Sunbonnet Sue quilt


I collected the Sunbonnet Sue quilt from the longarm quilter on Saturday and sewed the binding on this afternoon. Love this one, it is really pretty – the embroidery has been done throughout the year during lunchtime on Mondays when a group of us meet to sew and chat

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Only one quilt left to finish: the Elm Creek quilt, Sylvia’s Bridal sampler. It is ready to be quilted, which I am going to do myself and although I am keen to get it done I don’t feel that motivated at the moment. But my goal is to get it done before the end of 2016


SAL update

Another update! It feels to me as if I did the previous one just yesterday. I started with a new project a few weeks ago and made good progress. The pattern is from the Frosted Pumpkin

Frosted Pumpkin progress

And on a very happy note – I picked up my Sunbonnet Sue quilt from the longarm quilter this morning and I am very happy with the quilting. Now for the binding

This term I am trying out My Foodbag. I ordered my Own Foodbag which is for a single person and they deliver everything you need to cook 4 meals (including the recipes). The recipes look delicious and I can’t wait t start cooking

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Sunbonnet Sue sashing done

I like what I see!!!!! Sashing has been done for the Sunbonnet Sue quilt. Now just to be quilted (the embroidered blocks are all the same fabric, although the light when I took the photo changed it). The backing is blue with white dots and this will be used for the binding too

Sunbonnet Sue quilt top

Sunbonnet Sue ‘redwork’

Yes, all the blocks done for the Sunbonnet Sue quilt. Now just the sashing and borders and the quilting!!!! This one will be going to the long arm quilter for quilting – though I am still sleeping over it. When I started embroidering it I thought it should be hand quilted, with Sunbonnet Sue’s all around the border. I’ll sew everything together, including the border and then decide whether it’s off to the quilter or hand quilting. It’s not a huge quilt, will be perfect for a little baby girl

Sunbonnet Sue blocks

Overall, I am happy with the blocks. Another one nearly done!

Splendid Sampler – I’ve made up my mind!

I have been thinking about the Splendid Sampler and the blocks I’ve made so far. I love this QAL but cannot see myself still being motivated and enjoying it by the time Pat Sloan releases block 100. And I am worried that if I simply continue making every single block it is going to become an unfinished project. So I have decided to lay out the blocks, check the colours, decide which colours and how many blocks I still need to have a good-sized ‘throw’. If I make the quilt 6 x 9 blocks I basically only need one green and one purple block (with a pink block and a blue block I won’t use) to finish it now. And that is what I am going to do. Today I started sewing rows together. I am going to hand-quilt quilt row by row and then join the rows with a strip of the butterfly fabric. For the backing I am going to use strips of each colour, and also join with a strip of the butterfly fabric. To finish off I’ll add a border, using the butterfly fabric; and then bind with the plain blue I used in many of the blocks. (Because I love blue!)

5 rows ready to be quilted!

Of course that doesn’t mean I will stop making the new blocks, but it also doesn’t mean I will make more. It is something I’ll decide as and when the blocks are released. But I think I would rather finish the Bee-utiful and embroidered Sunbonnett Sue quilts this year too – and have three lovely and different quilts…….instead of three unfinished projects

I quite like how everything is coming together!





Sunbonnet Sue

Every Monday at lunchtime, a group of us meet at school. We embroider, knit, crochet, smock- whatever we feel like doing. Sometimes we just chat and have lunch. This year I am working on a Sunbonnet Sue quilt. Instead of doing it in red, I have been embroidering the blocks in blue. So far I finished four blocks, number 5 will be finished tomorrow and then I’ll start on the last one.

Because I am so close to finishing I have been thinking of the fabric to finish the quilt. The local fabric shop have a sale at the moment (40% off all fabric) and I went to look. But I couldn’t find anything I really loved in the quilting section

Had a look at the cotton fabric, but again nothing. Then I walked past the denim!!!!! And there it was……..exactly what I was looking for. The fabric came home with me. I’ll wash it a few times to make sure it doesn’t run and then start assembling the blocks I have finished. I am one very happy quilter today

Sunbonnet Sue quilt fabric

Different projects

I decided to take stock of the projects I am working on. This is similar to reading – I am always reading about five books at a time, because I like reading what I feel like at that moment. Same with needlework, it is much more fun to be able to pick and choose what I feel like. But when I am close to finishing a project I am normally quite keen to get it done.

