Saturday, 27 February 2021


 Having made my bargello baby quilt I thought that   this Just get it done quilt pattern would a good one to use up another bundle of fat quarters I've had for a while. For some reason the sewing did not go well - I made error after error and did nearly as much unpicking as sewing. Now the pieced top is complete and is awaiting a border or not, to be decided later.

Fabrics Karavan by Valorie Wells
Today I sewed the last long seam to join the quilt as you go sections of the Carolyn Forster Today's Quilter BOM and here it is laid out on the bed though I have still to handstitch it down on the back.

 Also today I did a 3 hour Quilters' Guild Region 2 workshop with Liz Coleman - I need to finish stitching down the rest of the background strips and the add some root vegetables and foliage. Excellent tuition from Liz.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

After Quilts

 I have been trying to use up scraps left over from finished tops. If I can't I put them in my scrap bin in a bag so I can locate them more easily, either a particular fabric or the combination. I did this with the Fibonacci scraps thinking they will be suitable for a bag. There's an Oast workshop in March. 

I have thought of these as leftover quilts but Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts (I've been watching a lot of her YouTube videos lately) calls them "after quilts" which I like.

I did this with my Crisscross quilt using up leftover HSTs (plus a few extras) to make Breaking Dishes. As quite often happens the after quilt is quilted and bound before the original one perhaps because I take a more casual gung ho approach.

Breaking Dishes, all done.


Two Tulips followed the Tiptoe quilt and the last few 2" squares went into a doll quilt.

Doll Quilt

Two Tulips

Tiptoe, the original version

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Another respite

Very quick and easy


Having made the Fibonacci top which enabled me to put off quilting the Crisscross top I now have two largish tops to quilt, so in a further excuse I made the baby bargello from Karen Brown's Stashbuster 4 pattern. Now I have another top to quilt albeit a more manageable size. I made it from a set of fat quarters which arrived from a subscription service which had me nonplussed but were just the job for this project.

I found just the right backing fabric easier when the top is less than the width of quilting cotton.
In my defence I am also joining my BOM QAYG blocks on my Pffaf machine because with the IDT I can use the quarter inch foot whereas I walking foot quilt on my Janome. Once the BOM is finished I'll get down to quilting.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Fibonacci top


I completed 5 of the blocks in Saturday's workshop and am pleased I've kept at it, sewing a sixth one then resewing another so as to get a better colour balance with two large turquoise patches, then adapting  Carole Lyle Shaw's plan to space out the blocks and yesterday I added borders - just enough fabric.

It's very odd but a break from recent work and I expect it will find a home somewhere.

I think I'll quilt in straight lines of serpentine stitch.

The colours fit in with the view from here this morning.
Through the bedroom window. Sorry about the strange blodge ...

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Transatlantic workshop


The wonders of Zoom will never cease. From 4 till 9 (11 to 4 EST) I did a Fibonacci block quilt work shop with  Carole Lyles Shaw. I was impressed with how once pieces were cut how quickly the blocks went together. I incorporated some background (the light) into my blocks and am intrigued with how this will look in practice. I chose not to incorporate improvisation at this point. I finished 5 out of the six blocks in the time and have lots more pieces cut out. Here are three:

The two bottom fabrics are
quite unusual - not sold as
quilting cottons.

Monday, 1 February 2021

Serendipity Curves


Freely cut
On Saturday I and nineteen other Quilters Guild members did an improvisational curves workshop with Brenda Gael Smith. It was an interesting experience as she was live from NSW Australia and it was 5 am for her and 6 pm for us. We saw the view from her sewing room window - lovely sunny coastline! All very jealous. I have used hand dyes for various other workshop samples and will attempt to combine them into a quilt top at some point. She did say  cocktails optional but perhaps I shouldn't have taken her at her word and had that G&T. I was flagging by 9.30 but kept going and completed my stint. 

Further cuts