Sunday, July 23, 2017


Whilst making the block for the CW Fabric quilt (I really need a new name for this thing), there were various offcuts sitting on the sewing table.

Seemed like a good idea to make them into something. A mat and a pincushion, as a thank you to the delightful Kelli whose thoughtful  gift started the ball rolling on this project.

These beauties and a box of treats are making their way State-side and should arrive soon.  

In the meantime, I've been prowling the internet for ideas on how to layout the 12 inch blocks I've made. I couldn't find the BOM pattern the original six blocks were from, but I did find this . . . 

I just knew this would be the layout when I tracked back the image to a blog by another girl named Kelli. Same spelling and all!

The pattern is a Lori Smith design. I found the pattern here at From My Heart to Your Hands. Lori has designed the quilt with 10 inch blocks but mine are 12 inches. I'm working on that centre medallion using 2 inch (finished) blocks. Wanna see?

Hey Leanne! Recognise the fabrics in that centre star?
It looks like piecing the top is going to be tricky, as I discovered when I found this on Quilt in Style's blog.

Reproduced by kind permission of Quilt in Style
There are quite a few mitred and Y seams there. I also don't like my chances of finding a border print for those outside blocks but I could make my own pieced version.

Plenty of challenges ahead!

Sunday, July 16, 2017


I got a new toy - a rotating cutting mat! Not sure why I haven't organised one before now but it's a handy bit of kit when trimming down all those  two and a half inch HSTs.

Thought you might like to see what I've been making - the last blocks for the CW fabric quilt. 

Number 9
Block 10

Block 11

Block 12

That's the main blocks all done. Time to start on the centre medallion. You'll have to come back again to see the quilt I'm making with these.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Yes indeedy, BLUE is the colour chosen by Angela for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.

I had most of the day to spend sewing (a rare treat these days) so I made another one. . .

 . . . and since I had lunch and dinner organised I worked a little on the Civil War style blocks.

When making HSTs,  I always make them a wee bit bigger and trim them back. 

How was your weekend? Any sewing happening?


Sunday, July 2, 2017


I love those makeover shows on tv and not just because I'd like them to give my place one.

You might remember this block from a few posts ago. Well, I wasn't really happy with it. Not just because the points were off (I'm not a perfectionist by the way but these were irritating), I also wasn't keen on the lack of contrast.

So this block got a makeover.

Number Seven
That's much better! I'm not a big fan of unpicking but it was well worth it. Same with this block.
Number Six
For some reason, I didn't check the size of the four units that make this block. They weren't 6 1/2 inches at all (which might explain why this block looked whacky the first time around) so I unpicked, trimmed and resewed.

This is the sixth and final block of the six Kelli H gave me. Now I need to make five more (the other one above is number seven) so that I have twelve in total.

Searching Pinterest I found this block:

Hey Ruth - does this look familiar?
Yep, it's from Ruth's blog Country Log Cabin Quilter way back in 2012! Here's my version

Number Eight
The background fabric print has been washed out by the flash (it's a bit dark in the sewing room today). Thanks Ruth! I need designs that look good on point and this is just the ticket.


Saturday, June 24, 2017


Image courtesy of Visit NSW

I had reason to travel to the beautiful Hunter Valley recently - renowned for its vineyards, Angus beef cattle, thoroughbred horses and coal.

The mines aren't quite so pretty as this but the whole valley is one outrageously large coal deposit. Quality ore. Which we dig up and sell around the world.

Let's just stick with the pleasant images, shall we?

I stayed in a beautiful historic home, now a bed & breakfast. Segenhoe Inn is a classic Colonial Georgian two storey built in 1837 from the same gorgeous sandstone used to construct so many Australian colonial buildings. The Hunter Valley was settled not that long after the settlement of Australia in 1788.

The walls are about 12 inches thick with the door jams and skirting boards made from wide planks of Australian red cedar felled from the area. Large rooms, high ceilings, big comfortable beds -  it has the lot. There is also a cosy cafe at the back.

In nearby Scone, there was a terrific restaurant - The Cottage - housed in another heritage property. Delicious food!

