I've now been quilting for three and a half years. This blog is my personal quilting diary, that charts my progress (and occasional regression) from the start. I use it so I can look back at my past projects...and hopefully see my skills improve!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Difficult Times

There are no two ways about it - life can be tough.  On the 9th May, my beloved Daisy, passed away suddenly.  She was only 10 years old.  Every day has been difficult and I haven't felt like sharing my sorrow with anyone.  People have their own set of problems.  She was a wonderful dog and companion. 

I didn't use my sewing machine for six weeks, but have started hand piecing a quilt.  The pattern is called the Hertfordshire quilt from  Carolyn Konig's book.  I think it is based on the Billings quilt.  There are many more borders to add.  I have made a start and think of Daisy as I stitch.

Last week I managed to complete the third block of the 2015 Quiltmania mystery quilt. I have found an easier way todo all the trapunto work.  Hurrah!

The last couple of weeks have seen me back at my sewing machine. I have started quilting my son's quilt.  He is a mariner, so I hope he will like it.

A lone star quilt is on my bucket list.  I wanted to attempt a small lone star to see if I can cope with all those matching seams and points.  I had some fabric I didn't much like so decided to use that.  I even managed to practice some FMQ.  I do, now, realise why it isn't a good idea to use white batting under black cloth.  I have little fuzzies over the back of the piece.  Lesson learned.  I still don't like the fabric, but I think I can cope with the piecing.


  1. We do miss our fur babies when they leave us, esp. a fairly young dog. You may not like the colors of the lone star but I really do! You've done a great job on it and the quilting too. Lots of fun eye candy here. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. I think the lone star is very pretty too. The orange gives it a glow!

  3. I'm sorry that you're missing your Daisy...I know its hard. My cat of 15 years died of cancer (which I'd never heard of in a cat) and I really miss her when I am in my sewing studio. I love your blocks, they're all gorgeous!