Sunday, December 14, 2014

Anthea's Flying Geese for Donna Jo

I know orange is not a primary colour, but I went with your use of "primary-ish" to describe your preference Donna Jo. I like the contrast between the blue and orange but I hope the navy background is not too dark for you.
Despite the simplicity of flying geese I still found things warped a little despite my careful sewing and pressing, pressing, pressing. Perhaps I should have got out that spray on starch!
Have a lovely Christmas everyone and I wish you all the best for a safe and joyful 2015.
Anthea xx

Friday, November 28, 2014

Claire's block for Micaela

Here is my block. It is also a green block - I hope you get enough of the other colours! It was very nearly a red one but green won. It was so simple to make, yet looks so effective. This quilt is going to be lovely.
I am trying to get on top of things ahead of Christmas - my son has just 2 weeks of school left before his Christmas holidays!

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