A Nighttime Garden

A while back I finished a quilt based on a  pattern by Suzys sitcom – Esmeralda´s garden Here When I first saw the pattern I really liked the fact that the background was dark depicting a nighttime garden. I’m so used to making quilts on white backgrounds, that it was quite a change to work with black.   

I changed some of the animals to ones that my granddaughter would find easier to identify, such as the owl, hedgehog and snail.

To make the animal blocks I only used my fabric scraps, I honestly thought I would make a huge dent on my scraps, but not true, I still have too many scraps, so now I´m planning a new scrap busting project.

I had quite a problem with the fusible I used on this project. I had heard so many good things about Steam a Seam Lite, that I ordered a whole bunch from Amazon, it was quite expensive with transport costs etc, it´s not available for sale in Portuguese stores. As soon as I started sewing down the applique pieces, my thread started shredding, and I couldn’t figure out why, I tried different needles, re-threaded a bunch of times, watched loads of videos on You tube on how to do maintenance on my machine, sanded lightly the top plate of the bobbin area in case it had a notch that the thread might be catching on, etc etc.

The thought that it might be the fusible never ever entered my mind, until I happened upon an old online post, where someone was having the same problem, and the culprit was Steam a Seam lite, it gums up the needle, and the thread gets caught on the gummy needle and shreds. So, I was totally ecstatic that the problem wasn’t my machine, and totally horrified that I had all these appliqued blocks ready for sewing down the appliques and I couldn’t sew for longer than a few seconds before the thread would shred.

Well….. I had to finish the quilt, I simply can´t have unfinished projects. So I got a Q-tip and poured some rubbing alcohol into a saucer, and every 10 seconds would stop and clean the gunk off the needle with the alcohol soaked Q-tip. Needless to say a lot of cursing went on during this whole tiresome process 🙂 Now of course I still have a bunch of steam a seam that I don´t want to use ever again.

In spite of the issues I had with the fusible. I really love this quilt, I simply love the idea of a garden coming to life during the night.

When not in use, it lives in my granddaughter´s bookcase, because it also has a story to tell.

Thanks for popping by, have a great day!

Baby Blue

A friend of my daughter will soon be having a baby boy, she´s a lovely girl, so I thought I´d make her a baby quilt…… baby quilts are the best….Being on Covid Lockdown doesn´t really help when we want to make cute baby quilts, fabric stores are closed, and we can’t even leave our area of residence, so I had to make do with what I had at home, which in terms of baby-themed blue fabrics wasn´t much at all, Yes, I could have ordered fabric online, but I also took it as a challenge to use fabrics I already had.

Anyway, even with my limited fabric selection, I think it turned out quite pretty.

The pattern is very simple and comes together very quickly, I found it at

On the back I made a little label with baby´s name and date.

I gifted it to her the other day and she really seemed to like it. I´m very pleased I took the time to make this quilt, because in gifting this quilt, it was also a gift to myself, because gifting this quilt, brought me joy. Goodness…. being a bit philosophical here, but you all know what I mean 🙂

Pinwheel block Quilt

I had so much of the jelly roll fabric that I used for the Happy Jelly roll Quilt , that I made a lap quilt for myself, this time however I made it using pinwheel blocks. That´s the wonderful thing about HST, they are so versatile and can make so many different types of blocks.

This one came together quite quickly, and I only wavy quilted along the horizontal, vertical and diagonals lines of the blocks.

During this very professional photo shoot 😉 Ollie insisted on photo bombing each photo, good thing too, as it adds some interest to the photo.

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And of course, Oscar, as usual, got a bit jealous and also rushed to be in one of the photos.

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Now my new quilt hangs on the quilt ladder in the lounge.

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Christmas Tree Runner

So, I´ve been wanting to sew with tulle, or netting if you prefer for quite a while, and since  Christmas is here, I thought it might be a good time to join the 2, Christmas and tulle.

I saw this cute table runner from Addy Lou Creates here, so I made a version of that pattern,  3 different fabrics for each tree.

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Then I added the tulle on top, this is a very fine tulle with fine gold glitter.20191026_151604

Free motioned crazy patterns on top of each section of the trees and stippled the background.

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I don´t know quite what I was thinking when I decided to add the stripes in the middle if I had a redo, I wouldn’t do that at all, but oh well, now it´s done. I  found that the tulle does mute the colours of the fabric quite a bit, but is actually far easier to work with than I expected.

So now it´s Christmas time, and I have a new table runner to display 🙂

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Wishing all a blessed happy Christmas!

Almost Black on White

As promised in my last post, I  finally hung up my latest quilt. The proof is, of course, the usual bad photos presented here 🙂

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The pattern is Five Smalls Crib Quilt by Kacia Hosmer, I bought it from Modern patchwork. It was just what I was looking for, simple yet striking! I just made mine wider and shortened the length.

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Every quilt I´ve made so far has taught me something, this one taught me that when using just 2 tones, every little mistake is glaringly obvious, there are no patterns or shades of colour to distract the eye, ….nope… every square that is not exactly pieced, jumps up and hits you in the eyeball! But it´s all a learning curve, next time I´ll know to be more precise in my seams and cutting.

