A Lovely Year of Finishes – September

Before I get started on the finishes I really must say a couple of big thank yous for some lovely surprises this month.

First, this great bag that Jen aka Glinda Quilts made for my little girl. Isn’t it gorgeous? I happened to mention she liked one of the fabrics and in super fast time the bag was waiting for me my daughter complete with said fabric.

jen bag

This was another hit with little O and as she’s just started dance classes it’s perfect for her kit. So thanks very much Jen!

Then, on top of this, today I checked my emails to find that…..shock of all shocks….I’d won a giveaway! Seriously I have never won anything in my life, but thanks to the lovely Teje @ Nero’s Post and Patch that’s changed…yipee!

I now have $20 to spend at Pink Chalk Fabrics which makes me VERY happy….good times!!

(Plus if you haven’t seen Teje’s Forest quilt you really should check it out, it’s beautiful).

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City Samplers – Blocks 46 – 48

I’m almost past the halfway mark with these now which makes me happy!

Will be posting the next lot pretty quickly (as yet again I am behind) I just haven’t quite finished them yet.

These new ones are my favourites for a while….I think..I probably say that every time!! Anyway as a batch I love these colours together ……in fact one of the things I’ve loved most of all about making these millions of blocks is that I’m constantly finding new fabric and colour combinations to make me drool.

As I’m halfway (nearly) it’s about time for a recap…….favourites so far must be…….

  • kona salmon, essex linen in black, timeless treasures raindrops in yellow and some kind of low volume white (in this case Indian Summer)

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Pillow Popping!

This one has certainly been a long, long, long time coming.

Although I’ve thrown in a couple of pics here and there I just haven’t had time to write a full post until today….. the day I finally finished, woo hoo!

Here’s a bit of background ………

Before the summer happened my mum mentioned that she might like me to make her a couple of new cushions. I’m not quite sure how serious about this she really was, but after some badgering and persistent pulling out of the fabrics and ‘pillow pop’ she came round.

The cushions (sorry I just can’t call them pillows!) my mum chose were Urban Seaweed and Garden District (currently WIP).

So this is where I was up to last.

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City Sampler – Blocks 43-45

It’s time for some more City Samplers….not that I’ve done that many as I am a little behind AGAIN!¬† I should be able to catch up pretty quickly though so it’s no big deal.

Here’s the most recent blocks. Unfortunately as the weather gets worse here so does the photography!!

Block 43

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Bee Buzziness

Another six weeks have passed, my second bee strip has been completed and it’s winging its way over to has arrived safe and sound with Sarah @ Quilt Candy.

Now we have agreed not to show any more quilt following the starter strips. However, we can show a few sneaky peaks and of course the inspirational strips that kicked it all off.

I always receive my strip from Jennifer @ Glinda Quilts and hers cannot help but remind me of super sweet sweeties – rhubarb and custard, fruit salad…take your pick!!

This was my daughter helping out…

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Sunday Stash…as predicted!

I said I’d be back didn’t I!

Just thought I’d share a few more fabrics with you.

First up some solids/low volumes to plump out my pitiful stash. At the top we have some Kaffe Fassett shot cottons (currently in the sale at M is for Make). The blue dotty one is Midnight Sky by Steffie Broccoli for Cloud 9..love it…especially next to the Kona Wasabi, which I think is a new favourite of mine! The ones at the bottom are quilter’s linen in grey, white and midnight (can you see a theme here?), sketch in charcoal and some essex linen in flax.

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Back on Track – A lovely Year of Finishes

So I missed last month. Nevermind. There were too many other things happening and linking up just wasn’t a realistic prospect so I let it go and felt the better for it.

Now I am raring to go and have many things to add to the finishes list. These would be:

  • Keeping up with the City Samplers

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City Sampler – Blocks 40 – 42

Three more blocks for today. I can’t say I was looking forward to making these….all those itty bitty squares, super seams and predictable wonkiness.

Two of them lived up to expectations, only just making it to the 6.5″ mark, but amazingly #40 (the one I most dreaded) worked out especially well….yipee!!

It was a pure fluke, but as Gina mentions on Sew Sweetness the Kaffe shot cotton really helps to reduce bulky seams as it’s super sheer…..must make a note of that! Even if you aren’t sewing along if you make any of these blocks you really should check out the site as it is packed with helpful hints for each block.

Block 40

Block 40

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