What have I been up to?

This is a photo-heavy post – lots of photos of my newest quilt.  Well….I’m taking a break from designing.   I had to complete a LOT of quilts for a new project and my brain hurts…..so I’ve decided the only way to relax my brain was to do some machine piecing.  And you know what?  I’m LOVING it. Here is the stack of quilts that had to be completed for a big project.

My stack of quilts going on a journey!
My stack of quilts going on a journey!

Here is my first machine pieced project – I can’t remember when was the last time I did a machine pieced quilt.  I follow a blog – Molly Flanders Makerie – and she’s in charge of a sew-along group making Flowering Snowball.  I really loved the look of her quilt as well as the way she’s hand quilted it. So I decided to do my own.

I had visited Treehouse Textiles for their grand opening in Mornington recently and bought packs of 5 inch squares.  I’m upset with myself for not taking a photo of them but Emma kindly sent me a pack.
flowering snowball packs


The original pattern was for a 12 inch block.  I wanted the coloured bits to fit on the 5 inch square so I drafted my own pattern and got the bits to fit on the 5 inch square – just!  My blocks ended up measuring 9 inches.  I used the Treehouse Textile fabrics because they are so different to my own stash and I wanted to just step out of my own comfort zone – and I’m so glad I did.  I LOVE the look of the quilt.

My Flowering Snowball - excuse the photo
My Flowering Snowball – excuse the photo

Of course it wouldn’t be the same if I machine quilted it – so I quilted it myself using perle cotton and again, I am so happy with the finished quilt. Here are a few close-ups of my quilting.

My hand quilting using perle cotton
My hand quilting using perle cotton

flowering snowball quilting 2flowering snowball quilting 1

I pieced my backing as I usually do, using up fabric that I don’t want to cut up.  I always thinks that a pieced backing is so much nicer than just one fabric – and it frees up my cupboard for more new fabric!

My pieced backing using up lots of lovely fabric.
My pieced backing using up lots of lovely fabric.

I used a black and white stripe for the backing and I think it goes really well with the rest of the quilt.

Black and white stripe binding
Black and white stripe binding

It is now my favourite quilt and I sit with it on my lap every evening when I watch TV and sew.

My next quilt in the machine is made up of 2 inch squares using charm packs.  I’ve almost finished it.  I’m not sure whether I’ll hand quilt this one – let’s see.  I’m also looking at doing a kaleidoscope next.

I haven’t neglected my own designs.  I’ve prepped some quilts and will take them with me when I’m away in the US.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Wow Irene! You have been busy. I am loving the brights, being a bright fan myself. I can’t wait to see them in March when you come to Grenfell. Once again you are my inspiration, I must get my needle moving again. Safe travel and please keep the posts coming. Cheers, Anne

  2. What a fabulous quilt. This is still on my “wanna do” list someday. I love this pattern and your choice of fabrics is perfect.

  3. Sounds like exciting things are happening for your quilts. Your new quilt is lovely, that block is perfect for that fabric range too. Very tempting.

  4. What an achievement and I was so excited to get Confetti finished!!!Cant wait to catch up again in March for Aunty Greens Garden!!!

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