Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Finished Just in Time

I managed to finish two quilts for Christmas.  The binding was on just in time to give these as gifts on Christmas Eve.

The quilt above is from a pattern in Best Fat Quarter Quilts magazine from Quilters Newsletter called "love & kisses".  I quilted it in an allover panto called Henna Flower which was so much fun to stitch and I am thrilled with the finished quilt.  I was almost hesitant to give it away ;)
The next one is another quilt based on a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. which nicely uses up a jelly roll.  I quilted  an allover panto called Lace which was also great fun to stitch. I used gold thread which I thought was fairly bold but I love the finished look.

Now, with a few more days off work this week, I am happily back to piecing my Dresden plate blocks.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hope you find lots of time to quilt in 2014.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Another Quilt

Another quilt for my granddaughter
I love the roses in this panto

Off the frame and ready for binding

- I found this quilt pattern on Cluck Cluck Sew.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Quilting progress.....having accepted the fact that I cannot stitch straight lines, I decided to stipple the background around the applique shapes. Now I am happy with this quilt. No binding on yet - that will come later.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

what I'm working on

I have one quilt on the frame and another one in the works on my design wall.

This quilt is on my frame and its not going so well. I thought I would put a cross hatch design in the outer border behind the applique pieces but it has turned out really ugly.  My lines are so wobbly!  What a mess!
I've decided to change the quilting around the applique to something else - not sure what yet.  For now all I see ahead of me is the job of picking out all those stitches.  That's going to take forever.

On my design wall, this little dresden plate project is going very well. 
 Nothing sewn together yet, but I am having a lot of fun making all these little wedges.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Baby Girl

On July 31, 2013 at 8:41 am Sarah and Chris welcomed 6lb 8oz Chelsea Rose into their family.  Jim and I are the very proud grandparents of this lovely baby girl. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Our garden is full of daylilies this summer. 
Here are photos of the ones that were in bloom today.
Silly little Oliver thinks if he hides behind these daylilies we can't see him.

Baby Quilts

I have been busy since my last blog post.  The Jubilee quilt is quilted, washed and given to my daughter.  Also finished are two more little baby quilts ready for binding.  

The nursery for our granddaughter is starting to come together - just 4 weeks to go until she is due to arrive!  A few more things need to be put in place but you can see the pinwheel quilt is already there on the crib waiting for her.   

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ready for Quilting and Binding

Jubilee quilt top is finished and ready to be loaded on to my frame for quilting.  I am going to do a simple panto and, once the binding is on, give it a good run through the washing machine.  For the first time I used spray starch when cutting and piecing this quilt and it kinda feels like a thin sheet of cardboard.....maybe I'll use less starch next time.....or better yet - none at all.  With three extra blocks and some scraps of fabric that were left over I've pieced a center panel for the backing of this quilt.

I've got two baby quilts ready for binding and a third one is a work in progress on my design wall.

Happy Stitching!