monday, 13 January 2020

Another way to help with people in need due to our fires...


If you want to sew a tree block measuring 12 1/2" .. any style ... please go ahead.

Have a look at this link for details.


I have copied the details of some info here but please take a look at the link as there is also a FREE PATTERN you can use....

Australia is burning

Our NSW communities have been ravaged by fire since August 2019. In particular, the South Coast of NSW were devastated by bushfire on New Year’s Eve. Our state has suffered enormous losses. Families have lost loved ones, others their homes and all their belongings. Farmers have lost livestock, others their livelihood, not to mention the extensive loss and damage to our native flora and fauna. Unfortunately, it is only the start of our fire season and immediate forecasts predict worsening conditions, and anticipate further loss and destruction.
So whilst feeling deeply saddened by the overwhelming scenes of widespread loss and suffering - it got Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild thinking….. What can we do to help? Well, we can make quilts of course!! 
So we would like to call-out to anyone else who would like to help us in making quilts for the affected
families within our communities.
How you can help:
We have decided to make tree blocks. The tree is a symbol of   growth and nourishment.  A tree symbolizes the generations of a family; a tree sprouts from a seed, the roots provide strength and stability, and whilst the new sapling is young and vulnerable they are protected by the other trees until they grow and flourish. In time the branches spread and then create new fruit that gives life to the next generation.
There is no restriction to one type of tree block. We would love our quilts to be beautiful and diverse just like our wonderful communities. The below quilt blocks have been designed and supplied for inspiration, but please feel free to use your own ideas and colours. If you would like to help, please make a tree block of a generous 12.5 inch square using a low volume / white or pale grey background. Once completed please send to:
Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 54
Jamberoo NSW 2533
AUSTRALIA
We are going to distribute the quilts made to the families who have lost everything. 
We would like to ask that blocks be mailed for arrival by the end of February. We thank you in advance for your support. 

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Saturday, 11 January 2020

FROLIC - Clue 8 & Scap Happy Saturday...

Over at SCRAPHAPPYSATURDAY with Angela the month of JANUARY we are to work with GREEN.
The only Greens I worked with are the ones in Bonnie Hunters FROLIC...
To see others beautiful GREEN work CLICK on over to
http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/2020/01/scraphappy-saturday-green-again.html

BUT for me I continued with CLUE 8 of the mystery..
https://quiltville.blogspot.com/2020/01/frolic-mystery-part-8.html

Neutrals look like they will be sashings and borders. We will have to wait and see...
I've been working on my clues and then this happened... I knocked them on the floor.


Once I got Clue 8 worked out and laid out I got into the sewing.
PART A is all sewn.

PART B - laid out ready to sew. I have all the flying geese to sew before I can finish this Clue.

I have now put them all into individual bags to keep the sets together. I don't have the clips. Zip lock bags work wonders. I love them.

Im not sure when I'll get the flying geese all sewn but at least I am better organised now and am happy I am nearly there.