Thursday 27 June 2013


Three blocks done, five more to go. Surely you know what I am making now?

Tuesday 25 June 2013

The new quilt

Someone asked if I was doing an Irish Chain in red and white - it was possible, but no!
Here are the next few steps; I did have some time this morning when our guests were sleeping off their jet lag. Below is the first completed block - there was some unpicking involved, but I'm quite proud of the final product! Can you guess what it will be now?

It's so nice to have family visiting! (they're staying in an apartment close to us as our Queenslander isn't big enough to house another family) The boys are having a ball with their little cousins. Here they are all having diner together at their own table.

Sunday 23 June 2013

Vintage Quilts

Working as the editor of a quilting magazine has definitely rekindled my love of quilts. In the last few weeks I have found myself looking for affordable vintage quilts on Etsy and Ebay - and after the initial hesitation I decided to take the plunge and just buy one! Or two, actually - the first one was the lovely red and white quilt above, in a pattern known as Glorified Nine Patch. I found it on Etsy and kept going back to it. It's now on its way here - can't wait to see it IRL!

And today I managed to snap up this lovely baby quilt from the 1930s on Ebay. This pattern is known as the Kite or Arkansas Star. Very sweet, isn't it?

And no, I'm not just looking at and buying quilts, I also made one (but can't show it here yet, sorry) and bought fabric for the next one. Yes, I am going to make a traditional quilt in red and white!

What kind of quilt? I'm not saying yet, but I will share my progress here. I did some cutting: these are 2.5in strips. Any guesses?

I'm afraid I won't have much time to do more in the next two weeks, as tomorrow my sister-in-law and her family arrive in Brisbane and on Friday we are going to Cairns for a holiday in the tropics!

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday 13 June 2013

Tea Cosy

It's winter here in Oz and it can be quite cold in our Queenslander house. To warm up we often drink a nice cup of tea - and now that the boys all like a cuppa as well (with lots of milk and sugar) I needed a bigger teapot than the one from Zinnia Pea that I got for Mother's Day a few years ago. Unfortunately Zinnia Pea seems to be out of business, so I bought a cheap one at the op shop. It does its job, but is rather ugly... However, Spotlight had some lovely teapot fabric, so... I made a tea cosy!

The lining is a very sweet teacup fabric and in between is some Insul-Bright wadding. A quick and fun project!

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Wordless Wednesday