Almost quilted

Threading up my bobbins with pretty green thread got me thinking about how much quilting I was about to embark upon. I know you shouldn’t do the maths, but hey….so I have worked out 2520 inches, which is 64 metres and that is before I consider whether I do vertical rows as well. Heehee better get a wriggle on…















Oh dear my machine needs a little dust…anyhow…Ready set go….

















double dutch in 1930′s fabrics

This fabric is sooooo pretty to work with. The colours are gorgeous and fresh with your eye always looking out for the little details in design. I last worked with reproduction 1930′s fabrics when I had my little Laura in 2002. Her quilt was all handstitched with lots of love.

This little pretty is for another little girl, for her soon to be new single bed. Her mum and dad wanted something she could always have and not date. I had been dying to make Double Dutch from the book Quilts made Modern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. So when Joanie and I started discussing fabrics and patterns it jumped right out at me. I have loved every minute of making this one.

I have said this before but I love pinning the three layers of my quilt together. It is so satisfying…why?

~ I get to admire the colourful fabrics as they are stretched out on my table all over again

~ I’m close to quilting

~ I love my colorful pins and the cute little tin I bought in Paris for them (they had yummy chocolate coated almonds that were shaped and coloured like real green olives) Yes I did buy the choclates knowing that the tin would one day hold my pins…sad I know!

~ basting a quilt is so calming and quietens my busy mind.

So here it is snuggly clamped down ready for pinning.

And finally all gathered up ready to be quilted. I haven’t yet decided on the colour of my thread but I think lots and lots of lines going down the length for this little one.

Do you enjoy the basting of your quilt or is it your least favourite part…I know for some friends it is.



black & white music

Black & white music by LolaJazzQuilts
Black & white music, a photo by LolaJazzQuilts on Flickr.

Melanie from Embee Designs is house and Labradoodle minding at our place. I am so chuffed to see that the LolaJazz studio is being kept busy with Mel swapping her pen and ink for fabric while she whips up a storm on the sewing machine. The beautiful ‘Bernice’…her new Bernina, is making an ebony and ivory quilt for someone very special. All fabrics have been chosen over time with lots of thought put into the pattern designs.

Happy sewing Mel, loving the results.

Melissa, x

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