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Thursday, 23 November 2017

I’m back


I apologise to all who have been waiting for me to post up here. It’s been awhile.  From now on I will be posting my blogs on my website and i will do a little one here often with the link to the new site.

I hope you have all been well please come on Over to My new site.  I would love to see you there regularly as I will be posting lots of fun things for you to peruse.   Tomorrow I will post a thankful post of my achievements this year!

Until then have a wonderful day/ night

Keep on creating and stay happy,


Monday, 15 May 2017

Bakers dozen final piecing instructions

 Hello!  Well I am finally back to complete this top!

I can't believe it has taken so long to come back to you all!

Anyway below is the photo where we left this quilt top

lets get this baby together 
The following are photos of the sections we will deal with

this will be our first section to deal with
We will add the grey strip under the dutch 9 patch but only sew it partially through like in the following photo and then put the small dark grey block on the start of the grey from the left of the block as per the photos

first partial seams
pin these pieces like this ready for the next lot of piecing

then sew these two units together down the completed sashing strip
it will now look like this
You can now add the section below with the 9 patches this to this unit.
We will now continue with the rest of the piecing.
Now we will continue with the partial seams as pinned in above photo 
lets put the following small squares onto the sashing on the following unit as per the photo leaving the seams partially done  so the top square unit will not be sewn fully to the bottom only the top part of the sashing and the bottom one will be sewn to the outer of the piece below the nine patches and fully to the inside of the long sashing.

now we are getting pieces together
Next we will piece the two of these units together and we almost have the top half complete

this will now come together
in a wider view of the units
Now we will piece the house onto the 9 patch and the friendship star piece starting at the small dark grey square and sew down the sashing.

now the house is onto the top part of the quilt

close up of how this will come together
Next we will sew the top part we have just sewn together with the lower section

sew these two pieces together

to look like this
We will now sew the top two pieces together.

we will firstly sew the centre seam down

then the seam above the house
We will now connect the next long section from the bottom to below the house but by the sashing only then we will connect it just below the house

connection of the second last unit of the quilt
lastly we attach the last piece.  I attached the long piece then i did the last partial same from the square near the house.

This is how the lower now looks

Ta Da!  the Bakers Dozen without a border

Flying in the breeze

I decided I wanted a bit of a cool border of this so I have decided to use this text print fabric that has been in my stash.  Now measure your quilt top in the centre of horizontal and vertical plus the ends and sides then take the average and cut your borders to that size and attach them  

text fabric from stash
Now i have cut my side borders and attached these then I have attached the top and bottom borders.

Complete Bakers Dozen Quilt Top!


Now I am so sorry this has taken so long to complete this post.   I plan on having this quilt top quilted by end of July.  I managed to get to the Australian Quilt Convention and was very pleased to meet the wonderful Angela Walters of the Midnight Quilt show here is a link to her blog.  I did a free motion quilting workshop with her and I am even more motivated now.   

So I hope you are excited to finish.  If you have finished and placed yours another way I would love to see it.  Maybe if you're not in my Facebook group you could tag me on Instagram or even come and join us atWehago Designs Quilting Community

Until next time happy quilting, happy life,


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Where have I been hiding?

Well good afternoon!

I can not believe it has been 6 weeks without me really blogging here and finishing this quilt blog post!  Life has become so busy of late I am not sure I even know what sleep is.                                    

Star Fusion being quilted!
I will complete the blog for The Bakers dozen block of the month in the next few days.  My work schedule has me now working five days so it only leaves me with two days off to do all of the mundane things.  I must admit i have achieved quite a few things in the last few weeks.  I will just give you a few photos in this blog post to do a catch up.

This will be one of the last blogs I will do on here as I am finding I am unable to do them on my iPad as blogger is not doing any upgrades for that medium.  I will move my blog to my website.  I have done one blog here to find out how it looked and I was very pleased with the result.  I will continue to leave links to the new posts here.  Therefore people will still be able to see what I am doing and not miss out on anything.

There is one thing I will be completing today that I am unable to show you until it is presented to the owners.

Without any further delay here is a few photos of my achievements and we will catch up over the next few days.   Beware the posts might just happen quicker than we expect.
beginning of quilting on star fusion background

the background and a star quilted
attaching binding and flange

ready to sew all the binding down
preparation of corner

star fusion complete
An apron of my design collected first prize for machine made article

A cushion sample for Creative Club at Palm Beach Quilting
progress of Platyswanning quilt

more progress

in the hoop

almost complete
Platyswanning on display at Australian Textile Exhibition
entry for Australian Textile Exhibition Great Asutralian Bag Competition
on display at exhibition in Cranbourne

Sample of the iron on diamante transfer for Trimmings and Remnants Pakenham

So I hope you all enjoy this and I am now enjoying my free motion quilting so I am hoping of finish quite a few UFOs in the near future.   If you are nearby the Cranbourne botanical Gardens this week stop by and look at all the lovelies on display.

