Saturday, October 1, 2022

Vintage Sewing cushion

 Vintage sewing cushion was another pattern i bought many years ago after seeing one made. I purchased fabrics ect to make it & had my SIL crochet the bits needed to decorate. Unfortunately the crochet she made to go across the wedges was to short so i had to find scrap lace to add to the top. Then as usual it was put aside. :). Not sure when i got it out & did the stitcheries, possibly last year or earlier this year.

Today was the day to finish it. Yesterday i cut out all the fabric pieces needed & made up the wedge top. It took a wee bit longer to finish than i thought it would.

Happy stitching

Friday, September 30, 2022

Tuffet Pincushion

 Many years back after seeing one made i bought a Tuffet In A Tin by Anni Downs of Hatched & Patched. I didn't do a thing with it until earlier this year when i put together the hexagons for the top & bottom.

 As it is time to stop procrastinating & waiting for my sewjo to return i got it out of my "to be finished" basket & completed it today.

I  did have some troubles with sewing it together & on hindsight i would do the sewing together a little differently but i followed the pattern so i figured i didn't do to badly. :)

Happy Stitching

Saturday, September 24, 2022

FNSI September part 2

 GS wanted another little quilt for his teddy. Earlier this week i helped him sew 4 squares together & add borders. Yesterday i quilted & bound the little quilt.

then i started stitching block 2 of It's A Redwork Christmas

Pop over here to see who joined in last night

Happy Stitching,

Saturday, September 17, 2022

FNSI September

 Although it wasn't announced i still did some stitching as if it was FNSI. :)

I was feeling a bit bored with my hexie star quilt & i didn't want to work on my bom stitcheries so i started a new project. Lol.

 A set of 9 stitcheries called A Redwork Christmas by Rosalie Quinlan Designs

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Zoom time

 Yesterday Chooky invited us to join her again for a lovely Zoom day sewing along with ladies from all over the world. I did miss a couple of ladies from the northern hemisphere in the morning.

I sewed together 1 row of my star hexies & half of a 2nd row before my laptop chucked a fit & turned my screen pink. Sadly I had to leave the Zoom chat which was nice as always.

I kept sewing last night & finished the 2nd row.

And started adding a previously finished row to the top

I'll be glad when I get my new laptop this week. I really don't like using my tablet for doing posts & I can't comment on some blogs. :(.

Thankyou Chooky & all the ladies who joined in yesterday for a wonderful day.

Happy Stitching,

Saturday, September 3, 2022

FNwF September

 My day started early for FNwF.

I'd finished this hexie flower off a while back but really didn't know what to do with it. The little box it came in just has photo's for ideas no actual pattern. I did think i would make a needlecase but as i was appliqueing i decided it will make a lovely label for one of my EPP quilts.

Next to do was fight with this top to get it quilted. Not sure what the problem was & some of the quilting looks like a dogs dinner. I did unpick a lot but i think my machine just didn't like the wadding. :(

I tried to take a photo this morning before i left for northern NSW but it was just to dark being overcast & this was what i ended up with.

A little photo bomber who thought the quilt was for her. lol

So when i got back sadly it was already dark & i tried again for photo's but didn't like any. Thinking maybe it's just my camera i tried taking a photo with my phone hoping it would be better.

I don't think it's much better. :(

Pop over to visit Cheryll to see who joined in.

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Not letting the grass grow.......

 ....... since i made August's 8 churn dash blocks yesterday i figured i was on a roll & that as today was the 1st of September  i would just continue on & make the last 8 blocks. :)

Once those were done i laid them all out to see how they look together.

This is not the layout i just place them this way to see them all .Now to cut sashings & setting triangles ready to finish the top off. 

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Churn Dash Blocks & a finish

 Just made it in the nick of time. Phew. :) lol

8 blocks for the churn dash sewalong

plus my 1 & only finish for August

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, August 28, 2022


Yesterday Chookyblue invited us to a quick Zoom. I was at the shops when i saw the message so i quickly grabbed my coffee & vanilla slice & hurried home as quick as i could (i was walking) as i didn't want to miss anything :) lol.

I only managed to get 1 rosette done

whilst chatting to these lovely ladies

Some left after this photo & others popped in.

2 more rosettes were made last night

I have 6 full rosettes to make but i'm short 20 hexagons for 3 of those & quite a few small triangles. When i make those up i'll count what i need for the fillers & get them made up also. Then it will be a case of tracking down where i put the red fabric for the large triangles & making those up.

