little finishes

 Finally I have finished the last block from the free BOM by Dawn Heese from Linen Closet quilts.
Now I just have to trim them and decide on sashing.  Hmmm fabric choices, could take awhile!

I made a few of these small dresden plates in rainbow, when I discovered a pattern in Quilts and More (Summer 2016) magazine - which was for a pincushion.  The block is about 8" but I decided that one pin cushion was enough.  And instead of using linen for the background I used shot cotton in grey for a more modern look.  That lead to the more modern look quilting.
So finally a little wall hanging, perfect for a gift - which is why I have kept it under wraps until now!
Happy quilting Sue.

Merry Christmas

 Wishing you a 


 very Merry Christmas

with lots of love, laughter and time with family and friends, 
Sue.

Blue and orange friendship star cot quilt - finished!

Remember this cot quilt I made out of home made 2.5" strips from my stash?
 Well I finally got it quilted.  I used a variegated thread in blue/yellow and stippled it all over. I find stippling is the easiest free motion quilting pattern for me.  I have practised other patterns, but keep coming back to stipple because it generally melts into the background so you can focus on the colours and pattern.
I found a nice blue in my stash to bind it in.  I am all out of orange.  Pity it is definitely one of my new favourite colours!
The best bit is the snuggly flannel backing I found in my stash with diggers on it, and the colours even match! 
 Happy quilting Sue.


A Merry Dove

Back in September I brought a pattern called A Merry Dove , by "One day in May" designer Melissa Grant. 
 Melissa was at the spring sewing day run by A Quilters Harvest in Warracknabeal and showed me how to satin stitch.
 We got lots of free patterns in our goodie bags that day, of which I have finished none!  But figured this candle wrap (or potential gift with jar of lollies?) was needed by 25 December, otherwise it is redundant for rest of summer. 
 
So I set to and made it over a 24 hour period.  Not having a light box was the biggest fiddle.  There are lots of other things I should have been doing, but so what!
Happy quilting, Sue.

Two not quite finished finishes!

I finished the four stars from Kim Diehl's book "Simple Christmas Tidings"..
 
They are slightly addictive and I have more pieces cut out in different colours.  In the meantime the kids put up our Christmas tree, honesty there is not a spare branch on in it for another ornament!

I just need to add some perle cotton for hanging them...somewhere!



 
I finished this mini Dresden in reproduction fabrics some time ago.  Which I love on the linen.
I even hand quilted the top!

But I am not in love with the side join.  Hence it has not been on public display.  However recently I saw a pin cushion in this design with ruched sides.  So a new ruched side for this mini pillow/giant pincushion is on my "to do" list, after Christmas, while I am on holidays.

 Not in linen mind.  I have never heard of ruched linen.  But then again I have never ruched anything - gathered yes, but ruched no, so I am happy to be told different!
So there you go, two not quite finished projects!  I am running out of things to show you, must be time for a new project.  Oh that's right I am going on holidays soon....new projects started (not finished) are guaranteed!
Happy quilting Sue.


Quilty progress

Despite the distractions of school holidays, work trips and feeding orphan lambs (while the real farmers in my family were away on holidays...