Sunday, November 9, 2014

One weekend, three blocks

I'm feeling pretty impressed with myself to have completed these little projects.  I am rather pleased with how they turned out and I hope you lovely recipients like them.

Pam's block:

I knew I wanted to do some kind of rainbow for you Pam. I was thinking of some kind of star block, but a suitable background other than white was not leaping out at me.  Then I found this design while searching for ideas on the web (apologies to the designer - I've lost where I've been so I can't give you the appropriate acknowledgements).  I like how I could still have a rainbow with the warm colours surrounded by the greens and blues.  Misses 9 & 11 both prefer the left hand arrangement, but I think I like the drama of the right hand one. Anyhoo, I will send you both Pam.

Claire's block:

I rarely use pink and yet it was such fun choosing fabrics for this Claire.  I was a bit worried that I'd ended up with too many dot/circle prints, but I compared my photo with yours and Amy's and it looks like they tie in.  I think the resulting quilt will be delightfully charming.

Micaela's block:

I started out trying to create you a yellow block Micaela.  But it kept ending up with too many other colours in it - sort of a sunset rather than a rainbow!!  So I went with my  It is quite amazing how many bright lime and apple greens I have in my stash.  This block makes me smile - I think I may have to make a twin...and then a quilt....not enough hours in the day.

Best wishes everyone
Anthea xx

Amy's block for Micaela

Here is my November block. I hope you like it, Micaela! And congratulations on your lovely baby boy!!! Does he have a name yet?!

Monday, November 3, 2014

November block - now with link!

Here is the actual link to the tutorial post I was talking about. Once you get there you can download the PDF file with all the instructions.


Friday, October 31, 2014

November boxed in block

Hi all,

So things had been very quiet at my house, and now they are a whole lot more interesting! Amy mentioned that I was about to have my baby, and he finally arrived a week and a half ago (and 7 days overdue)!

Here he is at 5 days old. We're all doing great, and he is a wonderful little snuggler :)

For my block this month, I've picked a twist on a traditional ninepatch from Elizabeth Dackson. She has a great tutorial on her blog at (
Boxed In Free Block Pattern Cover by Elizabeth Dackson/Don't Call Me Betsy

We are going to go with her default measurements, which make a 12" finished square.

As for colours, I'm going to go with a bright and cheerful rainbow theme, so please pick ONE rainbow colour and use as many different fabrics as you've got in that colour to complete the square. Some solids are ok, if you have them, and repeats within the block are ok too, as long as they are on the diagonal from each other (i.e, not right beside each other in the row or column). If you just have very little pieces and would prefer to sew them together to make some of the bigger pieces, that is ok too. I'm hoping this will help a bit with stash busting... though my stash will have to just keep being patient for another month or two! 

please let me know if you have any questions.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Squares for Claire

These squares are for Micaela and me. Micaela is about to have baby number three, so I offered to do her square this month. I hope these were what you had in mind, Claire! Now just to get them in the mail…  Amy

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Charity Block

Here is my charity block. I also went to choose a fussy cut print and found some really cute dog fabric which I love. My daughter is now keen to have something made out of this too. I started this when the instructions were first posted but didn't see the advice about cut size for the HSTs until I'd already made them all too small! So, I put it away for a bit and recently brought it back out to finish. This quilt is going to look really fun.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Octobers Framed Pinwheel Block

I have decided on a framed pinwheel block for my month.
The idea and the tutorial came from this link:
For the colours I have taken inspiration from my daughters Hello Kitty duvet cover:

So, for this block I would like solid plain white to replace the cream in the tutorial. For the patterned fabric - no solid colours) I am hoping for modern looking prints with a colour palette as above with mostly pinks, and also turquoise (not blue as it looks in the photo above!), lime green, dark yellow and I think soft grey will work well too.
I would like the pinwheel to match the direction in the tutorial please. If you can, I would like every patterned piece to be different. I preferred to make the half square triangle squares by cutting 3" squares of white and a print, stitching 1/4" either side of the diagonal, cutting on the diagonal and then trimming the final squares to 2.5". (This will also give you a surplus of 4 half square triangles squares so you can either cut as per the instructions or you are welcome to send them to me with your block!)
I cut....
4 x rectangles 2.5" x 4.5"
4 x 3" squares
Patterned fabric
4 x 2.5" squares
4 x 3" squares
(I ironed seam to coloured sides)
You should end up with a 8.5" block
Happy sewing!!