Friday, 31 January 2020

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

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.....

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


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



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
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. 


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

BUT for me I continued with CLUE 8 of the mystery..

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.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

QATW - 2nd SECRET SANTA gift reaches its destination...

Santa jumped off his surfboard long enough to send another package to the U.S.  Here are some lovely BLUES from Jo.   Thanks ever so much!!!
The tea cup was part of my christmas box exchange also from Jo and the cup picture not got posted. 

Monday, 6 January 2020


I managed to get this UFO sewn and now I'm sitting for a while and enjoying some HAND STITCHING...

Pulling out number 6 on the list. Working out where I am up to. Now to get it done...
Pieces sewn, pieces cut.. Now what????
Well I got them all pieced to the size I wanted for my table.
I want to be able to use this runner with place mats.
All my other runners are to wide to use placemats..

The quilting is done..

Ready for hand stitching..

 So I'm linking up with Kathy...

It's a finish. I am so happy....

WOOFA... Working OOFinishing A... 
project or UFO

UFO Number Draw Challenge. ... No.. 6

Saturday, 4 January 2020



This is from a blog I follow and support:

Oz Comfort Quilts Bushfire Quilt Drive.
I've given this a lot of thought and I have decided to run another quilt drive for those affected by bushfires in Australia. I've been running these drives almost every year if I have contacts living in the affected areas who can distribute the quilts where needed and I have family and some friends living in and near the affected areas of East Gippsland and Southern New South Wales who will help with distribution.  The largest quilt drive we've run was 2,300 quilts distributed to the residents of Kinglake whose town was decimated by fire in 2009 with 77 deaths. The huge amount of quilts we distributed was only possible due to the very generous donations of quilts, tops and QAYG blocks by quilters both here and from a large number of international quilters . I don't expect to be able to distribute that many again but any we can donate will bring comfort to those who have lost everything.
       If you are able to donate even a few QAYG blocks that will help me make many quilts by combining them, without incuring huge postal costs. People are still in the survival stage and not ready to receive quilts yet but as 1,300 homes have been lost so far,  the need will be great and I have started making quilts already so I have some on hand when distribution is appropriate .
   The QAYG blocks are 10.5 inches square and you can use batting scraps as well as fabric scraps. I will post another reminder on how to make them if you are interested. If you want to send any tops for me to quilt and donate, it would be a huge help if you were able to send backing, but it's not essential.
     There is also a need for crocheted blankets so if you want to send Granny Squares made from 8ply yarn and with 10 rounds of crochet, they would also be very useful for getting more blankets finished to donate.
     I'm so sorry to ask for help with another quilt project but the need is so great, with so many communities being affected, especially in more remote areas, and I really felt I should try to do something to help. There's been a lot of anger, most likely stemming from fear as people say they felt they were abandoned, whereas so many small, isolated towns needed fire trucks that resources weren't available everywhere they were needed. I'm hoping that receiving handmade quilts and blankets will remind them that we are thinking of them.
   I know there are many groups of quilters who will be making and donating quilts if they live near affected areas and I encourage you to support them if that is more convenient. Please email me for my mailing address and if you have any questions.
  Tomorrow  I'll share some photos of the quilts I've been making this week and I'm praying that we finally get some rain so the fires can be extinguished before more lives and homes are lost.


Stay safe everyone.
Hugs, Jan Mac 

Friday, 3 January 2020

QATW - SECRET SANTA gift received

I was shoked today when a package arrived from Australia.  "Who do you  know there my husband asked?" Well I am not sure except some fabulous, fun ladies in my QATW quilt Group.  Sure enough I spotted the label and it was Our dear Jo Butterfield.  She had sent me the perfect panel for Christmas and I am going to turn it into a pillow cover to place on my new couch.  I really love these Bench pillows and this will make a perfect one.
Thank you so much Jo.  I love it so much and so will my grandkids.​​​​​​​

Wednesday, 1 January 2020


Pulling out the corded bag and crocheting a new bag.
This is going well.

Unfortunately this is over a year old, closer to 2, and I still don't like it so it has now been pulled out...

Time for a new year, a new project.