I’ve been stitching

It’s amazing what can be achieved  over a long week-end and I’ve been very productive over the past two weeks and have finished both baby quilts which need to be gifted in early November.

imageI finished the wonky star quilt  which I called “Starry, Starry Night”. I  quilted around each square and then echo quilted around each wonky star. This was the first time I had tried to do this and was very pleased at how it turned out.imageI also love the frisky foxes fabric on the back which came from my stash.  I tend to buy a few fabrics which I think will work for baby quilts and keep them in my stash for unexpected events!

Details for “Starry, Starry Night”:

  • A variety of fabric from the stash for the star points.
  • Mostly a range of Kona solids for star centres and the border panels.
  • The main backing fabric of the foxes was Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman fabrics.
  • 43″ square

I had planned to make the second one as a medallion quilt with a print of city terrace houses as the centre with some wonky stars as the sky above.  After working on it and piecing a roadway  for the bottom, it just wasn’t working – so I abandoned it and started again.

After digging  through my stash I found two fabrics which I thought would work – and “Zebra Stripes” was born.

imageI really love how this came together and how the pop of the Tula Pink fabric really lifts the front.

I also think the back is pretty cool (I’m obviously a cat lover 🙂 ).image

Some details for Zebra Stripes:

  • Zebra fabric is Mini Zebras – Michael Miller fabrics
  • Top and bottom fabric band is  Crush in strawberry by Tula Pink
  • Backing fabric is Cats and Dots -Michael Miller fabrics
  • 44″ square

I’m now looking forward to a short trip to Melbourne on 20th October to see the Making the Australian Quilt Exhibition 1800-1950 at the National Gallery of Victoria. It’s the first time that many of the quilts have been exhibited and it’s great to see quilts getting the recognition they deserve in such a beautiful venue.  I’m sure a little fabric shopping will be fitted into the itinerary as well :).

Hoping you all have something interesting planned – happy stitching until next time.


I’ve gone all wonky!

I’ve had a wonky start to September. One baby quilt has been pieced and I’ve just started on the other.

The first one is all wonky stars on the front. It’s my first time making these and I really enjoyed piecing them.

I didn’t know when I started if the baby was a boy or girl so tried to stay gender neutral in colour and fabric selection.

When I finished piecing the stars the square measured 39″ which I thought was too small.  After pondering what to do I decided to add a solid border matching the centres of the stars. It’s now around 43″ square and I like the extra colour too.

imageThe back has been pieced so almost ready to start basting, quilting and binding.

I found out tonight however, that the other baby quilt has to be complete by 3rd November (yikes), so I’ve moved onto making it. Given the short time-frame I’ve decided on a simple medallion style which was also a good excuse (!) to buy Gwen Marston’s Liberated Medallion Quilts book😊.

The centre is printed houses so I’m adding a night sky with a couple of additional wonky stars .image

I hope to finish the top this week-end as working 50 hour weeks is not leaving much time for mid week stitching.

Hope all your stars are looking bright.



Oops a Daisy

After making seven in the last year and a half, I hope Oops a Daisy is my last baby quilt for a while.  This one was done in a bit of a rush and finally finished at 1.30am last night as it needed to be given to the mum today at a baby shower afternoon tea.

Oops a Daisy

I choose the Thousand Flowers (in pink) Kaffe Fassett fabric some time ago and had been dithering as to what to do with it.  Time moved on and life intervened and it ended up a last-minute job which had to be quick and easy, so strip piecing it was.

I’m happy with most of it although I couldn’t find the perfect shade of green for the end border strips and the pale peach/apricot strips in the centre are too pale, but I had to make do with what I had on hand.

Oops a Daisy backThe backing is Canyon Flutter from Alexander Henry which I bought several years ago.  Butterflies just seemed right to go with the flowers on the front.

Butterfly backI didn’t piece the back as I usually do as the butterflies are ‘busy’ enough.


Serpentine stitch

I quilted it using an elongated serpentine stitch on my domestic machine and didn’t quilt the solid strips to make them a little more prominent.



We have had cyclonic weather in Sydney the past few days which has made taking photos problematic, I just managed these couple outside in an extremely wet garden.

Log Candy

Another baby quilt completed and given to the expectant mum.  I called this one Log Candy as it is an improv log cabin block in candy colours. Some of you will have seen my works in progress post where I was working out the sequencing.  My original idea was to do 1/4 log cabins and have them face outward, but I decided it worked better matching up  the logs in different colours. The mum stipulated not too much pink, so I added other colours to match the flowers.

Log candy Log Candy 2The main grey floral fabric is a Kaffe Fassett called Grey Guinea Flowers and the larger grey/white ovals in the border are from the Bella collection by Lotta Jansdotter.  I have recently started using grey and really like how well it “plays” with other colours.

Once again I was startled by how yellow can take-over a design.  I discussed this with Bill Kerr in a colour workshop at Quiltcon – more on this in a future post.

As usual I pieced the back – this time in brighter colours picking up the aquas and reds in the prints of the clothes in the middle fabric. Bak of Log CandyLog Cany back 2 Unfortunately I don’t know the name of this print. I love all the miniature clothes and accessories.

I went with a thin multi-coloured stripe for the border.

The quilting is quite narrow straight line, but I didn’t quilt the coloured logs so that they stood out from the background and provided some texture.

Catherine and quilt


Overall I like this one! The mum looked pleased as well (note the matching watch!)

Baby quilt WIP Update

I have now finished the four 1/4 log cabins and am contemplating the next step.Catherine baby WIPI originally thought I would add some strips to the centre, possibly centred by the small square of solid fabric.  I tried various combinations and now think I will simply join the quarters and add some borders.

The photo is on an angle because the design wall is in a narrow hallway – the blocks are (relatively) the same size!

I hope to finish it this week-end.