It was nice to catch up with family, many of whom I haven't seen for far too long.  On the way home I stopped in at Glendoon Patchwork Cottage.

Fabrics at Glendoon Cottage Patchwork
I know, I know. I'm supposed to be quilting from the stash but . . . .

Well, there was such a lovely selection of Civil War Reproduction fabrics that I just had to collect a few for my quilt.

This is a good time of the year to visit another historic town - Morpeth - so I might just have to call in to Glendoon again.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


You guessed it! YELLOW is the colour for June in the RSC 2017 Challenge. There are so many wonderful blocks being made for this quilt-a-long.

Canuck Quilter's butterflies escaped into the garden and I'm in awe of so many other RSC creations.

I'm linking up with SoScrappy's Saturday.

Also found time to make another Civil War style block. This one is called Jack in the Box.

I'm saving all the offcuts and leftovers from these blocks to make smaller blocks - maybe some of the Moda Blockheads?

I saw them used as the centre of Ohio Star blocks and I quite like the idea.  Looks like I've got some catching up to do!

Sunday, May 28, 2017


The Raindrops baby quilt is finished at last. Hooray!

You're right katiemaytoo - dots are addictive. I can see more dots in my future. Maybe I just need a new prescription for my specs.

Remember these?
I still use that one on the left. They don't make 'em like that any more. Beef Casserole and Parsley Mustard Dumplings for dinner tonight. 

I've also been making some jam. Aurora Plum; Rhubarb, Pear & Ginger; and Red Grape. I use the microwave as there is less mess and it doesn't make too much.

The oven timer bell just chimed. Better check on the Banana Raspberry Choc Chip Muffins and put the kettle on for a cup of tea.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


It's RSC time and the colour selected for May is GREEN. Here is my block for the challenge.

It's about all the quilty-type sewing I managed to do here this weekend other than mending. Yawn.

I did head to the Southern Highlands yesterday for the Bowral Public School Market. A combination of food and crafts. Mostly, I focus on the food - sourdough breads, jams, cheeses, cakes, pastries, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Bowral Public School was built in the late 1800s and the government architecture of that era is marvellous. The same can't be said for the soulless brick and aluminium monstrosities erected in the 1970-80s.

The 1893 entrance to the school
 I do so like that sandstone feature. Across the road from the school is one of the reasons why the Southern Highlands are much visited this time of year.

The region is ablaze with the colours of autumn. This specimen is a real beauty. We are actually having an autumn this year and you can feel Winter nipping at its heels. The last of my sassanqua camellias is in full bloom.

Gratuitous garden image for Pam at Sidewalk Shoes
It's rather bleak today so I'm off to scoff the treats I bought at the markets yesterday, watch a movie and relax. Well, it is Mother's Day here.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Finally managed to start quilting the raindrops baby quilt. That zig zag pattern makes it quick and easy. I also like the texture it gives to the quilt. It will be good to have this project finished.

Over the years blogging has connected me with lots of lovely people who live in far away lands. From time to time, I am blessed when a parcel of goodies arrives out of the blue. Or after several emails attempting to locate said parcel at the post office.

Gail is an amazing lady who recently gave a series of history talks to more than 1000 teenage students over several days; and who also likes to travel around the States with her trusty sidekick - a pretty Sheltie called Quinn.

As she was travelling about, Gail very kindly, thought of her Aussie friend at the other end of the world and collected bits and bobs, as well as making a gorgoeus sewing table mat and pouch. She even sent a map marked with what was collected and where. Neat.

I felt well and truly spoiled with all these wonderful goodies. Thank you very much Gail.


Saturday, April 22, 2017


I managed to get a little sewing done after the family visited over Easter. It was delightful to  be together again after a long time apart as they all live overseas.

This table mat was made from fabrics that were a gift from Kelli H - my blogging buddy from way back. Thanks Kelli!

I tried my hand at some fancee-schmanzee quilting after watching a Youtube video. Don't look to close, yeah - I didn't quite pull it off. The colours work well with the floor rug in this room. My father made the table (years ago).

I also decided to make some more multi blocks for the RSC Challenge.

With these extra blocks, I can now make the quilt square. This is the pattern again to jog your memory.