Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More of the Same

This week's fabric was Serpentine Stripes. The two that I chose were featured in the Time Warp Stars history lesson about these fabrics. They have both been in my stash for a while.

and this month's block for Under the Cherry Tree. The fabric for the bird in the centre had been too worn to show the colour on the original quilt so I decided to make it purple, and I also gave it a trimmer body.

I am still busily working away on Sue Spargo's wool BOM which has numerous bullions to be stitched etc and is keeping me totally, happily occupied. I think everyone will love this wallhanging when it is revealed at the end of the year.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time Warp Stars

Continuing to make the Time Warp Stars. Last week's fabric was Conversational Shirtings.
I picked the orange and yellow designs because I had not used these two colours in my Stars so far, not knowing.......

........this week's fabric was going to be California Gold.
The right-hand fabric was mentioned in Barbara Brackman's blog and she described
the colour as Butterscotch. I also found a little floral among my fabrics that is the same,so I have used that for my second star to represent this week's colour.

I have a bookcase style of cupboard and my fabrics are stacked by colour,
so when I took out the bundle of yellow/gold I found a scrap of Jo Morton's, paisley shirting for my blocks in just the right colour and there was enough to make the two stars.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Reproduction Stars.

I decided to make two of each fabric for Barbara Brackman's Time-Warp Stars. I am now up to date for the sixteen fabric variations. I have managed to find all these fabrics in my stash except for the 'Ombres' . Karen of Somerset Patchwork kindly gave me a piece of blue and brown ombre for my two stars. The second pair of two greens I have used may not be exact but they both have a very definite yellow dye, over the green on the back of the fabric so I am using them to represent the ' overdyed greens' theme. The first set of green stars are Poison Greens.


The added bonus to searching through my FQ's to find what is needed for each week's requirement is the refolding I'm doing, resulting in a tidy tidier cupboard.

Monday, April 27, 2015

One more of everything.

Trying to keep up with a bit of everything.
I stitched the applique on the first block with the basket. There are four blocks like this and I'm going to use the same fabrics for each one.

The  next block for Under the Cherry Tree. I'm still managing to get one sewn each month so this is number 7. Maybe the next one will have fewer leaves.
and two more Civil War Stars. This week Woven Plaids. Learning the history behind the fabrics is an added bonus.

If anyone is looking for me, you'll know where I'll be.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How Time Flies................

April has been a busy month with a couple of family Birthdays, Easter and a trip to the Melbourne Quilt Show.
I finally took a photo of my GS quilt hanging up in his room.
A quilt in progress, a pattern from the workshop with Marg Sampson-George. I have had this lovely antique floral fabric for a couple of years and didn't want to cut it up too much, so this pattern was just what I needed to show it off. I need to find a fabric for an inner border to go between this and the 9-patch final border.

I enjoyed a trip to the Melbourne quilt Show last week and  I bought some more Japanese Taupe fabrics. I want to make another quilt using them, so I bought suitable pieces for backgrounds.
 I got a couple of FQ from Lu'cello's and some fine wool for stitching my Sue Spargo's BOM which is coming along beautiful but unfortunately I can't show you until the BOM finishes.
This project is keeping me very busy with all the embellishments Sue adds to her quilts.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


I started making Barbara Brackman's 'Stars in a Time Warp'. Each week on her Blog there is the history of a different fabric and pictures of star blocks. You can make one or as many Stars as you wish using that particular colour or type of fabric. At the moment I have only made one in each but I hope to make more later on, as I have several fabrics in each variation except for the Overdyed Green.
 So far we have had Turkey Reds - Prussian Blues - Shirting Prints - Chrome Orange or Cheddar - Overdyed Greens - Double Pinks - Madder Prints -Indigo Blue - Chrome Yellow - Green Calicoes and Purples.
Here is a picture of my Stars so far.

My other project - Mrs Millar's Journey -  is progressing slowly. This is one of four baskets on the side blocks of the quilt and I have two of them stitched down.  

Time to sit and sew and watch the World Cup Cricket final.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I have started off with a photo of the next block that I have finished for the Under the Cherry Tree quilt. I'm glad to have the berries sewn on as there was quite a few.

Then I started a new quilt and this is the centre block for Mrs Millar's Journey quilt designed by Liz Willing. The large leaves and flowers overlap onto the surrounding blocks and will be sewn down when the blocks are attached.

A couple of visitors to the garden. They were quite happy to sit there and devour our tomatoes straight off the plants.

Last Friday I went to Ballan with a couple of friends and saw this quilt show. It had been put on by Millrose . Patchwork shop, cafe and accommodation.

one of my favourite.

just a section on a quilt.



Needless to say we also did a bit of shopping while we were there.
I did finish my Grandson's cot quilt and forgot to take a photo before I gave it to him.I'll take one when it gets hung up.