Friday, 28 September 2012

Some Swap Sewing...

DS Doll Quilt Swap
This quilt is for my partner in the DS Doll Quilt Swap.
I seem to have acquired an bit of a stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics...I am laying the blame squarely on Spotlight (and maybe some came home from SIT 2012), but what better way to use them than sending some off to another DS liker.

Have you tried these magic little Clover binding clips yet? I'm totally converted...I love them...they do just what I want and I only missed a tiny bit of the binding on the reverse. *little happy dance*.
By the next quilt binding I reckon it'll be perfect.
Clover binding clips
Love the way this mini quilt turned out. It's based on this tutorial, but I initially cut out  3 3/4" squares of the DS fabric and 2" white strips. Then I squared them off to 5", so when they are cut into 4 quarters, you will end up with 2 1/2" squares, rather than the 6 1/4" that  Amanda made using the layer cake. (If that all sounds like gobbeldygook, it just means I made this quilt waaaay smaller than hers.)

The finished size is 14 1/2" square.

The other swap finish is my September block for Sew & Bee Happy

Judith asked us to make a crazy patchwork block using this tutorial. The blocks are being made into a quilt for her charity group. Pretty happy with this one too and it's ready to be mailed (except I forgot that this is the long weekend so it won't go now till Tueday...oops).

Here are some of the blocks I've got back from my turn as queen bee...
Kaleidoscope Star blocks

I need to use these holidays to make quite a few more, but they are looking great and this quilt is getting a big head start thanks to my lovely bee ladies!

thanks for taking a peek over the fence...


  1. everything looks great! love YOUR blocks too

  2. thats a lot of sewing in those pretty blocks.... love the little mini quilt... so fresh and pretty...

  3. I don't know how you manage to get all this done, but it's great! Love the colours on the mini quilt, just gorgeous. I've emailed you - I need your expertise :D

  4. Hi Hilary, love your work!
    Thanks for being a part of Blogtoberfest, hosted by Cathy aka {tinniegirl} last year. Thought you might be interested to know that we're running it again in 2012. You can find all the info at:
    And we're kicking off this Monday! Would love to see you there.
    Kat xxx

  5. that is so cute. love the zigzag stitching. curious about those clips....

  6. That mini is adorable!! I've been looking at those clips. May have to get some!!!

  7. i love them to need to get me somemore

  8. I love crazy blocks!!! I'm such a lazy fool when it comes to binding. I don't clip pin or anything! I just keep the foot on the pedal and folding over with my fingers. (I miss the binding on the back a lot! But I don't care :) Maybe I should get me some clips and start caring :)


Nice of you to take a peek over the fence. It's lovely to meet you. Do come in, have a cuppa and a chat. I will talk back...


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