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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019

For some time now I have a hankering to work on some Dresdens but was not sure what to do. There is a plan in my head for a medallion quilt using a giant Dresden in the middle but that is not about to happen any time soon. But when I was looking for an RSC project for this year I realised that Dresdens would be a great use of some of my scraps.
So here are my first four blocks bringing me right up to date.

I found aqua to be a very elusive colour in my scrap box although it does not look too bad in this photograph. The yellow spot that I am using for the centre of all my Dresdens is much yellower than the picture shows though. I am aiming for 20 blocks - they will be 9" finished - so two years of RSC. Am feeling very pleased that all the grey blocks and centre circles are cut and ready to go.
Now I need a plan for the blocks I made last year and so far I am not feeling very inspired! No doubt something will come to me.

Saturday 6 April 2019

Friday Night with Friends

Many thanks to Cheryll for getting us all together again this week. You can see what everyone else got up to here

I managed to fit in a hours sewing yesterday afternoon - we have had cooler, damp weather here this week but Friday afternoon was warm and sunny so we spent most of it in the garden. However this is what I was up to in my sewing room.

The sampler quilt I have been working on along with my patchwork group has finally got to the border stage and I was very happy to be machining on the border strips yesterday afternoon.

I am so looking forward to showing you all the completed quilts as everyone has worked hard and made very individual versions. Hopefully next month.

I have been sewing my  1797 revisited quilt along with a facebook group and earlier this week I spotted a gorgeous pincushion on the site and just could not resist having a go. Yesterday evening I was busy sewing the patches together and this afternoon I made up my pincushion. Here is my version.

The hexies are 1 1/8" long and super cute.

My Easter wall hanging is now finished and ready to take with us on our Easter travels.

It is wet here again this afternoon so I am going to get on with my RSC project - more on that next time. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Monday 1 April 2019


After a couple of weeks of beautiful sunny weather we have woken up this morning to cloudy skies! Well, good things cant last forever and we could now do with the rain that is forecast for later in the week.

These beautiful fabrics were gifted to me a couple of years ago and they have been waiting in the cupboard for the right project to come along.

I decided last week that I needed some storage in the bedroom for my current book selection and these fabrics came to mind. So I whipped up a quick basket and am so pleased with how it has turned out.

I quilted the outer fabric to some Soft and Stable which has made it lovely and firm, then added the loose lining. It has a 7" base and stands 9" high so is a good size - it may get some baby sisters!

Easter is just around the corner so I thought that it was high time that I finished off the Easter hanging that I started after last Easter! So out came my completed embroidery.

Looking at my design with fresh eyes I realised that the tulips looked very stark! So my first job was to add a few leaves.

Next to chose some border fabrics. I wanted to use the gorgeous blue floral fabric that I had lined my basket with as the outer border but what to use next to my embroidery? Having auditioned various fabrics in my stash I suddenly spotted these rolls of batiks and there was the perfect fabric.

So the borders are cut and ready to machine on when I have trimmed the embroidery.


I have completed another round on my 1797 revisited piece

and basting of the pieces for the next round is under way.

Well I think that is enough for now - I shall be back soon with my RSC project for 2019.