Saturday, 11 April 2015


I hope you're not getting tired of red and white DJ blocks. I am happy with my momentum on this project but I felt like I was further along than only 38%. Still another 104 blocks to go......and the border triangles. These are my latest blocks.

I am not done with mini quilts yet either. I have been playing with some 3/8" hexies........

Happy Saturday,
Susan x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Plus one!

Happy Easter everyone. As if a few days off wasn't enough, we have also had some rainy days perfect for sewing and movie watching. So my Plus quilt is finished. I was down to using scraps of backing to get enough for the binding, and managed with about 2" to spare. It started out sunny and clear this morning, and then another lovely storm rolled in.....the perfect backdrop.

After some misgivings about the fabric, it has turned out softer with quilting. Have I mentioned before how much I love big stitch quilting? It has even found a home on someone's bed.......for now.

Next in the hoop is my nine patch swap quilt. Found a lovely soft flannel backing for it, just the right colour to complement the solid squares. Laid it all out ready to baste, and aargh, the backing wasn't quite big enough. I can only blame my own maths on this occasion. So I had a little tantrum about it and then remembered the unused nine patches.......problem solved. One strip of nine patches down the back......and not really as loose and rumpled as the basting looks. I did a lot of extra pinning in the hope that the quilting on the front will correspond with the blocks on the back. Thank you Cheryll for my WONDERFUL safety pinning tool. It got a real workout yesterday and saved my fingers.

I'm off to enjoy the last of the long weekend by putting a roast in the oven and stitch the afternoon away.

Happy stitching,
Susan x

Sunday, 29 March 2015


I love Autumn for so many reasons, a main one being that it's cool enough to quilt again. I made a small start on my plus quilt a couple of weeks ago, but really got into it this weekend. Big stitches in straight lines really come together quickly.

I was disappointed with the cheap Spotlight fabric I used on this one, but quilting is making it softer. The simplicity of this design and colour palette is quite relaxing after tiny clamshells and DJ pieces. The greys are not coming out right in this light, but you get the idea.

And there's a bonus, I love the back as much as the front. I don't usually think too much about how my quilting looks on the back as long as it goes through the three layers and holds everything together. But white quilting on dark backing fabric hides absolutely nothing.

We have been tidying up my Dad's shed, and I was lucky to bring home two sets of Singer sewing machine drawers. One set will stay whole, but I think these drawers make a great place on my desk for my DJ fabrics. So much prettier than just in piles.

Sitting here in my sewing room wishing I could sew all week....but alas....back to work tomorrow. Hope you find some time for a sneaky sew this week.
Susan x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

A little finish

I finished sewing down the binding on this little baby at Nundle. I love how it turned out, especially the texture of the quilting. Thank you Elyte for the charm squares that were my inspiration. 11"" x 9".

As if GDITC wasn't enough fun, I arrived home to my 2014 blog book. I always think twice before ordering it, and I'm always so glad that I did. I know I can always see my blog online........but it's so nice to sit down with a book.

No progress at all on the GDITC project, but a little cross stitch on the side.

Its a beautiful autumn day here today, I think it's my favourite season.

Happy stitching,
Susan x

Sunday, 22 March 2015


Home from a wonderful weekend in Nundle. I was pretty slack taking photos, but everyone else wasn't so I'm sure you will see plenty of pics on other blogs. Lynette Anderson was a warm and friendly tutor. The project was a table topper - using stitchery and piecing. I'm happy with the progress I made, but the highlight of the weekend was seeing so many old friends and meeting new ones.

I was pretty slack when it came to shopping too! Stocked up on some basic supplies and some cream and blue fabric. Here they are with the gorgeous project pouch made by Teresa that I was lucky to get in the GDITC swap. Some of Kate's pickles from Fiona in the bloggers swap too. Note the TWO superbobs of red. I seem to have trouble finding these in dark red so I was happy to find one at Kerry's, and Lynda generously donated one of hers. Sometimes it's the littlest things that make us happy. Cheryll also gave me a nifty wood turned tool to save fingers when pin basting, that will be very handy. Thanks girls.

With Jenny and Lea, and our creative mess.

Dawnie got my GDITC swap gift.

All booked in for GDITC 2016 with Anni Downs.....and more than ready for an afternoon nap now.

Susan x

Friday, 20 March 2015

On the road to Nundle

Packed and ready to go to Girls Day in the Country with Lynnette Anderson at Nundle. Although my husband thinks it looks more like girls week in the country!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Susan x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

21 Again

Well not quite........but it is was our 21st wedding anniversary today. I've had a lovely day with my gorgeous hubby, and we went out for dinner tonight. Not quite as fresh faced as in 1994, but still very happy.

And some DJ love.....

Happy stitching,
Susan x

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