I think I need a bigger design wall..

I think I need a bigger design wall..

...I had blocks trailing on the floor for this quilt... I'd forgotten about these blocks that I started 2 years ago. How bad is that!? I found them at the bottom of my stash cupboard under a mass of fabric. I once described myself as a kangaroo on a pogo stick when it comes to jumping from project to project, I guess this one just got lost in the hops.  I felt so bad about neglecting the blocks I figured the only way to make it up to them was to make them up... Luckily I'd kept some of the fabrics with them because I decided to make another 40 blocks. A few new fabrics got thrown in too. The finished top is fit for a queen at 90x90 inches. I took these photos late at night so the colours look duller than in real life. One day it'll get a nice outdoorsy, natural light photo shoot. Usually when I sew my quilts a name will come to me, but I still I haven't thought of a name for this one.  Any suggestions are very welcome! The reason I was ru

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Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

 Roses are beautiful but they eventually wilt, Chocolates are yummy but I gobble them up in no time, I'll always treasure cards with special messages, but my latest love is....   Valentines hankies! All those pretty hearts, cupids, ribbons and lace make them so romantic.  Since Medieval times, knights in shining armour have carried their loved ones fabric token in tournaments or into battle.  Hankies are a handy size to carry from far away places. making them a popular gift from sailors to their loved ones. How wonderful it would have been to receive a square of embroidered silk from an exotic far away land. .  Marie Antoinette was such a trend setter. She apparently thought the square was the most elegant shape for a hankie and so it was decreed by her husband King Louis XVI of France, that all hankerchiefs should be square. Squares may be elegant but one of the things I enjoy about Valentines Hankies is their creative shapes.

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Fabulous Gifts!

Fabulous Gifts!

A little while ago a parcel arrived on my doorstop..  My friend, the wonderful  Melissa P had packed a bundle full of gorgeous goodies... A beautiful hand stitched flower... gracing the top of a box... with a surprise inside!!! Pretty thread,  the colour of white fluffy clouds in a blue sky. But wait , there's more... R.. for Really awesome!! That has to be the best R ever stitched!  I love those perfect cross stitches..  Hello happy pom pom corners! and that yummy Kaffe fabric just makes me smile!! 100 billion thank yous to Melissa P for such fabulous, special gifts !! :) Talking of Kaffe Fasset fabric... It just so happens that Melissa P has posted her latest quilt Fruit Smoothie and has a free downloadable pattern so you can make one too, AND she's having a Giveaway of some very yummy Kaffe Fasset fabrics...  Pop over to her blog 100 Billion Stars  to be part of the fun! 

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What's been happening...

What's been happening...

Here's an update of what's been happening in my sewing room ... I've mostly been spending my sewing time hand quilting my Dollop of Cream quilt. I really want to get it finished before being distracted by other projects and you know how easily I can get distracted! I've sewed little crosses to fill in some areas of the quilt. It adds some variety to all the normal straight stitches. One day I needed a splash of colour so I had a go at making yo yo's.  They're so quick and fun to make. I like the idea of making a chain of them to hang up somewhere.  My dresdens are still lurking on the design wall... I haven't done any more with them except decide not to add the triangle borders. They just looked wrong, out of balance with the rest of the quilt. I'm now thinking it would be fun to applique, or piece some teapots and cups with some words. I'll make a decision when I finish quilting the cream quilt.  

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