Saturday, August 9, 2014

A UFO finish for me

I stitched this set of pillow cases several years ago. I chose the fabric to finish them, but the ruffle was just too much and out of balance. I finally listened when the project said: lay the fabric flat. I absolutely love how they turned out.

Hope everyone else is getting lots done and loving their projects.


Friday, July 25, 2014

I finally have a UFO done !!!

I purchased this kit a year ago. I started it as soon as I received it and put it away as soon as I realized I'd put the fusible webbing on the right side of the fabric instead of the wrong. I was so frustrated that I just set it aside. Well, after a success week of Vacation Bible School crafts, I needed a quick (relatively speaking) project for myself. This has been sitting on the corner of the cutting table just waiting for me and this week was it's time. Not perfect, but I still love it and can move on to something else.

Happy stitching and congratulations to all the finishes this year. These are some gorgeous and amazing finishes !!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Some baby quilts

Gosh it's been a long time since I have shared anything in here. In fact I don't seem to blog much at all these says. This does not mean that I have not been keeping busy.
Babies are on my agenda, with two baby quilt finishes this month. The first one for a workmate having a little boy, she is decorating the nursery in yellow grey and white, but who could resist a pop of aqua.
The second one is for another workmate due in November but she is not sharing her discovery of the baby's sex, so it's unisex. I had fun making this quilt and plan to do a few more, they are great for using left over jelly roll strips, this one is in scrumptious.
Apologies for my shadow on the pic, it's hard to get a good photo on these dreary days.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

First UFO finish for 2014

I knocked so many UFOs out in 2012 with the help of everyone here that there isn't all that much left lol. So here is a finish that I started in 2012: Fireworks, a pattern by Lee from Freshly Pieced (though I pieced and not paper-pieced it).



The fabric is Malka Dubrowski and Kona, batting cotton, and all threads are Aurifil 50wt. On the back I pieced leftover strips (plus a few additions from my stack) in between some off-white material I bought at Ikea in Germany last year. I am especially thankful for the the donation of a matching print for top and bottom from my friend Suz from All the Good Ones are Taken!!! It will go to it's intended recipient in August for a round birthday :) If you would like to know more about the journey of this quilt, come and visit here.

 Happy Sewing!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DONE.... DONE... DONE!!!!

I did it!

A massive UFO DONE!

I can't even remember when I started my Dresden Plate Quilt, but it was easily 3-4 years ago!

I'm just so THRILLED to get it finished.

I haven't even pulled out the gathering threads yet!  I was just so excited to have actually finished it.  AND I made matching, quilted pillowcases too.
I'm making another pair tonight in a different design.

This project has been like an Albatross around my neck.

Every time I started something new, I would get this guilty feeling about my Dresden Plate quilt.

Now I'm free to finish a few other LITTLE  projects and do some new ones as well.

I'm so happy!

Who else has had some really good finishes lately?  It would appear there isn't too much activity going on here now?

Right... bye for now.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


A few years ago I cut up heaps of batik strips for bag making, and I made lots of lovey bags.
But I had a lot of the strips left over.

I found a use for them!
18 days ago I decided to make a Queen sized quilt for my eldest son, who was returning home to New Zealand,  from Australia.
I knew he would feel the cold.

This is what I made him:

I am calling it The Fern Quilt, because it has a Kiwi inspired fern.

I'm very proud of it.  It was the first time I had done Prairie Points too.  They were a nice touch.  I have stitched them down on the pillowcases.

I hope everyone is busy sewing?


Saturday, May 31, 2014


I have not been on here in months.
I've been really busy with family/life in general.
Keeping up with my own personal blog has taken priority over this one.
I hope to come back and do some reading if nothing else soon.

Until then, I want to share a funny thing I just read on a friend's blog :


To Create a Stash ...
by Carol Coski,
 The Quilted Feather

1. Buy fabrics that you like
2. Buy enough to do anything you might potentially think you want to do with it
3. Buy a little more because you know by the time you use it, what you have won't be enough and you will need more
4. Buy patterns and colors you know your family will simply love
5. Always buy extra
6. Did I mention to buy more than you think you will need?
7. Sit down every so often with your fabric, and assess what colors/patterns/designs you need to compliment and contrast what you already have
8. Buy the contrasting fabrics
9. Buy the coordinating fabrics
10. Buy extra of all of them, because when you sit down to piece you still won't have enough
11. Always buy enough backing fabric to back a California-king-all-the-way-to-the-floor bed quilt
12. Add a little more to that backing estimate
13. Use backing fabrics that can be integrated into other quilt tops
14. Buy a little more to make sure you will have useable pieces
15. If you see a design you think you might like in the future, buy it now before it disappears forever
16. Buy a little more just to be sure you have enough for what you haven't decided to make yet (I think this one is my favorite! Just sums up the whole thing!)17. Repeat above steps until there is no room left in the house for the inhabitants
18. Buy another house and repeat above

I think it's hilarious.  

