Having been given a jelly roll and a quilting book for Christmas 2010, there is no excuse not to get on with quiltmaking.

Here's what happened next...


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

... and so to quilt....

Rosie's quilt is sandwiched....

.... and I have a lovely variegated quilting thread.

Just have to work out how to quilt it.

Best get a wiggle on - Rosie's baby is now very much with us, and I'd like to deliver the quilt to the new family next week.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

...and your next dilemma to solve...

I now have patterned red borders on Rosie's quilt - thank you for the feedback, and nice to know that the decision was quite clear cut, and reinforced my own view. Good!

Next up is the backing - either tying in with the front, on an animal theme...

... a pastel 'baby' print ...

... or a cuddly brushed cotton rose pattern?

Friday, 29 July 2016

Border Dilemma

The top of Rosie's quilt is all pieced, and in order to bring it up to regulation cot-quilt size, I need 5" borders.

But do I go for a plain(ish) red.......

A patterned red........

Or a gold...........?

Sunday, 19 June 2016


Just over half way pieced.

Still not sure on borders, backing or quilting.

Ah, it'll come to me, I'm sure!

Monday, 30 May 2016

A New Project - Rosie's Quilt

It's been about eighteen months since I did any quilting - no, tell a lie, I finished Mum's quilt in time for her birthday last Summer, and I should dig out a couple of photos.

But my running buddy Rosie (who is one of those people who is so nice, you wonder if she kicks puppies when no on is looking, or something, just to restore the cosmic balance) is expecting, and I thought a baby cot quilt might be appreciated.

I chose fabrics from my stash (about half of which Jayne will recognise!) mucked about with some layouts and started cutting and sewing.....

This is the top half of the quilt - the 2.5" squares are sewn into strips, and the lions are just laid on for the time being.  I wanted to break up the plain and print design with something of a statement - and I can wish for nothing better for Rosie and Ross' baby to have strength and courage and place importance on family.

I've not sourced a border yet, and am in two minds about the backing - either a strong blue with other animals (where I've cut the lions from), or a brushed cotton soft-as-you-like backing of flowers, which looks a bit 'grown up'.

The baby is due in August, so I have time to mull that one over.

Sunday, 16 November 2014


It might not be hugely original, but I've opted for tramlines round the border of the Christmas runner.

I had to have a bit of a fight in order to get the lines around all three panels to some approximation of straight and parallel, but it's near enough.

I've given it a trim, and am pleased to find that I have enough of the black fabric with the gold holly leaves to use for the binding.

Slow going, but I am nearly there!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Quite a Sulk!

No, I have not really been sulking for the best part of a year, but then again, it is true that I have done no quilting at all since my last post; although I have used the sewing machine for some odd repair jobs.

But the combination of the weather now being more suited to indoor pursuits; and a very welcome surprise package from Jayne through the post the other day has been enough to get me up into the attic room to have another go at finishing the troublesome table runner that I put together for QuiltSue's challenge for the 2013 Christmas QAL (do keep up).

I promised myself one session to get the fmq finished, and if it still wouldn't come right, then it was in the bin or palm it off to 'a good home'.

You're probably ahead of me here - a hour at the machine with a single thread break and it is done.  I then put the walking foot on an stitched in the ditch round each of the three panels.

I haven't decided on what to do with the borders - tram lines are favourite right now - then the binding and the darn thing is done.

Just in time for Christmas.
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