Friday, March 23, 2018


While working on my Southern Charm quilt the pattern called for several Dresden blocks.  I had not been successful in the past with this block, but decided to buckle down and learn to do them.  It turned out I rather liked the results, although I must admit they are a slow sew project.  
Earlier this past week in cruising through some blogs I found a quilt made almost exclusively of Dresden blocks.  That post just grabbed me up and I almost immediately had my idea of a Romance Dresden Quilt.
I pulled out all my neutral low volume fabrics and then proceeded to dig through my stash for some deep, rich colored florals.  My first block of around 20 or so needed came to life.  I am so happy with it.
So, last night I cut out my next block.  Plus I've pulled several additional fabric selections for several more.  
I think this flower will be the center for this next block too.  And I can't wait to cut and work on some additional color combinations.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


This past weekend and the beginnings of this week were so nice to get back to life as usual.  Our New Zealand holiday was wonderful, but it is nice to be home.  Then back to work last week, but instead of my usual one or two days I ended up working the entire week leaving no sewing time.  
I have at last finished off all the blocks I missed and my next task will be to just put the quilt top together.  I hope this week to accomplish that.  I am so pleased with this quilt.  Different than what I usually do.
This was the last Block Set #11.  One single block and two sets of three to make.  I purchased a Quilt in a Day Fussy Cut Rulers set to make these.  I have made this type of block many times, but I must say the new rulers are wonderful.  These blocks came out absolutely perfect.  
The first set of three.
And at last the very last set.  The opportunity to use scraps has been such fun.  
And I'm off with putting this quilt top together.  I can't wait to see the completed top.  

Friday, March 16, 2018


My plan this week was to try to finish up my block unit #10 of my Southern Charm quilt.  Well I usually only work one or two days a week.  But, since I was gone for three weeks all those day's work sat there for me needing done.  No sewing time for me.  I did accomplish last weekend on Sunday a couple more rows of the pieces in unit #10.
Well I now have four of the geese done with three more to go on this unit that has seven geese in it.
The plan today and until I return to work on Wednesday is to get unit #11 done too.  
And here they are.  I will need two of the three block rows and one single block as well.
Now the suggestion was a special ruler to help in their construction.  I love tools, I have dozens of rulers and other quilty tools.  So yes, off to to pick up this new tool.
Quilt in a Day Fussy Cut Rulers.  I see lots of uses for these guys.  
Plus they came in three sizes at a very reasonable price.  So I am off to get some groceries and sew the afternoon away.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


I finally had time after after returning from our holiday in New Zealand to sew a bit.  
My Southern Charm Quilt has been sadly behind with a finish of my Dresden plate blocks.  
The last Dresden done.  I made it 4.5 inches on its blades.  I am glad I increased it from the 3.5.  Instead of a circle in the center I tried a sort of flower shape.  Plus placed three small little dollies on it.  
So this finished off the large Dresden block.  Now on to the next block set.
A start of Block #10.  I had to really wrap my head around these little guys.  But, I think I have a good start of the seven I'll need for this block. 
And at last my last New Zealand purchased of fun fabric.  I just could not leave without buying some fabric that was truly New Zealand.  It was just too much fun.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


We have been in New Zealand for almost three weeks.  Time does fly when you are having a good time, but it is time to get home.  I did finish some yummy fabric here.  
These are quarter meters.  A little larger than a quarter yard.  We should not complain about the cost of fabric.  Two meters of fabric cost just a little over $40.00 of American money.  It is lovely fabric with a feel like Art Gallery fabrics.
And here the second fat quarter meter I purchased.  Now to fly home tomorrow and get busy making something fun.  
And a last photo of a really interesting wall piece we spied in a quaint shop on the way back to Christchurch.  I really love the colors on this piece.  

Monday, March 5, 2018


We have been traveling since Feb. 18th here in New Zealand and finally came across a quilt store in Arrowtown on the South Island.
Yes I bought fabric, and took lots of photos too.
 I like the fabrics in this one they had on display.
This piece was so pretty an the flowers were dimensional, which made them really stand out. 
This is just a part of this quilt, but I have some fabric at home which is must the same color range with leaves on it.  I think this clue gives me ideas.

Friday, March 2, 2018


We have taken in a lot more sites in the last couple of days.  We went to a sheep farm and watched them shear sheep.  They lay quite calmly when being sheared.  It was quite hot so I guess they are glad to have all that wool off. 

