Catching up

Catching up

My Simple Squares quilt is finished.  Oh lovely squares!! Easy going, friendly squares. One size to cut and I didn't have to think too much as I sewed them together. I simply quilted in the ditch creating a 4 inch checkerboard of stitches on the back. It's bound in some navy fabric I had in my cupboard. Easy peasy, done and dusted.. or is it ? ... there might be more to this quilt than meets the eye... expect it when you least expect it. :) Last weekend we had Gbf's sister come to stay with us. It's always a pleasure to show off our beautiful Blue Mountains, especially with a trip to one of my favourite places, Pulpit Rock Lookout, near Blackheath.  To get there you have to drive through a long tunnel of gum trees along a bumpy dirt road. Then there's a pleasant 10 minute walk down stairs made from rock and along a path lined with wild flowers, sculptural trees and pretty orange butterflies. When you come to the clearing you realise you're a

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On the Design Wall

On the Design Wall

I don't remember the last time I made a simple quilt of squares.  I recently tidied and refolded my stash of fabrics and noticed I have mostly blues so that's where I started pulling fabrics for this quilt. I added some oranges and golds to warm up the blue shades and add some sparkle. There's no theme to the mix of prints. It was a case of using what looked good as I went along. You'll see there's lots of daisy prints, florals and dots. Some fabrics I've had for years, others are fairly new. I found a fabric butterfly in my scraps. It seemed particularly attracted to the blue daisies. It kept me company as I cut.  After a morning of listening to music and making fabric fly around the room as I gave my rotary cutter a good workout I now have 17 x 16 rows of 4.5 inch squares.   Now I just have to sew them together. One simple square quilt coming right up! Off to the sewing room I go! :)

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Octopus's Garden

Octopus's Garden

Octopus's Garden!! I think taking photos of a finished quilt would have to be one of my favourite parts of the quilt making process. When you have as many unfinished projects as I do a completed quilt is always worth celebrating! It's especially fun when it means going to different locations. Knowing we had an upcoming visit to a beach gave me the motivation to get Octopus's Garden quilted and finished. I couldn't have picked a better location for this quilt, I'm sure there were mermaids watching us from the waves.  It was the day I went to the Kaffe and Brandon class, so we were up early and only had a time window of 45 minutes to get our photos. No time for the weather to clear or the sun to come out. It worked out perfectly though, the moody greys and neutral sandy background really help to set off the colours in the quilt.  Gbf was such a patient quilt holder. He climbed rocks, moved an inch this way or that, an

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Fobble Bobbles

Fobble Bobbles

How cool are Wool Felt Balls? They look like fuzzy bubble gum or colourful 3D polka dots They're a pleasure to sew, the needle just glides through the felty goodness. And are easily attached with glue. Their colourful bubbly appearance is just asking for cute photos Happy bobbly flowers A rainbow spiral A forest... ...where a sweet smiling bear lives.  Oh yes!! Wool Felt Balls are so cool!! but I think they should have a more exciting name than Wool Felt Balls.  What do think of Fobble Bobbles?  or Felt Bubbles, Wool Pebbles, Sewing Spheres, Woolly Balls, Febbles, FeltBees, WFB's ? It's funny the things I think about when I'm sewing. :)

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