Many blocks make quilt work

om nom nom

Beef tomato, with 2 sliced baby fennel, organic hazlenuts, parmesan shavings, and dressed with pesto and walnut oil. D’liceurs!


Beautiful, no? The scent is delicious, essence of english summer, and my childhood.

Quilt mania: nr 90

read more, with another 7 images from the magazine

lucky me!

These little packs of delight dropped through the letter box earlier today. Green Fairy Quilts picked some up in the Sample Spree, and I blew the treats fund! Think I’m just going to admire them a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

The 1st of the month means *points up* I set myself new quilty goals. Also, since I forgot y/day and missed that post, I remind myself what was completed last month.

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I do have 7 and a half 4 diamond stars, and 9 Lemoyne stars made, but I haven’t done any thing for the granny square quilt, nor ‘pretzel party’, nor ‘blueberry crumbcake’. Also, the little trick schnibble still waits for quilting.

Is hard to sew at the moment. I find my heart isn’t in it so much, and if I try to force it, I make mistakes and have to unpick. It will pass, and I will be myself again. (based on previous experience)

So, for month of july, I give myself space to work on whatever I want to, and be content.
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Iun d’ches quat’ matรฎns, as manman expresses it. Had to be up ridiculously early to see S away to the London train (on my day off too!) so I came to check the internets. I was looking for ‘Spa’ by Deb Strain, but was distracted by the shiny—French General has a new group for release sept. (That expression makes me smile–almost it sounds like fabrics are wild things that must be rounded up and coralled for safe keeping. Although, isn’t that what we quilters do? Chase them down, fetch them home, and love/care for them?) Where I was? Oh yes.

French General’s new fabrics. Is called ‘Chateau Rouge’. Now, is no secret that red, j’adore, so this is must-see. Oh. MY!!!
(These images are borrowed from the PDF freely available on the Moda website, and no infringement is intended. I just want to pet, and admire. ๐Ÿ™‚ And share the love. Call it free advertising. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

The Chateau Rouge collection was inspired by an old brick chateau we stayed in one summer in a small town, just north of Aix-en-Provence, called St. Remy. The chateau was built in 1789 and throughout the house were armoires that were brimming with old French textiles. I spent days looking through each of the armoires and sketching ideas and color combinations. Outside each window was a field of sunflowers – their brightness seemed to light up the house. The subtle mustard yellows mixed with the old reds – reminds me of the colors at the chateau and my summer in France.
Kaari Meng AKA French General

You see the pearl print with the small blue arrow? J’ADORE!! I admired the pale/neutral quilts I saw occasionally at Spring Quilt market, around various blogs, and am thinking I should like one. I guess a few reds will sneak into the basket as well, come septembre. ๐Ÿ™‚ My treats fund should be looking healthier by then. Fingers cross!
Now to scamper away for breakfast.
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Thought it might be fun to pull a few quilty posts across from my old blog. Is a good site, but there are no quilters. Gets a bit lonely talking to ‘mostly-fit-but-could-stand-to-lose-a-few-pounds air’, as my friend H likes to say, with a grin.

If you read back and wonder why some photos are marked ‘’ that would be why. ๐Ÿ™‚

in process

I think I must be the very last quilter to the Granny Square party! (Also, all the photos in this post are from my Dreamwidth blog.)

During the third week of mai, I showed some granny square blocks I had started. I had seen them on other quilty blogs, and Flickr, and liked how it looked. Also, I was reminded of a quilt I’d seen in Quilts Japan, but we get to that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is the blog, and tute, where granny Square blocks originated. Fun, no? ๐Ÿ™‚

more quilty chatter and 6 photos

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I was fortunate in receiving a subscription to Quilts Japan for my birthday earlier this month, and this issue was waiting for me when I got in from work friday. Happyhappy! I share some of my favourite quilts from it, and hope you forgive the less-than-super photos—light here is not good b/c of rain. To […]


My version of Carrie Nelson’s Little Trick schnibble, made with Kate Spain’s ‘fandango’ and an unknown mottle. I completed piecing this in the middle of mai, and still it waits. I can not decide on how it should be quilted.

For something that was meant as a quick finish, not knowing how to quilt it to a finish is bugging me!

The leftover squares from the schnibble I hand pieced and quilted into this mini runner.

To bind the inner corners neatly, I used these tutes: Alicia’s Attic, and Anka’s Treasures Quilting thread is Oliver Twists ‘over the top’ 16/2 mercerised Egyptian cotton in ‘sunset’ colourway.

Ah รงa, as manman is fond of saying, back to my stars, and my newest Quilts Japan magazine. (J’adore!!) ๐Ÿ™‚ Had she seen me today, out in the heavy rain, she would have said I was ‘trempรฉ coumme un vraitcheux’ (soaked as a seaweed gatherer). I am very thankful for this warm, dry house to return to. Another reason 2b cheerful, no?