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The French General quilt came back from Elaine Kennedy my friend and long-arm quilter.  Then I had to buy a special shade of red  for the binding...then I had to find the time to stitch it, then ... the battery in the camera was dead!  It is now all finished and safely winging its way to its new home in Sydney.

 Unfortunately it was evening when I took these photos, so the colour is a bit off, but not as bad as it looked through the view finder at the time.  DH was putting kids to bed, so I didn't dare interrupt to ask for him to play quilt stand for me, so please excuse the clothes line!

I had a great day Saturday stitching with the After Dark Quilters, despite the heat - I think it made 39C. We have been blessed this summer as there have been fewer then usual days of scorching heat.  Having said that, the heat finished off five of my plants that were on their last legs.  I planted them in the new back garden last autumn, and they were carefully fertilized, mulched and on a water…

Please don't be offended!

Please don't be offended if you read my blog, but I stop following yours!  Usually the number of blogs I follow reflects the amount of time I have.  Presently I need to cut back following the end of summer holidays.  Plus we have lots of issues with our Internet connection, which I thought might have been fixed by now...but alas no! Ah modern technology, don't you love it...but cannot live without it!   I cut these novelty transport squares out in January, after watching Bonnie Hunter start a star quilt ... I figured this project came under "kids quilt" on my wish list!  Please note Bonnie makes BIG quilts, but this pattern is for a cot quilt - well its 46" x 46".  I don't need any more cot quilts but figured I could make bigger for a friends son.      Sunday I made the star blocks.  So far this is all out of the stash, including the yellow checked background, which I thought I would NEVER use...but works OK there don't you think?  The reason I lov…

The other stuff I have started this year!

 Red and white stars, small and a bit fiddly but oh they make my heart sing!  I had the worst time trying to decide which fabrics to choose out of my stash, as they are small so I needed small prints.   This pattern was free and came from All People Quilt they call them Sawtooth stars, but I call them Ohio stars, especially as that is on my wish list!  I used a white print for the background, one of the few that I had in my stash, because I find it really really hard to buy white fabric.  In fact this had been relegated to the chuck out pile, until Bonnie Hunter suggested that you cut a big square, fold in half to make a triangle and then sew it into the corner of your quilt back, to use as a label...genius...only one folded edge to hand stitch down and uses up ugly fabric.  However I hadn't got around to doing that...luckily!  Besides I have a zillion pre printed quilt labels...most of them I don't like and I am beginning to see their new future on a trading table at some po…

Two flimsy finishes and a cot quilt

I managed to spend most of the day in my sewing room on Sunday. I haven't been able to settle into sewing for any extended period for awhile now as domestic duties have been taking precedence. So I was really pleased to be able to sew the border on the French general lap quilt.  I couldn't find any yardage of the French General at my local shop (and I was in a hurry) so I went with this lovely cream floral on latte brown.  I tried lots of reds, but they didn't work, but I think a red binding will really finish it off.  Now to just get it basted and quilted...any ideas about patterns?  I really want to avoid stitch in the ditch and straight lines, I need to get out of my comfort zone, this quilt deserves better!
Next, out came the  Pink n Yellow l'Twister cot quilt.  I really wanted to do some fancy free motion quilting , but everything I tried looked awful. In the end I went with stitch in the ditch, which is fine, but not as exciting as it could have been.  I also st…