Spinning Star of Spotty Sparkles and other stupendous things.







It's only one block, but it deserves lots of photos because it's the most sewing I've done in a while. 

This spinning star of spotty sparkles is my contribution to the Springwood Community Quilt Show's 2016 raffle quilt. The pattern is Chris Jurd's Lots of Dots quilt. Chris is the featured quilter for the 2016 show and her Lots of Dots won the viewer's choice award a few years ago so it was the obvious choice for the raffle quilt. You can see more blocks on the Springwood Quilt Show blog.

It hasn't been all work and chores getting in the way of my sewing, in fact Mr Daisy and I got away for a few days and headed for the country. We explored old towns with lots of character and enjoyed scenic views. It was a region known for it's wine so we sampled some of the local produce as well.




I love the name of this store "Fancy Goods Emporium". The building was being renovated but I think it would be a such a great name for a quilt and haberdashery shop.

I didn't buy these shoes that I spotted in an op shop though I did think if I wore them I could reach the top of my design wall without needing my little step ladder. One can only wonder at the outfit they were worn with.


Moving closer to home, here's Simply Moderne in my local newsagents!!  Like it's fellow publication Quiltmania it takes a while for these magazines to arrive in our Aussie newsagents but for those who were wondering you should be able to find a copy now. 

And something for the other side of the world... This is a friendly reminder for all those going to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza this weekend to watch out for my Happy as A Clam Quilt. I hope it does it's job of making you smile.  
Here are the other dates it will be appearing as part of the World Quilt Show:
QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs ( Palm Springs, California) - October 8th-10th
Pacific International Quilt Festival ( San Francisco Bay Area) - October  15th - 18th


I started this post with something I've sewn so I'll finish with the next project on the list. I recently pulled out this scrappy trip around the world quilt top that I made a few years ago but have decided it needs another row. I don't think I'll have any trouble finding fabrics to match, it's all a bit "Throw it all in and see what happens!", gotta love that easy scrappy style!!

I hope stupendous things have been filling your days too.



Spinning Star of Spotty Sparkles and other stupendous things.

32 comments

  1. So much to see and so much to comment on Rachael- the spotty block is so perfect and such fun! I must find a copy of SImply Moderne. it seems my newsagent has stopped stocking patchwork magazines and replaced them with colouring books!!!! And I wonder whether my blogging friend Elizabeth in California might be heading to one of the Quilt Shows where "Happy as a Clam" is making its guest appearance!

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  2. What a nice post. How exciting to see your quilt in the newsagents. Does it seem real now? I love your contribution to the raffle quilt. It should look great when it is all together. I also love your bright Trip Around the World quilt. Another row should add on with no worries. It sounds like you have a fantastic road trip. I think I recognise most of the locations. It really is a stunning part of the world to visit and the weather and season at the moment has been perfect.

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  3. It must be thrilling to see your cover girl quilt on newsstands! Did you see anyone buy it, hehe?
    What a fabulous and complicated dotty block! wow! great colors and contrast. I look forward to seeing the whole raffle quilt.
    Looks like you had a lovely get away - love that Kangaroo sculpture. I agree, that is a wonderful name for a store of any kind!
    Your sunset shot is beautiful.

    Your trip around the world top is so fun. I love that pattern. Looks like such fun to make! I only made 2 blocks for a charity but I really liked the process.

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  4. Your lots of dots is packed with pizzazz ! Time away is always good for the soul. Such nice photos. Adding the blocks to your Scrappy Trip should be fun. Just grab and stitch is a liberating thing. Enjoy

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  5. Hi Rachael,wow you are so amazing ,boy I love your work,oh those shoes ,I have never. Seen anything like these,lol,enjoy your evening my friend xx

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  6. Love your Spotty block. Very you, bright and colourful and jolly! Glad you enjoyed a little holiday. Enjoy finishing your scrap quilt. I have intended to make this quilt for years and never have. Perhaps when I see your finished one it will be the inspiration I need?!

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  7. Your Scrappy TATW is very bright and very you.:) Love how exuberant it is! That is a fabulous pieced block too. Lots of work in that one!

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  8. Love your dotty block! Very inspiring, love the bias plaid to finish it off and the fussy cut centre. Now I have yo check out the other contributions.

    Love the kangaroo cut out on the bicycle, the person who designed that vignette has a great sense of humour. Thanks for sharing it.

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  9. Great block! Love to TATW too. Were you in Mudgee?

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  10. Another fun quilt! I presume you paper piece those to get the points so nice. I was going to do a scrappy tripalong but well I didn't. So many quilts, so little time.
    Also pics from home. Ahhh :-)

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  11. I just picked up a copy of Simply Moderne earlier this week, but I've only flicked through it, I'm saving it for when I can have an uninterrupted hour or more to immerse myself in reading it properly.

    Love the Spotty, Dotty circle, such perfect seam matching on it and as for those shoes, I don't know how anyone could balance let alone walk in them :) but it would have been interesting to see the outfit they were worn with.

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  12. Wow, what a wonderful, dotty-spotty block! It really IS stupendous! A lot of work, but very fun.

