Showing posts from July, 2013

A riot of scrappy colour

 I thought I had better show you the complete view of my finished Rainbow quilt. 
It is a narrow single bed quilt (14 x 74") but DS1 loves it and its been perfect for snuggling on the couch during the cold mornings. 
Then because I had been away from my machine I was hungry for some simple piecing.  While we were away Bonnie Hunter announced the end of the Spool block leaders and enders challenge...she has quilted and bound her spool quilt already!  So not wanting to create another UFO (well that's my excuse) I started piecing blocks together.
And kept stitching as the kids were happy to be able to play outside, after nearly a week of being housebound.  You could say I was as "happy as a pig in mud" chaining piecing the day away!
And I kept stitching until I had a flimsy measuring 45 x 48".  I have about 12 blocks left over, nearly all of them are red!  So if I made a few more blocks (I have pieces cut out waiting) I could add an extra row, but it would be a …

School holiday fun

We have had a lovely break in Victoria for the school holidays visiting family.  The weather was cold though and I have to get my head around the fact that 3 C overnight does not mean that I will be able to make a snowman in the morning!  Mind you we got home to Adelaide only to discover there had been a sprinkle of snow on Mt Lofty that morning!
Hand sewing was the order of the day, helping pass the long hours spent in the car.  I made most of these hexies three years ago and never sewed them together...because I got distracted and started Seven Sisters.  They are now destine to become a table runner, just a few more rows and it will be long enough. 

We enjoyed some shopping and new purchases were made, more reproductions!  I visited all three patchwork shops in Geelong, but still didn't find the Primitive Gatherings fabric I was looking for.  I didn't complain because DH normally avoids taking me to one shop, let alone all three!  These fabrics came from The Blanket Box in …

Pedal to the metal

I had the urge to finish something last weekend.  So I quilted and bound this mini quilt.  Sorry about the picture, but taken inside, so you cannot see my quilting, which I am actually very proud of, because I deviated from straight lines OR stitch in the ditch! 
This week I had very limited Internet access as we had used up our allowance.  So the finishes are growing more quickly then previously anticipated.  It just goes to show how much time I waste!
 Hmmm this is the only photo I have of the FINISHED Rainbow QAYG string quilt.  Blame the rain and two boys who delighted in rolling around on the finished top and were very cute "pretending" to be asleep...which lasted 3 minutes!  Actually it needs a label and so does the mini quilt, so technically neither are a finish....yeah right!
During the week after I wore a hole in my finger stitching down bindings, I switched over and worked on my Yellow Sister...I think this will be my last!  Last night I started making triangles t…

Bunny rug for baby - tutorial

Want to help me to make a present for newly arrived/expected soon babies?  My mother continuously asked me if I had any bunny rugs when I was expecting DS1, I never found any in the shops the same as she had when we were born (although the hospital had them), but this is my home made equivalent.   In this post I used a 75 cm length x width of fabric in two different flannel prints.  In the past I have also made them 1 metre x width of fabric. Take your two pieces of flannel and iron (steam is best) them right sides together.  I try to line up one short and one long edge - the animal fabric was not as wide as the pink, go figure I thought width was standard!  Trim the selvage's off both sides, and even up the top and bottom.  Using a side plate as a guide, cut off each corner so that it is rounded.  Pin the corners as you go.  I didn't bother pinning the straight edges, as the flannel sticks together really well if you iron it all over first.  Yeah I know, who likes ironing, b…