Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Christmas Quilt Stitch-A-Long....

Michelle produced this lovely Christmas quilt and pattern book.  I snatched up a copy as soon as I could but good intentions have been kept at bay....

Now is the time to sew a new Christmas quilt....

Isn't it just too pretty?????


This is Michelle's book - as well as the quilt there are a number of other projects in it too.....


... and Guess What?  Raewyn and I are going to host a Stitch-A-Long and we would love you to join us.

Chookyblue has kindly offered the use of the Stitch-A-Long blog so we can post our progress and keep encouraging one another to keep going....  Thanks Chooky -


Wanting to start in May - depending if people need a bit more time to gather supplies ....

Please let me know if you'd like to join.....

Holly Cottage Christmas can be purchased directly from Michelle.... details are in the sidebar of her blog....

Although Michelle did her quilt using Needleturn Applique, it lends itself well for blanket stitch (hand or machine) and there is some stitchery too as well as the piecing of the blocks, which are not complicated at all.....

I have a fat 1/8th pack of Anni Downs fabrics - and bought a bit of extra's for borders and background.... this is what I'll be using....


Taking names now... more details later .....

any questions? 

Righto, Gotto Go... planning to do!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

a long weekend of sewing.....


These are my latest little houses for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  The colour this month is 'multicoloured' - all those pieces that don't fit clearly into one or another colour.

They really do look scrappy but will fit in fine with all the colours once they are put together....
each beach hut finishes at 2 3/4 x 3 1/2" (unsewn)


I prepped up a new project (since I have been tackling my UFO's so well).  Fabric my eldest daughter got me in the UK a few years ago... so I will make up that Gypsy bag  in them.... rather fun!  I need a touristy bag....


Dutch Treat carries on.  Some blocks take me a week of evenings .. others I get done over a couple of evenings


 Over the weekend I played with these fabrics....


 It's a layer cake of Kathy Schmidtz called 'Garden Notes' and if I could I think I would have bought a bolt of them all.... I just love love love those little prints....


.... I got some metreage in the blue bees for a border - even the selvage is adorable!

The grey sashing and green corner stones are totally different fabrics but hold the colours which is want I wanted....


 the fabrics are so lovely that I didn't want to cut them up so making up big square quilt is just perfect - plus there will be no waste and it will still be a great size for my bed.  

Righto, Gotto Go..... Tuesday means sewing day ....


Monday, April 17, 2017

The last few.....

The last few quilts from pictures I had taken at Dr Annette Gero's exhibition War Quilts at Ipswich Art Gallery.....  the quilts travel around and I think there are others so keep a look out if they come to your area.  She has two wonderful books, one on War Quilts and one on Australian quilts... full of history.

There is an exhibition on at AQC in Melbourne next week including talks by Annette - wouldn't that be interesting.

There is such a lot of pieces in this quilt to be hand sewn...


I was interested in the use of braid to highlight the joined seams (or cover them?)



a little peep at the back so you can see how they join the pieces of wool fabric.


another one with Indian influence of beads and cord...





love a star quilt......



Some information about the exhibition....


This quilt was in a case.... the only one found so far with a label...




More increadible piecing....



this edging just amazed me...... look at all those pieces put together....


minute little pieces....



gosh, gosh, gosh.....




I can't have taken a picture of this one... but it was clearly a kangaroo.... but the story is still worth sharing.....  I can just imagine a home sick soldier in a strange land...


This was a very interesting Wagga..... using the whole pieces of clothing... I have always seen them cut up....




Its very thick - more like a doona.... so it would have been very warm..... mend an make do at it's best...

Righto, back to regular blogging soon... I hope you have enjoyed seeing these as much as I did... and hope you can get to see them in real life sometime...



Friday, April 14, 2017

Some more.....

Quite a bit of interest in the quilts from War Time Quilts....  I didn't get them all and there are a lot more quilts shown in Dr Annette Gero's book... she also has a book about Australian Quilts.  

Again, I am sharing these on the basis that my blog is social media ...



Here are some more... I won't say much about them as the write ups speak for themselves..























Just amazing.... I have a few more so I will do one more post on these...

I'm glad to say a few people have said they are keen to go and see them so that's good - there is nothing like seeing the real thing....

Righto, Gotto Go... 

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