Have a wonderful Day Girls.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Number 2 for 2014

Here is a second finish from me. This started as a NewFO last month so it was a quick finish but nevertheless......a finish is a finish
To read more about this project, you can click HERE.  I would love you to come over for a visit.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Another month has ended??? How???

I am so impressed. 
April has come to an end and I have managed some more projects.  
None of them qualify for Sew its finished as none of them were 'old'.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has finshed.

Monday, April 28, 2014

My 7th Finish..

The finish I have for this month I found tucked away in a ”Christmas” edition of a Handmade Magazine…


I do like this Little Christmas Tree……..

Hugz  Maria

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I told you

...I was going to have a early finish, and I did even if I haven't written a post about it here until now.
Anyway, I'm so very pleased with this table runner in a garden fence pattern.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A wallhanging done.....

Some time ago a friend gave me a flimsy that she had made and, for some strange reason, didn't want anymore....

I added the blue border and then used it to practice some quilting... tighter than I usually do so the wallhanging is quite firm

It's one of the UFO's that has been lingering in the cupboard... 

I did different shapes.... little orange peel type on the vase...

... and swirls in the background....

... a kind of paisley shape in the flowers ....

this week I put the final stitches on the binding.....

Righto, Gotto Go.... I still seem to have a heap of UFO's!!!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

A quilt ........

I made the top of this quilt with an online course last year

... finally it is all quilted and bound and gifted to my Hubz ......

... this was my first time using all civil war fabrics in a quilt.....

... let's hope he stops whinging about not having his own quilt now!!!!!!!!!

Righto, Gotto Go...... 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Alittle late, but my March finish

Hi everyone!  I finished this up last week. 
This is 53 x 57.  I used 6 yards of fabric.  I did a panto over everything.  There are buttons and beads all over it.  It was a BOM.  I believe I started it last February in 2013.  This is my 4th finish so far this year.  I need to get a move on, if I am going to finish like last year.  

March finishes

Johnny Rocket

Easter wall hanging

Rosey Rabbit

It has been an extremely productive month even with all the extenuating family issues. All of these UFOs are 10 or more years old. Yes, I had to dust them a bit before I ran them through the machine. But oh so happy that they are done :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April's wallhanging....

I have long loved this little wallhanging and finally have made it up.... I had traced the pieces a while ago and then stitched them a while ago and now it's done .....

It is called Garden of Happiness and the design is by Sally Gibbs... the pattern was in a Country Threads magazine but I can't tell you which one as smartiepants here tears out the pattern she wants...

what's not to love with some red work and some piecing? 

... and then some quilting....

Righto, Gotto Go.....  coffeetime....

My March finish

is this small purse.
Not much, but I think I will be early with my finish for April. Just hadn't the time to finish it off tonight.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Finish

for this month I can post the Table runner I made for my Friend Sunny......

It was made with a Jelly Roll I had cut into 2 1/2 " squares some time ago ...

Hugz  Maria

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Back on the Wagon

Wow it is the end of March???
Seriously  how did that get here???

I have finally finished some things & I have stopped long enough to blog them.
First up, my patchwork group are holding our quilt show over the Easter weekend and as one of the 2 Quilt Show Co-coordinators I thought I should really get my act together & get some quilts in.

This 1st finish is a collaborative effort for our Club.  It is a care quilt, the top was pieced by another member from great kid fabrics & I just had to quilt & bind.  Well, it has been in my house for almost 12 months & was lost in a box when we moved house.  When I unearthed it, it was the first to get into the FINISHED pile.
 "The Toy Box"

 Number 2 is a favourite of mine. 
"Send in the Clowns" has also been made as a Care Quilt for our club to give away but I made it myself & I have fallen in love with it.
I hope it makes some child happy.

"Send In the Clowns"
 Here is a close up of the happy clown

 and the rainbow spotty border.  How could that not make you smile?

Number 3 is a quilt I quilted for a friend.  Same story as above, was buried when we moved house & needed to get finished.  Becc named this one Friendship Jelly as it was a work of friends. 
"Friendship Jelly"

 Number 4 -  "Little Boxes, Little Boxes" made from 2 x 1/2 Jelly Rolls of Bunny Hill by Moda. This quilt top was made as a 'demonstrator' for my market stall.  It has been a top for about 12 months & I finally managed to pull it out and quilt it.

"Little Boxes, Little Boxes"
Number 5 - unfortunately I can't show you the whole project as it is a Challenge for the Quilt Show & needs to remain a suprise, but it is finished (only 16 x 12 inches).

I am obviously a deadline girl.  5 finishes in 1 month.  2 more in the works.
I need a quilt show every 3 months to keep me on track I think.

Catch you again soon.