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The Friendship Quilt

So anyway a couple of years ago I bought a charm pack of Michael Miller Happy Tones and “stored” it away carefully for just the right moment to present itself.  Stored as in the sense of hoarded and hoarded in the sense of “it’s too pretty to use on just anything so I have to be really certain before I cut into it because once it’s gone that’s it you can’t get it back and then what would you do and are you sure that’s what you want to have happen and really is it such a big deal I mean it’s only fabric and you can always get some more but you can’t really so be absolutely sure before you do that”.  Or something like that, I can’t remember the exact words…

Well, about this time last year I thought, hey it’s my BFF’s birthday in a couple of months – that gives me time to knock together a lovely little quilt.  I’ll use my Happy Tones!! And so I did…


Friendship Quilt 1

Thanks to Jamie for holding this up for me and complaining after ten seconds that his shoulders were hurting because it was too heavy…


Basic half-square triangles created with the Happy Tones and Prima Homespun White from Spotty.

I kept the design as minimal and easy as possible.  As well we know I’m not one to follow a pattern so this really did just grow from the initial HST design and move outwards.

Friendship Quilt 2

The border around the HST’s is a mini friendship braid for which I used the terrific pattern from here.  It was fiddly but well worth it as it gave extra texture.  I used Sarah Fielke Millefiori to create the braid.

Friendship Quilt 4

The final border was some stashed basic Spots and Stripes from Spotty as well.  A good standby as it just about matches everything colourwise and I love a good spot.  The machine sewn binding was more of the Sarah Fielke. The backing was organic cotton “House and Garden” Cloud 9 Fabric – sweet little pink birds with chartreuse leaves eked out with some Prima Homespun Pale Pink.  Quilting as always, was simply on the diagonal through the HST’s and around each border.

Friendship Quilt 5Friendship Quilt 3

And to finish it all off – a quilt label!!  Yes, I finally remembered to add one.  This I made myself using printable fabric sheets and my home printer.  The quote is a special one for me as my lovely friend (the new owner of this quilt) gave me a beautiful ceramic tag with this quote (by Dorothy Parker) on it for my birthday last year and it has become a bit of a constant reminder to me of how grateful I am to have her in my life.

Friendship Quilt 6

I finally handed it to her last week – a good eight months after her birthday.  Even though the date on the tag says June. Still, it’s the thought that counts.

Until next time,



The Sister Quilt, Part 4

Another week done – another Sister Quilt completed and gifted!

This quilt was for my little sister, no. 4,  who celebrated a birthday with a big fat zero in it… ha ha.  I won’t say what the first number was but as a clue it rhymes with door.


The Sister Quilt, Part 4


This quilt was all made from Spotlight purchased fabric – FF Fancy Birdcage; FF Fancy Peacock; FF Fancy Paisley; FF Fancy Bird Toile. These prints are bird themed with lots of feathers and cages and all kinds of curls and leaves.

As with all my quilts I just cut squares and sew them together until I get the size I want.  A method that is yet to fail me! Although I ended up having to buy some additional yardage of the Fancy Paisley and Bird Toile – but not to worry I’m sure the left overs will be put to good use…

I used Quiltville’s Scrappy Trip method to ensure the pink chain fell in the right spot.  I really like using that pattern – it’s versatile and a quick way to construct a top.


The Sister Quilt, Part 4 — backing and binding

I chose to do complete machine binding in pink to echo the pink chains – rather than saturate it with any more of the duck egg.  The backing was some flannelette that I had leftover from another quilt – it’s a bit little girly but it is so soft and luxe to the touch, and pink, that it was just the thing to finish it off.  The quilting again was very simple – only this time I quilted just past every second line to keep it puffy and loose.


The Sister Quilt, Part 4

Of course, enough leftovers to make a cushion cover…


The Sister Quilt, Part 4 — Cushion cover

Pretty sure my sister liked it although I think she may have a struggle with her daughter over who actually gets to use it.

On to the next birthday quilt I guess – Dad turns 83 this month and I have a lovely stack of Sakizome Momen with his name on it.

Have a cheery weekend,



The Sister Quilt, Part 1

Well good day to you all.  With this superb weather we’ve been having here in Brisbane what better way to enjoy it than sit inside at a sewing machine!