Happy Stitching,

Monday, August 22, 2022


 Binge watching Discovery(star trek) on Paramount+ & a quick Zoom with Chookyblue resulted in 6 rosettes for my quilt. I counted up the hexies i'd made last week & found i'm short 17 for the rosettes. Once i get those done i'll need to figure out the fillers for the sides.

happy Stitching

Saturday, August 20, 2022

FNSI August

 Oh dear how did it get to be nearly the end of August already. As usual when signing up for FNSI hosted by Wendy i had plans. :) But as usual a spanner was thrown into the works. I had one of my very (these days)  random migraines. 

I sat up for a little while in the evening & put together these little 1" triangles

They are for this project

Sorry it's a sideways shot. The unfilled spots are the sides. Anyway i thought i'd made enough flowers but i changed how i wanted to sew them together. I need to make enough to add another 3 or 4 rows & fill in the sides.

Pop over here to see who joined in last night.

Happy Sewing,

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Christmas hangings

 This afternoon i found some sewjo to put my hanging together that needed to have some of blocks restitched due to me cutting them the wrong size when trimming. 

Ta da one top ready to quilt. Not sure how i'll do that yet though.

Whilst in the mood for sewing i put the borders on this little hanging i stitched recently.

Both are Fig 'n' Berry Creations designs. Number one Christmas Necessities, number 2 Jingle All The Way.

Happy Stitching

Saturday, August 6, 2022

FNwF August

Due to my excitement of having a Zoom meet this morning i forgot to take a photo of last nights stitching. I picked up my project to work on today & after quite a bit of stitching remembered about the photo. LOL

I managed to stitch the 2nd little house last night.

Since i took this photo i'm up to the last house & have the roof done. Block 7 of  24 from Redwork Christmas by Fig n Berry designs. I really don't think the project will be done by this Christmas either. :)

Pop over to visit Cheryll to see who joined in.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Churn Dash July

 After a short Zoom session & seeing Chooky's Churn Dash blocks i thought i'd better get moving & get this months 8 blocks done.

After a few stuff ups with cutting out the pieces i remembered how i cut the fat 1/4's so there would be little waste. Oh & i did forget i was only cutting 3 blocks from each fat 1/4 so now i have an extra brown block & will have to cut more background squares to make up for those & the ones i used in the extra 1/2 square triangles i made by mistake for the blue block below. Not to worry as any extras i will turn into a tablerunner. :)

Happy Stitching

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Thursday, July 21, 2022

A Little Finish

 I finally remembered to buy a frame to finish off the Bonnie Sullivan project i stitched a while back.

Happy Stitching,

Monday, July 11, 2022

Chookshed Stitchers Zoom

 Yesterday we had another fun Zoom hosted by Chooky. Ladies from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, USA, England & the Netherlands all popped in.

A while back i cut out around 30 Klosjes (spools) to work on in Zoom sessions. I made more than i thought. :).

 12 and a partial on at the bottom.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, June 26, 2022

scrappy quilt.

Despite careful sewing, measuring, cutting & pinning things just weren't working out when i tried adding the 2 round of squares so before the quilt ended up in the naughty corner i decided to just make it a lap quilt.

 Now that it's done i shall move onto  2 new projects & start sewing the squares again as leaders & enders until i get enough to make the original pattern.

Happy Stitching

Saturday, June 18, 2022


 My day for FNSI hosted by Wendy started with a ufo from a few years back.

I thought i'd be chain piecing 2-1/2 squares for it but when i opened the tin I was using for storage i found it was quite full of squares already pieced together. :) The original pattern i'm following is a square quilt but i wanted it rectangle. I had to unpick what i'd sewed of the quilt to get a rectangle shape. I manged to add 3 rows each side, 4 top & bottom then the grey borders before it was time to stop. As i'm winging it i need to work out how many rows to add to get it to a decent single bed size.

Or maybe i should quit while i'm a head & turn this into a lap quilt & just make the square quilt .lol. Not like i don't have enough scraps to cut out more 2-1/2" squares. I've plenty of the gray fabric to start again.

Night time saw me stitching the 6th of the 10 stitcheries i needed to redo.

Pop over to Wendy's blog for links to who joined in.

Happy Stitching,

Monday, June 13, 2022

Churn Dash SAL

 Since the churn dash block is one of my favourites & Chookyblue mention making another & a sew along was hatched i decide to join in. The goal 8 blocks a month & complete the quilt in October, Well the top anyway. :) 

I've has my fabrics chosen for a little while. All repro's. Background is a Jo Morton. Main fabrics are from a fat 1/4" bundle "collection for a cause" fabrics by Barbara Brackman. The 2 other fabrics for sashings & borders arrived the other day & they are from Jo Morton & Betsy Chutchian.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Festive Flocks

 My red & white quilt "festive flocks" is officially a flimsy. If there is anymore mistakes they are staying there. I finished it off yesterday & posted a photo on various medias & it was kindly pointed out to me that some of my flock had decided to fly different directions. Shit, seriously how did i not notice that when pressing the blocks & laying them out to see which blocks i'd like where as there are some brighter reds than others & i wanted to try & separate them where possible. So all photo's taken down & back to the machine to rectify my mistake. 3 rows in 3 blocks upside down. :(.  Silly thing is whilst putting the top together i though several times "i hope all the birds are round the right way" but instead of stopping & checking i just kept merrily sewing.

