Saturday, April 10, 2021


My Friday night was spent not sewing but doing more packing up in my sewing room in preparation for our move in just under two weeks time.  

I am now having withdrawal symptoms from my sewing machine and so looking forward to getting my new sewing space organised.   

Time to head on over here to see some actual sewing that others did last night.  

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Salt & Sand Blog Hop

Since signing up for this blog hop "circumstances of life" have changed around here at the moment and sewing time has been severely limited so instead of pulling out of the hop I decided to revisit a previous item made that I think will fit in perfectly with the theme.      I made a series of Sunbonnet Sue wallhangings to represent each month of the year for my granddaughter's bedroom a few years ago and the one for November  was called "Seaside Sue".    November is the month that we in Australia start to think about heading back to the beach as summer in only a month away.     

Time to head on over to the following blogs to see more Salt and Sand.

 March 22
March 23
March 24
March 25
March 26

Thank you Carol  for organising such a fun blog hop.

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Friday, March 19, 2021


Not much has been happening in the sewing room  over the past few weeks as hubs and I have made the decision to "downsize"  from our family home of 45 years to an apartment in an  over 55's village.    We have been thinking on and off of moving over the past 2 years and we finally took the plunge and put our house on the market after we saw what we hope will be easy independent living for us both.   

So the past couple weeks has been us both culling, sorting and packing.     One seems to accumulate a "lot of stuff"  and when going through it you do have to ask yourself "why did I keep this?"    Many trips later to the tip and the Salvos  - with a few more to go - has seen a lot of it moved and the spare room is lined with packed boxes of things that we will not need - hopefully - before we move which should be in about 6 weeks time.  

I have left my sewing machine unpacked for the moment and did manage in between packing boxes and signing contracts to get blocks 7, 8 and 9 of the HST quilt sewn together.   

This only leaves 3 more blocks to go.   

Thanks Wendy for hosting another fun FNSI.

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Finished or Not Friday

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Down one side.....

Flip and repeat on the opposite side. 

That was the progress made in starting on the next 3 blocks for the HST sampler.    

Next comes the job of separating,  pressing and trimming them up. 

Linking with Put Your Foot Down

                      Finished or Not Friday  

                      Patchwork & Quilts 

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Saturday, March 6, 2021


This past week has seen me make some progress on the  HST sampler that I am working on.     When joining Cheryll and the others for FNwF I finished off block no 6.    This is what block numbers 4, 5 and 6 look like.   

I am now officially at the half way point - 6 done and 6 to go.    

Don't forget to check out here what others achieved last night.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday

                      Put Your Foot Down

                     Patchwork and Quilts

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Table Scraps

Yellow is the rainbow colour for February.   My yellow table scrap offering is

To see more yellow table scrap offerings head on over here.

Linking with TGIFF
                      Patchwork & Quilts
                      Finished or Not Friday
                      Scrap Happy Saturday

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Show Your Stripes

Carla at Creating in the Sticks is always organising a fun blog hop and this one is no exception.   When looking at my stash I did realise that there is a distinct lack of stripes however I have been working with a fun range of toucan fabric which did include stripes so my dilemma was not a dilemma at all.    Unfortunately it did not make it to the finish line but there is a flimsy to share with you all.

Now it is time to do some blog hopping to see more stripes

Wednesday, February 24th

Getting these blocks together was my OMG as well as part of my WOOFA challenge for February.   

Linking with OMG

                     Put Your Foot Down

                    Gone Stitchin'

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Saturday, February 20, 2021


Not much time has been spent in the sewing room this week however all of the 192 x 4" squares for the HST sampler quilt are now cut and two of the blocks are together.

Last night when joining Wendy and the other crafters for FNSI a start was made on the third block.

I have to say that making these blocks is quite time consuming so progress is on the slow side - lots of trimming and pressing is needed to get sharp points.   

Don't forget to see what everyone else got up to last night here.  

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Finished or Not Friday
                      Patchwork and Quilts

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

A finish and the next step

Time has been spent in the sewing room this past week working on a few items - namely getting my first attempt at scappy applique to the finish line.