Another good month for sewing – I completed two birthday quilts and a remote control pouch along with steady work on the hexie project and finally finding my bag of sashiko. Plus a visit to the craft show, a complete tidy up of “the studio” and the resulting piles of fabric unearthed all now neatly folded and stacked.

But for today let’s just focus on the first birthday quilt which I have imaginatively entitled The Sister Quilt, Part 1.  Obvious reasons – I made two quilts for two sisters. Now for ease of reference my parents have always called us No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 – no need to bother remembering names in your dotage when a number will suffice.  So… anyway, this quilt was for the eldest sister hence Part 1.  Ok…  and just to confirm how forward thinking my parents were – our names are in alphabetical order D, F, S and T  – all our names end in ‘a’ and each name has five letters.  Coincidence or OCD – I’ll let you be the judge…

Back to the quilt.  All the fabric was fat quarters from the FF Summer Rose range from Spotlight.  In total 8 fat quarters were used to create the 5 x 5 squares, the strip border and the binding, along with a panel lengthwise down the backing. This collection has a very pretty romantic feel to it with the roses and buds, paisleys and soft summer tones.


The Sister Quilt, Part 1

I usually hand stitch the binding down but for ease and durability I decided to machine stitch this one.  General quilting was just a straight line on either side of each row/column – I haven’t quite worked up to fancy free motion!  The backing was from my stash of mini dots in pale green also from Spotlight.


The Sister Quilt, Part 1 – back view

I also managed to squeak out a pillow with the leftovers.  It started off as a wonky log cabin but my need to straighten and cut overcame me and by the end it was all neat and straight and tickety-boo.


The Sister Quilt, Part 1 – pillow

I think my sister was pretty happy with it.  We’re not a particularly effusive family but she did clap her hands so I’m taking that as a win!

Until next time when The Sister Quilt, Part 4 is revealed have a lovely stitchy time.




The cat quilt

Another month without posting anything… however, if I’m not blogging it’s because I’ve been busy sewing!!

Perhaps I should have called this post Project X – ‘cos that’s about how many things  I have going at the moment…

However amidst all the on-goings there has been a finish. Ta-dah…




I started this in January and did actually finish the construction in February, but it took until last night to complete the binding.  It’s been really hot and when you’re literally sweating out your eyeballs you don’t want a quilt resting on your lap.

But anyway… the stats… the cats were made using the gorgeous pattern at Oh, Fransson! – providing you with 25 individual cat patterns so you can either pick one cat style or do one of each.  I did two of each pattern, which left me one spare to use as the label on the back which I then forgot to add.  My intention all along for this quilt was for it to be a wall hanging so it’s not especially large as some but I still wanted it to be substantial enough to be an effective “artwork”.

Each cat is made from the fat quarter stash – I tried really hard not to have any repeat fabric apart from the blocked colour.  Sashing was from white homespun and the binding is Pointilism from the Paintbox Collection by Cynthia Rowley for Michael Miller.  It’s a gorgeous patterned fabric — get some.  The backing is from IKEA, not sure what it’s called but it’s the one with birds and leaves (but then aren’t they all…).


You can check out some of the other finishes on Instagram.

Hope you’ve all had a happy and productive weekend – until next time,






Another finish to tick off the list!!  I’m calling this Triangulate.

A very simple pattern – just a lot of half square triangles.  I wish I had taken more care when I was in preparation mode to do a little more fussy cutting on some of the patterns – there were some really sweet little animals – although there are still a couple peeking through.

I use natural bamboo batting.  I had to stretch it a little to make it fit as it was a left over from another project.


I backed with a micro dot and bound with a medium dot, both in purple from the Spotlight – Spot and Stripes range.  The binding was machine stitched on one edge and I hand stitched the other side down.  Quilting was on either side of the diagonal using a long stitch length.  [Don’t judge me, I know it’s really crinkly – it needs a really good iron…]

I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  It’s always hard to imagine how something will finish when you’re just looking at a pile of triangles.  The colours just seem to work together as well, especially with the binding picking out the elements of purple throughout the quilt top.

And what better way to know that a quilt is a success than to have it claimed straight away…

By the cat…

I’m still deciding on who this will go to so maybe as Mr B called dibbs, it’s his…



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