And the next one: Gallimaufry

Isn’t that a wonderful word?

According to the dictionary, a gallimaufry is a jumble or medley of things. I’ve just finished a quilt where all the blocks were the same, and I feel the need for some variety now. I sat last night and scribbled some ideas and came up with 6 blocks I wanted to play with, a mix of traditional and something different. I’m also going to be a bit more liberal with the colour palette than I was with the Blue Hour quilt.

So, this is the design for Gallimaufry. It will be the same size as before, 5 x 6 blocks of 12 square inches each, finished size. The colour emphasis for the blocks will also alternate dark and light, but the effect will be less extreme because there is more pattern and colour, and also because I’m not using so much of the dark Prussian blue which gave that inky effect to the Blue Hour quilt.

And because I’m excited about this idea, yes, you guessed it, I’ve dived straight in and got a line of blocks done already. This is the third line down in the design, because I just had to start with the appliquĂ© heart 🙂 Click on the image to get a better view of fabrics.

So, I’ve got three more block formats to try out, and the cute caravan appliquĂ© block to play with. That one’s really calling my name, so don’t be surprised if you see it in the next post!

It’s so nice to be working with florals  and  using different shapes again!

Signed, Tealed & Delivered #2: fabric update

Please call off the search!

I’ve located the perfect airmail stripe at Hawthorne Threads in the US, for a reasonable price and even more reasonable postage.

Grateful thanks to everyone who offered to look and send me something, I really appreciate it, especially those of you who’d have to send it a long way 🙂

There has been a brilliant response to the call to action for this quilt. We now have just the following blocks left for which we don’t yet have a maker committed:

  • 9 paper pieced envelope blocks
  • 4 appliquĂ© postcard blocks

If necessary, I can make these up myself, but if anyone out there is debating whether they have time to help or not, you have a while to think about it, as I don’t plan to start assembling till September.

Now for some other news. Katy Cameron of The Littlest Thistle had created a lovely paper pieced envelope block for an Easter post on her blog in April. It was too small to use here, but she has very kindly resized it for us to use for ST&D. If you are making one of the paper pieced envelope blocks and would like to use it, please let me know, together with an email address if I don’t already have one for you, and I’ll send you the pdfs.  A link to the relevant blog post can be found here, so you can see what the block looks like. I’m so grateful to Katy for saving me the trouble of drawing one up myself!

And finally, I’ve just heard from Ovarian Cancer Australia that TWX has arrived safely and they’re absolutely delighted with it.

Well done, you lot!

Sea Glass #8…. and rest

The top is finished.

sea-glass-finished-topSeriously, this is the best photo I could get today! There’s a sharp breeze, the line’s the only place I can show it due to size, and the result is a flappy quilt top. Still, you get a more accurate idea of the colours than in any of the indoor photos shown so far.

Next stage is to piece the back (not a lot of work there), and then sandwich, quilt and bind. I’m not convinced it’ll be done by the end of the month, especially as we’re going on a trip, but it’ll be soon.

However, I’m taking a break from this quilt for a few days to do some secret sewing which I can’t show, so service will be briefly interrupted. I’ll find other things to blog about 🙂

Be back soon.

Bee, Myself and I #11

How many hatboxes can a woman need? Well, 36 actually…

hatbox-19This is number 19. I love the bright pink tulip fabric, especially contrasted with the peppermint green of the edge of the lid.

hatbox-halfway-collage-3Here’s the rest of the line up so far. Not necessarily the final layout, but they do sit harmoniously together in this arrangement.

hatbox-sashing-and-bindingAnd here are the fabrics for the sashing and the binding. I can’t get the colours quite right; both fabrics are shot cottons, and it’s hard to convey the  lovely shading from one colour into another. It’s a while till I’ll be cutting into these lovelies, but I’m glad I have them to look at and stroke 🙂

Lynn from Tialys has decided to resurrect her own hatbox project, and if you nip over to her blog some time today, you’ll be able to see her take on this gorgeous Kaffe Fassett block design. She won’t be going quite as bonkers with it as I have, though; she’s sensibly sticking to a manageable wall hanging! It’s going to be most enviable, though – she’s using Liberty prints…

Meanwhile, if you want to know what Bee, Myself and I is all about, click on the link button further down in the left hand column, or head over to Carla’s lovely blog, Granny Maud’s Girl, where there are many gorgeous things to look at.

