Baby Pinwheels Quilt

This quilt was made for DD’s piano teacher who is expecting her first baby shortly.

It was easy-peasy to make.  We used 2 x charm packs of It’s a Hoot by MoMo for Moda fabrics, plus the same number of squares of plain fabric – in this case Moda Bella in Snow.

The pinwheels were made using this tutorial from Missouri Quilt Co.

Join 2 charm squares right sides together (one plain and one print) using 1/4” seam around the four sides.  Cut diagonally through each side, which makes 4 blocks of joined half-square triangles.  Form into pinwheels and sew back together using 1/4” seam. Trim back slightly to 5.5”.

Using 2 packs of print charms plus 2 packs of plain (or yardage), you will make approx 84 blocks.  I joined them together in a 9 x 9 block configuration, using 81 blocks. I machine quilted in straight lines.  Once binding added, finished quilt size approx 46.5” square.

It's A Hoot Baby Pinwheels

The backing fabric is a Bubbles design by Keiko Goke

Baby Pinwheels Quilt


Wonky Log Cabin Cushions

After an obscene quote for cushions to match my new chair, I decided to make my own.

I was thinking  chocolate with subtle aqua and green which would match my new sofas and these beautiful

fabrics Lantern Bloom by Laura Gunn were just the thing

pillowsw 125


Then I fell in love with the cushion on the cover of this Stitch magazine


stitchMag  by Malka Dubrawsky who has a stunning Blog –

Stitch in Dye.  Malka does some fabulous fabric dyeing and her quilts and pillows are gorgeous.


A few more fabrics were added to the mix, then the cushion seemed to take on a life of its own!

pillowsw 127It’s a bit more colourful than intended and probably needs a few more ‘plain’ fabrics.  Just gotta sew down the binding.


Now got to go and try something slightly more subtle……

Joseph’s Coat Quilt A Long – part 1

Finally something to show.  After ordering the Kaffe Fassett jelly roll online from the US, I just knew the boat would be slow, or the camel would stop for a long drink, but I didn’t quite expect the parcel to go via Sweden to Singapore.  The pigeon finally landed, but no jelly roll – it was on backorder.  This would have to be one of my pet annoyances with overseas/online ordering.  If I had known this I’d have cancelled the order and sourced it somewhere else.  Grrrrrr.

I don’t know whether it is the heat, humidity or the cr*p glue, but the whole process has been quite tedious.  The first lot of petals got ditched, but I’ve managed to finish 24.  I’m now unsure whether to be picky about the colour placement or just stitch them randomly.   Might have to make some more and have a play around.

After all my good intentions, I don’t expect to keep up, but it’s a start…sighJoseph' 001

Joseph' 002

Joseph' 003

Joseph' 004

Mum’s Quilts

My mother is a perfectionist when it comes to sewing/quilting.   My grandmother was too, but I don’t think the genetics ventured further than that! Mum doesn’t Blog. She can send an SMS, but that’s as far as technology goes; she doesn’t even own a computer.  I have her permission to put these beauties into cyberspace.  They may get an outing in a local show which is only every 2 years, but I can’t even convince her to enter anything intothe major Guild exhibition each year.   I think they should be seen by more than the inside of the spare bedroom!

Mum's pineapple 

   Mum's pineapple2

Mum is a very traditional quilter – and I mean patterns, colours, everything.

The pineapples were done with hand-dyed fabrics Mum did in a class a few years ago.  This is a major step away from anything she’s ever done. It’s only

a small, wall hanging size quilt (note to self to find the dimensions) and was a challenge in her guild which won a prize.    I love it!


Granny & GD in Flower Garden

Apparently I gave Mum a bundle of FQs a couple of years ago – can’t even remember what they are. The hexagons have been paper-pieced and the quilt

has been hand quilted.  It’s taken a couple of years, but a recent illness seemed to have spurred her on to finish it!

FlowerGarden2A close-up of Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

Long Weekend Sewing

This is my sewing table. Hopefully this pile will soon turn into the log cabin quilt I am making for the Singapore Quilters Challenge, due in only a few weeks.

SewingTableScraps_edited-1It’s a Long Weekend here, so should be able to get some tasks on the To Do List out of the way.

Of course once again I was sidetracked and this was much more fun …

MakeUpPurse I love these bag and purse pattern from Nicole Mallilieu, but have been wary of the complicated looking buckles and other gizmos, so thought I’d start with the Make-up Purse pattern which I picked up in Melbourne recently.  I’m really pleased with it. The instructions were clear and I only broke one machine needle sewing in the zip! What a Klutz! 

Friday Flaunt

This is my first Friday Flaunt. I’ve been fiddling about with Log Cabin blocks and scraps. These two turned into a new pincushion. The old one bit the dust when all my pins became rusty – a hazard from the tropics.

Pincushionand the back…


Now I’ve seen something really bizarre about my pincushion.  Does anyone else have obsessive traits in their sewing rooms??