Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Anzac day

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taking time to remember....

Friday, April 21, 2017

help needed

seriously thinking about changing this...
taking that bottom row off, resewing it and putting up one side of the quilt.
the quilt will then be 11x11
instead of 10x12.
I think this will fit the bed better once borders are added. 
what do you think?

Monday, April 17, 2017

it's done!

 well this part of the journey is finished....it's taken just over a year. #splendidsampler
And what a year....as I sit here finishing off the last seam to sew this together from two halves to a whole, my feelings are mixed. There have been changes and decisions made over the past year, some good some not so good....
 As I have sewn the rows together, I glimpsed favourite fabrics, some just tiny scraps, others there is some bits left over for another project, lots that were from other projects which brings back the memories of making those. 
Each block evocks memories, sometimes of what I was doing at the time I was making it, others of things happening at home, or abroad. Some blocks I really enjoyed doing, others I didn't, some blocks will be made again one day, others won't (once was enough!). 
I learnt so much from this journey, lots of new techniques, some that will be used frequently, others once is enough....I found that paper piecing is my friend when other techniques won't work...it was something I really didn't enjoy, but found myself comtemplating using it on blocks that wouldn't go together any other way, (for me). Some blocks, like the paper pieced ones were left for a few days as I was scared to do them....they looked hard! but thanks to the wonderful designers and their brilliant instructions, they weren't, they went together beautifully in most cases.
So this part of the journey is done, the next step is the quilting. Do I attempt machine quilting it myself? Do I send it to my brilliant quilting buddy to do for me? Do I hand quilt it? Well I think it will sit upon this bed for a while until I make that decision.
This journey also bought many new online friends into my world, I thank them for every encouraging comment they gave, the inspiration to continue when I felt like giving up, or couldn't make a decision of how to do my version of a block. You all made this journey an adventure we all shared.
Thank you to Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson for putting this journey together along with all the designers...again some I loved their designs before this quilt, others I have come to love their designs because of this quilt, some I had never come across before. You are all such an inspiration.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

the week that was....

new nail colour
bonfire season!
three to burn...started in the morning...
 the tree caught on fire...
all good it didn't stay on fire!
 left the biggest one for night burning, 
as it was quite warm and a bit windy in the morning...
(that's why the tree caught on fire...wind!)
 love watching the sparks fly up
 one of my morning walks...
love this place...peaceful
 thunder lightning and lots of rain
 roast beetroot from my friends garden...yum
 blueberry and lemon cake...more yum!
 same walking place, very different morning
 birthday celebrations for two work colleagues
 different side of the lake, 
another beautiful morning walk

Monday, March 13, 2017


almost three rows together....
think it's looking OK.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

a little trip away...

 just before Christmas we bought this!

 this was our first offical trip away...
below is a night visitor that I really didn't want!
apparently the people before us were feeding them....
they thought we were going to do the same, NOT!
 this gorgeous guy was very welcome....
he had a ball with all the grubs and bugs he was catching
 a visit to the Holden Museum was on the agenda...
some great old cars, well worth the visit.

 can't go to Echuca without a trip on one of these
 the tiny kitchen with everything right at arms length!
the historic wharf and 2 more very old paddlesteamers
part of the old mill that used to be on the site...
time for some of these....34 degrees every day we were there!

Monday, March 6, 2017


got an email last week from Jodie at Ric Rac...
seems my comment on one of her posts won me a prize!
and here it is!
thank you Jodie
love your fabric and can't wait to make one of these super cute bags!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

sashings under way

playing with colours
 first two done...liking this....think it will be nice and light when finished
strip sewing!

Monday, February 27, 2017

100 blocks! plus....

that's all 100 blocks
2 that I redid, as I didn't really like the way they were, 
16 bonus blocks....
need 2 more blocks (which are bonus ones) still to make....
sashings and cornerstones will be 1 1/2" wide in a beautiful creamy/green/aqua batik that my daughter bought back from Bali for me....

Monday, February 20, 2017

block 98 fleur di lei by Lynn Harris

block 99 four corner spinwheel by Kimberly Einmo

and ta da!!!!!
last block....

block 100 Centred by Kate Spain....
 I'm done!
Now the journey to put it all together!!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

more splendid blocks!

block 92 double bee by Beth Bradley

block 93 
Tiny Miracles by April Rosenthal

block 94 skyscrapers by Stacey Lowe

block 95 Sunshine by Kim Niedzwiecki

block 96 In the Sunshine by 
Cheryl Arkison

block 97 first purse by Di Murphy (Mill)
 now there are only three more to post about, still working on one of them!
this journey is almost at its end with block making, then the real challenge begins!
of putting them all together into a quilt....

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

more splendid sampler blocks!

block 91 Grandmas button jar by Lynette Anderson
love it!

block 89 Colorado to the Midwest by Ebony Love
used lots of scraps for this one

block 88 Love is the answer by Pat Wys

and bonus block
Christmas wrapped star by from Jane Davidson

only two blocks behind now,
one is almost done and the other is a paper pieced one, so that is a weekend job...
long weekend (sort of here in Oz, well it is for me!)