Anyway about the top. I changed how the sashings were added. The patterns said to cut 18- 1/2" & 20-1/2" sashings which i did. They were added to sides & bottoms only. I then read about how the border was done after looking at the picture & wondering why there was a little square in on corner. Hmm i didn't like that so refigured how the sashings would be added so that i could add borders in one piece. Then another light bulb moment. Why not one long sashing across the quilt between each row. So that is what i did & now i have a pile of left over strips i needn't have cut in the first place if whoever had designed the quilt did the same as me. :)

Top measures 62" square. I had considered adding another 3 blocks to make it rectangle. If i had cut them when i did the other blocks i may have done but by the time i did the last blocks i was ready to move on to my next quilt.

happy Stitching,

Monday, June 6, 2022

Sunday sewing

 Hst's trimmed i could get stuck into making blocks. i only managed 2 before i needed to do more yard work.

Block 2

and the 3 together

I had left my blocks on the ironing board & Lil P thought i hadn't pressed them enough. Luckily she isn't the very furry cat.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Red & White blocks.

 Now that i knew how to cut the red fabrics so i didn't have any waste i prepared what was needed. Then matching the squares up of red & white i drew lines for the magic 8 blocks & set them aside until all were done but my helper must have thought they needed pressing.

To early silly kitty i'm just drawing lines. That done over to the sewing machine where more help was given.

After that she left because my son had scared her when he opened the gate beside my sewing room.

After cutting 24 blocks into the half square triangles it was onto pressing them. Oh so many to press. Then comes the trimming. I only have a couple of piles done as i need to get out into the yard & get it tidied up from all the rain making weed, grass & the plants(they badly need pruning again) grow.

Then later on another of the  pests  cats decided sleeping on my cut of fabrics would be comfy.

Ah well such is the life of a cat owner .:)

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, June 4, 2022

FNwF June

For FNwF hosted by Cheryll i started early. I've managed to get 2 blocks re-stitched from my cutting stuff up last week so they were double checked for the correct size before trimming. :)

I've wanted to make a red &white quilt for a while & when in a birthday fat 1/4 swap many years back hosted by Cheryll i asked for the colour red. All i needed then was a pattern. Last year Family Circle i found a quilt pattern that i liked & it was done in red & white.

I'd already worked out that using fat 1/4's would work with this pattern but because of the cutting instructions i was going to be careful so i didn't waste fabric. I decided to make just one block. The white fabric was easy to cut out being just the one fabric. :)

complete with a "fancy" labelling system. lol

 After some fun & games making up the block it was finally done

It took a wee bit longer than i thought due to some reverse sewing, losing a half square triangle, making up another then after the block was sewn i found the missing one. Though i tried to match up seams as blocks were sewn together there was some fixing there to do as well. Block measures 18-1/2" So now i'm off to make the other 8.

Pop over here to see who joined in

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Chookshed Stitchers

 Yesterday Chooky hosted a Chookshed Bithday Zoom  to celebrate having her shed for 10 years Ladies from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Norway, USA & England all popped in.

The other day i had  one of my ufo's out to stitch together. I already knew there was a slight problem with the sizes. Stuff up number one - i didn't cut the blocks larger than what the size said. I should've remembered that this designer doesn't give larger cutting size to cut back. The blocks weren't to badly out or so i thought. Well they didn't play nice when sewn together. I tried cutting back a little to see if that would help. A big fat NO. So i pondered a while & decided to cut them an 1" shorter all round. The finished hanging would be smaller but all the blocks would still fit the layout.

Thursday saw me trimming back. All was going fine or so i thought when i had about 3 or 4 blocks left of 23. Stuff up number 2-  there are 2 blocks each in rows 2 & 4 are cut on a 3/4" line & i merrily cut them all that way when i suddenly realised the rest blocks should measure 7" by 9" not 7" x 8-3/4". Damn

Friday saw me tracing out the 10 incorrect cut blocks & start to restitch them.

Saturday on Zoom i finished the first one

& the next started

as each one is done i'm going to make sure i cut them to the right size.

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Spring & summer

 Spring & summer stitcheries were finished off yesterday ready to hang when those seasons roll around.

From Gail Pan's Changing Seasons book.

Happy Stitching,

Vintage Sewing cushion

 Vintage sewing cushion was another pattern i bought many years ago after seeing one made. I purchased fabrics ect to make it & had my S...