Saturday, 21 January 2017


That's right... Friday night had me sewing along with many others for FNSI.
I got another UFO out of the cupboard and tried to make some progress.
I had a pile of blocks already sewn, rows joined and lots of scraps. So trying to work out what the plan was... Anyway, I have decided it needed another 5 blocks making. This is what I made on Friday night. I will then have 5 blocks across and 6 rows down. I will join them with the brighter blue sashing and the backing fabric as corner stones and a 4" border... Now to get the measurements right.
A box of scraps

What I started with

Now to keep working on it over the next few weeks to get it finished.

Why don't you grab a cuppa and go check out what others got up to.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

I just can't help myself... I have to join in and sew, sew sew,.....
Sew I am sewing along with Pat Sloan and her 182 day Summer to Winter solstice...

I decided on using the beautiful pack of fabrics that Mari sent me...
I also added some of my Xmas bargain shopping from spotlight. The lighter fabric has snowflakes on it. This will be used as my background...
Here is the story of how I got the fabric

And go over to see what Mari gets up to. She does amazing work and is so kind....

Pat is putting up a 12" block every week Sew we can join in and sew along... I will sew as many blocks as I can with this fabric until it runs out. Wether I get 1 or 2 quilts out of it we will have to wait and see. There are 25 blocks in the sew along....

Anyway now for my blocks....
Here is week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A bit of this and a bit of that.

It's been a bit hot and we have had a few visitors over the past weeks. I just wanted a few little things to work on.
A cute little crochet turban beanie.....
Click on the link to see the pattern.
Bibs lined with flannelette

Knitted cotton dishcloths for the gift box

4 ply premie Knitted beanie


I used a soft 4 ply baby yarn.

No. 10 needles… 3.25 mm
(or size to make good tension)

CAST ON 59 sts….

K1, P1 to end.
P1, K1 to end.

K2, P2 to last st. P1
K2, P2 to last st. K1


K2 tog,  to last st, K1….  30 sts…

Break yarn.                  
Thread through sts
Sew up side seam
Turn band up…..

A Premie Knitted beanie
Have a look to see what else I make for the NICU at the local hospital.
This is my Prem Baby Makes page. If you want to join in and makes any of the items here please feel free. If you want to send some tomdonate please email me....

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Exciting Slow Stitching Sunday

What I project I'm working on today....
A few years back my good friend made me a scrappy quilt top for my birthday. I wasn't into using scraps or repetitive designs so I just love what Sue has done.... it sat in the cupboard for 3 years not knowing how to quilt it. Sue thought I didn't like it....
Isn't it lovely

The sashings were done in the shade of green that was my mums favourite colour. I have always wanted to quilt with perle thread.

When we cleaned up mums house I collected a whole tub of bits on rolls, new rolls and lots more. So decision made... This quilt will have a bit of mum in there too.

I cleaned off my table and got to thread basting it. I prefer to thread baste rather than using pins when I am going to hand quilt. I'm not sure how long it will take me to quilt and I have seen other projects damaged by the pins. I also don't like my thread getting caught around the pins when I sew...
I am basting through every square.
So that means about every 2 inches.

I have added a label already and it will be quilted in. This quilt is mine and I don't want it going missing.
My special label of thanks

All the basting is done and the quilt is trimmed down. It looks so much better when you trim it. It feels a lot better too.
All trimmed ready for quilting

Now for the quilting design. I have chosen the BAPTIST FAN design. I followed this great tutorial to  help me out
I have drawn the design on and now for the threads....
I am using frixion pens to mark this design with. I will draw a few fans, stitch them, lightly iron the pen mark off then draw on some more... I have a lot of colours to choose from and so far it's the blacks that seems to show up the best
My circle maker and frixion pen

Here is the tub of threads to go through.
Look at what I get to choose from

Here are some to start me off. I'm continuing the scrappy feel and just going to finish off some of these rolls...
The threads I am starting with

The end of the day and this is where I am at. I haven't stopped.
Baptist Fan hand quilting is started
Sue, this is for you. Thank you for my lovely gift and now you can see my progress.

I am linking up with Kathy for SLOW STITCHING SUNDAY . This link is for Kathys home page but very Sunday she has a link up...  Go and have a look through to see what others get up to for a relaxing day of stitching.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Using up some block swap blocks and a quilting project block

I was looking through some odd boxes I have and came across these blocks I received in the 12" & 6"  block swaps. I asked for autumn colours and maple leaves.
These groups blogs are no longer operating as they are on Facebook. I am not so I don't see what is happening but I wanted to do something with the blocks.
  This is the centre block that I used. It was a quilt as you go, raw edged applique and machine quilting techniques taught by Helen Godden.... what was I to do with it.. I don't do wall hangings...
Machine quilting class with Helen Godden held at Heathcote Quilters

So this is what I have come up with so far....
A play with ideas

This is what I have decided on

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Bonnie Hunters Clue 7 & Reveal...

It was New Year's Day and there were many thousands of Quilters tuning in to Bonnie Hunters QUILTVILLE. We were all waiting for the reveal and boy did we get it....
Not only do we have a lot of stitching to do but the quilt looks fantastic...
Hubby and I have been away travelling through South Australia so no sewing for me until now.... Luckily the link up was delayed a week.
I haven't done any of the clue 7 yet but went into sewing the blocks together and preparing some of the  borders. I still need to make 80 quarter square triangles for the sashing and place the magenta blocks in the borders.

I will be linking up with other Bonnieacs....
Some  of the border reading for sewing

Blocks laid out ready for sewing

16 blocks being webbed

Monday, 9 January 2017

Little comfort hearts for little babies in the NICU

I have been having fun making these little hearts for the NICU.
When a little one is taken from the mum and put in a crib it needs the smell of mum or dad. So when it comes time for a cuddle mum/dad can hold onto a heart with baby. Then when the baby is put back into the crib the heart is put with them. They still have the scent of mum/dad with them to comfort them. They are really easy to make.

  1. On a piece of paper or template plastic.... Mark out a 4" square 
  2. draw a heart to fit inside the square 
Make a heart shape to fit inside a 4 in square

  1. Cut out the heart.
  2. Trace out on to cute baby cotton fabric 
  3. Lay on top of some flannelette right sides together
  4. sew on the lines leaving a gap for turning
Stitching right sides together on soft cuddly flannelette 

  1. Trim leaving a very small seam allowance
All stitched ready and trimmed ready to turn out.
  1. Turn right sides out and close up the gap.
Turn right sides out and stitch the gap closed

  1. Top stitch around the edge.
Nicely topstitched and ironed.
A lovely pile of 40.. 

Keep them on soft gender specific fabrics and everyone is kept happy. They are so cute, easy and quick to make and they comfort both parents and babies.
All delivered nicely to the hospital. 

Here are some other ideas to help out if you want.