I absolutely love it, it´s one of my favorites so far.

Happy Jelly Roll Quilt

Well, I finally finished the jelly roll quilt that I started ages ago! It´s the biggest quilt I´ve made so far, it´s for my granddaughter’s bed which is a single bed, but I want the quilt to reach the floor on either side, so it´s quite big. My behind the scenes helpers had a bit of a problem in holding up the quilt properly, and there was a fair amount of moaning and complaining going on 😀

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Initially, I bought a roll of  Heather Bailey – Nicey Jane collection, but then I had to buy another roll to finish the quilt, but I still have loads of strips left over to make matching cushions or whatever, I haven’t decided it.

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The backing is a plain cotton bed sheet. I needed to cut down on the cost of fabric and the work in having to piece the fabric to the size of the quilt top, so a sheet was the answer for me, bought a king size sheet and trimmed it to size.

The binding is a lime colored Kona solid. The quilting is straight lines on the white background, I didn’t quilt the jelly roll strips, because I want it to pop out a bit.

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I´m quite pleased with how it turned out, the colors are bright and airy, and will make for a happy room.

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Tulip Parade

I recently finished my tulip wall hanging, originally it was meant to be a table runner, but when I held it up to show off to the family members…( I usually chase them, screeching ..Look what I´ve done, what do you think, what do you think?? …..and they´re very good about loving everything I make 🙂 )…..well anyway, they all agreed that it would look great on the wall, specifically where it is now, this little nook where we prepare coffee, toast etc. So that´s were its´s living now!

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I found the pattern at Porch swing quilts, http://porchswingquilts.blogspot.com/2017/12/tiptoe-quilt-along.html and decided to give it a try.

This was my first time making flying geese and HRTs, and as you can plainly see it´s not perfect, somehow I ended up with  blunt center tips on the blue and yellow tulip. I contemplated redoing these, but  I really didn’t feel like it! I was in a hurry to finish and left them, with the excuse that in real life flowers aren’t perfect either 😉

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I quilted the tulips with wavy lines and the background with straight lines, my machine has a tulip sitch wich I used to stitch down the border. All in all I´m very happy with the way it turned out, and it just makes me happy every time I make coffee or toast.

Thanks for the visit, Have a great day!

Almost Zig Zag

I FINALLY!!! Finished my almost zig zag lap quilt. I say almost zig zag because you kind of have to look carefully to actually see the pattern. I really just wanted a very simple mixture of a redish and greenish quilt, so I bought charm packs of Kaffe Fassett reds and greens. You might recall this was the quilt in my blog post “Patiently waiting”, well it waits no longer and is done! For the back I used a flowery red fabric I found in a store not so near to me.

Along with the simplicity I wanted it to be soft with lots of loft, so I did minimal quilting, just wavy lines along the seams, I used cream Aurifil thread on top and red on the bobbin, so it’s hardly visible at the back.

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Jack as usual wanted to pose alongside the quilt 🙂 He knows he´s ever so handsome!

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Oscar still wearing his winter coat, come for a quick look and dashed away, he´s very camera-shy.IMG_3451

Here´s a photo of the quilt on my work table to show the zig zag pattern.

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And because I´m vain, I added my label, Hand made by The Monkey Thorn, 🙂 I had these made up and shipped from the Dutch Label Shop.

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Thanks for stopping by, Have a wonderful day!

Patiently Waiting

After gifting the last 5 quilts that I made, I thought it was time to make one for myself . I ordered charm packs of Kaffe Fassett reds and  greens.  I had to order them from England, because I can´t find them in Portugal!!

I want the quilt to be very  basic, just plain squares sewn together in a pleasing manner, but because I´m a bit of a control freak, I placed the squares, so that if you look carefully you can see a zig zag effect.

Well it´s up on my design wall, I´m still playing with the layout, I like to walk past now and then and change the odd square, so every day it looks slightly different. 🙂

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It might stay there for a while. I decided a month ago to learn the piano, it´s been a dream of mine since I was a child, and now at 50, I have finally decided to give it a shot. So what with a full-time job, sewing up the odd present  or two (I´m currently making another baby pouch), and now the piano lessons with the hours of practice that go with it…..my little quilt patiently waits to be pieced, but it feels the love I´m sure! 🙂

Have a great week!

Isabella´s Backpack

Well here we are again, and once again Isabella is the muse for this post, ever since she  started school, I have wanted to make her a backpack, because it´s very important for 10 month olds to take their nappies, baby wipes, bottles and toys in a pretty backpack to nursery school, and also because I´ve been wanting to make a backpack for ages and this was the perfect excuse 😉

For most of the fabric I used  scraps left over from the quilt I made for her cot Here and also bought a strip of owl print fabric, I just love owls!

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Before assembling the bag I quilted  with straight lines along the seams. The bag is lined in plastic so that it can be wiped down, it has press studs on the top of both sides so it can be opened up easily, and the straps are adjustable so that when she starts university she can still use it 🙂

 

Well here you have it, all finished and ready for Miss Muffet to use.

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Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day!