    Lots of great photo in your post. Love the sunset, the kangaroo cut-out and the shop name. How was the wine?

    How cool it must be to see your quilt on the rack in the bookstore! I'd love to find the magazine around here but I live too far out in the boonies. Wish I could get to Calif. to see your happy clam quilt, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards.

    Love your TATW! I need to get back to mine too - it's all dots, and not as far along as yours. Maybe in late October? Good luck on yours. It hopefully shouldn't take you too long, those blocks are pretty fast to do. Good luck!

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  13. Nothing should shock me by now...but really...my favorite quilt artist gone dotty and drinking instead of blogging and sewing...The shock of it all has me faint and seeing dots!!!

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  14. LOVE that block - its just fabulous and worth every photo !! need to find a copy of Simply Moderne - seems my newsagent is now getting Quiltmania but have yet to see Simply Moderne !!

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  15. LOVE that block - its just fabulous and worth every photo !! need to find a copy of Simply Moderne - seems my newsagent is now getting Quiltmania but have yet to see Simply Moderne !!

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  16. Your post is full of wonderful photos and your delightful stories. All those dots are sparkling. It's a great combination. Your TATW is colorful and vibrant. It's been on my list. I might have to move it closer to the top. Glad you had a chance to get away and explore new places. I can't imagine wearing those shoe and then trying to walk!

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  17. Love Love those sparkly dots -- soooo cute! Looks like you had a fun getaway -- I mean, there's a kangaroo -- how could it not be fun!!!

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  18. I could immediately hear the snap, crackle pop on that first block. It's still crackling! Your scrappy trips quilt is so worth making bigger. I love your motley mix of fabrics all together. Glad to see you've been having some fun times too.

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  19. Well it certainly is stupendous - I love it, it's very Rachel Daisy! Your trip looks lovely [but egads those shoes] - I wish your clam quilt was coming to my area!

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  20. That is just a stunning star block!! You have such a great way with fabric choices!! And PIQF is coming closer, so I'm glad you reminded us to look for your Clamshells quilt: can't wait to see it!! Hugs, H

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  21. Be still my spotty, dotty loving heart. Beautiful block! Its a good time to get away. This time last year we were exploring the Victorian countryside. How did a year go by so quickly? I haven't been doing much sewing. We are off travelling on Saturday. This year we are heading out to Broken Hill. I am looking forward to seeing the outback. I saw you were on Instagram. Its the platform for me at the moment. I do a photo-a-day prompt thing plus other photos. Its not too time intensive for me and I do love photos and seeing glimpses of other peoples lives.

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  22. Love the block. It takes time to look at all the parts as they are added to make it grow. It is a wonderful end result. I had a quick look at all the others on the website you linked to. This is going to be amazing when they are together.
    So exciting to see the magazines out and about. And I do wish My timing was better - we were in Philadelphia 6 weeks ago. It would have been fun to see your quilt there.
    Glad you had a good break away. Definitely good for the soul.

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  23. I always enjoy it when you & Mr. Daisy take me with you to see the Aussie countryside.
    You know I love your well-traveled quilts & know I believe you have a unique quilt-making voice -- but how FAB must it be to see your very own quilt smiling at you from the news stand!?!

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  24. Oh, those dots!!!! Love them! So much happy energy going on in that project.

    I'm pleased to hear you were able to take some time away. It's always a good catalyst for inspiration and ideas.

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  25. Your star is gorgeous! I didn't understand how it was part of a quilt because it looks like it's bound but then I clicked on the pattern and see maybe there are lots of finished pieces appliquéd on? It sure looks pretty! Love the kangaroo on the bike. That bike looks like something out of American Pickers!

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  26. Lots happening in your world lately! Your spotty block is just gorgeous and after seeing some of the other blocks I can't wait to see the finished quilt. I love the word 'emporium', older shops had something we just don't get in our retail experience anymore, it was a different world when I was shopping with my Mum as a little girl in the 60's - mind you I wouldn't necessarily want to go back to that time either! I think the thing that made me laugh about those spectacular shoes was that they were in the leisurewear section - nothing leisurely about them! Your clam quilt is really getting out and about, it must be difficult to send one of your quilts off into the greater beyond, do you worry about it coming back safely? I sent a quilt to the UK to my niece but only in my brother's luggage. Not sure I could trust it to the mail!

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  27. I love your dotty block--so cool! Those shoes are pretty crazy though. I received the latest Quiltmania today in the mail and have to say your red and white quilt is the prettiest in the entire issue!

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  28. YOU SPOTTY DOTTY FUN GIRL!!!!
    gorgeous work as always.

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  29. I love the block at the top, wow!
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us :-)
    xx

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  30. The spinning star is dotty perfection! Your trip looks fun and thoses shoes?!!! Love the fancy emporium :) Enjoy your scrappy block making! X

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  31. What a glorious post Rachael! From your beautiful spinning star of spotty sparkles to the picturesque photos of the countryside to the lovely, scrappy trip around the world quilt top. Divine!

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  32. Your spinning star is perfection! Can't believe how precise your work is. It is a treat to see. Now, about those shoes...........laugh or cry:)

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