Monday, 20 August 2018

A Very Hungry Caterpillar

During the weekend, my cousin had her first child - a little girl,  so finally I can reveal the secret sewing my sister and I have been doing.

Earlier this year when we found out she was pregnant, my sister @janinemehrtens suggested that we make her a wall hanging for the baby's room.  I agreed to the plan as long as I was told what I was doing.

So my sister who lives in Australia designed our pattern,  to the theme of the children's classic picture book - A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  She made half the blocks, including the fabulous caterpillar, fruit (check out the detailing on those strawberries and oranges) and cherry pie and then sent them to me with background felt  ( which is a very pale blue, so I could make mine, and backing fabric and binding to finish it off.

Thankfully they were very quick and easy blocks to do.  After assembling them and stressing somewhat over quilting felt, I opted for a very narrow quilting line somewhat close to the seams,
It was backed and bound in a coordinating print from from Andover Fabrics Hungry Caterpillar collection.

It has now been posted off to my cousin, along with a piece of dowling cut to fit, so it was ready to hang and a copy of the book for many future story times.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Seaglass Sampler Quilt - Finished

Image found here

It's a bit crumpled, but you can see the texture of the quilting

Vintage lace or tatting

Some time in 2016 my sewing friends and I started a sampler quilt. We each took turns to choose the blocks were were going to make.  Miss B thought she'd like her own sampler quilt,  so picked  her colour palette - which we called sea glass.  We set up a pinterest board of images which inspired the colours I used.  Who knew there were so many different colours of sea glass you can find.  Along the way, I started making blocks that I wanted to trial, I used some precious little scraps of fabric and a piece of vintage lace/tatting that was my Gran's.  For quite a while all these blocks sat in a box, while I got distracted with new projects.

Earlier this year I made it my goal to get all these blocks pieced together and turned into a quilt top, the aim being that Miss B would receive it on her birthday at the end of April.  Epic fail on my part, but I can now report that the Sea glass Sampler quilt is finished.  It has been randomly hand quilted in 2 variegated blue threads, that mostly blend in with the denim backing, but highlight the fabrics and blocks on the front. Binding is a very vibrant green and periwinkle print from Tula Pink.

It's a little crumpled and crinkly  in these photos,  as it was fresh from the dryer after spraying with water to remove  my marking pen lines.  Tonight it will go on Miss B's bed, where I am sure Meeka will appreciate it too.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Solstice Dreaming

Made by Janine

Made by Janine

Made by Janine

Janine's is on the left, mine is on the right.

Seven months and 10 days after I started the first stitch of my Solstice Dreams project, I have finished it.  This was a project that my sister @janinemehrtens who lives in Australia and I were both making.

The pattern was from Kerry Stitch Designs. and was made up of various sized felt blocks featuring wool felt applique and embroidery.

I have shown some of the same blocks we did, but how our own styles and tastes have made them different.  This has been a fun project to do, even if I had a few upsets with incorrectly sized blocks I had to redo.  Both have been packaged up ready to be sent to Leeanne at QuiltmeKiwi to work her quilting magic on them.

Sunday, 29 July 2018


  • The end is in sight on my Solstice Dream project, not that there isn't still a fair bit of work to do on the borders.  I love how it looks with all the blocks pieced together though.
  • I have had a pile of interesting books from the library, that I am slowly working my way through.  So far I have read and enjoyed The Cactus by Sarah Haywood and The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting.
  • Scenes from the farm my daughter's archery club is located at.  Lambing season is just starting.  I sat in the car sewing and being entertained by the sheep while she was traipsing through muddy swampy paddocks and climbing up and down hills on the 3D target course.
Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Talking Turkey

Finally working on my Solstice Dream project again.

I'm up to the bees on the last block needed to complete the centre panels.  I have to admit I have been a bit hesitant about making these bees.  The stitch used is called Turkey work, or Turkey knots and is actually what is used to make Turkish rugs.   After watching a couple of you tube tutorials, I had a couple of practice attempts and then on to the real things.   Gosh they use up a lot of thread, and make a bit of a mess when it's time to trim them.  The result is a very tactile if somewhat unusual coloured bee.  Only two to go, though I think my hair cutting skills need a little work before I'm totally pleased with them.