Metro Hoops quilting progress

Laurafmq, QCR4 Comments


Do you ever get quilter’s block? Either getting sick of a project and putting it aside or just not being able to sew at all? Term 2 has been so hectic, facing the sewing machine to quilt has seemed like more work. Nevertheless, I’ve snatched a few minutes sewing here and there between marking, report writing and lesson prep and made … Read More

Black Friday quilt finish

Lauratgiff8 Comments

What happens when you start a crazy new job, work non-stop for weeks on end and don’t even check your email every day? You get NO sewing done find out you’re hosting TGIFF and have to produce a quilt in less than 12 hours! Fortunately, for the first time in ages, I had done a little quilting. It’s not exactly a finish, … Read More

Sunday Stash – Japan

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I’ve just had almost two weeks in Japan for the school holidays with my mum… Lucky, lucky me. I loved Japan – I have so many stories and pictures but I will save those for another post. Today is all about FABRIC ladies and gentlemen… While our timing was just perfect to catch the end of the cherry blossom season, … Read More

On my broomstick

Lauracrochet5 Comments

Yes I’m a witch. Or I’ve been bewitched. By broomstick lace… I signed up for another Craftsy class – Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace – and I got hooked. Or sticked. Broomstick lace is basically crochet with a big fat knitting needle thrown in when you feel like it. Size 50 needles are impossible to find here, so I ended up … Read More

TGIFF – a quick curve finish

LauraQCR5 Comments


I like big blocks and I like fast blocks… and I LOVE curves. In quilts that is… And you know I love my free-motion quilting. So while the photos are terrible, this Quick Curve Ruler block from Sew Kind of Wonderful turned into the most beautiful cushion. I used a navy shot cotton I picked up in Bali and some Kona … Read More

Bandung and Lombok

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In January, I headed up to Indonesia to brush up on my language skills and visit a town I’ve never been to before – Bandung in West Java. Bandung has long been on my wish-list for a number of reasons. It’s known as the Garden City of Indonesia and being located up in the mountains, it’s a lot cooler than … Read More

TGIFF Scattered Tula

Laurafmq25 Comments

Well it’s been a while since I posted! 2016 has been HECTIC so far! I started quilting when I stopped teaching and now I’ve restarted teaching I’ve been questioning whether I’m ever going to get any sewing finished ever again! But TGIFF gives me the kick up the butt I need and (drum roll please!) I have a finish! Despite … Read More

Winding ways…

LauraQCR6 Comments


I’ve wanted to do a winding ways quilt forever. I bought the Quick Curve Ruler pattern, I bought the fabric… After a lot of cutting and cursing… I resorted to a friend’s accuquilt dies… Let me tell you, this quilt is NOT going to happen. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fabric choices. It’s the squew-wiffiness I can’t stand… … Read More

And some more sewing finishes…

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Some of you may remember that I am going back to Indonesian teaching this year. Two cultural icons of Indonesia are batik and wayang kulit, which are Javanese shadow puppets, intricately carved out of buffalo hide. Javanese colours of batik tend to be brown and cream, two colours which do not feature in my wardrobe, but a few years ago, … Read More

Happy New Year!!! TGIFF

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Happy New Year and welcome to the first TGIFF of 2016! We’ve announced some changes to TGIFF and the signups are open for 2016 hosting, so head on over to the blog and check it out. I have a heap of little finishes. Firstly, my second Mini Quick-Curve-Ruler Xmas tree table runner got finished just after Christmas. This one was … Read More