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September 2023


I haven't been at home to do much work but I am working on quilting this piece of fabric.  Just a half an hour here and there.  It is a labour intensive process.

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And I am driving myself crazy with Paper piecing.  So much of this has ended up in the bin.  There is a difference between the pattern and the size of the block in the illustration.  I should have checked first.

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I became so upset with myself I am now drawing up this design.  You watch, I will mess this up as well.

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I am also doing concept drawings for a quilt which will be 1 metre X 1 metre finished.

Quilts continued

I usually find some work in the regional shows that I find inspiring.  They might just spark an idea or the might be an old design in different colours that makes me think of some other design that I might rework.  (There were so many people at this show I didn't get the names of all the exhibitors.)

I have had this block design in my sketch book for ages and this colour way has me thinking I might pull that out again.

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And the way these colours run into one another I liked.

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This started as a piece of woolen fabric.  The maker saw the opportunity to add Sashiko stitching and made it into something else.

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And out in the regions, where you do get seed sacks this was a great re-use of one.

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All these pieces were from the Toowoomba Show.

(As I was a judge at the other shows it wouldn't be ethical to comment on these but there was some beautiful work here as well.)

Quilt shows and Judging

I'm glad last week is over.  It was full on with a trip to Toowoomba to see the quilt show and then a couple of judging jobs later in the week.  But, having said that, I wouldn't change any of it, even if it wore me out.

The Toowoomba Quilting group always has a good quilt show which they exhibit at the same time as the Carnival of Flowers and the flower gardens were just spectacular.

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For some members of the group who have moved here from interstate this was their first flower and quilt shows and it was a pleasure to see their reactions.

The quilt show always has a couple of pieces from Robin Ginn, and again, her work didn't disappoint.  Friend Margaret and she recognised each other from their early days of quilting.

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 There were a lot of beautifully made quilts but only a few that were original designs.

Robin sustained a serious back injury in her 20's which has left here unable to sit at a sewing machine so all of her quilts are completely hand stitched.

This one was inspired by a piece of furnishing fabric in which she could see the eyes of birds.

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This quilt is for her grandson who was born in Japan and he suggested the Kohi fish.  (Robin has a beautiful garden with many water features.)

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Then there were the quilts of friends that I have seen coming together during my visits.

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I bought the pattern for this one but am not sure I will make it.

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to be continued.




A bit out of left field

To say that my tastes in music are eclectic would be an understatement.  One of my favourite performers is the Norwegian singer Kim Rysstad and I love him singing this song, "I will survive".  He comes from a family of musicians, reaching back generations.  Oh how I wish he would perform some of that old traditional Norwegian music, in English.  Those poems are beautiful.  He has recorded a lot of traditional Norwegian folk songs, just because he loves them.





I have a super full week this week, so not too much on the go.

I did finish the last applique block and took them all up to Toowoomba yesterday.

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I have started to get the fabric for my daughters quilt and have made a trial block, this is going to be some time in the making.

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And that is it!

How to get that coffee home.

It is a 10 minute walk down to the cafe to get a cup of coffee.  It the cafe is busy or if I if I want  to brings a take-away coffee home for my husband it has to be carried.  Problem is I usually have a dog in tow and I spill the coffee, with my sore wrist it is even worse.  So, I need another way to carry that coffee cup. 

I have been on-line and found this tutorial, which is really good, but, I have had to make a few modifications.


Firstly, not all commercial coffee cups are the same, the sizing varies, and, if the holder doesn't fit snuggly , mess.

I found the easiest way to get a good fitting pattern was to take a used coffee cup,

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cut the bottom out of it and lay it out.  I found my cup was actually 2 pieces.

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I then traced the shape onto the inside paper and made a pattern, perfect fit.

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Instead of the interfacing recommended I used a thin pellum, I knew this would hold the cup just that bit more firmly.

I found the above video instructions very good for the assembly BUT turning the carrier through to the right side wasn't possible because of my sore wrist.  I just changed the last step and turned a bottom hem and stitched it on the machine. (This is the prototype.)

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The carry strap also needed some adjustment.  If I put it over my shoulder the liquid splashed out.  Not a lot, but enough to wet the holder a bit and coffee stains.  I made the strap to the length that I could hold it in my hand and I solved that problem. (  If you were to make this it would be better to make it the right length for you.)

This one is just right.

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Now I have to work out how I can make something like this for my husband to carry on his push bike!


A present to myself.

I love Tilda fabrics.  So when I saw an add to an event next February I knew I had to book a ticket.  I didn't even think about who I would go with.  In fact I don't care,  I will be fine on my own.

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I know I have a lot of friends who will want to go as well so I might see them there.  I will have to start saving to buy lots of fabric.  Roll on February 2024!!


I always wondered what was the point of studying poetry when I was at school. All the technicalities of 'forms' and 'styles' are not what it is really all about. 

I have since learnt it is something you have to feel.  When I was given an English Extention class to teach this was one of the first poets I selected.

How beautiful are these words.

the silk worm :: rumi

I stood before a silk worm one day.
And that night my heart said to me,

“I can do things like that, I can spin skies,
I can be woven into love that can bring warmth to people;
I can be soft against a crying face,
I can be wings that lift, and I can travel on my thousand feet
throughout the earth,
my sacks filled
with the

And I replied to my heart,

“Dear, can you really do all those things?”

And it just nodded, “Yes”
in silence.

So we began and will never

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