So much to do……so little time…..

Jennifer and I met up a couple of Saturdays ago and had a lovely day together.  First stop was Woodend to check out the new retreat centre there which was opened recently by Abbe – and what a lovely place!

Next stop – lunch in Woodend and a visit to some of the dress shops there – I think I need a new wardrobe!

Last stop Patch n Quilt in Gisborne to hang out with Mary.  Its always great visiting with Mary and I can spend a whole day in there!  We got into a discussion about blogging.  Whilst I do enjoy blogging, I feel that I need to come up with something interesting to talk about – not always easy.  The word we came up with was “content”.  Not much point blogging if you don’t have content!  At the same time you don’t want months to go by between blog posts.  Of course we all made promises to try and blog more often, but life sometimes has a habit of getting in the way.

I happened to have a quiet night at home last week with all kids out and just the dog and two cats home with me…… I started on my next quilt – working title Melodie.  This quilt is going to be one in a series ……. of background fabric.  I am still so in love with newsprint and script fabric that I intend using it in as many quilts as I can.  This one is no different in that the background fabric is taupe with writing on it.  And it’s the open weave-linen look fabric that I’m just loving.  Melodie is an adaptation of an antique quilt made by Maria Whelpton in 1828.  I spent all night drafting the pattern and spent the next day working with the fabric.

Melodie in progress

Starting new quilts always excites me – fondling fabric, choosing colours, playing with fabric.  I’ll have my music playing near me – I’m in my Shawn Mullins phase at the moment, fabric all around me, light box at the ready ……. Bliss!

So what is one to do when you get up early Christmas day and all is quiet – do something you love doing – playing with fabric and designing!!!.

I’ve been enjoying doing Message in a Bottle so much but was aghast to find that I only have two blocks to complete.  Well……I thought I did.  So brought out the design and went through it only to discover that I’d forgotten to design a couple of smaller blocks and a few fillers.  So spent the day cutting out fabric and generally just have a good time playing with my fabric.  I was waiting on fabric that Mary was getting in for me (she now reminds me that if I’d been paying attention when we were ordering it I’d have heard that it would be delivered mid January – but then who listens to those minor details when one is soooo excited about seeing fabric one likes???)  I started to panic as I don’t think I’ll have enough time to wait until then to do my borders.  You may remember that a few posts ago I put out an SOS for fabric.   I didn’t get any response and decided that I’d go with my next best choice.  However, I was visiting Somerset and chatting to Karen and as I was about to leave she remembered that she had a message for me.  Her friend Lyn saw my post and “thinks” she has the fabric I want.  So phone numbers were exchanged, Lyn (sorry if I’m spelling your name incorrectly) called and the good news?  She’s going to post about a metre and a quarter to me hopefully to arrive this week!  Wonderful – and thanks Karen and Lyn.  As soon as I get that fabric I’ll start on my borders.

So here’s some photos of my working area – I much prefer working in organised chaos …..

Part of my design wall - Message in a bottle and Timeless

So much to do and so little time…….

See ya soon!


  1. Hi Irene

    I’ve just stumbled across your site and an wondering why I never have before! Absolutely love your beautiful quilts. I adore hand appliqué too. Would love to take a class with you, would you think about coming to Canberra? Best wishes, Danielle

    1. Hi Danielle
      Thank you for stopping by! I would love to teach in Canberra. Perhaps you can get your local quilt shop to check out my blog! I will however be in Nowra in March for a two day workshop. I think Nowra is a little closer to you than Melbourne.

  2. Hi Irene, Thank you soooooo much for a wonderful weekend! How utterly indulgent to be able to catch up with you and attend your workshop!!!! Am totally recharged now to keep stitching new – and unfinished – projects! 😉 x

    1. Hi Kim

      Yes – it was sooo good catching up with you again – its great that we get to meet from time to time but let’s make it more regular. I too had such a lovely weekend – a wonderful group of women – lots of laughter, good food and lots of sewing! Can’t wait to see you all again in a couple of months.


  3. Looks like they all had a wonderful time, I have been to Karen shop and it is lovely.
    Tank you for your lovely comment on my blog and I will keep posting my progress.
    have a wonderful weekend

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