It was designed by Linda and Carl
Sullivan. You can find their website over HERE
I immediately knew this would qualify
as a quilt to bust my scraps even though the designers used Kaffe Fasset fabric
(Collective Spring 2017) and I didn’t have too many scraps of these as I tend
to rather use them for fussy cutting BUT (and there is somehow always a ‘but’
with my quilting) I wanted it bigger…. much bigger.
Now with most patterns simply
enlarging the blocks or making more blocks will do the job but this one baffled
me especially with the layout but I eventually got the hang of it.
This is the very beginning of my current project but now I
have to get ready for a 60th birthday party tonight.
I didn’t get much quilting done last week, life happened. I
had a nice birthday though with lovely gifts from family and friends. I will share my quilty gift from Karin at a
later stage. After the Port Elizabeth
quilt festival my head is absolutely brimming with ideas and it is as if time
disappears in the mist. To make matters worse I had a quilt being free-motioned
on my table and 3 design walls stuffed with projects in the making, so not fair
to start yet another project.
Hubby has not been feeling well for 2 weeks and on Friday it
reached a climax when he started getting the chills, overdressing and refusing
to move away from the heater. Best time
to make a doctors’ appointment for a stubborn man and without resisting he went
and got into bed just after 2pm. So I
had the house and my time to myself alas only at 8pm after seeing that all the
pets were sorted, hubby was fed and drugged, the kitchen tidy and my face
cleaned could I pour myself a decent glass of wine and get in behind my Grand
I finished the free motion, cut the binding strips with my
newly acquired 2½” GO strip cutter and left the binding to do while watching
the men’s final on Wimbledon.
Again no fabric purchased for this quilt, all came from my
stash or scrap drawers.
Friend Karin and I are going to the Siyadala Quilt Festivalin Port Elizabeth and I am so excited.
We always have so much fun and stories to tell after one of these trips.
Fortunately Karin’s husband is driving us down, so no scissors being taken off
by airline security or paying fines for overweight luggage. We’ve decided to treat ourselves by staying
in a hotel with all the glitz and glamour that comes along with it.
I am however positive about being productive and plan to
quilt in the hotel room at night as the two of us have no hangovers about going
to our room at 8 pm. Anyway my handwork
is all prepped and bagged…. Feeling ever so eager to get things done!
I’ve been rather lost for applique ideas on the last border
and opted to go with stems and leaves, printed and fuzzy cut from fabric. I don’t think it looks too bad.
I started the quilting and found the centre panel extremely
satisfying to do seeing that I could simply outline the pictures and just added
some cloud shapes at the top. For the
border I used a technique I read about on another blog where the quilter traced
a quilting motif onto Glad Press ‘n Seal, stuck this to the fabric and stitched
through it. Although removing the
plastic afterwards was a major pain, it did give me the result I hoped
for. One should just remember to keep
your stitch lengths extremely short otherwise these might pull when removing
the press ‘n seal.
We are looking after our almost 6 month old grandson while
mom and dad took our granddaughter to the Disney on Ice show in a another city,
so I don’t think any quilting will take place this weekend.
It has been a very cold weekend in central South Africa so
cold that even our furriest cat couldn’t resist being covered with a blanket.
Knowing hubby has a golf game planned for Sunday I got up
early Saturday morning, did the household chores, went shopping and then got
into my quilting.
I decided to tackle the next round of this quilt which
entailed satin stitch applique again….. I just cannot force myself to like this
but occasionally it is needed to finish a quilt off. The stems of the flowers
are chenille strips but not brushed or washed yet. So I am this far and I still haven’t found a perfect spot for taking a good
picture….. Basically trying every spot in the house now.
We’ve had a long weekend in South Africa with Friday
being Youth Day, so granddaughter came to stay over and she always says or does
something to make us laugh. So Thursday
granddad could sleep with her and then on Friday she chose me to sleep with
her. Now winning the contest is really
not a happy occasion as she kicks you all night long but we do pretend. Got into bed with her to wake up later and
find that I was all alone. Checked and
saw the youngster fast asleep with granddad in the main bedroom and this was
what apparently happened.
She must have gone to the toilet and saw granddad’s light
still on, walked to him and proudly said:
“Okay grandma is asleep, you can go switch off her TV and light, I’m
sleeping by you.” Never thought I would
grow old enough for my grandchildren to put me to bed!
I’ve been rather slow in getting the second quilt done;
it was just as if I didn’t have my quilt mojo with me last week. It is however finally done. I still however need to find a spot in my
house/garden where I can take proper photos.
