A RE-Fresh Start

We are well into 2016 already. I can hardly believe how time flies.

I know it has been quite a while since Effie and I posted anything – September 2014. During this time Effie and I have had a few personal issues to deal with, but now we are all set to get back into our Sew Generous mood and continue on with this fantastic project.

Even though there has been no blogging for a while we have been very slowly and steadily working in the background to complete some quilts.

All the completed quilts have been bound and labeled. We now only label them with a Sew Generous label as keeping track of each and every fabric that has been donated into each quilt is difficult.

With our RE-Fresh start we have come up with a logo for our Charity Quilting Bee! I hope you like it. Effie will write a blog post on why we chose this symbol to represent us, later.

In the last month I have been very busy in my studio cleaning up, organising, cutting up scraps. I now have a system for organising scraps for later use. I will do a further post about how I do this. I love my very large cutting table and mat to help keep my scraps organised. I have a ironing boards in different sizes that sit on top of this mat when I need to iron something – it is extremely handy.


I have also been getting reacquainted with my long-arm sewing machine. It has been almost a year since I have actually quilted anything. I dusted it off, cleaned it up, oiled it and got a checkup for it and then loaded a practise quilt. Happy Days!


My studio is now extremely organised – there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.

Effie has been hard at work reorganising her sewing space as well. Nothing gets you into the mood of sewing better than a highly organised space.

Effie and I have also taken quite a few classes from Craftsy. We only discovered it a few weeks ago and it has been amazing. The classes are fantastic and they have really helped us get back our mojo and to come up with new quilt patterns for our donated fabrics.

I am loving all the longarm quilting classes by Angela Walters. I have been practising what she is teaching.


Take a look at the classes offered, there is something for everyone, but be careful it can be addictive, you might not be able to stop at doing one class!

Let’s all be Sew Generous,



Finally Getting Some Work Done

I must admit that it has been a bit of a slow start to my quilting this year and really I have no excuse as I have enough donated blocks and quilt tops to keep me occupied – but sometimes ‘other’ life stuff gets in the way.

Well not this week…

I am happy to say that I have managed to quilt two (yep that’s right two) quilts from the wonderful Susan Dunn. 

On this beautiful purple quilt I used a clamshell pattern with a purple and beige variagated thread and I think it looks great. 

On this green quilt I did straight interlocking lines which really makes it look very different. I used the same colour green as in the large outside border.

I will show pictures of the whole quilts when the bindings have been done.

I am thinking about getting some Spoonflower Quilt Labels done what will allow me to put the names of all the very generous donors of each quilt on the back of all the quilts. I guess I had better get cracking on that as these quilts are almost done.

A Very Generous Donation From Susan D

Just before Christmas I received this wonderful parcel in the mail. With all the celebrations and going on holidays and the kids being home (you get the idea) it has been a mad house around here and I have finally managed to find a few minutes to write this blog post – which I have written and re-written in my mind a few time!

This photo doesn’t really show it but the parcel was huge!

I was so excited because I knew I was getting some blocks from the very generous Susan from Mt Gambier SA, but I was totally unprepared so how much she sent.

Just take a look at the contents of this huge parcel.

This is one (yep these more) of the finished quilt tops. I just love the colours (purple is my favourite colour by the way). It is a great size for a young teenager – I am really looking forward to quilting this one.

Here are some animal themed blocks. A wonderful theme for a young boy!

Aren’t these fabulous? I have never done braid blocks before as I always believed them to be hard, but after seeing these beautiful blocks (strands of braids) I am willing to give them a go. I have a few ideas for these as well, but any suggestions would be very welcome.

These are so cute! Who wouldn’t love to snuggle under a quilt with these wonderful blocks.  

The blocks all set out – I think a simple sashing between the blocks with a border or two??

Some extra fabric for some backings. Thank you Susan!

Another finished quilt top! Don’t you just love it! I was so overwhelmed when I was pulling out all these wonderful creations – and I still am each time I look at the pile of donated quilts and blocks. I love how generous quilters are.

This is another quilt top – I just love the use of yellow in this one.

You guessed it, another quilt top! Scrappy strips – how effective is this! This quilt top came this the most amazing flannel backing.

Purple being my favourite colour – I was in heaven opening up all these quilts! I think we have a very strong start to the year and should hit our eight quilt donations per year.

More fabric for backings as well. I just can’t get enough of the colour purple.

Wow, I am totally blown away by Ms Susan’s generosity and I look forward to working on them,and donating them to the very brave children at Westmead Children’s Hospital. 

Thank you Susan for your wonderful donation.