I will get there!!!!!

It amazes me, when I read the blogs I am following, how quilters seem to be able to complete a quilt a day……….and I am taking weeks and weeks to plan and prepare, and I’m not even at the cutting stage yet 🙂

Today I have been sidetracked again. I couldn’t sleep last night and thought about a colleague who’s wife is pregnant. I decided, if it is a little baby girl, I want to make her a little smocked dress. So off to the fabric shop this morning and came back with fabric for a little blue dress and for a little pink dress, as well as thread and buttons and ribbon. I couldn’t pick only one colour and there will be another baby somewhere who needs a pretty smocked dress. The fabric has been washed and is now drying (I always wash fabric before smocking)

In the meantime I have started planning the blocks for the patchwork and made a list of the pieces and sizes and colours I need to cut. Am I maybe too organised?

My other hobby is photography and I have been keeping an eye on the Monarch butterflies and the Swan plants on the deck – at the moment there are about 7 chrysalis hanging around. But I have also managed to capture the whole cycle of the butterfly, from the eggs to the birth of the butterfly. What an amazing thing to watch.

Butterfly eggs
Ready to transform
Butterfly emerging
Just out, not ready to fly yet
The underside of the wings of the Monarch
Tiny little butterfly feet

Washing it is!!!!

How can I be so excited about something in the washing machine? The first bit of fabric is on a cold wash right this minute, with a sheet of ‘Colour Catcher’. Yes, I decided to pre-wash after a talk with a real person quilter today. Yeah, I am on the way!

Pre-washing the first length of fabric


Machine quilting

I haven’t started my quilt yet but I am already thinking about the machine quilting at the end!. Yes, I know it is silly, I might never start. But I know I will, this bug is here to stay. So I started googling places doing machine quilting here in Wellington. To make sure I don’t loose these URL’s I am posting it in my blog – it might be a few years before I need it 🙂

There might be others but these small steps will all form part of my new journey

Pre-wash or not?

I am still deciding whether to pre-wash the fabric or not. Posted a question on a crafts forum and so far everyone is saying: WASH! Not really what I wanted to hear. I am thinking I am using only blues, except for the little bit of white in the flowered fabric; it is going on a bed but it is the spare bedroom and only used by Bella, the cat.

Bella, the Birman


I took some time yesterday to go through the book and picked the blocks I am going to make. In all honesty, I am picking the ones which look the easiest to make……no curved seams, no funny and complicated joining of bits. I also wrote down the number of colours required for each block and more or less decided which fabric for which block. I also now use a new word – prepping. Which means I’ll be cutting the bits and pieces for the blocks before sewing? I thought I’ll cut the fabric for each block and put it in a plastic bag, with the name of the block, to keep them separate and ready for sewing

I am also planning to start with the blocks consisting off two colours to start with, then move on to three and four coloured blocks. Lots of planning happening here!

In the meantime I am also working on my cross-stitch project – an afghan baby blanket. At work we have a group doing needlework during lunchtime on a Monday, and this is my 2015 Monday project. Though I am cheating a bit and working on it at home as well

Cross-stitch baby blanket




The crazy quilt journey

A few weeks ago the quilting bug bit. I have been trying to ignore it, telling myself I didn’t enjoy doing patchwork when I made a block or two years ago. Friends at work at making one of the Elm Creek quilts, or are busy with the blocks. Totally their fault!!!!! And I’ve read all the books

I am after all busy with a huge cross-stitch project. I don’t have time to make a quilt. One night when I couldn’t sleep I ordered the book. For days I have been looking at it, thinking which blocks will be easy for a beginner, and just for a read…….

Two days ago I stopped at the fabric shop. Just to look. And bought a selection of fabrics 😦 Of course I have no idea about what colours to use, or how to choose the colours. But I love blue

Materials for the planned quilt
Book with the blocks

And I have made a quilt years and years ago, all hand stitched. Took me a year and lots of burnt meals to complete.

Candle-wick quilt

So here I am, a total beginner. I actually don’t really know anything about patch work. Google is going to be my friend, YouTube my teacher

Last night I started wondering whether I should pre-wash the material. I always wash before I do smocking. But do I want to lose the crispiness of the fabric? I googled it ;do I have to prewash fabric before making a quilt’……..and realised there are three types of quilters:

  • pre-wash
  • don’t pre-wash
  • sometimes yes/sometimes no

Therefore I still don’t really know and will do a bit more research. I am planning to start this project during the Easter holidays. This is going to be an exciting journey…….or not at all. I might make a cushion or a bag or something, but my goal is a quilt for the single bed in the spare bedroom.