Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A sweet finish

When I was recovering from my knee replacement surgery I filled my days with stitchery and now I am hooked, especially on the sweet Sally Gilbin patterns.

On the weekend I finished this cute little owl cushion and gave it to one of my grand daughters, Willow as her bedroom is decorated pink and green.  She certainly has put it to good use already.

Willow relaxing with her new pillow from Nana Sue 

I have also got busy on my new swoon quilt and completed the first two blocks,  I am already in love with this quilt.  There is something so fresh about blue and yellow.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


A few years back I made a swoon quilt, and I have been meaning to make another one ever since. My last swoon quilt shown below was made in pale pinks, lemons and creams in the Paris Flea markets range of fabrics by 3 sisters.

Chatting to a few friends on Facebook there is a few of us that have decided to swoon along together and I am also going to share this journey on here.

So, if you are making, or have been thinking about making your own swoon quilt why don't you join in with us.  There is no time frame or limitations its just a group to encourage each other in our new swoon journey.

This time I have chosen a fresh blue and yellow set of fabrics called Summer Breeze by Sentimental Studios. I think it will be a stunning quilt when its done.

I look forward to sharing this with you  and hope that you want to join in.  Here is the link to the Facebook page that we are playing along on...if you wanted to join in.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Modern Spools

Every now and then I am lucky enough for a magazine to send me a stack of fat quarters to play with.

This design was a result of being sent some in black and yellow, a colour palette that is a favourite of mine.  I have always liked the simplicity of spools for a quilt so designed this quilt with that block with a modern contemporary twist.

The tops and bottoms of the spools are in a toile fabric which is in direct contrast to the modern prints used for the body of the spool and it worked really well. I then quilted it all over in a large spiral.

This quilt features in this months Hand made magazine and the design will be for sale in a few months time.

Modern spools lap quilt - Handmade magazine
Thank you to the ladies that have welcomed me back to blog land... it feels nice to be back and I hope I can find the time soon to visit you all at your blogs and see what you have all be up to.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A fresh start

Its been over a year since I have blogged, life is like that.....

I have recently undergone knee replacement surgery and the eight weeks of work has given me plenty of time to reflect and change my energy into a slightly different direction.

For those of you that know me, you would know that I have been heading great guns with my quilt and pattern designs so I am revamping my blog to show case my own designs and share my patterns with you.

I will also share other quilts I make along the way, as its always nice to see what we are all doing.  

I plan to keep my blog simple and uncomplicated and fresh..... so welcome your ideas and what you like or dont like.

So here I am, back in blog land.  My first pattern share is my delicious dachshund pattern.  This was my second ever quilt design and has been my most popular by far.  I first designed this in 2014 and other than this version shown which was for Homespun magazine I had not made it again.... until recently that is.  
Original Dachshund Quilt for Homespun Magazine 

I decided it was about time to remake the quilt, I chose another range of Bonnie and Camille fabrics with bolder colours such as dark blue and red.  Its always interesting to see how different the same quilt can look in a different colour palette.  For this version I also added on a border to make the quilt slightly larger.  This version was completed in January 2017. 

Delicious Dachshund border version 2017

This pattern is available for purchase from my Etsy store if anyone is interested in making their own version of it... If you do please share it with me, I love to see what others create with my designs. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

First finishes of 2016

If I finished 2015 in a mammoth way, I started 2016 with some small simple projects. This Christmas I decorated my home in all manner of reindeer, which gave me the idea to draw a deer head and use the motif in a couple of items. I have had some deer print fabric in my stash for a few years now so naturally I gravitated towards this. Using the template I added this to the front of a simple bag design with a pocket on the back.


Then I thought how great would this look on a bright print on linen, so I dug out a bright Kaffe Fassett print and added it to a natural linen for a modern cushion cover. It was great fun playing around with the design. I made both of these items over the last weekend.

Tonight I slipped the last stitch I to the binding on my Farmers wife quilt, as I have been making this since 2011. The binding took me two nights stitching, and in between the dogs thought it was nice to snuggle in while it was in the sofa so I think a wash is in order so I will take some photos of the completed quilt this weekend. Here is the flimsy before the quilting began. why do my pets like to sit on my quilts.? This is a Joey isn't he stunning.

So feeling pretty pleased with myself to have three finishes under my belt for 2016. And looks what's sitting in the pipeline to be quilted..... A sampler quilt from my block of the month club.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Farewell 2015

It seems every time I get into blogland I say how it's been a long time and it truly has been. I popped on to my blog today to check when I started my farmers wife quilt as I have recently completed the flimsy and realised its been almost 6 months since I last put up a post.

Wow my  Farmers wife quilt was started in November 2011 - Last night I pinned it all ready to begin the quilting process. I feel so liberated knowing it's almost done.

I plan to just quilt in the ditch around each block to make them stand out. Nice and simple as its huge and I only have a domestic sewing machine.

Today I also finished the snapshots quilt flimsy, done as an online BOM and as a sew along via Facebook. It certainly helped me stay on track. I have really enjoyed making these fun blocks the car is my favourite and I can see a whole quilt of them in my future.

My first finish for 2016 was turning a sashiko stitchery into something. I purchased this pattern in a trip to Hawaii last August and stitched it during the plane ride home.  The turtle fabric was from some fat quarters that I also picked up in Hawaii.

It makes a nice cushion to decorate my outdoor furniture.

Other finishes in the second half of 2015 are

Fox garden, a Christmas gift for my granddaughter Willow.

Great granny squared

Little red baskets from block swaps collected in 2013

Earlier I mentioned a trip to Hawaii, so I will end this post with a picture of me taken after I had swam under a waterfall on the big Island near Hilo.  A highlight of the trip.

Quilted hugs and Happy New years, Sue x

Sunday, July 19, 2015

It's been a long time

Wow, has it really been that long since I have done a blog post, I keep meaning to, then things happen and I get busy.

since my last post I have had a couple of new finishes, the most recent is this gorgeous jelly roll,quilt designed by Camille Rosekelly, called think Big. This is from her book simplify and I just wanted to do something with my stash of jelly rolls. As always when I take a photo of a quilt one of my pets, mostly Robbie, thinks they need to be in the photo.

I have also played along in a swap, the challenge was to make a table runner with a pack of charm squares, this is what I came up with. the cream linen look strips gave me the chance to practice my feather quilting.


I have also made another owl quilt, this time in lime green.

probably the biggest finish of all is my row along quilt, I was determined to finish this before I got stuck into Lori Holts farm girl. The flimsy was finished in 2014, the quilt was finished last month.

On the non sewing front hubby and I have just finished renovating a unit, here are some pics of the after, it was an original 1960s decor before we got out hands on it. Our new tenants moved in this week, let's hope they look after it for us.



And only four weeks to our annual vacation, hard to believe it's almost a year since we were in Europe. This year we are spending two weeks In Hawaii and are so looking forward to escaping winter.

Having said that it was a beautiful day in Adelaide today, but for chilly as the sun dropped, we spent the day with two our our gorgeous Grandies Jack and Nate at the zoo.