Our wine auction on Friday evening was wonderful with a 3
course meal and a young host making sure the wine on the table was ample. Hubby bid on a golden oldie and we have no
intention of letting these become any older.
I started quilting my first of the two quilts and got
that done however with the cold weather, a heater, 2 sewing machines, a
computer, an iron, TV and light table I overused the electricity for my sewing
room, so I had to seriously rethink what I really needed to have on at the same
This is what the quilting on the fleece, used for the
back, looks like. The bad part about
making two similar quilts is that I now have to repeat this process AGAIN!
I finally have enough strip sets to finish these two
quilts and even though the strips are not sewn into place yet, I feel like the
end is nearing. I also realised that I
will never be able to work on only one quilt at a time. I get bored with the same pattern or colour
scheme fairly easy and then I need to take a break from it and do something
So with this up against the wall and ready for when the
next scrappy strip mood hits me, off to do something else…. eating with friends.
Found a fish soup recipe and seeing that friend Karin’s
husband supplies us with fish, they would be the perfect guests to invite. I made us a fish soup with orange and baked
peel and a stuffed cheesy mushroom with prawns as a starter. Karin supplied the ciabatta and good company.
There is just something about a Sunday that makes it extra
special for me. Whether I have people
over for lunch or having an extremely quiet day like yesterday, it just feels
like the only day for regrouping my thoughts, planning my week and just getting
organised in general.
To have a completed quilt along with this makes it even more
special. This is my completed Dinosaur quilt for little grandson, Logan. I am pleased with the outcome although my
pictures aren’t that good.
Again I used most of what I have in my stash. I only bought the flannel and the dinosaur
I had my first appointment at 10 am on Saturday morning
visiting a French market held locally.
This gave me enough time to ready myself, run through the house to tidy,
start the laundry and I got a little quilting done too.
Then to the another side of town for a brunch at a local art
gallery/restaurant and they even exhibited a quilt from someone I know but
being an art gallery I was not allowed to take any photos. Stuffed to the brim I tackled my third
appointment...… sale shopping for fleece at an annual fabric (non- quilting)
vendor. The service was poor but the
prices good and I use these as backing for kids- or winters’ quilts for either
extra softness and/or heat. I think I
a little of what was left of the late afternoon and rest of the evening to
quilt and I now know why won’t ever ONLY make rag quilts. All went by so quickly until I got to snip
the seam allowances. What a job and I
ended up with a blister where the scissors repeatedly pressed down on my finger
Laid the quilt down on the table and tried to double-check
that I’ve clipped all the seams. After a
while staring at these at night, you do not really see anything anymore.
Then dearest Dinosaur rag quilt went right to the washing
had a lovely Friday afternoon; lunch with my daughter at a local cake &
coffee shop with the weird name of Koekela.
There were several vendors set up but apart from a bib for grandson and
a bottle of pure honey, we didn’t buy anything else. The food was however amazing and I so enjoyed my salmon and avocado sandwich with fresh pineapple, apple
and mandarin in the salad.
Back to quilting after lunch and this must have been the
fastest I’ve ever cut and quilted 70 blocks.
I now wonder why I ever made any other quilt instead of a rag quilt.
Then the joining according to my EQ layout stated and I used
a ¾” seam allowance to join the blocks.
The next step was to cut my flannel in 9½” square blocks too
and sometimes I amaze myself. When I
went shopping for flannel in our dearest city, with very little to offer, I
bought 3 meters, not knowing how big my blocks would be or how big the quilt I
plan to make would be and low and behold it turned out just enough for 70
blocks with a teeny weeny bit to throw away.
With this done, it was time to start cutting my top fabric
in the amounts of each colour I would need. These then got layered with the
backing and flannel
Then pinning the sides followed
Using my trusted laser light I stitched edge to edge to form
an X (or giant cross) in each block through all 3 layers.
had to babysit the grand terrors yesterday evening while their mom went to a
pole dancing class. This is the first
time after having broken my jaw that they were allowed to come visit, simply
because they tend to get excited and jump into one’s face. They did however behave rather well last
With them chewing on whatever they could find and lovely
tennis from Roland Garros on TV, I sat down and hand stitched the tiny yellow
circles (some look more like hexagons thought) to the Owl.
I usually leave the office early on Tuesdays as our dogs are
locked outside since 06:30 to allow my once-a-week cleaning crew to enter the
house and do their magic. The space the
dogs are kept during this time is not the biggest and I always feel terribly
sorry for them and then come home earlier to allow them in.
