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February 7, 2019
quilted pillowslips for valentines day from block-a-day

Julian and I were chatting over coffee on Monday morning.  He had his calendar open, planning the days he will work in Melbourne over the next couple of weeks.

Him:  Any preferences?

Me: Definitely not next Monday, I’m working an evening and I need you here to put away the poultry 

I’m very mundane with my preferences.

Him:  Hmmmm … I need to be away for three days, so if I don’t go Monday that means I will be away Valentine’s Day.

Me: Huh!  I didn’t even know you knew when Valentine’s was!

Then wishing ...

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October 11, 2018
Spring time from Wendy's Quilts and More

It's Spring time in Wellington and I enjoyed a lovely walk at Oriental Bay this week.  We're very lucky to have a sheltered beach within walking distance of Wellington city. There's no surf at Oriental Bay because it's within the harbour, but it's a very popular with swimmers and families in the summer.

  There are lots of lovely Spring flowers in my garden.


Vireya rhododendron or Azelea 


Flowering Cherry tree

My mum sent me a photo of the wisteria growing on her fence.  It looks gorgeous too.


All these flowers remind me ...

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August 24, 2018
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 198 - Hummingbird Cushion from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

On the settee at last!  It seemed to take forever.  I thought I was slow starting this project, and it feels as though I have been equally slow finishing.

Much as I love the hummingbirds and orchids, the delay in starting was caused by the size of the design.  I only had a metre to play around with, and it was difficult to find the right section of it to cut the rectangle I needed so that an interesting part of the design was shown on the front of the cushion.  With the large areas of background, I found that ...

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June 7, 2018
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 188 - Slow Work from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

It hasn't been the most enjoyable piece of quilting that I have ever done, but it's finished at last.  I threw it across the back of a chair next to a window, and the texture is just about visible.

Here is a view of the back, which shows what a fiddly piece of work this has been.  There are a couple of pleats in the backing, and plenty of wrong turns in the stitching, but this is a project where I can happily say that once it is finished the errors won't be visible.  This time next ...

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June 2, 2018
Printed patterns from Granny Maud's Girl

I bit the bullet and had some of my patterns printed, and now they are being stocked in two local shops: Calico & Ivy and Handcrafters House. Hurrah!

Granny Maud's Girl patterns

I printed all three!

I have started to receive photos of what is being made with my patterns, such as Elfi’s version of ‘Squadron Leader’ and Amei’s version of ‘Australia’.

'Squadron Leader' made by Elfi

I love the pop of the red binding that Elfi added. I will have to add some red in my next version.

'Australia' made by Amei 'Australia' made by Amei

I hope more people send photos!

I do not have much else to show you because May was a ...

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May 29, 2018
Stitching Progress. from Sunburnt Quilts

I am making a lot of stitching progress on a variety of projects this week.

The next wool project I have taken on is another Wendy Williams design called Flocks By Night.

I have started on the centre panel and am using wool. I will make the surrounding stars later.

I have attached all the trees and houses. Now I have the big task of attaching all the circles to each tree. After that I can start decorating.

I am learning to be patient with this one.

I have completed two embroideries designed by Michelle Ridgway – Rag Tag Stitchin’.

My ...

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April 29, 2018
‘Squadron Leader’: the minis from Granny Maud's Girl

When I made my first prototype aeroplane blocks for Little Island Quilting’s Soy Amado project, I had a little accident: I cut the wing on one aeroplane too big. I blame my new ruler and my unfamiliarity with its markings, which seemed more suited to a left-hander until I got used to them. (Yes, I blame the tools!)

The result was one block that was bigger than the 12½ inches needed. Unfortunately, I was making quilt-as-you-go blocks, and I did not realise the problem with the block until after I had sandwiched and quilted it. What should have been ...

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April 27, 2018
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 182 - Outlining Poppies from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

Not the easiest quilting I have ever done, despite appearances.  All I am doing is outlining the design.  The stems are a bit tricky in parts, but the flowers are straightforward.

The difficulty is the thickness of the material.  The red has a pile, like chenille, and the back of the material has more pile than the front.

Not only is it a thick sandwich, but the backing doesn't want to glide too readily while I am quilting.  Rather than use calico (which I had run out of), I am using up a piece of curtain lining that has ...

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April 22, 2018
‘Australia’ from Granny Maud's Girl

I am on a roll! Another pattern I have been working on is ready.

This pattern is for a foundation-paper-pieced map of Australia. The pattern is for the block only and includes templates for two sizes: 6 inches and 12 inches. A few minutes by a photocopier could easily convert it to an 8-inch block too.

This block pattern started life as a mug rug, about 6 by 9 inches. In 2016, our sewing group swapped mug rugs instead of Christmas gifts. I started plotting an Australian-themed mug rug in secret, and this is what I came up with.

Prototype for the ‘Australia’ block pattern by Granny Maud’s Girl Prototype for the ‘Australia’ block pattern by Granny Maud’s Girl

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March 31, 2018
Nearly there from Granny Maud's Girl

It seems like the process has taken forever, but I am finally putting the finishing touches on two new patterns, which I hope to release in April.

One pattern is for a foundation-paper-pieced map of Australia. It is a fun little project and a great way to use up tiny scraps. I have been trying to write up the instructions for this block since late 2016, when I made my first version for a mini swap.

'Australia' patchwork block pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

I will be releasing a pattern that includes the block in two sizes: 6 inches and 12 inches.

Following another idea, also dating from ...

