Wednesday, October 22, 2014


As ever, when I don't know what to do, I make something scrappy. This time, my 3 1/2 " strip bag came out (and all those random ends of yardage that I poke in the strip box - I sat down and actually cut them into proper strips and put them in their baggies - it took an hour but was so worth it).

The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter's Playing with Jacks, although she uses 2 1/2 " strips, and has a more co-ordinated colour scheme. Mine is just two fabrics per block and all different! But with a central blue square, which tries, and fails, to tie it all together.

I made blocks until I got bored and then made a couple more so it would be square. The quilting is a pattern of my own invention that I'm calling four-leafed clover. Not naming it out loud, just for my endless internal monologues.

And the backing is one of my mother-in-law's old dust ruffles! Or valances? I am not sure what Australians call them because I don't think anyone has them any more. Certainly my mother-in-law has no use for them, so they came back to Canberra from Brisbane and are finding a new happy home as quilt backs. I've cut off the ruffley bits (well, der) and saved some for labels - nice pale solids will be great for labels. Speaking of labels, I named this quilt "Proceeding Gently" which seems appropriate at the time. (Internal monologues! Can spit out odd results).


  1. I am genuinely bewildered at your ability to generate quilts as often as I go to the supermarket. How do you do it? I'm bewildered and awed... as I laboriously finish hand quilting my teeny cot quilt that I began in June or something. What is there about an Australian day that is different from a Scottish one? Do you have staff who do all the housework, go for walks for you and read aloud to you as you feverishly sew? Actually, that still wouldn't make my days long enough. I'm stumped. And awed.

  2. isabelle, you crack me up! lynley, i think the blue centers on the quilt do tie it all together, especially since you used a blue border. i started those playing with jacks blocks on bonnie's website, but in a smaller size, and i got frustrated so they turned into orphan blocks. ah well. your blocks look great. and the quilting is pretty good, too!

  3. Lovely scrappy quilt and you've given me an idea as to how to use my 3.5" scraps. Thanks.

  4. This is a beautiful and happy scrappy quilt. I really like how the different blue centre blocks work to tie it all together. Thank you for sharing it for Scraptastic Tuesday.