This Tuesday was no different and with no cleaning to do, a
frozen dinner ready to use, only a tiny bit of laundry and very little errands
I had plenty of time on my hands BUT (the usual) I just didn’t feel like doing
any of my current WIP’s and needless to say, it lead to me starting yet another
I found this lovely Dinosaur fabric at our local Pfaff quilt
shop and realised I haven’t done as much quilting for our grandson than I have
for the granddaughter – she does however have a 4 year head start on him. So even though I’ve never made a rag quilt, I
decided to try my hand to this. After
watching several You Tube videos, reading tutorials on the internet and a couple
of blogs describing their process, I did a layout in EQ, ready for action
whenever I was and then Tuesday turned out to be the day.
I had to cut 70 x 9½” squares from my black for backing and
with that depleting all the plainish black I had in my stash. Major shopping to follow soon?!
Most posts suggest cutting through all 3 layers at the same
time but because I used fabric with different widths, I chose to cut each layer
separately and then line these up again.
MIL turned 86 yesterday and I had her, the kids and the
grandchildren over but unlike the Sunday lunches I imagine in other houses,
ours is hectic and extremely noisy.
Sometimes I wonder if MIL sees an invite from us as a pleasure or punishment.
Granddaughter already came to us on Saturday and slept
over. So we did not have a neat and tidy
house to welcome the visitors into.
Luckily they are all family.
Before long granddaughter had everyone colouring with her,
then some dancing on the bar counter, followed by a game of “duck-duck-goose”
(I think??) around the dining room table.
Grandson has started to eat and enjoyed his pumpkin and is such a
friendly little soul.
With everyone gone and the house turning extremely quiet I
had time to finish this little block.
Another one finished in the month of May and enough reason to
go celebrate with quilt friend Sonja.
We went to dinner yesterday evening and I had fresh oysters
for the first time in my life. It was
amazing but apparently I misbehaved after one too many drinks. I can’t recall
anything bad but Karin had to come rescue me, so I guess the crap Sonja tells
me must be true.
Anyway….. a good thing Karin came as my car wouldn’t start
and it turns out that the battery needs to be replaced.
After our previous through night quilting session I took
no less than 2 naps to get recharged and then sat myself behind the machine
with amazing ATP tennis on the TV. I got
seriously stuck into my Scrappy Strips again – think I had enough of applique
for a while.
I plan to make 2 single bed quilts from these 14” blocks-
5 across and 6 down. Having used two
different kind of white fabrics I pinned these against the wall and alternated
the whites, so that I would have the same amount of different whites in each of
Now this may not seem like much but what you don’t see is
that there is another block behind every block in this picture, thus ensuring
that I will finish the tops simultaneously.
I have however run out of strip sets and need to start
If you can overlook the fact that I am more than 2 years
behind on this “Katja Marek’s Quilt with me” project, I’ve made it halfway
through this quilt along and I actually love the hand sewing, not constantly or
every day but occasionally it is so good to do.
Then I had a lady selling medicinal Cannabis over at my
house on Sunday afternoon, telling me all about the uses, the pro’s and the
cons and hoping to speed up the healing process of both my frozen shoulder and
jaw wound. Apparently it can make you feel bad for the first two weeks, driving
out all the toxins in your body but then the healing should rapidly
improve. This is my Marijuana stash for
the next two months.
She also gave me a recipe for bone building and prevention
of osteoporosis and told me all about Oil pulling, something I am eager to
start trying too. The joys of being
old…. Collecting recipes to heal you, how fun?!
After treating ourselves to dining out (the men were on
their own golfing mission) Karin and I had a rather messy all night quilting
workout yesterday. Messy because we both
did applique and paper, thread and fabric snippets were all over the room.
We can however always, after these sessions, give back
positive feedback as we both got so much done.
Not only did I finish the satin stitch around the beige fabric but added
the purple teardrops and satin stitched around these too. Karin’s constant encouragement of how nice it
looked on a quilt, kept me going.
worked on a quilt for a young female family member and got just as much done
but kept to ironing applique shapes to the backgrounds and she didn’t do much
actual stitching. She did however get to
experience why I am such a fan of Steam-a-seam Lite for use in applique
My next step now is to cover these circles with fabric and
hand stitch it to the Owl bodice. At
least no more satin stitching at this stage.
I am actually dead tired but is expecting another quilting
friend bringing me some chilli sauce and I better look respectable before she