Sunday, 20 September 2015


Rachel's needle turn applique

Rachael showing off her latest Civil War quilt

Gwyneth and her sock needles in action

Another of Rachael's beautiful pillows

Angus the cat

After working on Saturday, then racing around getting baking done, and dinner prepared for Sunday, I decided to have a little play with all my scrappy sampler quilt blocks - using a much wider piece of batting as a design wall.  Overall I am happy with how it is looking, there are a couple of blocks that may not get used, and I think I need to make a couple more blocks in lighter brighter shades, then the fun can start with piecing it together.

Sunday morning saw me driving down to Matangi for another sewing day. It is such a nice time of year for a drive in the country, seeing all the lambs, blossoms and new growth on the previously bare trees.

I had my Christmas place mats to finish binding, some felt Christmas decorations to embroider and my hand pieced cart wheel pillow.  As usual, not a lot got achieved, however I did finish the binding, so that is another WIP completed for my Q3 Finish-Along Goalss.

No birthdays this time, but still the usual good food, drinks, books and projects to browse at and great company.  Angus the cat made it very difficult for me to pack up and leave, after deciding my bag made a great sleeping mat.

There hasn't been a lot of sewing from me lately, as I have had a bit of work, but school finishes at the end of this coming week, so I am looking forward to two relaxing weeks at home, hopefully I can sew, get the garden ready for planting and work my way through my book pile.

Have a fabulous week.


  1. Your sampler quilt is looking good!

  2. Always good to get together with like minded crafters. Some stunning projects.

  3. Wonderful to see how yours and your friends beautiful projects are all coming along! I have been thinking of you as I have been sewing hexies and I cut little holes in the middle of the paper templates so that I could get them out of the sewn up hexies with my scissors as per an explanation that you have a while ago - and have probably forgotten giving! It was because I remembered you doing it and so I thought of you as sewed and pulled out the templates! xx

  4. Goodness, your sampler is looking wonderful! Lots to look at, and I love all the colours together! Are there going to be more of those 1/2 square triangle filler blocks too?

  5. Your sampler is looking fabulous Julie! And Rachael is a busy girl too!

  6. I'm so looking forward to seeing this quilt come together. I'm a total sucker for a sampler quilt, and such randomness really is my style even though I am not confident enough to duplicate something like it myself. What a fun group to be in. Even though there is only one quilter in the crafting group that I am in, it's fun to have company while crafting.

  7. WOW, Rachael's work is amazing.
    I have a friend who would love her Civil War quilt. I would not mind it as well. :-) The colors are beautiful.
    Enjoy your week.

  8. The sampler is looking fantastic! Am always envious of your gorgeous get togethers :)


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