In September we enjoyed a weeks holiday in Surfers Paradise, Queensland.
 The view from our self contained apartment showcased the river one side and the beach the other.
 We visited a wildlife park and did a tree top walk in the rainforest, both of which were lovely.
 Possibly the most exciting (and exhausting) was visiting Sea World, which was very busy but had
lots to see and do.  
The kids only wanted to go to this theme park.  They really wanted to see the new
polar bear cub. It took four visits to his enclosure and we finally struck him awake, creating havoc with a ball, bashing into the trees and having glorious destructive, only a toddler could fathom type fun. 
There was also plenty of time to relax on the beach, watch someone elses kids teach yours to body surf while they made friends, play beach cricket and dig holes in the sand.
Then the lovely week came to an end.  
There was some stitching (but far more reading) but its hard to see the progress on wool applique, trust me, it doesn't warrant a photo!
Happy quilting, Sue

Pretty in Pink

In March I made all the baskets for another Jo Morton mini quilt from her book "Jo's Little Favorites" and then sewed the top up.  I was contemplating fabric options for borders, all the time acknowledging that I wasnt happy.

So I started unpicking.  I unpicked all the basket blocks (checked my cutting was accurate) and re sewed them, pressing the seams open.  It made no difference.  I unpicked again and resewed with a finer thread.  By this stage my pieces were fraying and stretched.  They looked fine as blocks but as soon as I sewed the top together too many points were missing :(

I stuck it all in a box and left it to fester in the back of my brain.  Then a couple of weeks ago I was in need of a project for a days sewing with friends.  I didnt want to take hand piecing, so I grabbed one brown, one background and a bunch of different pinks and this pattern.
To my surprise I managed to get all the blocks cut and sewn.  But I waited to put them together fearing a repeat of last time.  However the major difference was thread...I used a finer thread, pressed open my seams where possible, and the blocks turned out beautifully. 
I normally use Gutermann thread, as it does not shred, is affordable and most importantly (to me) I can buy it locally in the town I live in.  However I know that  on my Bernina I have to move my needle over one space, when using Gutermann, to ensure a accurate quarter inch seam.  But on the mini quilts this is not enough,
When I use  Aurifil 40 weight thread, I get a better accuracy and I don't have to move the needle....which is important, because as soon as I turn off my machine the needle re centres itself...and sure as eggs, the next time I sit down to sew I forget to reposition it! 
Now off to link up to Rainbow Scrappy Challenge as October is pink.  This project is not from scrap, but there are now eight basket blocks about to become scrap!
After all that I think I deserve some retail therapy to find the perfect border fabric ;)
Happy quilting Sue.


Autumn log cabin blocks

I needed a no brainer sewing project.  And the log cabin I made last year using scrap red and green 2.5" strips was really quick, so I was easily lured into a new project.
The main problem I have is a lack of distinct colours left in my stash of pre cut strips and a very deleted supply of neutrals.  I didnt want to make blocks for no reason.  So chose autumn tones, as that is what I had and I could use them for a friends mothers quilt (her prefered palette they assure me) if needed.  I agreed to sew up blocks made by the family, to celebrate a special birthday.  But the deadline for blocks hasn't arrived yet. However as nobody in the family is a quilter, these blocks are my back up plan, in case I only get sent a few blocks!
I can see one strip that I considered neutral, is reading as dark in this photo.  Might need to do some unpicking...we will wait and see!  

Little Red Churn Dash

I made this mini quilt, Little Red One by Red Button Quilt Co. (14x18") at quilt camp in August.
I had since sewed on the buttons, stitched stems and quilted and bound it.  But I didn't like the stems only.  I ran out of the green thread.  I substituted.  I added leaves.   I dont like it :(  and going to unpick the leaves.
And now would also like to quilt in the border.  I hate it when I change my mind, after I am
"done".  Yep, sometimes I drive myself crazy!  So not quite a finish...yet!

This neo natal sized quilt is a finish though.  I have not been able to stop making log cabin blocks!  There is another in my future, but just want to finish a few more UFO's before I start something big...well thats the plan!  
Happy quilting Sue.

A new mini quilt

I thought I would cheat and show you the progress shots (to pad out this post), as I made this quilt.
 But the truth is, it was quick to make, hence I did show them on Instagram, but this little pretty is done and dusted now!
Besides the clarity in this shot is way better then the progress ones!
Another mini finish from my Jo Morton book "Jo's Little Favorites".  This pattern is called Cabin Corners and combines log cabin blocks with courthouse step blocks.  I don't remember making courthouse step blocks before, but they were fun. I have also never been a huge low volume fan, but I enjoyed the challenge here.
A "nearly at the end" progress shot, this is the quilt my Mum started at Patchwork camp a few weeks ago, 
and she has since finished all the blocks and sewn them up. I think she is planning on a thin cream border though on the edge, so really nearly a "flimsy finish".
The pattern was purchased at Periwinkle Patchwork, but the name of the pattern maker or pattern eludes me.
Happy quilting Sue.

September is Orange

September's colour for Rainbow Scrappy Challenge is Orange.
 I dont use a lot of orange, mainly for kids quilts, so the scrap pile is fairly small.  I managed one star,
 and ten four patches.  There are a few more pre cut triangles, that I need to make a plan for.
 No orange in this quilt, but it is a flimsy finish! This is my second Vivid Grid quilt (pattern by Sharon McConnell) which appeared in the Spring issue of Quilts and More magazine.
I started and finished the blocks on Patchwork camp, so it was just a matter of sewing them all together.  The quilt is approximately 60 x 60" so I am just going to finish it as is.  I havent decided if I am up to quilting it myself, but as my shoulder hasn't been great, I will probably outsource it.  But need to find a backing first.  And  I am not sure how I will bind it...I have already used the left over jelly roll strips in another quilt!
Happy quilting Sue

Spring is here

 Spring is here, officially and because the self sown sweet peas have started to flower....
....along with the self sown Cornflowers.
Then I noticed the first of my daffodils flowering.
Which prompted me to finally finish my Spring table runner!
 
Pattern by Jacquelynne Steves, published in Spring 2017 edition of Quilts and More magazine.
Ironically I have also finally finished hand stitching the binding on this table runner, Spring Blooms.
This is a Norma Whaley pattern called Spring Blooms which you can buy on the Timeless Traditions. website.    A shot of the back, which I pieced to use up some scraps of green and to show off the quilting.  Sometimes my quilting is great, lots of time its just OK.  Fairly happy with this!
Hope your enjoying some pretty blooms at your place!
Happy quilting Sue.

In September we enjoyed a weeks holiday in Surfers Paradise, Queensland.  The view from our self contained apartment showcased the river...