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Any and all!

Any and all!

My oldest friend just had her first baby. The little boy is so incredible wanted, I can’t even tell you! When I asked the mother about what colors she would like for a baby quilt, she told me “any and all color!”. I emptied my precious fabric scraps bin and put several economy blocks together … Continue reading

Baby, baby, baby!    Sudoku Quilt TUTORIAL

Baby, baby, baby! Sudoku Quilt TUTORIAL

One of my all-time favorite ways to create a baby quilt is to use a sudoku puzzle answer key. I have described my technique before, but as so many new followers have signed up, I will explain again. This tutorial will explain how to make a baby quilt, finished size 36 x 36 inches.  I believe this … Continue reading

Back, back again

Back, back again

Hello everyone! I am back. Back again.. I had to take a break. A break from blogging. Nothing mayor has happened, but I decided that I wanted to spend my free time not sitting at the computer. Blogging felt like an obligation for a while. That just was not right. Sewing and blogging is something … Continue reading

Have been quilting with teenagers

Have been quilting with teenagers

Hello again! Lots to tell you! I have been quilting with my students as an after school activity. We are creating quilts for the Soy Amado quilt drive by Alison of littleislandquilting. The quilts will be going to Mexico or Tanzania. I asked all of my students to donate fabrics and maybe some euros for … Continue reading

Small quilts part 05

Small quilts part 05

Just before Christmas, I came across the Anita’s Arrowhead pattern. The block is created through a very clever cutting technique starting with the squares: one light and one dark. At the moment the pattern is still FREE to download. I really liked working with this new type of block construction. Very inspiring! The pattern starts … Continue reading

Small quilts part 04 – W.I.P.s

Small quilts part 04 – W.I.P.s

Remember this little quilt form last month? The recipient commissioned me to make another one with the same fabric. This is what I came up with. This little baby quilt has got its binding by now and is already in its new home. When digging through my stash I found a pile of cut fabric … Continue reading

Small quilts part 03

Small quilts part 03

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all well and have had wonderful joy filled holidays! I have been taking some much-needed rest from blogging and sewing. My teaching job has peak moments of intense work and when combined with family holidays and commitments it can all be a bit too much. Yeah I survived… 🙂 … Continue reading



200 posts… Who knew that after 200 posts I would still have things to show you and to write about?! 200 posts… Filled with sharing, fabric love, design beauties, remarkable patterns and quilty friends! 200 posts… Full of your support and love! THANK YOU!!! Thank you for being my quilty friends! You are giving me … Continue reading

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – entree 1

This is my first entree in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2014. ( If I can get it to link up! ) This little quilt measures about 30 x 30 inches and was backed with a soft blue flannel. Because of the size I am entering it into the SMALL  QUILTS category. The locomotive is … Continue reading

Spreading the love

Spreading the love

What a wonderful Friday! I have just finished the Soy Amado quilt! YAY!!! I am so happy with the orange sashing. Orange and blue are opposites in the colour wheel and therefore enhance each other! The quilt now POPS! Just compare with this picture without the orange! Much better, right? Some fabrics in this quilt … Continue reading

Grandma to the rescue

Grandma to the rescue

… or actually not grandma, but grandma’s! The old Pfaff, that used to be my grandma’s, was still purring with joy when I worked on her this evening. I made one more heart shape block. This time I tried to use a different feather technique. Here you bump back from the top of the feather … Continue reading

Soy Amado & McTavishing 2

It is Monday, so it is time to show you some more McTavishing! I finished 5 blocks in the last week for the Soy Amado quilt. Four of these have my version of McTavishing on them. Looking at these 4 blocks, I see elements that I like and elements that I do not like. I have analyzed … Continue reading

Friday Finishes!

To celebrate the release of Chugging Along last week I held a giveaway! One of the winners was Renee from Quilts of a Feather. She contacted me afterwards and let me know that she would prefer it if someone else got the patterns set. She already had so many projects on the go! So we agreed that she … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning

Is the sun shining for you? We’re enjoying a gorgeous day here with 20 degrees Celsius, blue skies and a fierce wind! To celebrate the arrival of Spring I have decided to lower the prices of all my paper piecing patterns, except for Honey Honey and the newest collection of Chugging Along of course!    🙂 For the … Continue reading

“By Jove! I think she’s got it”

No no, no musical blog post here but I could go on and on about Eliza Doolittles costume to the races…. THAT HAT! I want to bet that I would look awesome in it!!! ( Creative strip-piecing anyone? This photograph could easily be the inspiration of a modern quilt!) I finally figured out what to do with the blue … Continue reading

Chugging Along – Finished!!!

