TGIFF – A creature feature

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Despite doing very little sewing this year, my Japanese fabrics have been begging me to do something with them. I finally gave in and the smallest scrap (at the bottom of the picture) won. Aren’t they cute?! I decided it would make a lovely feature on a bag, and went with a double zippered pocket on the front. I used … Read More

WIP Wednesday – Quilting quandries

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Phew, it’s a long time between posts this year. I was feeling kinda quilt-blocked when the school holidays started. Although I’m going great guns on my Metro Hoops quilt, the idea of going to a sewing day without my S16 baffled me, but I went anyway.   I pulled out a piece of ‘fugly’ fabric from a swap I ran … Read More

Metro Hoops quilting progress

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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