Selfish Sewing

I started 2015 with this intention, so how is that I’m into April 2015 and everything I’m making so far is for someone else?ย  ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I need to get cracking on finishing some quilts for me. So my to do list stands like this:

  • Quilt & bind Sound Energy Quilt – for a friend, but first being exhibited (a post to follow on this)
  • Finish Elemental Strip & Flip – this is a joint project between Jack and I. He wants to make a quilt for himself, we have it stripped, time to get the flip on.
  • My Road to Liberty quilt. I have all the pieces assembled, I just need to trim and start building the top. MINE!
  • Secret quilt design that is in progress… That’s all I’m saying other than this will be MINE!
  • Farming quilt for Adam, he’s begging for one, so I better make!
  • Two baby girl quilt gifts
  • Pocketful of Posies tunic top – I have the fabric, I must make!

I have a list of other patterns and bundles assigned, I need to make at least one of them in 2015… Otherwise the stash will keep growing and no quilts coming out the other end!

So 2015 isn’t all that selfish so far, maybe I’m not cut out for only sewing for myself!!! Really, what I promised myself is I wouldn’t get involved in swaps or bees this year… We’ll see how the rest of the year goes ๐Ÿ˜‰


Swooning Along

Back in 2013, I fell for the Swoon Quilt by Camille Roskelley at ThimbleBlossoms. There have been numerous ‘Swoon Alongs’, none of which I managed to keep up with!

My godmother mentioned she’d love a quilt for her living room couch, so I decided to make her a ‘small’ swoon. She picked out a selection from Cuzco by Kate Spain as the fabric, and I went ahead and ordered it. Little did I know at that stage that it would take me two years to complete the quiltย  ๐Ÿ˜ณ


Having received the fabric, we then embarked on putting our house on the market, and my sewing opportunities became fewer and fewer. Our weekends were full of prepping the house for viewing, and my head was full of making plans for the impending house move, and finding somewhere to move to!

In that time, I managed to cut and piece the blocks (most of them were actually pieced on my birthday in 2014!), and loved them so much! I learned a lot, not only that piecing and making in the kitchen is not the way to fully enjoy quilting!

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The blocks were all packed up then and we moved across the country. Eventually, last September, I finished the top, and as I did it late at night, I didn’t realise I’d used a different colour for the sashing strips (white instead of cream) ARGH. It then sat on my WIP shelf for another 3 months! Taunting me with the mistake, and I contemplated ripping it apart to redo the sashing…ย Then I took it out one day, and Leslie remarked that he really liked the cream against the white, without any prompting, he felt, when I probed further, that the blocks got centre stage because they were against white… So I decided to leave it was, we’ll call it a design feature!


I decided in late 2014 that I would finish the outstanding bits I had (bee blocks and Swoon), and then 2015 could be all about me sewing for myself, selfish-sewing so to speak! So I finally got the Swoon basted, and then I went hell for leather quilting it. Finally, it was finished! In all it’s Cuzco, Aurifil, Bella Solids, crinkly glory!


I delivered it to my aunt this week, and she is thrilled with it! I thought my mother would hide it on me, as she spent a few days gazing at it lovingly (hints received, loud and clear)…

I’m glad it’s done, I LOVE how Swoon makes fabric pop. I will make another Swoon, but it won’t be done in such a dragged out fashion!


  • Pattern: Swoon fromย Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley
  • Fabric: Cuzco by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
  • Thread: Aurifil 50wt – pieced with 2024, quilted withย 4668
  • Binding: Bella Solids in Aqua
  • Backing: Up-cycled pale green cotton duvet cover
  • Batting: Bamboo (won’t be using this in a hurry, it fluffed an awful lot

Bundles of bloggers…

I’ve been drooling over the Blogger Bundles on Pink Castle Fabrics and Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I mean, how could you not really?

Now I’m always seeing fabric I love, in fact, there’s very little I dislike ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keeping track of the fabrics I like has become an issue though, and I usually just buy as I see, or need, or both…. lol! Seeing the blogger bundles got me thinking though, I should create groupings of fabrics I see and like (which is so dependent on mood – I’m not alone there, right?), so that I can revisit them when the funds allow purchases ๐Ÿ˜‰ What better way to do that, than blog them ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m drawn to low-volume greys at the moment, so that’ll be my first one, watch this space ๐Ÿ˜€




50 shades of quilting…

I love colour, I also love monochrome… I’d love more time to indulge I’m quilting both… I got an urge to sew the other day, but I couldn’t decide what…. So I grabbed a roll up/jelly roll that’s been in my stash for 2 years, and figured I’d just do what I knew would satisfy my need to sew: sew and see fast ๐Ÿ˜‰ I went with the jelly roll quilt race top, and felt so much better when I finished!

Fifty Shades of Grey

I haven’t decided how I’ll finish off the top, but no doubt inspiration will hit me soon ๐Ÿ˜‰


Spooling around

February 2014 Aurifil Bee Blocks

This month’s bee blocks were for Cindy @ Fluffy Sheep Quilting and are based on Aurifil spools, which, let’s face it are stunning themselves!

February 2014 Aurifil Bee Blocks
I am really dying to see what Cindy creates from all the blocks she gets, it’s going to be stunning! I’ve warned Cindy that I’m going to be creating a wall hanging using similar blocks at some stage in the future ๐Ÿ˜‰