A Door With More

A Door With More

Happy lucky 29th of February!! I love how quirky it is to have a extra day every 4 years. Wishing all those who are celebrating their birthdays today a very special Happy Birthday.   I haven't been sewing as much as I'd like over the past few months because in those precious spare moments of creative time I've been tackling long overdue projects around the house. Some are a bit boring, like painting furniture and looking for bathroom vanities but some are fun and colourful like decorating my lounge room door.  Although I used tissue paper and there's not a stitch in sight I think the door looks like a quilt with colourful patterned blocks joined with sashing. I've always been fascinated by paper cut outs from Chinese paper pictures to festive Mexican banners. Then there are those pretty paper snowflakes that appear around Christmas time. These are what came to mind as I looked at the clear glass window panes in the doorway of my lounge room.

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A finished quilt

A finished quilt

I first wrote about this vintage orphan quilt top 3 years ago here. I saw it on Etsy and its polka dot happy ways and free easy piecing called out to me. I bought it for a song. I know nothing of the person who made the top. After a while I came to think of her as Betty. I know she liked to piece by hand because it was entirely hand stitched.  in a very liberated or make-do style. To keep in character I knew the quilting had to be just as rustic. At first I chose to tie it with yarn ties but in the end gave up that plan because the woolly gatherings distracted from the interesting piecing.  So I reverted to my favourite style of quilting with big stitches using perle8 cotton thread. I free hand quilted in simple shapes of crosses, squares and my favourite: circles.  When it came to the binding I wanted to keep the uneven edges so I used scissors rather than a rotary cutter to trim away the excess  I guess you could say the quilt is a collaborat

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Happy Scrappy Heart

Happy Scrappy Heart

A big hearty hello!! I know its been a while but I'll hope you'll find it in your heart to forgive my recent silence.  Some say absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I'm sure you all know how life can take over and before you know it days, weeks and even months have flown by. I kept meaning to write blog posts and I do have lots of fun things to share but I found the longer I left it the harder it became to sit down and write the words. But thats all water under the bridge. There's love in the air with Valentines Day around the corner and I couldn't pick a better day than today to share a happy scrappy heart.  So what's the story behind the big heart dancing around under the trees?? One day in the storeroom of the flower shop where I used to work I came across an old polystyrene heart shape and in my mission to add colour to the world I thought it would be fun to cover it in bright fabrics. For added sentimental meaning I use

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