Yesterday I made two bags. I have a friend who is always knitting for everyone. I can’t remember her ever knitting something for herself. She carries her knitting around in a supermarket plastic bag. So I made her a bag. I made myself one as well, because I can never leave my knitting or crochet on the table – the cats think it is for them and will carry the wool around. I also have one more bag cut out and ready to sew

I don’t really enjoy knitting much, but every now and then I feel like it. I knitted a baby jacket, just needs buttons and then it is done. Then started another one this week, as I really liked the pattern. All the pieces have been knitted, just have to start sewing together and do the neck and front bands. I have some wool left over and might knit some bootees to go with both when I am done. The baby jackets will be finished this week as I am so close now. Actually quite proud of myself for knitting these


I cannot crochet, so decided it is time to learn. And when I found this beautiful High Tea Crochet Fusion Quilt tutorial I knew that was the perfect way to learn. It is so beautiful and a whole  production process. I have some blocks sewed together, just need to be turned inside out. On others I have to do the blanket stitches and I also finished the crochet on six already. It is a fun project and I am enjoying every minute

Crochet fusion quilt

I am doing the Splendid Sampler quilt. Pat Sloan releases two blocks a week and this quilt-a-long will continue until January 2017. I am actually up to date with the blocks and bonus blocks, except for the one which came out on Friday, as I was sewing the bags and didn’t have time to do this block. I am also adding borders as I complete the blocks and will start the hand-quilting soon. This is a fun project and I am learning so much

The other quilt-a-long/embroidery I am participating in the Bee-utiful Quilt-a-long. Block 6 was released yesterday and I will embroider it tomorrow. Block 7 will be released later today and this will also be done this week. (It is Sunday here today and I don’t do any needlework on Sundays – something I inherited from my mum and the way I was brought up.) This QAL finishes in August, and then the quilt will be assembled and quilted. Love this project so much!

Bee-utiful QAL

On Mondays, during lunchtimes, a group of us meet at work and do needlework. Some of us knit, others crochet. I usually do embroidery or smocking. My current Monday-project is a Sunbonnet Sue quilt. I plan to embroider 6 blocks and then sew the quilt and the progress is good. I am really itching to finish this and it is sometimes very tempting to work on the Monday-project at home too. My past projects were cross-stitch afghan blankets and I just have to add the binding for the last one – which means I completed three since last year by working on it during lunch time once a week. Love these, they are so beautiful, although I really have to give it a good ironing

Sunbonnet Sue quilt

When I feel like working on small, but quick projects I smock little vests for babies and embroider bibs – these are fun and easy baby-shower presents to use as and when needed. Just gave away a few of these and must get some more done soon. I also have a few pairs of frilly socks and I want to embroider little roses on these

And then my main hobby – smocking. I love smocking baby dresses and love giving it away to mums or dads who do not expect it. I usually smock several and then make the dresses as I need them. Or spend a holiday making dresses. At this stage I have quite a few smocked and will start binge sewing dresses very soon 🙂


And another big project which I want to have finished before December is the Sylvia’s Bridal sampler from the Elm Creek books. I have 7 more blocks to finish and then I can start assembling and quilting. This was started last year in April, after I saw a friend’s blocks. I hope to visit my daughter in Canada the end of this year and plan to take it with me as a present for her

Elm Creek quilts

A lot of sewing happening at the moment, but it makes me happy. Work is stressful and I am still struggling to get over the breast-cancer journey – this took a lot out of me, physically and emotionally; with the emotional issues of this journey being very difficult and ‘up-and -down’, and hard to handle. This is such a horrible disease and I never thought it could affect someone this much, until I was diagnosed with it. My biggest desire at this stage is to be healthy again, physically and mentally, and to get my energy back. I often feel a sense of rush to finish all the projects I am currently working on, to tidy up before starting anything new. And that is where I am with my life at the moment. Thank goodness for needlework!