More next month 🙂




Sea Glass #3

The outer blocks are done.


It’s not really this wonky, it’s just pinned to the design wall for the moment!

I have also frogged and recycled the first block I made, which was badly wrong, with points going the wrong way and colours mixed up. It’s right now, after loads of unpicking and a fair bit of salty language, and I defy you to discover which one in this arrangement it was. Now that the outer blocks are complete, it’s clear I don’t have a great deal of those fabrics left, so I’m pondering what would look best for the chequerboard blocks around the centre panel.

Once I have that clear in my head, I shall do some speed-piecing of those blocks, using the method that joins 8 strips along their length, the resulting piece sliced into rows perpendicular to the long seams, and then the rows re-arranged and mix and matched into squares for the best visual result.

I’m pleased with where I’ve got to so far. The contrast between muted and clean colours and splashes of white make the overall look sparkle, the lilac whirlies add visual interest, and it’s been easy to build the big blocks, after the initial stuff up trial block.

Thanks also to Kate at Manic Mumdays, who came up with a name both the maker and the receiver love!

Now, time to rootle around in my fabric and scrap boxes for the chequerboard border.

Cathy’s quilt #2

I haven’t managed to come up with a name for this one yet…

cathys-quilt-1-3You all know how much I love to name quilts; it seems to help me with ideas and impetus. This one’s got me a bit stumped. Something to do with the colour? Teals, aquas, blue-greens, water and air colours… The design? Basket-weave, stars, chequerboard, flower baskets… The future owner? The lovely Cathy, my sister-in-law, hard-working education student and mother, with a heart of gold.

I have three more blocks done. I realised about 5 minutes into the second one that I’d mucked up the first one I showed. So I’m saving that for a cushion cover unless I run out of fabrics, in which case I’ll have to do a huge frog and unpick the entire thing. Here are three new basket-weave/star blocks and the central flower basket appliquĂ© block. I’m waiting to do the 8 inch chequer-board blocks round this till I see how much fabric I have left from the 16 inch outer blocks.


Flower basket 16 inch centre block

If anyone out there has a stroke of genius for the name, do please share it. I don’t promise to use any suggestions, but you never know, you might end up giving me the inspiration I need 🙂

And Cathy, if you have a name for this quilt, I want to know!


POSTSCRIPT:  Many thanks to Kate of Manic Mumdays, who provided the future name for this quilt. I give you Sea Glass!

Bee, Myself and I #10

I couldn’t bear to wait till the end of January for the official BM&I posting day….

There are so many lovely fabrics sitting in the Hatbox Quilt pile, and I couldn’t resist their siren call. So, without further ado, here are the next FOUR Hatbox blocks.

hatbox-january-5th-collage2I’m now officially halfway through the blocks I need to make. The process of tracing, basting and appliquĂ©ing the boxes to their backgrounds is peaceful and meditative, and I’ll miss it when the quilt is done, but already there are other appliquĂ© quilt ideas marinating in the dark recesses of my brain!

I’ve finally decided what colour to make the sashing between the blocks. It was never going to be white or cream, that decision was easy. And black and dark grey and navy were too harsh in contrast with the pastels and saturated colours.  It needed to be a neutral that wasn’t neutral. And I’ve found just the thing. It’s a pale grey/lilac/dusty blue shot cotton which calls itself cornflower, but is a pale lavender to my eyes, a blue tone rather than pink. It will punctuate the space between the squares without being over assertive. It’s also a colour I love, so I will be very happy to live with it on this quilt. The binding is also picked out, a rich blueberry shot cotton which blends beautifully with the sashing fabric. And the backing?  Who knows? But I’m feeling nudged towards rose pink…

Right, back to the sewing machine. It’s January, and Esther’s month for F²F², so I can’t show what I’m up to – it’s a secret!