Join the Journey – 01

watermarked(2018-01-02-1224)Meet Gerry!


’G’day! Happy New Year, and nice to meet you. I’ve just arrived here – been recently adopted into RobynsPatch and I’m finding my way around and settling in. From what I can see so far, it’s a bit slack, not much going on at all. Think I’ll have to do something about that otherwise it could get very lonely here. So I’ve put on my stern look, wagged a paw and done the hard stare!

So what am I sitting on, you ask! Well it’s a block. No not chocolate – although I’m led to believe there’s a penchant for some of that stuff around here – it seems to be a patchwork block of some sort.

When I’ve sussed it out a bit, I’ll get back to you on what it’s supposed to be. Time to have a poke around and get things happening!

See ya later!



3 Layouts for Lucy’s Leftovers

I’ve always been fascinated by Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses ever since I saw a block of English Paper Piecing using this pattern.

Having a background and preference for machine piecing, this led to making blocks of a larger size suitable for ‘American’ hand piecing.

After having a go at making blocks, it was an ‘Ahh ..’ moment, I became hooked and still am!

But what to do with the left over patches? Throw them out, give them away to a kindergarten, or maybe ‘recycle/reuse’ them.  After all, they took time to select, cut out, and consider.

During  the creation of a Pinterest board,  dedicated to collecting the fabulous variations of Lucy’s block, these three ideas have emerged – with thanks to the mathematically minded!

Have you, like me, put aside those single patches, with a feeling of ‘just can’t quite throw it out yet!’

Try this idea:

Make a scrappy quilt with the single patches …

LLL 01.jpeg

When there are pairs left over, try this layout …

LLL 02.jpegOdd numbers of three patches make a lovely swirly block …

LLL 03.jpegI think Lucy would like the idea of using up left over patches.

Perhaps these could become the hand-piecing version of Bonnie Hunter’s machine pieced scrap quilts!


How to make a ‘Modern Hexie’ the easy way

‘Modern Hexies’ are easy to make. All you need is

  • a piece of fabric larger than the hexagon – great for stash busting!
  • a paper hexagon
  • water spray bottle
  • iron

I used a Charm Square (5 inch), and a 2 inch hexagon.

  • Spray the back of the hexagon with water – starch is not necessary!
  • Centre the paper hexagon on the fabric. Using a hot dry iron, flip over each edge in turn and press for a few seconds.
  • Once the whole hexagon has been pressed, flip it over and press from the front.
  • Flip to the back, remove the paper, and give it a final press to make sure it is dry.

Have a look at my Flipagram ‘Making Hexies’


Ballarat and Begonias

Where do you find out about Quilt Exhibitions?

The Victorian RACV (Royal Auto Club of Victoria) has a magazine for members. As a service it provides an ‘Community’ section in which events happening across the state can be listed. Which is how I found out about the Ballarat Quilters Exhibition.

As it happened, on that weekend was a family gathering to celebrate an Aunt’s 90th Birthday – so of course time had to be sneaked aside for look at the Exhibition and the Begonias.

What a fabulous venue – the historic ‘Mining Exchange’ provided a central location for the exhibition, as part of Ballarat’s annual Begonia Festival.

2017 Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition

2017 Ballaarat Quilters Exhibition

What better to see, than some quilts paying homage to ‘historic’ William Morris. A Michele Hill class led to these beautiful quilts.

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris Quilt’ by Margaret Ashmore; quilted by ‘Precious Thyme Quilts’

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris – Morning Glory’ by Maxine Rousch; quilted by ‘Precious Thyme Quilting’

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘A Journey with William Morris’ by Pauline Wells; quilted by Mulberry Lane Quilting

Ballarat Quilters Exhibition 2017

‘William Morris’ by Dianne Daly; hand quilted by Dianne Daly

What lovely quilts – classic appliqué is always appreciated when done either by machine or by hand.

Well done ladies!