First finishes for 2014

I made the houses up into a cushion front which only confirmed further that I wasn't in love with them.  Pity as I used really nice reproduction prints!  I tried looking at them from a distance with my other mini quilts.
And up close.  Now I am convinced they would make a nice cushion!

I started this cot quilt last year and only had to hand stitch the binding down, but ran out of time before Christmas.  I wanted to use up some of the lovely bright fabrics I had brought to finish another cot quilt last year, which made good sashing.  The novelty transport prints were out of my stash and had been pre cut into sizes for ages, so it was a very quick quilt to make.  I had fun practicing my FMQ on the borders, sashing and blocks, using different patterns.
This quilt is more large lap size and I didn't fancy so much heavy quilting, so just used a simple grid, which I hope is sufficient when its washed?  I don't like quilting over the animals faces! I had to finish the machine quilting and attach the binding after New Year.  So it hasn't take me long to finish either of these projects, just had to make the time to get a photo opportunity outside!
I brought five cot panels at Hettie's Patch's sale last weekend.  We are not expecting any friends to have babies this year, but rather I am hoping to continue practising my FMQ and have some nice gifts at the end.
Happy quilting Sue SA.


  1. glad the houses found a home somehow.....
    Great idea to make up little quilts to practice fmq... that is my plan too.... just have to get myself into gear!


  2. Great use of your house blocks, they work as a cushion or a mini. Nice finishes too, good practice quilting.

  3. Hi Sue, Happy New Year! I do read your blog but don't comment much - sorry! I don't know if you follow the blog I started for the PNG babies quilts ( but just wanted you to know that your bunny rugs are now over there with all the other quilts and rugs, and will be distributed to the native families in the coming weeks. My cousin plans to photograph each quilt/rug with its new owner, so I'll be publishing them on the blog as I get them.

  4. What a wonderful start to the new year ! Two new quilts and a cushion front- I can only hope for such productivity for January.

  5. You are starting 2014 with a bang! Nice finishes. At least after making the house blocks you know what you don't want. I think its a great idea to practice your FMQ on smaller more manageable quilts. I am sure you will be a pro at it in no time.


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