Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Not Blogging, Sewing.

Well, it has been a while since I have blogged. I have lots of sewing to share, so this will be a long post!

Today I finished this quilt top. The design was inspired by the setting for Jackie's Blogger's Block of the Month quilt.  I have used the same centre block and a slightly different Ohio Star block with the nine patch blocks.

I have taken advantage of the cyber Monday sales to get some backing fabrics to finish this quilt and the 2 Blogger's BOM quilts I am making. Lots more sewing ahead when they arrive in the post!

Speaking of arrivals in the post...

This parcel arrived yesterday from Christine.  Christine, of Once Upon a Quilt, had a giveaway on her blog, which I was lucky enough to win! :)
Lots and lots of scraps!!!

I know exactly what I am going to use them for...standby..

Yesterday I finished another little quilt top.

While Karen was in USA she was given a package of  mini charm packs. Karen gave us Friday sewing girls each a pack and challenged us to come up with something.

 Field Notes by Blackbird Designs is a new fabric due out in February next year.

I decided to add yellow and cream fabrics and make pinwheel blocks.

 Next I added sashing and cornerstones.

Then a border to finish the top. I haven't decided on a backing fabric yet.

I can see the end of panel 2 of Trailing Vines! :)

Not far to go till I can join the first 2 panels together!

I have been doing a bit of experimenting with an applique project.

Still a work in progress.
The background is a linen blend. The appliqued fabrics are Liberty. I reversed the green fabric to get a more faded look. With the quilting I hand quilted around the applique and I am trying to get the look of dandelion seed heads with the background quilting.

I may change them...

Here is the same design with completely different fabrics.

No quilting on this one yet.

Earlier this year Cathy started a quilting group that I have been attending once a month for the last few months. We meet in each other's homes and share our love of making quilts with some food, lots of laughter, inspiration and friendship. Recently we had our Christmas breakup at Treehouse Textiles. Emma and her Mum, Sarah, run workshops, have a little shop and create delicious food in serene bushland surroundings on the Mornington Peninsula.

A view from one of the windows.

We had a gift exchange.

I made a small padded camera bag....

with 1/4 inch, fussy cut hexagons..

We enjoyed a delicious lunch. It was a beautiful day so we ate outside.

Michelle gave us a lesson on foundation piecing. I have tried this before, but it was just a straight line of triangles and I remember being quite confused!
Michelle prepared a pattern for us and gave clear instructions.

Once I got the steps clear in my head I was on a roll! However, clearly I need practice at machine sewing curves! Lol 
I have a quilt pattern in mind to get some more practice.
Thank you for a wonderful day Ladies! :)

 Some more for Treehouse views to finish..

Have a great week. :)


  1. Wow Miriam what a wonderful post, and what beautiful work you have been doing. All of it. And so lovely to finish with great memories! xo

  2. Your Blogger BOM is beautiful and subtle. I love the wonderful texture of the linen blend fabric you're using for the applique.

  3. Your quilt top is just beautiful! :0)

  4. What a lovely post filled with so many pretties!
    You have been busy sewing...I think that is a good thing.
    Happy holidays to you and your family.

  5. busy busy here........love the top quilt......enjoy your foundation piecing.........must get back to mine.......

  6. You have been busy :) and what a lovely setting to have your Christmas breakup, keep practising with the foundation piecing, once you get more proficient you will won't want to stop.

  7. Great post thanks! Love that little camera bag - so sweet with the hexagons - you clever girl!
    Every Stitch

  8. Busy as always. Lovely work and photos. Would love to spend some time at Treehouse. It is such a beautiful environment to sew in.

  9. wow busy bee! so fun to see what your up to!
    the pinwheels are adorable! nice fabric
    trailing vines sooooo inspiring...

  10. What a great post - I especially like your trailing vines. That's been on my bucket list - sad to say I haven't even started yet!!