I decided to make my leaf in autumnal tones seeing that we are now in the last month of summer.   It was a relatively easy process and I can see more scrappy applique projects happening in the future.  

Once that was finished I moved onto the next step of my toucan quilt.   The rectangles are now joined to the smaller squares.   

Time was also spent cutting up 4" squares for my challenge quilt.   A total of 96 4" squares is needed for the background fabric and a mixture of  96 4" squares from the remaining 8 fabrics.    There is quite a bit of cutting to be done before construction can begin.   

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Finished or not Friday
                      Patchwork & Quilts
                      Meadow Mist Designs

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Progess on two fronts

Good progress is being made on my fun toucan quilt.    First step was to sew the two small squares together and then getting them pinned to the rectangles.

Putting that aside it was time to have a play with the pieces of my scrappy applique.   

One of the members of my small Tuesday quilt group has given us a challenge.    She has chosen this pattern

And  kindly offered us access to her vast stash to pick our fabrics and on completion of the quilts they are to be donated to the local hospital auxiliary of which two of us are members.   

Fabric choosing took place during the week.   I went the safe option of red, white and shades of grey

The other choice was lilac/mauve and green

And the 3rd choice was completely different with aqua, orange and mustards

We are aiming for one block every week.  It will be interesting to see them grow and if the different colourways affect the final product.   

Don't forget to head on over here to see what the other crafters achieved when joining in with FNwF which is organised by Cheryll on the first Friday night of each month.  

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Friday Finished or Not
                      Patchwork & Quilts

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Decision Time

I was given this pretty and vibrant fabric a while ago and it is time that it was broken out of its packet. 

It has been taken out of the cupboard a few times looked at and put back as I was not sure how it was to end up.  The one thing I did know was that it was not going to be cut up into small squares as the toucans needed to be showcased.   

After much thinking out came a piece of paper to draw up a rough diagram.  (Every quilter can relate to the messy scribblings and measurements which would mean nothing to anyone else but themselves.)

Which is loosely based on a quilt that I made quite a few years ago 

The pieces are now cut and ready to go through the machine

Getting the blocks together will be my OMG for February.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Table Scraps Challenge

When it was announced over at the Joyful Quilter's blog that she was organising a table scraps challenge  that is being run in conjunction with the nominated rainbow scrap challenge colour each month which happens to be pink  this month I immediately thought of a pink flower.    A pink hibicus to be precise.    For sometime a tabletopper has been on the to do list featuring such a flower.     I have this fabric scrap that has been sitting around forever that gave me the outline to trace for my flower.

Here is the tabletopper with my version of a pink hibicus flower.    I just quilted around the shape of the flower.  

Looking forward to seeing what February's  RSC colour will be for my next table scrap item.

Linking with Put Your Foot Down



                      Finished or not Friday

                      So Scrappy

                      Patchwork & Quilts   

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Hearts on Fire Blog Hop

Another fun blog hop has been organised by Carol - this time Hearts on Fire.      The rules are

Make something with a heart in any color, BUT NOT RED...get creative!
It can be big or small, in a quilt, a bag, or whatever.

What to make was the next question.  After doing some research via Pinterest and going back through some projects that had been bookmarked over the years I found what would be appropriate - heartshaped and could be any colour.    A pair of matching heart shaped pot holders.    I used the backing fabric as the trim on the front and for the hanging loop as you can see below.  

It did occur to me that if ever these hearts were on fire it could end up being a disaster in the kitchen.  

To see more Hearts on Fire head on over to the following:

January 18

Creatin' in the Sticks

Life in the Scrapatch

Freckled Fox Quiltery

All Thingz Sewn

Den Syende Himmel

That Fabric Feeling

 January 19



Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Songbird Designs

 January 20

Selina Quilts

Stitchin At Home

Samelia's Mum

Just Sew Quilter


Karrin’s Crazy World

The Darling Dogwood

 January 21

Quilt Fabrication

Ms P Designs USA


Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Ridge Top Quilt

For The Love Of Geese

Sew Many Yarns

Quilting Gail

January 22

Just Let Me Quilt

Karen's Korner

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt In A Not-Shell

Storied Quilts

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Homespun Hannah's Blog

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