Monday, August 29, 2011 anyone there????

It has been a while since I last posted....

These 3  Barbara Brackman Civil War Quilt blocks are all the sewing I have managed in the last 3 or 4 weeks. :(

The title of this post should be "What I have been buying!".......Lol

These fabrics I found in a dress making fabric shop. (Cutting Edge (no website) on Glenferrie Rd Malvern for anyone in Melbourne)

The print on the left of the first photo is a Liberty which will be added to my collection.

The fabric on the right has 4 panels printed across the width. I think it will make an interesting quilt.

Both the fabrics in the 2nd photo are Italian. I am not sure what I will make yet, but I love the designs.
Who else buys fabric with no purpose in mind? Just because it is pretty??

After reading Kathie's recent blog posts about Betsy Chutchian's recent fabric release (Cross Roads to Texas) I caught her enthusiasm and did a bit of purchasing in several places to gather the collection above. The book, also by Betsy Chutchian, not only has patterns and instructions for many quilts, it also tells the story of Betsy's great - great grandmother, Lizzie Carpenter with excerpts from Lizzie's journals.  It made for very interesting reading and plenty of quilting inspiration too. I haven't made a Lone Star quilt before, so I think that will be the first one I make from the book.

Choosing Quilting Designs is not a new book, but still contains plenty of relevant information. At the moment I am leaning towards hand quilting my Morrell Quilt, so this book will be very useful.

Treasures From Holland by Petra Prins is a much more recent publication. It is full of amazing quilts with clear photographs and diagrams and plenty of very clear instructions. Again there are several quilts I would love to make in this book.

Since my last post about the medallion above I have added to the collection of fabrics. There is more of the fabric on the top right coming (thank you Dawn for identifying it for me)
I have also designed my first quilt using these fabrics. It will be a traditional medallion quilt.

Now to wait till my arm gets better so I can sew for more than a few minutes at a time!!!

I hope all is well with all in USA who were affected by Hurricane Irene.


  1. You have had a lovely spend up haven't you. The fabricS look wonderful. Are you coming to Quilts in the Barn this weekend? I'll be there Friday & Sunday. DH has his 70th on Saturday.

  2. Gorgeous fabrics, I'm so glad you were able to find more of that beautiful pink. Is your elbow still not good? Thinking of you.
    Cathy xo

  3. Lovely collection of fabrics to go with the chintz medallion - I can't wait to see what you do - I sort of "had to have" quite a few of them, but have no plans just yet.

  4. Lovely fabrics, and yes indeed I frequently purchase fabrics just because they are so beautiful, with nothing in particular to do with them. Irene was lots of rain (which we needed) and very little wind, actually hubby & I sat at the beach and watched the storm roll in. I'm green with envy over your purchase of Liberty fabrics, they are my ultimate favorite, they hand smock so beautifully. Have a great week.

  5. Wonderful purchases! I love the book 'Gone to Texas'. And yes, I buy fabric all the time with no special purpose in mind, simply because they are pretty and I am a bit of a fabraholic!


  6. The Lone Star is a big challenge. They are my favourite design but the pointy diamonds are oh so hard for me.
    I am sorry to hear you are not able to sew. Been there and done that. It nearly drove me crazy. I hope you are on the mend and able to get back into things soon as you have so much new material to play with.

  7. sometimes we need a little break I have found from quilting. I'm sure you will get back to whipping out blocks before you know it. The three you show are great.

  8. Impulse buying of fabric is part of being a quilter IMHO LOL. Books are also needed for inspiration. Hopefully your arm will get well soon so you can get back to creating all the quilts floating in your head :0)


  9. Love your shopping spree! I buy fabric just because I like it - almost always!
    LOVE the Petra Prins book - started the red crib quilt and pulled fabrics for two more.
    I still have my panel on the design wall - but cutting will need to wait until October.
    Thank you for sharing!

  10. Beautiful fabrics!
    I'll interested to see how you do the lone star. I did one and I"m done, but I was happy with it.
    I love the chintz corner piece!

  11. I'm really hoping your arm gets better soon so you can create with these lovlely fabrics. Of course I buy just because but mostly they can be used with something I have going.

  12. I tend to buy more fabric when I don't get much time to sew, sort of keeps me in the loop. But I am running out of space!
    Hope your arm is feeling better and hope to see you on Friday.

  13. You have been busy getting some really great fabrics. yes, I buy just because I like them. One day I might need it, right? lol

  14. You made me laugh -- I'm sure none of us buy fabric for no reason. Every piece in my room full has a purpose, I swear LOL! Looks like you've been having a great shopping time!

  15. Really, you bought fabric with no purpose in mind? I am shocked!! ;)

    I firmly believe that shopping for books, patterns and fabrics is good food for the creative soul which needs to be fed too. Well done!

  16. Looks like you've been doing a lot of shopping, with good results. Since I've not been sewing much either, I've done some retail therapy as well. I'm waiting on a new DVD.