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February 23, 2018
Mrs Bannister's Stars - designed by Jen Kingwell from Wendy's Quilts and More

Last week someone in the Jen Kingwell Designs Facebook group asked if anyone had made Mrs Bannister's Stars.  That reminded me that I had, but I hadn't blogged about it yet. I actually finished my version back in November 2016.

Each block is 12" finished and it's quite a tricky pattern to make. I think the real reason I didn't blog about it was that I wasn't 100% happy with it.  There's a lot of "Y" seams in these blocks, and when I made it I didn't know how to hand piece.  I ...

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January 20, 2018
Cushion (pillow) assembly from Granny Maud's Girl

It is no secret that I love making cushions (pillows). Cushion fronts are a great way to test colour combinations and practise new skills, such as appliqué, without the committment or workload of a larger project.

Cushion covers need to be removable so they can be washed. For easy removal, a cushion cover can have either:

  • an envelope closure, which is the simplest for beginners
  • buttons, which can feature as a decorative element
  • a zipper.

How I turn my cushion fronts into cushions depends on my mood. Sometimes, I add piping or pompom trim. In the past, I often added ...

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January 18, 2018
My first pattern: ‘Scrappy Cushion’ from Granny Maud's Girl

A year ago, I picked up a length of bright blue pompom trim that a local guild member was destashing. The trim was the starting point for this bright and scrappy cushion, which I English paper pieced.

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

A length of pompom trim was the inspiration.

You too can make your own version of this cushion because I saved all the templates I drew and collected them into my first pattern!

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

My first pattern is finished!

I have had a couple of patterns published in magazines, but this is my first stand-alone pattern. I am not sure whether I am excited ...

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January 11, 2018
Clamshell cushion from Granny Maud's Girl

Ages ago, I borrowed a copy of Jen Kingwell’s Quilt Lovely from my local library. I was checking the book out to see whether I wanted to buy a copy.

The clamshell cushion was the most tempting project because I had dreams of using it to tame my scraps, so I made the templates and started cutting out bits of fabric from my scrap box. Too soon, the due date of the book came around, and I returned it to the library.

From that point, I did not have the instructions.

Clamshell (clambake) cushion made by Granny Maud's Girl

I repeated only one fabric, as far as ...

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January 10, 2018
New year start with a sewing spree from Made To Treasure

Our church was conducting another fund raising sale,
and i was busy sewing some cushion covers...

This is my favorite of the lot with decorative stitches in Variegated thread .

I loved working with Janome circular sewing attachment...

This one was made of light weight upholstery fabric...and i love the feel of working with it.

This is a linen and gingham combo, embellished with lace...

This time I thought i will challenge myself and make some cushion covers with invisible zipper...

...and im super happy with the finish...

I actually don't have an invisible zipper foot...but learned from ...

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January 8, 2018
Holiday Sewing Part 2 - Liberty Hexies pillow from Wendy's Quilts and More

You didn't pick me as a Liberty person? You'd be right.  I'm not really, but I saw some precut Liberty hexies at the Strawberry Thief stall at the Sydney Quilt Show, and thought I'd give Liberty a try.  I knew I already had 1" hexagon paper pieces at home.

There were 80 hexies in the packet, so I mixed them up with a bit of metallic Cotton + Steel and made a little pillow.  I hand quilted the front piece with a simple line down the centre of each row.  I used Aurifil 28wt because of the ...

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December 5, 2017
Off The Radar from Sunburnt Quilts

Summer has started here with a bang – as in storms and rain. Our state had severe weather warnings out and there was a lot of rain in some areas as well as flooding. No flooding here but a lot of rain and the garden is happy. I know the weeds are growing fast.

I have completed a full set of Lynette Anderson’s stitched decorations in time for Christmas.

Each one now has its wooden button attached and is ready to be used as bowl fillers.

Some knitting has also been completed.

This knitted as a size 2 in lovely ...

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November 17, 2017
Peacock at Sunset cushion from Wendy's Quilts and More

My Peacock at Sunset cushion (pillow) is finished! It was a wool tapestry kit from Ehrman. They make many beautiful kits which are often stocked by local embroidery shops.

I know some of you think I whip things up overnight, but here's the facts:
December 2014 - I received this tapestry for Christmas (self selected gifts are always the best).
2015 - I didn't touch it at all
March 2016 - I started it on a work weekend away in Rotorua
Feb 2017 - I had about half of it done
August 2017 - I finished the stitching
November 2017 - it's finished ...

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October 5, 2017
QUILTING: Flourishing Cushions from Samelia's Mum

It's been a while since I last posted here. I hadn't meant to neglect this little space for so long, but life has just been super busy with illnesses and school holidays mixed with the disappearance of my sewing mojo. Actually not just the sewing mojo - the whole crafting mojo seems to be on hiatus!

I love sewing and creating and I know that I just need to "start" to get going again. So to try and get back into the swing of it, I made a couple of cushions. Cushions are my go-to as they're quick ...

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September 19, 2017
Rainbow Cats For Blogger’s Quilt Festival. from Sunburnt Quilts

This is my second entry  in the Blogger’s Quilt festival for Fall 2017.

This wonderful sharing of quilts is organised by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side.

This quilt is another one from earlier in the year and has been on my blog before.

There are a lot of lovely pieced animal blocks around and Elizabeth Hartman has a great collection of them. I have adapted her cat mini quilt to make a full sized bed quilt.

Every cat block is a different colour. The colour changes follow a path from the top left block and travel in ...

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