Plenty of wool off just one of these guys to make some of that nice wool batting some of us really like.
In Christchurch they had many wall arts done on the sides of their buildings and walls.  So many interesting quilt/wall hanging ideas.
I particularly like the bird in this piece and the ferns.  All sorts of possibilities. 

Monday, February 26, 2018


We stopped in a small town traveling from Auckland, to Rotorua over the weekend and ran across all this local art.  
This tile sofa was really interesting, however I see a possible wall hanging idea for this one.
There were all sorts of decorative pieces around this town like this, but this one really catches the eye.  But I have another idea in mind as well.  In Auckland the first day we arrived in New Zealand we did a hop on hop off bus around the city and saw the sites.  We took this picture and I plan to reproduce it in fabric and it will be a wall hanging for my entry for sure.  
We won't be headed home until the 8th of March, but some fun ideas to think about when I do get home.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


New Zealand has a quilt history too.  At a museum on the way to the Bay of Islands we came across this display.  

And of course this item which some of my quilt friends use regularly even today.  
Our trip has included some fun events.  We spent some time watching dolphins in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
And of course my traditional Maori greeting.
We did a traditional war canoe across the Bay of Islands up a river to their traditional meeting place and a water fall.  Important to get involved with the traditions of another country.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Zealand News

We were on our way to the Bay of Islands on the big Island.  We read across this shop doing this woven tapestry.  

This is what it will look like once done.  Our Internet service is awful so I am just posting as quickly as I can.

Friday, February 16, 2018


My quilt guild does a quilt show every odd year in January.  So 2019 is fast approaching, as far as the planning and preparation  stages.  At a recent meeting we decided to do a boutique of hand made items to sell.  These have to be made by our guild members.  
I decided to make placemats.  
And here is my first one.  Now they have to be easy to make, so I can make a number of them, and I have to be able to teach other guild members how to make them as well.
To make four matching placemats I cut 4 strips of 9 different co-ordinating fabrics.  I used fat quarters so the strips are cut at 2.5 inches wide by approximately 20 inches long.  
 I cut a 22 by 16 inch piece of cotton batting and a back for the placemats the same size and spray basted them together.  
Then I proceeded to sew my strips down in the [quilt as you go] method.  Once all the 9 strips were sewn down I trimmed the placemat to 14 by 18.5 inches.  I bound it with 2.25 inch binding strips, and machine sewed the binding down by stitching in the ditch from the front.  If the binding is carefully pinned down evenly the binding comes out beautifully.
This is my next set of four ready to go.
Along with its back and binding.  
This sad little pup has just heard that hubby and I are headed to New Zealand for three weeks.  Our poodle refuses to even have her picture taken she's not happy.  The pup and house sitters are coming Sunday so they will have lots of human and friends company while we are gone.  They each bring their pups so there will be another Yorkie named Lilly and a handsome Multi/Pap named Trots to keep our girls happy.  I bring a laptop along with me everywhere, so you may get at least a few posts while we are gone of the sites in New Zealand.  Maybe they even have quilt stores there.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


A few months ago I decided to try a block I saw on Maureen Cracknell's blog site.  It did not go well. I just could not get the blocks to properly line up.  
 I finally gave up and decided on a different layout.  You can see the results today on my Featured Post.  That quilt is now at the quilters and I can't wait until it comes back home.  However, I just could not get this whole idea of this particular pattern out of my mind and I went on a hunt to solve the problem.  
I cut my strips, organizing my stash really helped me see what was available without buy a single piece of fabric.  
On my search of the internet I realized I had gone about the first try all wrong.  The pattern is a Braided Block.  I now knew my size I needed and actually how to accomplish it.  
And here is my first block complete.  They are so easy.  The strips are nine inches long by 3 inches wide. 
Once I decided on the size, 7.5 by 14, I cut a template for my self and marked the center to line up with the center of the block.  Yes there is lots of wasted fabric.  I probably could cut the strips a bit smaller maybe 8 inches instead.  
And row one is done.  I am not sure yet whether to make 5 or 6 rows.  Right now the width is 63 inches wide.  5 rows makes it 67.5 inches long, so I am thinking about 6 rows at 81 inches long.  It will be somewhat of a matching quilt for the original quilt I made.  Great for cuddling on the sofa or recliner in the winter evenings.