Sunday, February 14, 2016

In one piece

Have you seen me on Instagram?

If so you would have seen that the house quilt is in one piece.

It's quite big so hard to get a good photo.

Maybe an uncropped one is better.

Look at that ironing board:

only just ironed the quilt.


I thought these colours might suit this post...

I went for a walk in the bush the other day in preparation for next BIG walk.

Who thought I would see an echidna just on the path!

And the bush is own kind of dramatic.


Friday, February 12, 2016


Borders....isn't that the topic of the decade?

I have been working on mine.

They are pieced in 2 1/2" squares. A good way to use the small pieces.


I have shaded from dark to light and pieced them along with the blocks.

Nearly done.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A word on the roof

The instructions for this pattern read:
cut and piece 59 houses.
I guess back then we made templates.

At first I thought the roof and sky would be "flying geese".
But it turned out to be a bit more complicated.
You could just make photocopies and foundation piece
play with the maths as I have done 

 I have added a bit of extra and cut out 2 rectangles (4 1/2" x 5 1/2")
Placed wrong sides together and cut diagonally.
That way I ended up a piece and its reverse for either side.
And then I trimmed to the pattern measurements.

If you are as keen as me to have some of these old books here is a good source
and keep in touch if you have decided to make one of these.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


It was unplanned that my two ideas would collide like this.

I realise that it was in remaking this quilt that I had

Linda Brannock, Jan Patek and Gerry Kimmel on my mind.


I am making progress on my houses quilt

so much so it has out grown the design wall,

that is, the quilt on the wall I have been pinning the blocks to.

But when to stop?

Here's the one I did earlier:

About 20 years earlier!

It's on my son's bed and I had to get him to message me a photo.

Just now. Ahh technology.....

It's from this book.

Glad you kept them? I am.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Old favourites

Sometimes I think I'm done with quilting.
What more is there I want to do?
And people say to you:
"And how many quilts do you have now?"
And then you stumble on a new blog like this one
and I am back at the beginning looking at all the quilts that got me started.
And I am getting started.
This is my first finish for 2016.

It's from this book by Linda Brannock and Gerry Kimmel
dated 1992.
I have used fabric from the stash for the back
and I'm liking it more and more.
The current project is also from one of these old books.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Australia Day

Every year the "Eat More Lamb" people put out an advertisement
 to encourage us to wack some chops on the barbie.
Often they create a bit of fuss. 
This year is no exception.
Operation Boomerang!

You can decide for yourself.
With my son living in Austin, Texas
 I am disappointed that Lee Lin Chin did not have him on her Rescue list. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Year of the House

This year we anticipate getting a bit of work done on our house.

Not looking forward to it.

So I am going to indulge myself and concentrate on houses for my quilts.

Actually I have already started.

I should start one of those "make this with me"

but you can sort that yourselves.

The house blocks are all going to measures 10" x 6" ( so far)

and I have done a few basic ones to start with

and then I have changed a bit.

I am enjoying this.