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Celestial Spheres (Part 1): Winter Solstice

I received some happy mail a couple for weeks ago, that I knew would be perfect for a recent QDAD design (not shared yet on my blog). I love these Handcrafted prints by Alison Glass, the colors are so vibrant.

This is the first of a series of quilts inspired by the colors of Winter’s peak – the winter solstice. I love the grey and cooler colours which I think are perfect for this winter theme. The Handcrafted prints worked well with the background fabric which is from Botanics, Carolyn Friedlander.


The quilt is 30 x 30 ” with circles at 3″ diameter (cut with a Olaf circular rotary cutter). I measured out the start and end positions of the two lines and for the diagonal line I used washi tape (or painters tape) to ensure the placement of the middle circles remain straight. I tacked the circles at 1/4″ on the background fabric.


This was the perfect project for hand sewing on vacation….yes, I took it on our girl’s weekend and a business trip. Each circle, I used needle turn applique to finish the circles (similar to the technique shown in this tutorial).IMG_2866

The next one in the series will represent the Autumn Equinox….I have the fabrics ready for my next business trip in early November.AutumnEquinox_FabricSelection

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Cheri d’Amour

I am finally catching up with a few finishes/posts after being bogged down a little at work, and spending a fabulous weekend away. Yes, it was a girls weekend at a friends cabin on Lake Hickory, NC. The fall weather was fantastic!! We had a blast with great company, food and wine.

Before I left for the weekend, I finished up the quilt top and back for Cheri d’Amour.


A QDAD design, I had always designed this quilt for Cherie fabric by Frances Newcombe. I changed the original design slightly with the placement of the top and bottom lines.

I love Cherie’s black and white theme and the splash of color in the line. I hoped to highlight that splash of color with the pink and also the great detail in the prints.


For the back, I wanted to tie in the fabrics from the front and add more color. The main print, again from the Cherie line, pulls in the blue, pink and greys from the prints in the front. I think the panel would also make a great matching cushion.



Name: Cheri d’Amour
Dimensions: 60″ x 60″
Design: Michelle Wilkie
Fabric for Front: Cherie, Frances Newcombe, Art Gallery Fabrics + Kona White + Kona Shadow
Backing: Cherie, Frances Newcombe, Art Gallery Fabrics + Kona White + Kona Ash

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

My son’s first sewing project

I am so exited to share this finish this week. It is my son’s first sewing project.

Don’t you love it when your child takes an interest in what you do? My son and I have always done art/craft projects together. Since I have taken up sewing, and he has gotten older (just turned 7), we don’t do as many projects together. Last weekend, he asked to have a go on my sewing machine….I think he likes the buttons on my new Janome.


We decided to make an iPad stand for his teacher. He did a great job and it turned out great and there was no need for the seam ripper (quick’n’pick).  His new 2nd Grade teacher loves it, and uses it in his classroom every day.


Surprisingly enough, he even helped again tonight, with a couple of my blocks for a current project. I will admit, I was a little nervous with this request, but it all turned out great. In a few years, maybe he will will be a part of NGAQB!!

Linking up with Amanda Jean  @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.


Design to Reality

Making something from a design is always, for me a great accomplishment. I do not take a lot of my ideas/designs all the way to making it. Today, though, I have made this mini quilt top, which I may turn into place mats and a table runner.

The design I came up with for one of the “Quilt Design A Day” was this simple wonky chevron design.


That turned into this:

I paper pieced the wonky chevron design which is ~6″ x 10″. I am used peppered cottons for the chevrons purchased from my LQS (who also has an online store):

The sashing fabric is Flax Yarn Dyed Essex linen which I bought at Fresh Modern Fabrics.

That is my finish for this week, and linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts.


My mum’s mad skills

My mum has been visiting the last few weeks, and has done a wonderful job looking after my son and us, during track out (school vacation). This past week we had a blast in New York….that’s my Mum!!!MumNY

My Mum is a fabulous seamstress, who has made our kids clothes, my ball gowns and 1930’s outfits for the Hawkes Bay Art Deco weekends in New Zealand. This is the first time, my mum and I have talked about fabric and sewing. She had mentioned that a woman in her book club had this great teapot skirt. We raided my fabrics and next thing you know she has a finish….FullSkirt

I love the waistband on the skirt and how she has finished it off with the edging and the bias. It breaks up the print wonderfully.Hem_biasHer fabric choices are:

That’s my Mum first Friday finish, is it not a pretty finish. I am linking up with Amanda Jean over @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.




Friday night sew along

Tonight, I had a blast joining in on Friday night sew along via Instagram. What a wonderful idea, that was organized by Sarah @ Sarah Quilts….thank you Ms Sarah!!


How did I spend my time??? First stop….
….my local Joann’s to pick up grey invisible zippers for my pillows.

I got home and finished off the first of the Tapa Star pillows…so definitely a productive night.

The back of the pillow, I continued to use Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics hand-drawn stripes in green, with a grey invisible zipper.
You can check-out the finished Tapa Star Blocks in this post.

Linking up Amanda Jean over @ Crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday.

February finishes – March madness

I accomplished my main goal for February which was the Riley Blake Challenge quilt, so that is the first time (maybe the second) I actually made my “A lovely year of finishes” goal. Now, that is a big deal for me.

Here are how my other month goals feared. I think I had a really great month.


  • Finish Riley Blake Challenge Quilt!!
  • Gypsy Wife QAL blocks
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    NO BLOCKS FOR THIS MONTH, the request was just to make something you enjoy…UNDERWAY
  • Stash Bee Blocks
  • Book Review Tuesday Project
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
    PATTERN NEEDS MORE WORK, my initial testing will be completed this weekend.
  • X & + Quilt (at least 20 blocks)
    No progress
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    Did not do this month

For my March goals, my focus will be on the X & + Quilt top. The great news if I complete the majority of my list I will have clean design boards….I can start new projects!!

  • Four Seasons in One Day
    Baby Quilt (one without buttons)
    (Fabric TBD)
    (Fabric Purchased – Grey Kona Solids)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Tutorial
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • X & + Quilt (complete top)
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)
  • Finish Pantone Challenge Quilt
    (Project needs quilting + Binding)
  • Gypsy Wife QAL blocks
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Post Tutorial for this months blocks)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Book Review Tuesday Projects
    (Use Stash)
  • Finish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern testing
    (Use Stash)

Linking up with “A Lovely Year of Finishes” (see button on right) and Amanda Jean’s Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

I am also joining in the 30/30 Challenge, and hope I can make X & + block per day to meet my March goal. This way I might be able to cut some of the TV, I have been watching and stop “laying like broccoli” (vegg’ing).

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