It is done! The paper piecing pattern “Chugging Along” is finally finished! Last night I uploaded the various sets to Craftsy and I will add the individual blocks in the upcoming days. It will take a while as there are 31 separate blocks. (Yes not 30… I needed one more!) The GIVEAWAY for this pattern is … Continue reading

Soy Amado & McTavishing

Three weeks ago I showed you some orphan blocks I quilted up for the block drive run by Little Island Quilting in the UK. They are creating scrappy quilts with 12,5 inch blocks from all over the world. The quilts are going to Mexico City for a home of former street children. This week there … Continue reading

Out of the box

A week full of sewing and designing! I worked on two baby boy quilts and I also managed to sew the blocks together from the massive “Chugging Along” project! HIP HIP HOORAY!!! For those who have not seen the picture of the “Chugging Along” train pattern, here is a picture: Want to see more pictures of … Continue reading

Chock-full Chug

So you wanted to see the top of “Chugging Along”, right? Drum roll please! Taada! Some detail shots too? Here you go! JUST KIDDING! Here is the front: I have got three rows done, using all of the blocks in the “Chugging Along” set, except for one. I want to add more rows, just NO MORE … Continue reading

GIVEAWAY – Chugging Along

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!! I am almost done…. ALMOST! I will show you the quilt top I have made with the trains in the next couple of days, but I can reveal what the pattern now looks like. It turned into a 30 block monster of a train! Yes, 30 blocks! The pattern will be released … Continue reading

Sunday Blocks

This week I was struck by a blog post by Alison from “Little Island Quilting“. She constructed a quilt top from donated blocks from quilters from all over the world. The quilt will be donated to a charity for street children in Mexico City. Read more about it here and here. Alison is asking our help! You … Continue reading

The mother lode

I hit the jackpot! Look what I found in a second-hand market this morning: 1970’s pillow cases! They are ginormous, really HUGE! I think you could hide a kid in there. The seller and my mum too said that they are probably from Germany were pillows tend to be larger. LARGER? These would have been able to … Continue reading

Fun times

Shena sent me this picture! Did you spot the little conductor? Oh boy, he is cute! The red-brown flowery fabric of the locomotive really looks bit like rust or old metal. Great choice, Shena! I have been paper piecing too… (once more of the green fabric was ordered and delivered!) … more blocks for “Chugging … Continue reading

Randomly full

This is a bit of a random post with some sewing to start of with! Last Friday I showed you Marjorie’s block of the water tower. She has already finished the other block too! I really love the “oily” fabric on the metal parts of the train. Have you seen the great wheels? Aren’t they … Continue reading

Caboose on the loose

Last week many of you suggested I add a caboose to my train… … so here it is! The pattern was finished yesterday and I pieced it this evening! I am totally running out of the green fabric. I never intended for the train to get this long, ha ha!!! I have tried to find … Continue reading

Chugging Along – test 01

As we speak /read the testers are hard at work trying out the “Chugging Along” pattern. I have sent out the paper piecing patterns for the different blocks to “roam the world”.  By the middle of February the results will come in and I can show you all of the wonderful work of the fabulous … Continue reading

Chugging along

So I had a new paper piecing idea… …and the idea grew and grew. And now I am drawing up all kinds of railroad cars and ‘stuff’! These are the test blocks for block 1 and 2. Each block is 8×8 inches. Four blocks are already drawn up, a fifth is on its way and … Continue reading

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Mini

Hello everyone! This is the first of my two entries for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. For my regular readers it may be a very familiar quilt as I just showed you the blocks made by all of the wonderful testers in my previous blogpost. This “mini”  is actually a pillow that I made for my … Continue reading

Two finishes

Hey hey! Lots of pictures today! I finished two quilts this week. One of these is completely new and the other one you may remember from last week. This is what I showed you then. I had a pretty floral fabric in my stash for the back and used the darkest fabric from the top … Continue reading

Sunny Sunday

Today we celebrated my nephew Tom’s fourth birthday! We had some apple pie…. (30 second after I took this picture, there was nothing left!) And unwrapped a lot of gifts! I made Tom a set of bean bags (actually filled with rice instead of beans) and a nice quilted drawstring bag to put them in. … Continue reading