Until a few days time

Have fun and stay creative


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Part 1- lets piece the blocks the Bakers Dozen Square Dance!


How did you all like the Bom quilt which I have called the Bakers Dozen Square Dance?

Now I will give you a break down of the strips for sashing and how I joined it all together.  Please don't be overwhelmed.  It looks complicated, but let me reassure you, that it is not really hard, we just need to take our time and do this in an order.
 (If you do not wish to set it out like this you could sash in uniform way and use the extra 9 patches to make the border with)

I did lay this all out and move the blocks several times to achieve the right effect (with hubbies help) of my blocks and colours.   I suggest you place the house block central as I have, why?  I feel this draws the eye to the centre of the quilt then allows our  eyes drift around all of our other blocks.  It's a bit like the saying all roads lead to home.

You need to join the extra 9 patches made from the December blog as follows to form 4 x 12.5" square blocks and 6 12.5" x 6.5" rectangle blocks.  These are fillers.  

For the sashing strips cut 2.5" width of fabric.  We need 25 strips to make the sashing and the inner border.  Cut the following from the light grey border (or whichever colour you prefer)
1 x 42.5" length
1 x 34.5"
2 x 28.5"
3 x 26.5"
7 x 20.5"
Using some of the ends from the previous strips and some of the other strips cut
14 x 12.5"

then you should have 7 strips which can be used for the inner border.

From the dark grey fabric cut  4 x 6.5" squares

We can now start to assemble the quilt.  Clear a space or use a design wall.  I use a floor as I haven't set up my design wall.

this was my initial layout before I moved the house and played with all of the 9 patches
I have labeled the sections and will explain each one in the following steps

Join the following Sections with a 12.5" strip.  

note:- *Press all seams towards the sashing!

Firstly do section A, B, C, D, E, F, G, placing a 12.5" strip between the monthly Bom and the little 9 patch fillers.

Onto section F place an extra 12.5" strip on the outside of the 9 patch fillers

Secondarily, do section I and J making these into long pieces as in the picture.

this is a quick overview of this section which we will piece together soon

Ok our next part of completing this top is to piece some of these sections together.  So on the top of A and B we will sew a 20.5" strip,  then sew both of these pieces together. Then to the left outside of this unit we sew the 28.5".  Place this piece away for later
this is section A and B now know as AB
Next sew the 20.5" to C, E, F and G.

 Sew the 34.5" strip to inner part of section I as per the photo
Sew the 42.5" strip to the inner part of J as per the photo

overview of all the sections joined into units to make the complete top
Now your top should be looking a bit like this.  I have separated them all so you can get the idea of how all of the units are coming together.

top section of quilt.  
Now this will end our Part one.  The next section we will deal with the partial seams and the final part of the border.  If you wish you may like to cut your border out.  I cut my strips at 5.75" width of fabric.  I used 8 strips as to do this.  I plan on giving you part 2 for the final part of this process by Friday so you can all do a lot over the weekend as I know a lot of you put your weekends away to quilt the days away.   I am trying to find time to write this as clear as I can after work so I feel this is the best solution for us all.

Please let me know how you are all finding this challenge.  Remember I will be doing a row by row this year but feel I should wait until April to start.  I really need to complete a few things and this will give me time to get a fair amount of it together in writing anyway.   

So I wish you all the very best for this week and enjoy piecing this part of the quilt together.  Plus remember this is your quilt so you may piece it a standard piecing of sashing or just join them as they are if that is how you wish to do it.  

have a good creative week,


Lets do a Happy Dancing with the Penguins!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Bakers Dozen Square Dance! - BOM 2016 Reveal!

Bakers Dozen Square Dance!

Well It is together!  Thanks to all who have played along this year!  I have been called into work a day early so I will give you the reveal now and let you get your sashing and border fabric out and cut into strips.   

Tonight I will give you the breakdown and how to get this together.

all of our blocks   
Now you will remember the spit 9 patch, it was bothering me, so I went and made a new one
redone block!
Now I was happy with this result so I replaced it in the mix!

before the replacement of the split 9 patch

starting of arranging of the blocks

final arrangement of the blocks in the quilt
Finally together just before the setting sun, so outside to get a photo for you all of it hanging on the line without the borders!

together without boxers
Then after a little bit of work during the night and some sleep, a quick photo before going to work of the top outside on the line with the borders this time!

Ta Da!

Bakers Dozen Square Dance Quilt!

You will need 1.35 mts or 1.5 yds of light grey for sashing, 8" strip of dark grey and 1.2 mts or 1 1/3 and a little bit for the outside border.

well I must bid you good bye and get to work on time!  you may cut your light grey into 2.5" strips and you will need 21 strips for the sashing.  

Our quilt measures 71.5" x 85"  and I can't wait to get it all quilted.

Until tonight have a great day 

ps don't forget to leave a comment!  :)