Sue Spargo has a **Free** BOM program called “Instastitch” going right now that I’m participating in.  We’re 7 months into it.  She’s doing 2 versions – one in wool and one in denim.  No surprise here – I’m doing mine with a more neutral focus.  I started with the few Japanese taupe scraps that I have left and added other fabrics.  I’m taking a fair bit of liberty with not only the piecing but the embroidery.



It’s the stitching that attracted me to the program in the first place.  For years, I’ve been wanting to do a crazy quilt – but not the traditional Victorian type crazy quilt.  Thinking back, I think embroidery was probably one of my first crafty LOVES.  I can remember as a teenager that I was doing embroidery on denim jackets and denim skirts.



These are my 7 blocks as they are right now.  I’ll add at least one more section of embroidery to each block.  My plan is to do a line of stitching along one more seam in a crazy quilting type manner.  Sharon B, releases a new stitch every Tuesday, called TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) from her web site, Pintangle.  I’m planning to challenge myself to use her stitches.



Bateman’s Bay Quilt Show

We had a lovely Date Day yesterday.  A trip to Mogo to the art store and to drop off both machines for their yearly spa visit and then to Bateman’s Bay to the quilt show.  We followed that up with a fish & chips & scallops lunch.  Home in time for a non-nana-nap.  Here is a selection of quilts from the show.

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A scary word.  I’m guessing it has touched the lives of most people.

On Facebook one morning – I received a notification that the University of Tasmania was offering a **Free** course on understanding dementia. I have time.  I have interest.  I signed up.

The brain, the disease and the person are the focus.

Here’s their blurb:

What is the Understanding Dementia MOOC?

The University of Tasmania’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, is an easily accessible 9 week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. It’s free and anyone can enrol.

The ageing of human populations across the globe has contributed to dementia being identified as one of the public health issues of the 21st century. The MOOC curriculum addresses this health issue by drawing upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals from both within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and beyond.

Since 2013, 70,000 people have enrolled in the course from 170 countries.

You can enrol until September 23, 2016.  It’s through an online set-up called MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

I just finished the first unit and it was excellent.  I highly recommend participating if you have the interest.  You don’t need to have medical background to benefit from this course.


Giving Quilt

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String pieced onto 6×8″ telephone book pages.  All scraps.  Border is left over backing fabric from another quilt.  Backing is left over from Magnolia.

Not entirely happy with my concentric spirals.  I just can’t seem to get them evenly spaced free hand.  I’m ok with it though.  At least it’s finished.  I do like the fern-y motif in the border.  It was a piece of cake.

All it needs now is to be washed, dried and de-fuzzed (flannel back).

It will be on the way to its new home soon.

I received ANOTHER lovely gift last week.  This one from my friend Candy.  Not sure what I’ve done to be so lucky receiving presents lately but it sure has been fun!  Candy’s other hobby is photography.  She sent me 2 prints and these lovely cards from her photos.  The coaster sits on the coffee table and the magnet is on the frig.  Thanks Candy!

Two finishes and a present

Magnolia – done and dusted.  A Sue Spargo inspired pattern.  Most of it is her design with the exception of the centre house block.  That inspiration came from a google search.  Sue’s house was just too ‘normal’.

Most of the wool was hand-dyed by me.  Dharma acid dye.

Back is flannel, batting wool.  It’s a heavy sucker.  It was NOT a joy to quilt.  It’s finished though.  I’m guessing I’ll never do another wool appliqué quilt again.

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The second finish is The Circle Games by Jen Kingwell.  This was the first hand pieced quilt I’ve ever made.  As with the wool appliqué quilt – this is another technique that I’m not sure I’ll ever do again.  I love the finished project – but I wasn’t that thrilled with the process.  There are too many other things I really enjoy doing to do things I DON’T enjoy doing.  It was worth a try though.

The original pattern had a different border but I changed it to appliquéd circles.  Now go figure…..I DO like to hand appliqué and hope to get another hand appliqué project prepped at some point in the near future.  I hand quilted this one – Finca 12wt.  Batting is Quilt Lite.  I love that combination.  Makes for a light weight quilt perfect for our climate.

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And HERE is a picture of a delightful present I received in the mail last week from my dear friend Kris.  I am loving the book by Kathy Doughty – such eye candy.  If her store was more accessible to me, I know I would do serious damage there.  And the pop-up bin (made by Kris) is perfect.  It’s already over in the little house set up and being used.


Now – it’s time to do some yoga and meditation.  The Wallabies play the All Blacks tonight.  I’m not confident of a win but I am always hopeful.  I support the Wallabies but I love watching the All Blacks play.  They are simply AMAZE-BALLS!  They are seriously in a class all their own.  And I know I’ll pay for saying it…..but I miss The Cheat (Richie McCaw).  He has a movie coming out, you know?  :)