Bits and Pieces...

Thank you so much to everyone for the most wonderful comments about my Pockets Full of Posies quilt!! It's amazing to get such encouraging and positive feedback. Pockets Full of Posies was the most popular name but I'll include Denim Garden on the label as well. 

I've been going through a bit of a sewing lull since finishing that quilt. I decided to give my sewing room a thorough tidying. This entailed getting out all my UFOs and WIPs. Oh my golly gumboots - I have 11 quilt tops that need quilting and about the same number of half finished tops and projects that are waiting for my attention. It's left me feeling a bit overwhelmed so while I'm catching my breath and figuring out a plan of action to tackle the backlog I'll share some other bits and pieces with you...


I received this gorgeous card from a good friend. What a clever use of dried flowers. How pretty are the dainty earrings.

From dried petals to the real thing - These are my favourite flowers of all time. Dark Red Peonies. I'm lucky that they usually flower around my birthday so I can get a bunch to celebrate. 
They start as buds that look like beetroots ...

... and blossom into these big fluffy blooms. 


I was the lucky winner of Sew Serendipity Bags as giveaway prize at Forget-Me-Not blog. 
Thanks Susanne!!  
Do you think the Universe is telling me I should make a bag? The ruffle one on the cover is particularly tempting. 

Here's some recent fabrics added to my stash. It's hard to resist colourful text prints and blue daisies. 

 This next fabric has to be the best cheater fabric ever. Crochet Granny Squares fabric!! 
How genius!


I found it at Spotlight. It's a drill cotton so heavier than quilting cotton. I was thinking it would make a fun skirt, quirky cushions or even a bag from the Sew Serendipity Bag book. 

But not until I've sorted out some of the piles of unfinished quilts first. :)

Bits and Pieces...

31 comments

  1. I'm smiling. Your story is familiar. I'm sure all quilters have hidden treasures. I sure do.
    Let us know which one you work on next.

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  2. I have to get some of that granny squares fabric!

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  3. Oh, eleven UFOs!!Good luck making a decision which one to tackle first! Love that crochet fabric- what a great idea! What will you make???

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  4. I've got lots of UFOs too. I keep getting swept up with new ideas and abandon current projects. Love your granny squares fabric.

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  5. Oh dear, I think I have even more UFO's than you. I love those peonies. We had a bush of those in my backyard growing up and we always took a bouquet to the cemetery to decorate my grandfather's grave. Thanks for the little trip down memory lane. :)

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  6. I always hit a lull after finishing a big project--and I have re-boxed a lot of my UFO's--they do weigh on my mind tho'. But perhaps, yours, like mine, are just not ready to be completed. I am still re-folding, and re-sorting etc., too,,,hugs, Julierose

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  7. those granny squares are awesome! Amazing what Spotlight turns up sometimes!

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  8. The flowers are very beautiful!Loke the vase as well! Are you going to frame your card?

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  9. I think you put so much love into that quilt that you need a little break to regroup.
    I love peonies too, that color is gorgeous.
    UFO's will always be a part of our lives, I am learning to live with them!!!
    I need to get some of that text fabric, very cool.

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  10. That cheater granny square fabric is just too amazing!! I've never seen anything like it! UFOs are a fact of life. Finish one and and another one pops up. Sort of like laundry.

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  11. Granny square cheater cloth!!! Brilliant! You will really enjoy Kay's book. (That's the book with the Quilted Duffle Tote I used for Lucky Girl for Fall Market.)

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  12. I am pleased to say I only have four or so quilt tops awaiting being made into quilts, including my first ever quilt top that has been waiting what four years now!
    (Well that is my story and I'm sticking to it ;-)
    Love the cheater cloth - haven't seen that one at Joann's. Scroatfight's plain quilting fabric is pretty good quality too, or it was just before I left two years ago - I reckon it's better than Kona cottons! It has a lovely hand.
    I love peonies too and they are all over the place here! They do really well in this climate :-D

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  13. Wow, I love that granny square fabric! I'm sure you'll come up with a great plan for it.

    I also really love that ruffled bag too.

    Frankly, a backlog of 6 finished tops is better than my backlog, because mine haven't even made it to the finished flimsy point yet!

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  14. Oh that ruffled bag is sweet--very girly. The backlog always seems overwhelming, that's why we try not to count.:)

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  15. I keep telling you you need to make bags too, it's kismet I tell you ;o)

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  16. I love the new fabrics, and that granny square piece would make a fantastic bag! So fun! And don't worry about the ufo's and wips......that just means you've been extra creative, and needed to move on to new ideas before the others got finished! Nothing wrong with that! LOL

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  17. Lovely art card – some people think of the most creative things!

    I love the vase those peonies are sitting in ...very unusual – and completely you!

    That crochet fabric is amazing...I wonder if I could fool Marg into thinking Ive actually learned to crochet with it? Poor girl tried to teach me once and nearly ripped all her hair out in frustration.

    Ive been cleaning out my sewing room for three weeks now- still not finished and at the moment Im not sure it looks any better than when I started. Good luck with yours!

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  18. You make me feel better, I don't have quite so many UFO's, thank you.
    I'm going to have to make that 45km trip to Spotlight to check out the fabric, I love that granny square one.

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  19. I'm sure you'll have plenty to do over the holiday break with all those ufos.
    Love the granny square fabric too!

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  20. lovely flowers and the vase is equally as beautiful! That cheater fabric is amazing. I had to look very carefully...it looks just like crochet granny squares!

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  21. I think I have the same number of tops to quilt and unfinished projects too. It does feel good to sort them out. Happy upcoming birthday! Wishing you a fun day, a rewarding year, and lots of deep red peonies. xo

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  22. I think we all get a big fright when we look at our UFO list!!
    I do like that granny square fabric. Will have to look out for that one.

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  23. Ohhhhh love the card, how creative, and that fabric is amazing, I had to look twice as I thought you had been hooking hahahahahaha x

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  24. That card is amazing - I might try that one day! And that crochet fabric is incredible - it looks like the real thing! Have just been admiring your denim flowery quilt - absolutely stunning! It cheered me up on this cold, grey winter day! xCathy

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  25. Love your peonies! I had some light pink ones a couple of weeks back.I love fresh flowers. Maybe you need to wait for one of those unfinished projects calls you.
    That crochet fabric looks awesome and you should definitely make a bag. I would love to see your take on it.

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  26. Yes Rachael we never know what lurks around till we have a clean up LOL! Your name is perfect for your quilt...good thinking there! Congratulations on your bag...you will make that a fun one I'm sure! Oh golly gosh those peonies...I have carted one around with me for 10 years as it was love at first sight for me when I saw them! It is doing really well in the pot now and I am too scared to re-pot it! They are just beautiful! That fabric is just gorgeous and so 'Rachael'!

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  27. one more fun post that makes me smile) Love the granny square fabric and the peonies...Is it your birthday now??? Happy birthday...red peony lady

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  28. I love your new granny square fabric! I think it would look super cute in a bag and really nice since it's a heavier weight fabric! Your card is beautiful. I think you should frame it =D

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  29. Best wishes on finishing your UFOs and WIP! They sometimes stack up, don't they?
    What lovely flowers with a wonderful color. I can see why you love them so much.

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  30. Wow, I love that fabric with the granny squares on it - must rush to spotlight and get some - I'm thinking Bag!

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  31. Love the text fabrics with the Blue Daisies;) Lol... Just catching up with some blog reading now.

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