Tuesday, 1 April 2014

This 'n that

I have finished a very special block that Kathleen designed as an alternative for the CCCQ quilt.

I saw the blocks that she had designed featured on Sharon's blog here. I wrote to Kathleen and she very kindly sent me her patterns. I've got a new printer and some freezer paper sheets so I was able to print them out directly from her email. This eliminated the step of having to trace the pattern - yay! Love anything that minimises preparation. Technology is wonderful when it all works - thanks again Kathleen!!

Judy has finished block #5 for AWS. I love the birds in the leaves, the touches of blue in the flower heads and the small burgundy leaves. We both agreed that those small leaves were quite tricky to needle turn.

This is my version that I finished the other week.

I've also finished block #7. I sew the first seam of the stems on the machine to save time.

And then slip stitch the other side by hand.

The finished block.

Hubby and I also had a weekend away in beautiful Gippsland. We started off by the sea...

...and then ended up in the green rolling hills.

We stayed in this B&B.

That had a lovely cottage garden with old-fashioned plants.

And leadlight windows - this could be a great appliqué design! 

Did some stash building at Gippsbeary Cottage for a potential English style frame quilt.

And picked up the latest issue of Leanne Beasley's Vignette at Candleberry Country 
This is the back cover - love that bee stitchery (a label for the Honeybee Quilt).

 Speaking of Leanne Beasley, I've also done a few more squares from her 'Sew Laugh Love' design.


Til next time


  1. Carole, your Criswell block looks great. Thanks very much for the kind words about my block. I'm in awe of all your lovely applique and stitchery-thanks for sharing with the applique community.

  2. Looks like you've been busy stitching. Your blocks and weekend away photos are all lovely!

  3. A great post. I love everything!

  4. Your applique blocks are so nice! It seems like you had a great week-end in such a beautiful place!

  5. Carol - as always your projects are absolutely beautiful! I'm loving Block #7!! Wow! And thanks for the tip on the stem stitching... Neat! Hope you enjoyed your little vacation - looks fabulous! Take care, Karen

  6. Your appliqué is exquisite. Love your new block. Looks like a perfect weekend away. You got some very nice fabric souvenirs!

  7. Loving your blocks, especially the AWS. it will be exciting to see the two completed quilts. Your trip away looks and sounds like the perfect time.

  8. I love your new blocks as well as Judy's. How lucky you are to have a sister who loves to quilt and stitches along with you. I'm going to be at the AQA exhibition on Sun afternoon so may see you there. Hugs, Jan

  9. I am really admiring the progress of these blocks. So glad you enjoyed Gippsland, we are greening up nicely now Autumn has arrived.

  10. Love your AWS block. It is so pretty and so delicate!

  11. Wonderful post Carole - so nice you had a lovely break away. Like the look of that stash building too.. My goodness your AWS blocks get better and better - such a beautiful vase of flowers! Good to see how you do those stems - great technique.

  12. Look at your loveliness applique you are doing! I love the colour you used in Kathleen's block! Nice way to spent the weekend, a romantic look cottage you stayed at - Hugs Nat

  13. The way you did you stems partially by machine is interesting. Years ago in an applique class, we were taught to make very thin stems by sewing them in a similar technique only it was done by hand and not the machine for the first part.

  14. Thanks for the trip in to the hills Carole, and such a sweet B& B you stayed in. You sure have been busy lately hope it was not all done on the bus LOL. What a stunning leadlight window, sure makes the design juices flow seeing it. Thats a lovely wee design that Katherine designed has she named it ????? Your blog this week was like reading a magazine lots to see and learn from thanks so much for sharing Cheers Glenda