Thursday, 31 May 2012

Spaced Out Alphabet

Have a go at a mystery quilt which a friend is running and just have fun!    Then you get what I think is a fantastic quilt - I so love it. 

I altered the oringal pattern slightly to make the quilt a bit larger and changed the borders to make it 3 for the extra frame efffect.  The red, orange and yellow squares are made up of flannel fabrics and the rest is cottons, so there is a textural element to this particular quilt.
Spaced Out Alphabet Quilt
In the detail photo below, you can see the little space ships flying around in the green fabric.  Some of them even have little friendly aliens waving at us.

I quilted Spaced Out Alphabet  on my domestic machine with interlocking circles, alien stars and stippling.

Now, this quilt just needs a child to drag it around the house and make 'cubbies' in the lounge-room, then to have happy dreams under it at night.

PS:  another one off the UFO list!

Monday, 21 May 2012


My most recent quilt finish is the first quilt made from a swap.  A few years ago now, a Yahoo group had a "Cobblestone Block Swap".  I took part in two months out of the twelve - Got The Blues and Japanese.  This is the quilt which started my sort of obessession with cobblestone and brick quilt blocks and the combinations which can be made from them.

Foundations - my first ever 'cobblestone' quilt.

The top for this quilt was made back in 2007 and then took a while to finish because I ran out of border fabric.  A lovely Australian lady had some of the fabric in her stash and she very kindly shared with me, therefore I was able to complete the quilt.  I still think of her kindness now some five years later.

A perfect lap size quilt, I have only quilted it during this past April, and now, in May, I have gifted it to my husbands' aunt who turned 90 recently.  The colours in the quilt when you look closely remind me of the wonderful colours in dimensional embellished china vases.

Unfortunately the photo was taken at night as a last minute thought before wrapping it up for gifting, hence the darkness.  A favourite quilt finish to be sure.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Ribbit.... Boing.... Ribbit..........

Oh Hello!

Good morning!

Look at what greeted me when I opened a surprise container from Lorraine at our sewing day earlier this week - a frog chorus!

These gorgeous little creatures are just ready to hop on out of the container, I'm surprised they were so well behaved from her house to mine as they look ready for a bit of mischief.....

After some chatting, sewing and lunch, Rosie and I discovered the delicious chocolate cake which was lurking under the green.  Mmmmmm... Yummmm....

Thank you Lorraine and Rosie for a wonderful birthday treat - sewing, lunch, girlfriends and laughter - nothing else needed.